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  1. Compared to swinging the SDC the Impulse is an ergonomic dream come true. If performance is similar, and the price is right, Fisher will have a real winner. And honestly, getting away from the issues surrounding trying to make a submersible detector would help a lot! Dry land or wading, ditch the epoxy filled box for serviceability, no worries about knob corrosion, battery integrity, etc. I never understood why a beach machine was getting all the attention first, when the nugget + relic market is a larger slice of the pie.

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  2. 3 hours ago, NV-OR-ID-CAL-AU said:


    IMHO For the professional prospector definitely manual GB. For the newer prospectors or patch hunters on widely variable mineralized ground, less noise is preferable until they get more comfortable with the different sounds so tracking GB would be best. New detector users like more simplicity, so to expand your market to both types of users will be probably better accomplished by having both options available at some point in time.

    For now I would suggest do what Minelab does by starting with a new model dectector, then in two years add a couple of better options to re-up sales again. This will get the detector to the market sooner and give you time to fine tune the tracking GB for the next release. 

    So glad to hear this detector can compare to the SDC’s performance, hopefully the price and weight will be better too, unless it has some decent discrimination.

    Can you describe the discrimination abilities on this new detector?

     Thank You,


    The AQ and Impulse Gold have no discrimination at all in the classic sense. The AQ is using manipulation of the ground balance via presets to achieve a pseudo discrimination function. In other words, they are using the ground balance to discriminate instead of ground balance, leaving the machine out of balance in many situations.

    The inability to adjust the ground balance on the AQ makes it non-functional in some ground. For gold prospecting, the ground balance must revert to its intended use, and so there would be no discrimination per se. However, the Gold version would be able to get similar results by purposefully offsetting/misadjusting the ground balance. All in all it is very similar to how people were getting discriminations results with the TDI, and from my use the Impulse feels like nothing more than a finely tuned high power TDI. Whether that is technically correct or not…. that is how it acts and feels. Once you understand this, then all questions about discrimination etc. can be understood.


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  3. 20 hours ago, Geotech said:

    Small gold sensitivity is pretty much tied with the SDC2300, Impulse may go a little deeper on gram+ nuggets. Biggest drawback is the Impulse is currently manual GB only. Question is whether to finish what we have & release, or develop ground tracking for it.

    This is a plus in my opinion, and no serious need for tracking on a PI. Every PI that I had that had tracking, and the option to turn it off, I turned it off. It takes the fine edge off as far as I'm concerned. Hopefully it goes to production, as it is more the machine I want anyway. The ground balance being preset and fixed on the AQ was my biggest gripe about that model, that removed a lot of its ability to get the best performance in all situations, and made the AQ near useless for all but beach detecting. In a perfect world there would be only one model combining the settings available on both.

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  4. You have devices as good or better already. If you don't not like the screens, tape them over or put the controller in your pocket, and hunt by ear. Most XP users hunt by ear anyway. You can go down nostalgia road if you want, but personally I have done it many times, and reality never measures up to memory when it comes to comparing the old to the new.

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  5. I’m going to unlock this thread so a more recent post by Jennifer above on another thread can be combined with it here. It’s a sad subject so I’d like to keep all the sadness in one place. Let’s show some respect and not go off on opinions on various items, especially political, that might cause conflict here, lest we have to lock the thread again. If you want to offer condolences offer them. Keep the rest to yourself.

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  6. Photo of suspect on Sheriffs Office Facebook page

    Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are continuing their investigation into a double homicide that occurred east of Kingman. On Tuesday (6/28) at 8:15 PM, Deputies responded to a residence in the 9200 block of Dilligaf Rd. for a welfare check where two deceased victims were located. The victims have been identified as Darren Vanhouten (50) and Retta Atkins (73).

    Detectives have also been able to capture still images from the home surveillance system. The subject depicted in the photos is currently wanted for questioning in this case. Mohave Silent Witness has offered a reward of $2,000 for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the homicide.

    Anyone with information about this incident or may be able to identify this subject is encouraged to contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753 or call our toll free number at 1-800-522-4312 and reference DR# 22-024010.

