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  1. Got out with Condor for a short hunt. High Sierras, moderately high mineralization, some hot rocks, but not too hot. This is a burn area, like burnt to nothing left but trees like giant black toothpicks. Almost everything at ground level is incinerated to dust. It was hot enough to melt glass into blobs. I'm going out of my way to describe what I am seeing and hearing for those interested in the detector. I was able to run Axiom full out, Fine Mode, max sensitivity, Slow Speed, and manual ground balance. My go to settings. EMI was quiet, though I did get maybe twice a day some noise, which canceled out. Not sure what that was about. I can hunt with no issues within about 50 feet of Condor and his GPZ 7000. Maybe less but in general I stay away from other people when I detect. I ran entire time with 11"x7" mono coil, my favorite. The ground was what I'd call lively, but not bad enough to drop out of fine mode, or lower the sensitivity. I just did basic ground balancing, because I like keeping things minimal when detecting, and like being on the edge, which means I do not mind investigating the oddball ground noise or hot rock. I got a few rocks but they were like right there, just nudge them aside. I also got a few soft hits on what turned out to be little pockets of incinerated ground, dig in and just a fine gray material. So shallow I could scrape them out with my boot, and the signal would disperse. I'm sure I could have eliminated all this dropping into another mode or dropping the sensitivity, or both, but my style of detecting kind of demands I do this sort of thing, as long as it is not so much and so often as to be oppressive. Chalk it up to me and my "ride the edge" detecting style, not the detector itself. I had no issues with charcoal of any sort, other than the little dust pockets mentioned earlier. I've hunted several burn areas now, and there is not much in the way of issues that Axiom can't deal with. In general it just makes for a bit livelier ground, most often exhibiting as small hot spots that disperse on digging. The area has been hunted to death, not quite dead really, but typical lots of digging iffy targets and broken square nails, a handful of "bullet stuff" (actual bullets, shell casings, and the worst, fragments of jacketed bullets). And a relic - woo hoo! Little brass belt buckle that has some details so I sanded it a bit to make visible for the photo. Have not weighed the gold yet, will add that later. Little pickers.
  2. Here is my dynamic duo. If I had to own the least number of detectors possible myself, this is what I would settle on. I can basically do anything with these two detectors. Gold nuggets, coins, jewelry, relics, beach & snorkel work, you name it, this has it pretty well covered. You can argue some other detector might be better than one of these for this or that, and I'll not argue with anyone. But the Axiom plus my Micronox (trademark pending ) weigh in at a hair over 7 lbs total, and obviously take up next to no room in my rig. Various Micronox Options Here
  3. It’s no big deal to me at all really. I’m quite busy the next few months, so will just let it be. People do get busy in summer, so maybe it will pick back up in the winter. Anyone wanting it to stay, send your White’s buddies here, and post about something. I’ll basically leave it be until two months go by in a row without a new thread. Until that happens, I’ll not give it further thought. But if the time comes and it does move, it will be to join Compass, Tesoro, and others in the Hall of Fame (no graveyard here ) Thanks everyone for the solid feedback!
  4. I’m not offended at all, and in fact this is a giant nothing in my universe. Just seemed like a simple issue, that might have a simple solution, that’s all. I hope you get it sorted out to your satisfaction one way or the other.
  5. Court? Just call and ask if it’s covered under warranty. They maybe send you a new one for free. Or not. But seems like the easy thing to do before assuming the worst. I’m selling my Deus 2. I went detecting with a buddy, he had the D2, I had the equinox that day, we were both going to jump in the water. He had forgot to rig the wire up, left it at home… and that it was it for him, no water detecting that day. Just something I never have to think about with my Nox, which also has never leaked a drop in all these years. Love my wired Eisenhower underwater headphones. Long story short, seeing him miss out detecting over that wire was the final straw for me, and I decided once again that wireless and underwater is just not a good mix. Putting aside leak risks, the Nox just works with less hassle.
  6. Oddly enough, when you spend over double the money, you do get some extra depth. If max depth is the issue, and money no object, get a GPZ 7000. And an X coil or two. In your case, just keep what you have.
