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Steve Herschbach

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  1. I also am not trying to argue, just wanting people to be clear on what is being sold. You mentioned your sluice is shorter so how can it be identical? You say it does not matter but I think it does matter to people. Anyway, I don't mind you promoting the product here for free but that also means I have to be satisfied that people are getting the straight scoop on what is being advertised. Thanks for the clarification.
  2. You can go to smaller DD coils but that kind of negates why you use a GPX - the power. Basically, no, you can’t reduce sensitivity without reducing depth.
  3. I do not believe the ferrous rejection methodology employed will work for most gold nugget detecting. Too much variation in natural gold responses.
  4. The trick is to get new models when they come out so you get the full ride. After several years you just never know when a new model may.. or may not, come out. And no matter what the new machine costs existing units always take a price hit as many people dump the older model to get the newer one. Since Minelab owns the high end market with no competition in sight there is no business reason to replace the GPZ any time soon. For a long time now the only company competing with Minelab on the high end gold detectors has been Minelab. Not saying it won’t happen, but people counting X number of years between releases forget what happened when the GPX 4500 came out. The releases time between it and the final GPX 5000 doubled over previous release intervals. I know because I sold my GPX 4500 anticipating a new model.... and then had to buy another one when the 4800/5000 release was delayed.
  5. It should be noted that what you are selling are modified copies of the original Le Trap sluice. The original is being sold by American Mining Supply at this link.
  6. Well it's all gone quiet so hopefully there will be an introduction some day. This was the only machine on the horizon I had any interest in this year but with each passing day I am thinking it will be more of a next year thing for me anyway.
  7. until
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  8. From the Minelab Facebook page: "Have you been on the new Minelab website: WWW.MINELAB.COM ? We've given the site a modern and fresh layout while making it easier to find key details. Browse product information, learn about accessories, read user-submitted success stories or locate your nearest dealer. Did we also mention it's now translated into 16 different languages. Let us know what you think of the new design in the comments or send us a message."
  9. I agree - it's rare to see something really different on the forums and this is one of those posts for sure!
  10. It is a mystery for sure .... https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/9824-new-deeptech-detector-is-coming-soon-deeptech-vista-x/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/9991-deeptech-vista-x-introduction-video/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/9882-tesoro-fans-may-be-interested-in-new-deeptech-vista-x-very-much-like-updated-tesoro-tejon/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/10216-deeptech-vista-x-user-review-video/
  11. Look me up when you are headed to Reno if you wish John. Can’t promise any detecting but good for a cup of coffee at least. You in turn would be doing me a big favor by staying on topic in the future. We all get excited about things but the other forum members manage somehow.
  12. Thread split at Norvics request. Various posts discussing individuals instead of detectors deleted. JPs thread on issues regarding the X coil posted here.
  13. This thought that when the coil is moved slower you have to reduce recovery speed is a fallacy that keeps coming up. That’s backwards. If you reduce recovery speed you should probably slow down, but there is no reason to reduce recovery speed simply because you have slowed down. Do a complete reset, use Beach 2, do a frequency scan, and reduce the sensitivity until the machine is quiet. That’s it. Tracking would be a last resort for me.
  14. Welcome to the forum! There are no such thing as genuine gold arrowheads, except in a modern jewelry store. That simply looks like a broken piece of pyrite - iron sulphide. However if you found it with a metal detector (not sure about that), it would be metal. Pyrite in general is not something a detector would signal on. Still not gold, but then it might be some brass variant.
  15. Salt This post and the one following it may clarify the salt issue for people. It’s an issue for any very sensitive metal detector: https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/8257-my-tarsacci-mdt-8000-commentary-pics-and-videos-unit-received-12-15-2018/?do=findComment&comment=96925 Clay from the Minelab Eureka Gold manual, page 34: ”11.2 Clay Domes A common occurrence in nugget-bearing country is soil mineralisation commonly known as ‘clay domes’. These are regions of rather broad sound which could be confused with the sound which would come from a large deep nugget. The following procedure will quickly establish whether or not the sound comes from clay or a metal target: a) Pinpoint the target as best you can. b) Remove about 4 cm (1.5”) depth of soil from over the target response. Dish the hole so that there are no sharp edges around the hole. c) Sweep the coil across the target from a few directions, keeping the coil as low as possible. Listen to the signal and note if it is: — Any louder or more defined than before. By bringing the coil closer to a metal target the signal should become louder. — Note if the signal seems to come from one direction only (a mineral signal will often come from one direction only, or at least be less defined from the return sweep). d) If you are still not sure, continue to dig deeper and again, note the points above. e) Be sure to dish the hole when digging to ensure there are no sharp edges. Sweeping the coil across the sharp edge of a hole can cause false spurious signals due to the change in distance between the ground and the coil.” Thread on mineralization issues: https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/1599-gb-numbers-mineralization/
  16. Seller feedback does matter in bulk. No one or dozen mean anything, but hundreds or thousands do. I really don’t like people litigating accusations against third parties on these forums.
