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Steve Herschbach

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  1. The whole depth with VLF detectors thing in my opinion has been nothing but a red herring for decades. I have read a thousand posts from people wanting VLF detectors with "more depth". Yet VLF detectors maxed out for usable depth by at least 1990 if not before. I have not used any VLF metal detector since 1990 that got more depth on coins than my Compass Gold Scanner Pro. The only real improvement we have seen and are still seeing is in the ability to find and correctly identify items that are masked by the ground itself or adjacent undesirable targets. There are an amazing number of targets in the ground at depths achievable by any decent detector made in the last 25 years, but that are being missed because they are improperly identified and ignored or just completely masked and invisible. This is an area where the Minelab BBS and FBS detectors have excelled. They do not go deeper. They simply get more accurate discrimination at depths exceeding what most detectors achieve. Machines like the DEUS and a lot of other Euro machines are excelling not for the depth they get, but this ability to acquire and accurately identify targets at shallower depths that are missed by other detectors. If we had a detector that could simply see through everything and accurately identify coins to 10" the ground would light up with countless missed finds. I get a chuckle out of all the deep coins I see people talk about on the forums when the best detectors made can't accurately identify a dime past 5-6 inches in my soil. Anything deeper just gets called ferrous. There is huge room for improvement in metal detectors still not by getting more depth, but by simply finding shallower targets that have been missed by other detectors made up until now. How To Make Yourself Crazy! U.S. Versus Euro Style Detectors
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    Orx Tone Break?

    Chuck (Ridge Runner) has one coming.
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    VLF Detectors And Depth

    Not as far as I am concerned at least. Mineralization differences are why I honestly pay no attention to most stuff that gets posted as regards metal detector depth. Florida data is completely worthless to me. I may as well air test for that kind of data. It boils down to get the machines and see it with my own eyes. Frankly, it simplifies life. I don't have to watch tons of videos and ask for advice. If you are a PI user the whole thing about VLF depth gets plain silly. If I really want depth, I will use a GPX 5000 or a GPZ 7000. That's depth! Once you get used to the performance of detectors like that in bad ground all VLF detectors are a distant second. I use a VLF for discrimination, not depth. Argue about the Equinox versus V3i for depth for instance. To me it is a shoulder shrug because compared to a GPX 5000 they both suck for depth. I use the Equinox because I like the total package and its depth is acceptable for me. But I never kid myself that it is going "really deep". It's just a different perspective I guess.
  4. I use Paypal as do most. But some people insist on Family & Friends, which removes all protections. The ads are just ads - people have to use whatever payment methods make them comfortable. me, PayPal verified address only or postal money orders. Bank certified checks are completely worthless. Perfect counterfeits exist of these and personal checks. Thieves avoid postal money orders as a rule because of the severe federal penalties and they have extra layers of protection including a verification service.
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    Free Target ID Cards

    I fixed it in the broken link and here is a copy... idcardfinal.pdf
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    600/800 Seals On A Plane

    Yes. Gore vent in the battery compartment. Remember these are shipped worldwide via air - not an issue. As far as how you transport it that's up to you. When I went to the UK I just packed mine in the checked luggage, and did not remove the handle from the bag. I had two Equinox and all my gear in one bag - one reason I like the machine. Welcome to the forum!
  7. This is not about detector versus detector. It is just a video questioning if small coils are always better in trash, and whether concentrics are always better than DD coils at handling ferrous targets. Too bad about the wind noise. Good stuff though illustrating there are no magic answers. For detailed information see this article VLF Concentric Vs DD Coils
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    White's MXT

