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  1. Hey Gerry, Sold any GPX4000's lately? 😄 I am happy with the mods. Now I don't have to be curious about them anymore. In some ways that was enough, but I'm still finding gold that other people missed, so there's that too. I'll qualify that by adding that I haven't dug any huge nuggets or 1 grammers at two feet. But if the machine is stable and quiet when others may not be, then there's an edge. I also have less than the cost of a good used 5000 in it, so I don't feel I'm doing too bad considering the alternatives. Lots of coil choices as well. One thing I don't do is get all caught up in the 'hype' and controversy surrounding the mods. I definitely don't say this is better than that, or whatever. I also haven't said anything about it on this forum in almost two years. Just so people don't get twerked about it. 🙃 When 'Mr. Phase Tech' posed his question I thought it would be a good opportunity to shed some light on the 'experiment' I've been conducting. From the responses I've read in this thread, my 4000 is the only 'old tech' still getting regular use (primary detector) and finding gold. So if we happen to cross paths in the future, you're welcome to try out my detector for the day and I'll keep it a secret for you. 😉 Luke
  2. Hey Nenad, Yes, I'm using a 'Woody modded' GPX 4000 with a 15" EVO. This last year, I used the 15" exclusively. Made some good finds along the way. After almost two years, I can't think of anything negative to say about the mods. Was it an epic change from the 5000? Not exactly. But the 5000 stayed in the closet for over a year before I sold it. I am also using the SP01 audio enhancer with headphones. I'm not sure how it 'enhances' the audio, but I needed a volume knob because the 4000 was 'quieter' than the 5000. My custom battery doesn't have an amplifier either. The SP01 works great and does what I need it to do. I'm very happy with it. I've spent a good deal of time watching your videos. Thanks for the excellent informative content. Luke
  3. Congrats !! Look at all those gratifying examples of increased experience you've got there. Luke
  4. You can also experience 'coil overload' when toggling between timings too fast.
  5. Try Sensitive Extra if your ground will allow it.
  6. It has a lot to do with the shape of the gold. You could have a .1g nugget that is fairly round and solid, that your 5000 might struggle to hear. That same .1g nugget flattened out would instead give a nice distinct signal. There are many variables, shape being one that is very important. The nugget being solid versus crystalline is another factor. If the gold is 'spongy' the detector will have a harder time hearing it. The level of gain you are able to run in your particular soil is another factor. Which timing are you running? Another factor. With a small coil, you should be able to get .1g 'nugs' at a couple inches in moderate conditions.
  7. Very Nice Lunk !! Is that the biggest piece you've found with the Zed? Congrats !!
  8. They are pretty much the same. One will cost you a little more.... The 5000 has the Fine gold timing and is slightly 'quieter' with respect to electronic noise. That's the main difference. I have a 5000 and rarely use the Fine Gold timing. The ground I hunt doesn't require it. My friend has a 4500 and does as well or better than I do. I use Sensitive Extra a lot and the 4500 has that timing too. Good Luck with your decision. Luke
  9. Sometimes I like to do just that..... Haven't done it with the 800 yet, but one of these days I'm sure it will happen. Thanks for the info on settings. Congrats on the dinks.
  10. My pack is charged with a 'Smart Charger'. Which requires, a smart charger and a little more knowledge of what you need to do. The Reidman packs are charged with the charger he supplies, which is more similar to the charger supplied with the TDI Pro for it's Li-ion packs. The main difference is that I didn't put a protection circuit board in my pack since I had the smart charger and I am knowledgeable. Reidman put the protection board in his packs to allow the use to a more commonly available charger and to save him the headache of trying to educate people or hear complaints when they nuke their battery. The batteries function the same as far as voltage and amperage, the charging method is the main difference. Luke
  11. My intent was not to start an argument. I was just stating what I viewed on EBAY right before I posted the message. Maybe he changed the way he does it now and didn't update the photo?
  12. Yeah, but the 'sliding door' still bulges up. When I made mine, I cut out the door so it could still slide in and clear the Li-ion cells. It provided clearance and support. There is more than one way to skin a cat.