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  7. On 5/22/2022 at 7:27 PM, bklein said:

    Any idea how or if this control head can be opened without serious damage ( for repair purposes)?  Say your unit is out of warranty (like mine) will it be repairable >3 years from now?

    I can see mine doing exactly what yours did, so no sense trying it in our So. CA waves, thanks for the photos.

    The head is epoxy filled, basically non-serviceable. I expect very few of the AQ Limited models will still be running in ten years, due to various design and serviceability flaws. Throw in lack of parts going forward, not looking good.

  8. 15 hours ago, mn90403 said:

    Pirate Gold of Adak Island

    Seriously? I can see the marketing whiz kids at work on this one. “People love pirates, right? Alaska shows do well. Pirates in Alaska, that’s the ticket!!” :laugh:

    Like many tales this one has a source that seems based on a tale, with the likely amount of gold inflated, and the idea it’s buried someplace a real stretch based on a few oddball finds. More likely a few coins were found on Adak, and a tale concocted to explain them. 


    Alaska Lost Mine & Treasure Tales

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  9. I agree. Worse than that, I suspect even Minelab is hitting a wall. What real difference was there between a GPX 4000/4500/4800/5000? I expect the GPZ 8000 to merely be a tweak on 7000 performance, hopefully in a lighter chassis, but not much difference in horsepower. Even that may be farther off than people think. And people who are waiting for some new detector to genuinely light the gold fields up one more time, may be waiting a very long time indeed.

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  10. Good place to start is detect older areas. So round up an old map, say 1920 for example, and hunt existing places that are on the map back then. Try Old Maps Online for general maps


    and Sanborn Fire Maps are great for down to the nitty gritty local details


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  11. Back when I got it there was just the one supplier. Not the case now. Google:

    XP DEUS 2 Remote Control Headphone Jack Adapter Part Number D2-RC1-G0-002

    It is a genuine XP part, and any XP dealer should be able to at least order it for you. And surely somebody can put it in a small padded envelope for shipping, not some ridiculous oversized parcel. The thing can weigh a ounce or two at most.

    XP DEUS 2 Remote Control Headphone Jack Adapter

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  12. The problem with your 5000 is you are laser focused on what it can’t do, and ignore what it can do. All detectors have weak areas, which is why most proficient detectorists own more than one. Your Equinox misses deep gold a PI easily hits. Does that mean it’s worthless? Long story short it seems you sunk you teeth deep into Gerrys little demonstration of an outlier issue, won’t let go, and completely ignore that the 5000 is one of the best PI detecting values available on the market to this very day.

    Given that the 6000 misses gold a 7000 can hit, you would face the same issue. It’s not a perfect detector, it misses certain types of gold. It bangs on hot rocks a 5000 can easily tune out, and is a real squirrel with EMI issues. So why would you be any happier with it than a GPX 5000? Which by the has a halfway decent ferrous discrimination capability the the 7000 and 6000 completely lack, and which could have been used to great benefit where you hunt.

    Best bet is to stick with what’s working for you, and get out and use that Equinox some more. Congratulations on a truly excellent find! :smile: If small gold is your concern, the Nox can hit stuff smaller than the 5000/6000/7000 can touch.


    What timings are you running on the 5000 Simon? Sensitive Extra I assume? As you know the “hole” moves with the timing and ground balance settings, and so trying Sensitive Extra, and then Sharp on the same targets, might be interesting.

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  13. I’m sorry to hear that. Weird thing about the internet is people kind of live on via old posts. A new kind of immortality that will live on long after we are gone. Maybe something to remember when we are about to make a post that makes us look like jerks? Here are Dave’s posts on this forum, not a huge number sadly….


    Including this one where he tells us about himself. He did not intend it as such, but a nice obituary if I ever saw one.


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  14. 18 hours ago, Jonathan Porter said:

    Steve a lot of knock sensitivity is actually caused by the cable being wound too tight and it being tugged/twisted by shaft flex stiction. The coil is crashed into an obstacle which the flexes the shaft which then puts a twisting effect onto the cable which then causes noise. Especially noticeable in warmer weather.