    The White's MXT was released in 2002 and is still in production as the MXT All Pro or MXT Pro. The White's MXT is a 14 kHz VLF metal detector aimed primarily at coin, jewelry, and relic detecting as well as gold prospecting. The MXT was originally released with the 9.5" round concentric 950 coil with a shiny black paint finish. The MXT was later reissued as the MXT 300 with a flat black paint job and 12" (300mm) round concentric coil. Both earlier versions have been discontinued. "MXT is 3 metal detectors in one. A versatile high performance detector that’s as comfortable hunting for coins in the park as it is relic hunting an old battle site. Plus, it’s designed by prospectors for the tough task of finding gold. MXT™ combines easy operation with all the performance and versatility you need to find coins, rings and jewelry, relics, and gold nuggets." Source: White's 2006 catalog White's MXT metal detector with 950 coil White's MXT display 3 completely separate easy-access hunting programs - COIN & JEWELRY, RELIC, PROSPECTING 3-position Mode switch. Works in conjunction with your hunting program to give plenty of options. Each mode functions differently in each program. Unique target responses, display information and audio frequencies. GAIN maximizes sensitivity and depth. THRESHOLD allows you to hunt with a slight hum or hear only the sound of detected targets. DUAL control fine tunes discrimination in the Coin & Jewelry and Relic programs. Adjust the full range of discrimination - ignore trash or hear all targets. In the Prospecting program, DUAL control adjusts the S.A.T. speed - an essential for serious prospecting detectors. Automatic Ground Balance keeps the detector perfectly balanced even in the harsh grounds of prospecting areas. Pull the trigger forward and the Pinpoint mode “zeros” in on detected targets Operating Frequency - 14 kHz Drop-In Battery Pack. 40-hour operation from 8 “AA” batteries (Nicad Rechargeable system available.) Waterproof Eclipse 950 9 1/2” search coil for maximum depth. Optional Eclipse accessory search coils available. Two-year Parts and Labor Warranty. White's MXT 950 Owner's Manual White's MXT - Steve's Review White's Metal Detector Forum
  9. NUGGET SHOOTER JOURNALS Published on Feb 12, 2019 - In this video I am using the Minelab Equinox 800 in "gold 1", sensitivity "16 to 18", Multi IQ, and auto tracking. Rest of the settings are stock. It amazes me what this little beast if a VLF detector will do in hot ground (minerals) and finding the smallest bits of gold for the operator. Beautiful area with lots of Agate and other cool stuff just laying on the ground.
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    Smallest Bits Detected.....???

    I have found nuggets weighing under 1/10th grain (1/4800th Troy Ounce) with at least a dozen different detector models. I get stuff that weighs less (my digital powder scales only go down to a tenth grain) and so I honestly don't know about anything under that. It's not worth it to me to get a scale accurate enough to weigh gold I used to toss back in the creek when gold panning.
  11. I have an extremely good nose for scams. You would not believe the things people have tried to pull over on me in over 35 years in retail. There is something not right about that whole Moe thing but if the people involved won't contact the authorities in Bethel to figure it out then there is nothing more I can do there.
  12. And then I have to verify it how? It's a free service I offer and I am doing more than most out there to deter scammers but the bottom line is it is 100% on the purchaser as far as I am concerned. There are very simple ways to protect yourself but people are easily hooked with offers of good deals and common sense goes out the window. I can't be responsible for any of that, and as a free service if I am to be some kind of 24/7 monitoring service..... kiss the Classifieds goodbye. I appreciate the suggestion, truly, but I think we just had a couple isolated incidents. There were no issues here for years and I am sure this will pass. The scammers do get the message that there are easier forums etc. to go after than mine.
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    Equinox Vs Tarsacci. Does This Equal More Nuggets?

    This is not one of "those" forums. The goal here is to inform, not paranoia about people defecting to other forums. Post links at will - please - to relevant subjects. A significant amount of my time is spent chasing down and editing posts to provide the links people are not making themselves.
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    GPZ Finds

