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Everything posted by Tony

  1. Steve.....you have the patience of a saint. I don’t know how you do it. Running your website must be like tending to a garden if you want it looking good.....some days only a little weed killer is needed but other days might need the chainsaw 👍 I just hope you know there are plenty of us who really appreciate the work that you put into it....🌻
  2. Sounds like you have successfully diagnosed the problem yourself 👍 EMI is just about guaranteed to be the problem. Have you tried moving further away from the power source because if the problem is gone then you know for sure that EMI is the culprit. With the mono coil then the problem should be significantly worse.
  3. Spot on Steve regarding the pricing. Minelab need to wake up to the fact that their “pool” of automatic buyers for the latest shiny toy will diminish with each release unless they take a good hard look at their pricing structure. I posted a thread “Dear Mr Minelab” on the Minelab forum expressing my feelings. I’d like to be a fly on the wall when the Minelab bigwigs sit down and work out the prices for their latest machines.....it’s probably a 3 way split between “too expensive”, “about right” and “too cheap”. Looks like the first group didn’t get much of a say !
  4. Someone needs to do themselves a favour and buy this unit......the MX7 is a brilliant detector. I’ll be keeping mine forever.......good luck with the sale 👍
  5. I have a Ghanaian work colleague and we talked about African gold prospecting.......he mentioned that in many parts it wouldn’t be safe (for Westerners) to nugget hunt there by yourself or even in groups........you’re basically taking their gold and the locals wouldn’t like it one bit and trying to “smuggle” gold out of the country is another matter entirely. Corruption and danger lurks everywhere and for many, gold prospecting is a means of survival.
  6. Agree completely.....it’s something I might look at next year, but for now I’m happy with my old school detectors.....they may look retro but still perform very well. Regards, Tony
  7. Is that freshwater inside or salt........sorry to see that picture. if it’s salt then you must open her out and flush with demineralised water and then a good flushing with methylated spirits. I only had to use the TDIBH once in water to realise that the combination of coil size and buoyancy of the control box was a nightmare in the water. Maybe get her back to stock condition and working and then off to eBay.......one sold recently for about $1100 US dollars 👍 My TDIBH is only used for beach work and it is probably the best unit I’ve ever had for that purpose, Good luck
  8. I did some quick calculations the other day and to my surprise, realised that I have spent over $15,000 buying your awesome metal detectors. I don’t have a problem with that because I hunt the beach and water during the summer and hit the gold fields during the winter. My issue is with the current line up of gold detectors, specifically the pulse induction units which range in price from about $6000 to $10000 dollars. I know you plough a good deal of money into R&D but I feel a lot of your loyal purchasers are being neglected. I remember the days when the SD2100v1 and SD2200v2 detectors we
  9. Agree completely.......maybe the depth results were concocted in a lab somewhere....Minelab don’t need to be economical with the truth as the detectors speak for themselves. I’m also happy to miss smaller ones if I stand a better chance of the bigger ones.......the 2100 and 3500 with the 18” Monos do serve this purpose well. Having said all that.....I would happily swing a 6000 if it was proven that I’ll not give up the chance of missing bigger and deeper ones. Has this been the trend of later machines and their timings ?
  10. I’m hoping that amount was due to COVID and no regular USPS service was available due to very limited flights 😬
  11. Well spotted Nenad......the carbon uppers save quite a bit of weight. I may go carbon on the lower shafts but probably not needed. I’ve got two unused Minelab Super Gold Search 11” monos as well plus two 11” DD coils if needed. Keep the monos on whenever you can.......”go big or go home” 😎
  12. With all this talk about the GPX 6000, I’m staying with my retro detectors. I’ve found teeny ones at depth and bigger ones that took an hour to dig out. Picked up these machines from a retired detecting couple who had them as backups.....they were “new in box”. Totally unmodified except for the external tune pot on the 2100 and regulated power supply. Hooked up to the legendary light weight 18” mono Kevlar coils makes a formidable nugget hunter......no bungee required. Two detectors and six coils for 1/4 the price of the 6000. Then again, my 70 Series Landcruiser has a manual gearbox and you h
  13. Ivanll is legitimate.....have conversed with him a few times. If anyone can get such a machine to Australia then it’s him. He lives in North Queensland, Australia. PS......I don’t have one and most likely won’t. Tony