  7. I thought things would perk along longer than they have. But companies go away, people move on fast, way faster than I thought. As early as May activity here was high, now almost nothing. But so it goes. If things don’t change, and I doubt they will, I will someday move the contents of this forum. Since Garrett bought White’s, I can merge it all into the Garrett Forum. But more likely I would merge it with the Compass, D-Tex, Tesoro, Etc. Forum, which is for companies that are no longer with us. But no rush to do so, and this is you chance to tell me why I should leave things as they are for now. Posting more might also help your case, even if it’s nothing but “look what I found with my White’s” even a thread a week here would matter, but right now, not one thread in month of June, just two in July. ‘If I do eventually move the content, does anyone have a preference between my two options?
  8. Yes, back in the analog days detectors were often tuned for the coil they came with (not the other way around). It was a functional set, and tuned as such. Any accessory coils may or may not have varied enough to matter. In most cases they did not, but for something like a Gold Bug 2 on the tiniest gold, it might. I did send my old GB2 back to Fisher once to get properly tuned up for a new small coil. New digital machines, not so much, or just a flat no. Equinox coils by Minelab, for instance, have some amazingly tight tolerances. But you get some aftermarket coil for a Garrett AT Pro, for instance, I’d bet stuff still can vary. Minelab has gotten really anal about controlling aftermarket coils, and this issue has a lot to do with that. The PI world in particular is still a Wild West show. And we have the case of the GPX 6000, where OEM coil failures have been surprisingly common for coils made by a top manufacturer in the 21st century. It’s not outright failure that is the problem, but subpar performance. I think a substantial number of detectors made by all brands have varying numbers of functional coils that are delivering substandard performance. This in turn fuels misguided detector comparison videos, and outright internet arguments. It may be the biggest sleeping dog in metal detector land, but nothing short of a very expensive, independent, cross brand, scientific test regime will ever reveal the truth.
  9. That’s quite a selection, and I’ll be darned if I did not try for years to find one of the Coiltek 3” pinpointer coils. Some great stuff there for somebody. And by the way Whites fans, most of these coils are TDI compatible.
  10. JP gave me grief over my pronunciation of aluminum, but it actually is spelled differently in Australia, and they pronounce the extra vowel - aluminium
  11. I was very happy with the AQ circuit and its performance - very happy. What I was not happy with was what I consider to be misrepresentation by Fisher on what we were being sold: "rigorously tested.... fully compliant with the demanding requirements of this application and environment" "is not a prototype or pre-production metal detector" Neither statement was true in my opinion. Mine broke before I could even get it in the water! I've done a lot of prototype testing, and the AQ is cruder than many, far from the finish line. No, I think this was a pay to play prototype testing situation, where people paid good money, to do what people usually do without charge, or even get paid to do. Test a detector to find the flaws, and AQ had, and still has, plenty. The high failure rate is normal - normal for a prototype design. Not for a machine that has been "rigorously tested.... fully compliant with the demanding requirements of this application and environment" and "is not a prototype or pre-production metal detector". Even then I was ok with it, because I thought Fisher was going to be involved in an open give and take process with us, to get a final, better version to market. But that did not last long, they talked less and less, then went fully silent. Now? Nothing. No official word on what's going on, if anything, leaving people clueless as to what to do, leading to threads like this one. Should you pay good money for a prototype detector? No. Fisher should can the AQ and produce the version they said they were working on, that they said would be released last year, that was intended to replace the AQ. That's the machine I would still be interested in getting, the one I thought I could get when I sold my AQ. The one done right. Given that it might never happen, I still don't have a good submersible PI, and still would like one. But I'm not going to support nonsense like this with any more of my money. If Fisher ever wants to see another dollar out of me, they need to make this good, or just admit they are no longer anything but Bounty Hunter. Shut Fisher and Teknetics down, and get it over with.