  17. There is not much way to know really. The TDI are not that great on gold dispersed in quartz in thin or crystalline forms. It’s very much dependent on how solid the mass of gold is and the orientation to the coil.
  18. Great post Chase - pictures do help. dew, ground balance is just another discrimination filter, nothing magic about it. It’s an area that many gold prospectors know about that does not matter to other people as much. Gold not only overlaps the salt range but when buried in mineralized soil of any sort gold will deliver signals at times that fully overlap into the ferrous range. Tune out ferrous, then certain gold is gone also. Gold also occurs in the ground balance range, and merely ground balancing reduces or eliminates some gold signals. In pulse detecting these gaps in the ground balance range are referred to as “holes” where gold disappears. Engineers try and plug the holes as best they can, but you can never get away from the fact that filtering anything, ground, salt... whatever, reduces the signal on some potential good target. The overlap range is essentially infinite because gold occurs in any shape, size, and purity that you can imagine. All we can do is play the odds, and the odds can be very good. Just don’t expect perfection. We all miss stuff. Any halfway accurate meter displays the facts that gold, salt, and ferrous overlap.... Garrett AT
  19. No argument from me on anything. It’s up for others to decide how small is worth it to them. Just saying exactly what I said above. It’s the physics of metal detecting and people can believe it or not. Any detector tuned to ignore salt water is going to be a lousy small gold nugget detector, unless it is required to deal with a salt flats situation. The quest for small targets in saltwater will always face this impassable wall unless we switch away from measuring conductivity to something that measures density.
  20. One can find a rumor about anything if you look hard enough. The only solid rumor all revolves around the Vanquish. https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/9903-something-new-coming-minelab-vanquish/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/9901-minelab-vanquish-new-detector-soon-to-be-released/
  21. I saw lots of yurts and such over in the U.K. positioned overlooking fields and stables, etc. Seems to be a popular thing.
  22. All I can say is I was really pleased with my Equinox in the U.K. and would use it again if given the chance. It’s an excellent detector for any gold targets. In theory Gold Mode can be used to hunt anything... it’s just a name and certainly not just for gold nuggets. However, it’s something a person has to experiment with. Tuning up for max sensitivity on the tiniest gold bits can unfortunately be inefficient in places with too much small lead bits. I found when I hunted in the U.K. that I had to draw a line as to how small the items were that I was digging. It’s purely a function of time, and on a time limited hunt it may make more sense to find a happy medium. For max gold sensitivity and more targeted/smaller areas I would sure give Gold Mode a try. The 6” coil is super hot but of course it will really slow the hunting down, so very much for niche type scenarios. Great for hunting tiny gold nuggets but in my case in the U.K. it was more about ground coverage and therefore a 15” coil. I do think creative methods are always worth pursuing though for certain situations when they arise. It’s what sets the detector pros apart from the rest - out of box thinking.
  23. Any method that tunes out a salt signal will reduce small gold signals also. That’s just a fact based on how metal detectors work. A detector set up to hunt saltwater will never be as sensitive to small gold as a detector tuned to hunt gold on dry land.
  24. Yup, all further talk of sycophants, knockers, etc. just expect the post will be deleted. I am well and truly done with past history elsewhere and want none of it here. Just let it go folks. Make your observations about detectors, not people. No harm, no fouls, no worries, but I have to hold a firm line in this. As the lawmen say “thank you in advance for your cooperation”.
  25. You are a brave man Simon wading into what has been a contentious subject. I honestly think you are a perfect candidate for this as too often the people involved have a lot of past history that messed with perceptions. You are a relatively fresh face and I think that’s good. I am sure your observations will prove interesting and valuable. 😀
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