    Note: This is assuming there is no actual fault with the coil, I had a coil last week from the first releases batch that has gone bad, it would purr along fine then if you clipped something directly under the coil it would go mental, it is being replaced under warranty and while my customer waits for the new coil to arrive they are using my coil, lets see an online box shifter offer that sort of service!!😳


    Cables wound too tight would not be a manufacturer fault, but still falls into “something wrong with that detector.” I have no idea what the cause is, though coil failures have not only been common, but repeat. Lunk with three bad coils? The fact four other people used the machine and “don’t like it” simply confirms something is wrong.

    That’s a problem for Minelab, when at least four potential customers say “no” over just one unit that is misbehaving. Multiply that by the number of other machines out there not performing as they should. It’s not just warranty cost for Minelab, it’s lost sales. 

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  15. On 6/20/2022 at 2:34 PM, Jonathan Porter said:

    Steve I agree with the Ford versus Holden debate (Ford V Chevy in the US), but dang you don’t have to be so brutal about your opinion on the gold being played out!! 😞 I’ve spent my whole career being told ‘the golds all gone’  that I’m ‘too late’ and ‘there’s none left’. When I went pro we hardly saw anyone out in the goldfields because VLFs were a dying art and the gold was all played out. Yes I understand I live in a country with a large land mass and small population, whereas you guys have a huge population and shrinking detecting areas etc.

    The truth hurts to read I suppose especially when I’ve shaped one of my mental success tools around optimism based on telling myself a place is never cleaned out till I’ve had a crack at it. I am however finding as I get older my body is starting to restrict my capacity to invest in the positivity of enthusiasm, basically I find myself doing less hours, covering less country and not working in extreme heat as much as I once did, as a consequence my gold tally has lowered as a result.

    I also find that I’ve gathered a vast knowledge base of past success locations that gets dimmed when I revisit those old productive areas and find nothing, that fact is hard to take. But the passion is still there along with the desire to continue looking and trying, it is this part of my psych that is struggling with your brutal honesty. Truth hurts I suppose, but I am still happy to be content in the hopes that I can find some gold somewhere, if that means it gets smaller and smaller so be it.

    As I get older my ability to roam further and further is going to shrink so hopefully future tech will keep up. 😂 The 6000 has come about 10 years too early for me, I’m still hell bent on finishing areas with the GPZ7000, but I will be honest I do from time to time grab my 6000 and go have a dabble in the lighter easier carefree world the GPX6000 has opened up. 


    I sure was not looking to bum anyone out! For me it's just a simple recognition of reality here in the U.S., and there was no intent on my part to imply the same of Australia, or anywhere else for that matter. For me, everything has a season, and I am not one to grasp after things when it is their time has passed. I've many interests beyond metal detecting or gold prospecting, and if I quit both tomorrow it would not trouble me unduly. But that's just me.

    There will always be gold for those with the intelligence and willpower needed to seek out the overlooked areas that still exist. And they do still exist - the dream is alive for those who want to pursue it. It's just harder now than it used to be, and I very much admit I'm spoiled by better days gone by. I was commenting to Condor recently how people would pay happily pay big bucks, and spend entire vacations, to find the amount of gold we find in a single day... but we whine that it's not enough, not like the good old days. Waa, waa, waa - old cry babies! :laugh:

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  16. 22 hours ago, Gold Catcher said:

    Completely agree. Actually, I would have preferred a 12 inch DD in the box, not a 14 one. But for sure a smaller DD would be the best selling after market 6k coil. I am actually surprised that neither NF nor Coiltek seem to have it on top of their list (unless I am mistaken). Some technical issues perhaps?


    Yes, a 12” DD would have been preferable to the 14”, or an 11” if using the existing housing made it easier. I think I could use a small DD even more than a small mono, as the 11” round mono does suit me pretty well for most of my detecting.

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  17. The MXT is one of the very first true "do it all" metal detectors, good for almost anything you want to do. Like locator says, the only weak area is salt beach, and it still is not half bad at that. Pretty much anything you need to know about the machine can be found at the link below.



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