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  1. The CZ20 PP button has a history of leaking which is why Fisher dropped it on the CZ21. I had a CZ21 for a few years and couldn’t fault the performance BUT the battery compartment had a history of leaking on me and causing major problems. I was meticulous in setting the gasket correctly and applying just the right amount of pressure on the battery lid knurled knobs......sometimes it leaked and sometimes it didn’t. I had three new gaskets which still didn’t fix the problem. Fisher assured me that I was doing everything correctly and by the book.......I guessed it leaked about 30% of the time. You must check the battery compartment as soon as you are out of the water to make sure no water....otherwise it will destroy the 4 x 9v battery holder very quickly. In the end, the CZ21 had to go....if I had my time again I would design an external battery compartment and never use the original one again except for the battery wires. Otherwise......great detector. PS.....I would consider sealing over the PP button if it’s not important to you. Auto tune is so precise that PP isn’t needed. Run the power high...mine never falsed. Disc set to hear iron and you’re good to go. I never used the GB function much but experiment either fully clockwise or fully anti clockwise as the depth performance can vary from model to model and depending on your ground conditions.
  2. White’s detectors......built for that sort of treatment, year after year. 👍
  3. Joe Appreciate the videos......the AQ is some gun 👍 If possible, when you are videoing next can you approach the target from a few metres away and sweep normally over and past the target as if you didn’t know it was there..... Thanks, Tony
  4. I’m struggling to find anything more frustrating and blood boiling than the scenario you have described........
  5. Tragic day for the Metal Detecting world......I don’t know, I just feel that a lot of users just want the latest and greatest at tempting low prices when what they already have in their hands is probably more than adequate. I live 10,000 miles away from Sweet Home and my first Whites’s detector as a young kid back in 1980 was this magical box on a stick that captivated my imagination for many years after.......We all know White’s business model and pricing wasn’t perfect but so many of their machines over the decades were. Tony
  6. Couldn't agree more Steve...….Joe has saved my Excal to fight another day !!
  7. Thanks Joe for your help.....really appreciated. And yes, that part is exactly what I need. Single CTX headphone fitting into the Excalibur endcap. Sending you a PM. Tony
  8. Great read Steve......all PI and potential PI users must understand this concept. Also, moving saltwater in shallow depths can be much more of a challenge than calm water in deeper depths. Eric Foster has mentioned somewhere in an old post that generally the deeper the saltwater then the bigger the signal will be generated and that is why diving PI detectors such as the Aquapulse AQ1B have a 40uS starting delay but after about 20 to 30 feet of salt water the salt signal levels off...that is to say, it is no worse deeper than that.
  9. From my observations of the AQ and earlier extensive tests of many Minelab PI’s on beach settings......the AQ presents as superior. I found that urban EMI kills the Minelabs and always forced me to use a DD or somehow keep the mono coil and use a less optimal timing. Either way, one had to really dumb down the Minelab PI in order for it to function at the beach.....and I’m talking dry sand beach or maybe just the dampish sand...forget the wet sand. In fact, on my nice coral based sands, my Excalibur with full power settings was right up there with the Minelab PI. My records for a buried nickel was about 15” for an SD2200 and GP3500....I think very similar on the 4500 ( DD coil and Normal timing). The AQ is in a different league for beach hunting......no doubt about it. Joe’s buried nickel video was incredible.......as for rough saltwater hunting that I’m used to, that may present some challenges to the AQ.......but it’s power can easily be adjusted if needed.
  10. Hello folks, I have exhausted all avenues in getting this part for my Excalibur. The US company will not send to Australia and not even to my US third party address in the USA. I am hoping someone in the US can order the part and forward to me in Australia. The part is an Excalibur endcap with the CTX style fitting. It costs $70 plus shipping should be less than $20. I can send funds up front via PayPal....$100 US should be plenty. I’m just asking if someone can take delivery of the part and send it on to Australia. My shipping address can be sent via PM. Just needs taking to your local post office. I wouldn’t normally ask for this sort of help but I’m in a jam......and Excalibur needs this part urgently. Steve....hopefully this arrangement is okay by you. Let me know if not. Thanks in advance, Tony This is the part https://www.detectorrepair.com/index.php/store/ctx-3030-style-headphone-adapter-for-excalibur
  11. Joe.....is that a salt signal at 3:32 ? Im just trying to visualise real hunt conditions where you can’t afford to be digging any ground noises if too hot a setting...... Actually that big chunky ring side ways still presents a decent surface area.......I’m liking the results. 👍
  12. I think Titanium would be seriously expensive to fabricate into a scoop....
  13. (Sorry, didn’t mean for the thread to drift off topic....) I find with Platinum (big and small) is most seem to fall very low on the conductivity scale unlike gold with its much wider range of alloys. All of my platinum finds are either 900 or 950 and just the one at 850. I recall nearly passing up a 10 gram Platinum ring with my Excalibur as it sounded like a chunk of foil 😳
  14. Come on Joe.....into the waves and swell like a real pirate. This calm lake hunting must get boring (except for the gold)........if you’re not getting upended and tossed around in 4 foot breakers and spending 5 minutes trying to find your scoop then you’re missing out on the real fun......😜😜
  15. “Easy on the old back”..........Simon is going to get a reality check if you end up with an AQ 😅😅😅😅
  16. Killer unit.....low tide hard pan and general beach hunting. Full power in deeper and rougher water might be too much gun unless Steve can roll out one of those pontoon dredges with a 4” suction hose.....🤠 Calm waters or lakes then be prepared to seriously dig.....hard pack sand or clay will give you a serious workout...no need for those Gym memberships anymore.
  17. Will Platinum be “captured” in any other mode except All Metal. Potentially losing “big gold” would also force me into All Metal.......and that is fine by me. I have very little iron junk on my beaches which is also a bonus. Now where is that AQ Lite version......it only needs three knobs and just the one search mode 😜 PS....if anyone hasn’t seen Joe’s beach test with the nickel then you really to need to check it out........ It smokes the TDIBH on that test.......the benchmark for a nickel has a new champion. I couldn’t be happier.👍
  18. I’m familiar with the washing machine conditions........spin cycle is usually the worse when that 4 foot wave sneaks up and says “ good morning”......😳
  19. Looks like we can get a bundle deal.....Pinpointer and 8” coil only 👍
  20. I know the feeling......sometimes the harder you try the less you find. Everything appears to line up and..........nothing. Gold can be a cruel mistress 😩 But on average.......effort, timing and good functioning equipment will usually bring a smile 👍
  21. Can it be purchased with the 8” coil only? Read a bit more....looks like the 8” coil is accessory only.....darn it !
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