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  1. Yep, that is a way cool post, Strick. It makes me want to go out and get an MRI. Or not …..
  2. Hey Norvic, I am not sure if you have a 10" X coil in the mail, but that would definitely be one to test with the SDC 8" coil. I have been out with a buddy that probably gets the same size tiny gold as the ZED, but a couple inches deeper. Part of this is the fact that the 8" coil can really get in places. 14" is forced to ride the high ridges and therefore be spaced out farther from the gold. I would be curious if this smaller ZED X coil compares. Again, I STRONGLY believe this is why ML will not make a small coil. It has already been proven that the wire fits and there is customer demand.
  3. My connector just arrived. The male end looks like you could put some heat shrink around, but definitely not the female end. Either way, I would agree that the liquid electrical tape will be a good safe guard.
  4. Excellent review and much appreciated. I will keep this in mind when reviewing the 10 inch X coil.
  5. mmmmm….. Tacos …. (can't focus … only see Fire Sauce). Well back to detecting. I get bored sticking with a single area, so I generally hop around. I have one area near Wickenburg Arizona that was a hill side patch with really hot ground. A short walk away from this hill and I cannot swing the detector without major groans. The ferrite ring does nothing for me. No setting helps. The reason I like this area for testing is because all the gold was less than .25grams. So it didn't make me a lot of money, but it was fun. And I gridded it. So I am really curious how this coil handles this patch and maybe some others within walking distance. And if it doesn't work here, I have some areas in Bumble Bee or Poland Junction that are good tiny gold areas to rerun.
  6. Shipping on these coils is faster than I expected. I ordered on 6/5 and I had an attempted delivery 6/22 while I was out of town. So I will be picking up the coil on Monday at the post office. It'll probably take me a bit to make my lead and get out to test at some patches (assuming I don't damage anything). I am really not sure if the 10" coil is just hype or a psychosomatic improvement. There have been small patch areas that I have come back and hit multiple times with the same settings and found more gold. EMI has a huge effect on this in my area. But as has been said, we all like to tweak things just to see if we can get another edge. So for me this is something else for me to experiment with, since it is obviously not in Minelab's immediate commercial interest to pursue the smaller coils. I do not believe anything JW or anyone else on this thread, has been said to be misleading. Having both sides of the fence to think about is appreciated. It is up to the individual to prove or disprove what has been said. This is how I plan on viewing my future testing. This coil could be a dud in my areas. Either way I will learn from the experience and pass on what I find good or bad.
  7. Plenty of ways soldering can go wrong. Glad that all got straightened out.
  8. I don't sell my gold. My hope is that the price rises so that I break even. Sometimes the gold found won't pay for gas or even the caffeine that keeps you awake on the long drive home. But I still LOVE it
  9. I'm looking for machines that keep the circuitry as far from the coil as possible 😁
  10. I believe they standardized on the 10" round. I don't think 10x9's are available anymore.
  11. Now why would you need a GPX X-coil when you can now get the 10" coil on the GPZ? That really is the only drawback I had found with the GPZ. I have a 10" X-coil in the mail too. I am curious to see how well it does competing with the standard 8" SDC coil. Once all of these coils get delivered, we should have a pretty good idea.
  12. Shoot... you beat me to the stock market. Do good in that and I could be prospecting full time.
  13. This website is one of the best for learning about machines. Do a search and you will find a guide giving pros and cons of each. Then read through what others are having success using. When you decide on a machine, see if you can get a used one for starters. I have never paid full price for a machine.
  14. If you have proved your ability to find gold and have had boots on the ground in that rough area, night hunting is great. If not.. I would spend your time researching. I cannot comment on your machine. I have used 705, Gpx5000, Gpz 7000, and GM1000. I didn't like the 705 but others do. My preference is a gold only machine. And each machine has its advantages and disadvantages based on each particular area. Also knowing what size gold you are looking for will determine what machine type you should use.
  15. RRPC is pretty good to start out with. But you are going to have to work your butt off, as hundreds have likely been there looking already. Plan on checking every bush a little harder and digging off a little more overburden in the high probability spots. If you can, find open claims around there that look good (same geology ... etc.), that would be my focus. But to be honest with you, I wouldn't be out there in 95+ degree heat. Your mental fortitude will curb quickly and you won't tend to be as thorough. And at your stage of the game, this is really what you are working on ... a good repeatable technique. If I were you, I would spend more time researching over the summer. My .02. Either way, I wish you luck.
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