  13. Did the battery pack just slide in, or was it rather 'snug'? The reason I ask, is that there may be a possibility of an electrical short caused by a battery that is pushing up on the circuit board. Seems unlikely still, but that's the best thing I can think of. When I was playing with my SPP, I built a battery pack with Li-ion batteries using a modified AA housing. It fit, but was snug and pushed up on the housing slightly and the circuit board is right above the battery port. I didn't have any problems like you describe, but you probably did the right thing not using the Li-ions in those conditions.
  14. Nice going Mitchel. I was hoping to be 2nd, maybe 3rd could still happen. I did find a live 22lr round in my backyard about an hour ago. Be careful if you decide to dig a "9" Keep at it, there's bound to be more gold for the Equinox as time goes along. Luke
  15. So they didn't change any of the internal electronics? Perhaps boosting it to the power level of the TDI-PRO would have been a good idea. Everything they are offering, was pretty much already available. Sure, I guess the straight shaft is something, and the paint job will make the box cooler to the touch. I'm a little underwhelmed. Sorry. At least they could have upgraded to Li-ion batteries. I did it to my SPP. All they'd have to do is modify the existing battery holder like I did. I just don't understand the baby steps. When I noticed this topic I momentarily got excited. Then I read through it twice to make sure I wasn't missing anything. But I guess I'm still missing something. The day when White's rises to the occasion. Sorry for the negativity. Luke
  16. That's a very nice find in my book. 2 grams is not small in my 'neighborhood'. Congratulations !!
  17. $40 for one, $65 for two. Shipping included in the US.
  18. I guess I should elaborate..... I've been making this coil cover/ knuckle protector for myself, going on a year now. This is the third one. The first one needed to be revised. The second one wore out after dozens of trips out to the exposed schist bedrock places I detect. The one pictured still has quite a bit of life left in it. I made the cover so a nylon zip-tie could be fastened around the knuckle but it's not necessary since the cover fits well and snaps on the coil. After I'm done detecting for the day I just carefully bend back the knuckle protector and out falls any debris that accumulated. The cover is also fairly easy to remove for additional cleaning. I was suggesting that if there was an interest I would be willing to make a few more. Luke
  19. All I know is that I placed my pre-order a month or so back. I trust and support 'my dealer' and if money up front secures my spot in line then that's what I'm going to do. I'm #9 on his list. There's a good chance I'll get my 800 in the second round of shipments, possibly the third. Which means I'll have a new toy in a couple more weeks. No worries.
  20. Would anyone be interested in this? PM me and we might be able to work something out. Luke
  21. Here's what I got so far.... Hoping to get out and do some exploring this year so I can get on some chunkier gold. Happy Hunting Everyone !! Luke
  22. Without reiterating remarks already made... I'll just add, that anyone who goes into this 'hobby' with the intent of recouping funds is most likely going to be disappointed. Sure, some have done well. But most are doing it for all the other aspects as well, and the possibility of gold is just the 'cherry on top'. Good Luck !! There is still gold out there to be found. Luke
  23. Yeah.... I would also say you should look for a used 4500 or even 5000 if you get lucky. I see used 4500's go for less than $2k from time to time. If you can find one with a warranty, even better. I can't comment much on the TDI or the ATX. Other than, you'll have more people to help you if you get a GPX. Good Luck !! Luke
  24. I've mentioned this before somewhere else, but try baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and an initial clean-up. If you don't think the gold is clean enough, you can go farther with other 'harsher' methods. Just fill a shot glass half full with H2O2 and then put enough baking soda so that there is still some undissolved after a vigorous stirring. This solution will do a great job getting into all the nooks and crannies to get the dirt out. From what I can tell so far, it doesn't change the gold in any other way. I've used Muriatic acid in the past and I don't like how it 'bleaches' out the reddish/iron features of the gold I find around here. Just a suggestion.... .....and I think I want my coil back. Congrats on some more awesome gold. Keep at it, those ground cover plants will grow back fast. Good Luck !! Luke
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