  12. It is a bit surprising to me there has been no update for the 6000 now that it has been out a year. I'm still not convinced the EMI issue is EMI at all, but perhaps an issue with Geosense going off the rails. I've had it occur in places where EMI simply was not the problem, could not have been the problem. People tend to tell me that's not possible, must have been sunspots, aurora borealis, UFOs, but I think not. I think there is something else going on, something a software update might fix. But nothing so far. To set the record straight, Garrett has made no such promise, nor has any plan to do such, that I am aware of anyway. That was just me speculatively assuming such based on what I've observed so far. At the end of the day any updates will be driven by an actual need for an update, and if Axiom actually nails the landing on release, then there will be no need. But it's not a bad bet, as just about every detector ever made with an update capability, except the GPX 6000, has had at least one update after release.
  13. Best post of the month, if not the year Gerry. Yeah, I have big passions, and a big ego, and the latter in particular I have worked hard the last decade to try and bring it down, be more humble, more understanding.... more forgiving. It's a battle, because as I age I also tend to fall into the grumpy old man trap, of not caring much what others think about stuff. That can be a very good thing, but it's a two edged sword. Anyway, once again, I genuinely appreciate your post, some very wise stuff there. And just for the record, I appreciate Jonathan Porter, and his insights, and friendship. I look forward very much to seeing him again, as in real life together we really hit it off well. It's these internet communication things that tend to get betwixt people, as keyboards lack all the nuance of face to face clues in tone and facial expression, and those make all the difference in the world when it comes to imparting what we really mean when we say stuff.
  14. I’ve posted a couple videos that I never watched, because I really don’t watch videos unless I need to fix my washing machine. But I see something and figure others might be interested, and post it. Then come to find out by the feedback I should not have posted it in the first place! That said, I actually enjoyed the video. No, there was not much detector information. The only thing I thought was interesting was KG was running in ATX Audio Mode when he waved the nugget over the coil. Did he prefer that to VCO? It’s not the default, so he would have had to specifically chosen it. Fact is, some people hate VCO, and Axiom has the other option for those that prefer it. What I got from the video was that the boys had a really great Alaska adventure with great scenery, fishing, photography, visiting mines, riding ATVs, bird watching, the works. And finding some gold also. That’s what you really should do when visiting Alaska, have a big Alaska adventure, and looks to me that’s just what they did. If they’d spent every second on detectors they’d have missed out, so good on them. And I did enjoy seeing all the great images from home. Thanks Jen for posting!
  15. Miscommunication between Aussies and Yanks is legendary, and not to be taken seriously.
  16. Just a bunch of people with heads in the sand, yup. My comment was simply about how serious all this is, when in my world it’s not serious at all, and I think people making fun or jest over it, not worth getting all worked up over. But that’s just me. Been ages since I was discussing GPZ with any engineers, and not inclined to spend any more time on this.
  17. I can only answer for myself. Your assumption is it’s all about finding gold. Yes, I like doing that. I also enjoy metal detecting as an activity in its own right, and the equipment itself. Think of a person being a car enthusiast, or something like that. I enjoy using new detectors just to go use them, and figure out how to get the best out of them. I think I also just like new toys. I’m a big kid. There are not many things I like, but I do like tech stuff, so a new computer, or iPad, or metal detector, tops my toy list. I like getting my new toys and playing with them. Never really grew up in that regard I guess. There is actually an entire subset of detectorists who do almost no actual metal detecting at all per se. They make them for themselves, or buy various models, and do endless comparison tests on YouTube. It all just comes down to different people enjoying different things in life. Because yeah, if you just want to go detecting, get a detector, and go detect. Keep it for a decade or more. There is a lot to be said about being 110% proficient with an older detector, then half assed with the latest and greatest. Personally, I’m about ready to settle in and get off the new machine of the week merry go round myself, and am currently weeding out, and selling, half my current stable of eight detectors. And then hopefully just going out and using what’s left, without getting distracted by the latest shiny new model. I know men and women who seem to have similar old model issues with spouses, and thank my lucky stars I’m not one of them!