    Not in the situation being referred to but since you apparently know what it's all about I won't say any more.
  15. New Member Signup - Click Here! Lost Password - Click Here! Forum Tips & Tricks The Classifieds ad forum is provided as a free service for active, involved forum members. Members will have to have made at least ten posts on the other forums before being allowed to post in the Classifieds. Herschbach Enterprises is not responsible for issues resulting from the use of the Classifieds forum. As always, buyer beware! No negative comments. If you see an issue, contact the seller or a moderator via pm. Notify everyone when the item has been sold. Use the edit function to modify the original post to do so or add a post saying the item has been sold. Protect yourself. Be careful about giving any sensitive information to prospective buyers. Advertising deemed inappropriate or out of place for any reason may be deleted without warning. The standard Forum Terms of Use apply. Dealers are welcome as long as the items advertised are somehow involved in products related to the prospecting and metal detecting world. Dealers must identify themselves as such. I ask that dealer ads be limited to genuine special deals like closeouts and used detectors. See my general policy regarding dealers for details. 2/17/19 update - Dealers may have no more than two ads at any one time, and ads not updated after 30 days may be removed. The Classifieds is designed to protect you from unwelcome contact. Only registered forum members can contact you via PM (Personal Messaging). This does mean if you want people who are not forum members to be able to contact you that you need to put that information in your ad. Be as descriptive as possible and always try to include clear pictures of clean items. Many ads are ruined by blurry pictures or not taking the time to clean items before sale. Be sure to make note of any remaining transferable warranty, if any. Review your ad one last time after you place it to be sure everything is accurate. You have the ability to edit it at any time. Go to your ad and at bottom next to quote button hit edit You should be able to edit everything there, including the title. The Prefix selection lets you put colored For Sale, Wanted, and other banners on your ad. Put up a Sold banner when your item sells or ends and the ad will be deleted within a couple days. Ads by non-dealers may be deleted by the admin after 90 days if no attempt is made to update them or otherwise indicate they are still active. In order to not have to check back to see if somebody has posted in response to your ad, be sure and check the slider control in lower left "Notify me of replies" . You will be sent a message notifying you of any responses. A big tool for sellers is the eBay sold listings. Go to eBay and search for what you plan on selling. Then click the "used" box on left. Then click the "sold listings" box. Now you can see all similar items that sold recently and what they sold for, giving you a realistic way of checking current market value. Oddball items unfortunately may not have enough sales volume to get help this way.
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    Classifieds Rules & Tips

    2/17/19 update - Dealers may have no more than two ads at any one time, and ads not updated after 30 days may be removed. Ads by individuals still will remain for at least 90 days. Please monitor and update ads folks - they are your ads, not mine. I normally lets ads ride for a longer period of time, but as they drift into "page 2" they are generally so old I just delete them.
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    Moore Creek Adventures

    More on Spencer’s Find
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    Hello From Ca

    Welcome to the forum! The Equinox is a high end, high performance detector priced like a mid-range detector. It is not hard to learn if you stay with the presets and lower the sensitivity if it is unstable. Take your time to simply dig things and match what you are finding with how the machine was reporting it. It is a little bit like learning a musical instrument. Grasping the basics is not hard but true skill comes with practice. The best part is you are unlikely to outgrow the Equinox. The power is there you just have to learn to harness it. Good luck and thanks for joining the forum!
  19. Thanks Wes, I appreciate that. Detecting is a small part of my life and not the most important, but I love it. It does get crazy at times but then so do I! Bottom line is outside of just wanting this to be a safe place to trade gear I really do detest thieves.
  20. Published on Jan 19, 2019 - Just a quick video showing the benefits of the Vista Gold running at a higher kHz and using zero gain in highly mineralised soil Here are the videos, after further testing I can confirm that the 15 kHz hits stronger on deep silver in clean Non Mineralised Soil and both are exactly the same on the gold coin at depth in Non Mineralised Soil.
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    Last Days For Tesoro?

    Rick Kempf passed this to me and it does not look like good news. It is being reported most of the people at Tesoro have been laid off. http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/tesoro/589971-tesoro-laid-off-all-factory-staff.html Tesoro was not a real old company, since it was founded in 1980, actually making it the newest of the major U.S. manufacturers. Still, the company made its mark with lightweight, high performance detectors. Tesoro was also noted for many years for its exceptional support of the independent metal detector dealer. However, that policy changed after founder Jack Gifford passed away in 2015 and the company seems to have been on cruise control ever since. There are probably not too many people surprised by this, but if true it marks a sad day in metal detecting history.
  22. There have been GPZ counterfiets for some time. The GPZ has been out for years and these guys are on it fast. You just do not see it as much because Minelab goes after them as fast as they pop up, but then another pops up. Whack a mole.
  23. Good post Simon but I have seen many fake X-Terras advertised for many years. This is just a new batch. We notice this more because we are into detectors, but almost any popular product these days has a counterfeit option. I think Amazon was moving lots of counterfeit stuff via their third party “partners” but they have been trying to crack down on that. Those shopping the hardest for the very best deals no matter what are prey for these people. The better the deal, the more vigilant you have to be. Buyer beware! If you ever buy from Alibaba you are supporting a company that supports counterfeiters. They will never see a dime from me even on legit product. Want a really great buy on a GPZ 7000? https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/WORLD-S-BEST-GOLD-DETECTOR-GPZ_50042064624.html?spm=a2700.7724838.2017115.99.7c682442xRbcc9