  14. I have chopped off about 12” of my TDIBH cable.......no problems at all.
  15. Or you could get really serious and just get a very long extension cable and plug into the 240v.....😗
  16. And here’s me going back to a stock battery......well not quite....it’s a 3 x 18650 setup @ 11.1v. In another thread, I mentioned the super hotspot on my TDIBH board when running the 14.4v battery which got me worried. Being sealed up, there's probably less opportunity for the heat to dissipate. Even when opened, the hotspot was severe.....couldn’t touch it for more than a second or so without burning a finger. My depth results were a maximum increase of 2” over the stock battery. In fact, my current 11.1v Lithium setup sits in the middle (depth wise) between the stock battery and my retire
  17. I had one years ago and liked it a lot. Best used on the beach, wet and dry as opposed to the surf. Performance and audio was very good. Indicator lights are a guide only. If it’s a red light only then you are dealing with pure iron targets. Iron alloy targets such as bottle caps will be a yellow light which is also most of your gold rings. Green light is high conductors such as silver rings and some coins. Basically, if it’s anything except a pure red light then you dig ! There is a spring loaded toggle switch that alternates between AM and DISC.....sometimes it doesn’t stay put in
  18. Hello Clive......well thank you for the compliment and maybe your post is a “lightbulb” moment for me. If Fisher needs an AQ user down under then hopefully they will read this thread. I do use the Excalibur for nearly all of my waterwork, which is generally rough salt water work........3 to 4 foot swells are the norm. My problem is with PIs in these conditions is not having the luxury of working signals when simply setting the scoop is a challenge. I use my TDIBH for the exposed wetsand and for that it does very well. I would absolutely love to try an AQ but hunting in my water conditions
  19. The reason why I can’t see myself ever swinging one of these fully featured models is because I will always be wondering if I’ve missed something due to how I’ve set the detector up, a challenging saltwater/blacksand environment or have I swung over a honker 18/22K gold ring that could potentially be blind to the AQ. As a result of all of this, I would have to run it in AM all of the time which means I’ve paid a lot of money for a straight PI. The tech in this detector is really something and I sincerely congratulate the developers behind it but I suspect that there might be a lot of potent
  20. I’d hate to meet the owner of that ring in a dark alley. Wrestled that ring from 5 feet of moving saltwater and took me close to an hour due to being pushed off target continuously by the swell and waves. I nearly gave up a number of times but my stubbornness got me the loot. That’s a sword/scimitar engraved into the ring.......looks like something Jack Sparrow would have lost 🏴‍☠️ I had no need for my weight belt after putting that thing in my finds pouch.
  21. Thank you all for these replies........I’m beginning to appreciate the scope of the AQ’s abilities. Sounds like you can hunt using it like a precision scalpel or just go in like a sledgehammer........this is a good thing 👍 I sure would hate to miss this though......52 grams solid white gold at 18K
  22. My question is in the description. Does the AQ see all gold as low conductors. I have some big 18K and some mid sized 22K rings that give high numerical numbers on my Whites MX7 and from memory a high tone on my CZ21 (no longer have). I also recall a high tone on a pure gold nugget on a gold chain with the CZ21. I understand that golds conductivity diminishes as more alloys are added to the mix. Will these bigger and higher karat gold rings be “low conductors” ? And finally......how does the AQ see platinum rings. I’d hate to miss any of the items described above. Thanks for
  23. Eyes closed when detecting.......not a chance.....too many nice things to see on the beach or in the water.... 👙 But yes......repeatable one way signals have gotten me good gold......must be the angle of the ring that shows itself from one direction and hides itself from the other.
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