  18. https://www.minelab.com/__files/f/254884/KBA_26-1 GPZ 7000 Tips for Better Ground Balance.pdf "In order to artificially add extra data for improved ground balance calibration, you can use a dust iron toroid, commonly referred to as an electronics 'ferrite'. The electronics industry uses these magnetic cores extensively in computers, televisions, and mobile phones. Ground balancing using a ferrite means that less soil needs to be covered during the initial ground balance period because the ferrite artificially adds very useful data to assist achieving an accurate ground balance." Emphasis added. There is nothing in this document that implies that using the ferrite is mandatory, but simply that it can help aid, or speed up, the ground balance process. Obviously detectors need to ground balance, but not one other Minelab detector needs a ferrite ring, so this is an issue regarding the GPZ, not detectors in general. As it was explained to me the need for a ferrite balance was for soils that lack enough naturally occurring ferrite. In that situation, the GPZ would not balance properly, or take longer than normal to get balanced. For soils with sufficient naturally occurring ferrite, no additional ferrite in the form of the ring is needed. Apparently Oz soils tend to lack this component, but in the U.S. naturally occurring ferrite is abundant. This is what I was told directly by Minelab, and if incorrect, then you'll have to argue with them, not me. I will say that in general, I rebel at being told what my personal experiences are, or are not, and most especially, how to react to things, how seriously to take them or not, etc. That all said, I'll repeat what I said earlier: "Can't swear it ever made a difference in my use in the U.S., yet I always used it as part of my tune up routine. Maybe it helped and I simply don't know it. Long story short, it can't hurt, might help, why not? You want to own the most expensive nugget hunter ever sold, best performance possible.... but that one little thing is just too much?"
  19. The SDC 2300 is fully waterproof, folds up into an ultracompact package, and in use is basically a gold vacuum cleaner. Minelab SDC 2300 Information & Review
  20. It is rain resistant, use it in rain all day with no concerns. Coils are fully submersible, but detector only to the pod. It is not a fully submersible detector like the ATX
  21. NDA. And irrelevant really. How many has the Nokta Legend got since it came out? Garrett will be tweaking up until release, and then again after, as user feedback comes in. No handful of testers in a handful of places, can duplicate what 1000 real life users will find, and so some sort of post release update is all but assured.
  22. I’m fine with eBay, buyer and seller protections, wider audience, calculated shipping options, etc. I’m selling the 6000 because I have an Axiom, and don’t need the 6000 anymore because of that. And I will say categorically that I do not have a GPZ replacement prototype, and would turn it down if offered. Testing was fun at one point, now it’s just work, and I’d rather go detecting. Axiom was my last hurrah in that regard, and even then only because I’d lobbied Garrett for so long on this, that I could not resist. So hit Minelab up Ron, they need a new tester in the U.S.
  23. I absolutely loved the 6000, and very much because it was the first PI to get the ergonomics mostly right. It’s a tossup in that regard between 6000 with 11” mono, and Axiom with 13” mono. They both feel great. But put the 11” mono on the Axiom…. I’m really liking that. It’s more like swinging a VLF than a PI. If I was focusing still on Nevada desert country, it might be a tougher call for me. But these days I’m in California more often than not, very steep terrain, trees, brush, lots of rock piles, and nails, endless nails. I’m not lacking for targets by any stretch of the imagination, so another inch is not as important to me, as having a machine suited for the terrain I am hunting in. Long story short I can only use one detector at a time, and I prefer now to grab the Axiom. It was very grudgingly at first, I will admit that. But with each update it’s just got better, and the last got it to the finish line. Any updates from here on out are pure gravy. I’m about as surprised as anyone, really, but at this point I’d grab the Axiom. When I looked in my crystal ball, it just made sense to sell the 6000. Anyone doing the same because I’m doing it… really? Don’t do that! I’m a bit of a contrarian, and a motivator for me is people saying “you can’t use that and do any good.” I’ve always been a loner, and when the herd goes one way, I tend to go my own way. I enjoy tilting at windmills, and poking a stick in Goliath’s eye. I’m mostly rational, but sometimes I really do wonder.
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