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Gerry in Idaho

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    Boise, Idaho & States that produce Gold.
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    Chasing gold nuggets, old coins, civil war artifacts, love water detecting for gold jewelry, helping train customers on their detectors.
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    EQ-800, 24K, GM-1000, CTX 3030, SDC-2300, GPX-5000, GPX-6000 (soon) GPZ-7000 Gold Bug-2, GMT, AT Gold, Gold Bug Pro, ETrac, MXT,...most any gold detector I can get my hands on, if it helps find Gold.

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  1. Ron, You interested in trading straight across your EQ-800 package for 1 of these 3 detectors mentioned below. 1) Never used and or assembled Gold Monster 1000 with all factory shipped items. 2) Like New condition White's Spectra V3i package. 3) Like New condition White's TDI Pro with Miner John coil package.
  2. I think it might show up at a gold show this next winter and or an auction house of fine gold specimens. It's the biggest leaf gold piece I have ever seen. The GPX-6000 will get bigger and deeper gold, we just have to quit going behind all the other older detectors as they don't miss big gold. Good luck.
  3. I'm not a geologist so I'll allow anyone with more knowledge than I to post an answer. I've been digging gold nuggets for 20_ years with a metal detector and never seem anything like it. I have found some nice leaf gold, but much smaller in size.
  4. Yes I posted this video last Fall and have not watched in many months. Not sure why, as this is what dreams are made of. Every one of us thinks about the day this will happen and I just so luckily was there to catch it. Even though it's not my own find, don't you think I too was a little excited. Someone is going to post a video this year of a monster found with a GPX-6000, it's just a matter of time. This particular piece would have been heard with a GPX-6000 and or any other big Minelab PI, so part of it was just getting your coil over. Realize you better be in shape as well since there was some serious hard digging going on. Man it just excites me to watch it...enjoy.
  5. That's what Minelab wants us to do. We talk them up, show them off, post pics and videos so we can make a few bucks, but in reality they are the ones raking in for retirement. Oh well, at least we make some money at what we love.
  6. Thanks for reaching out and asking questions on depth. Rob is correct about the variables that change the outcome. I and a few of my customers have dug many nuggets with VLF detectors at depth of 10" or more and a few closer to the 14-16" range. This nice prize was found at the 14-16" range and the 15x12" coil is in the hole to show depth. I'll be honest though, they are not small gold. Even this year I have dug nice specimen gold at 12"+ so I'm good with those depths. This one was found using stock 11" coil and found at 12-14" As for getting depths in virgin soils (undisturbed ground) like we hunt in much of North Nevada on small solid nuggets (Rye Patch type gold) I can get a VLF technology detector approx 4" to 5" on a 1 gram. A 1/4 ozt approx 6 to 8" and a 1/2 ozt approx 10". I dug a 3/4 otz nugget many years ago with a GB-2 and 10" coil at Rye Patch that was every bit of 10" in virgin soil. Below are a few other nuggets I or I was with customers that were dug using VLF detectors at depths of 10"+. Now take those same size nuggets and go into tailing piles and your depth greatly increases. Do you know why? Less mineralized soil and or black sands that the VLF detector needs to get through. That's why I enjoy hunting tailings more than virgin ground with a VLF. Plus the VLF detector is lighter and faster than bigger PI's and has better iron identification. Here is the issue with many that hunt for gold with a VLF detector at such sites like Rye Patch, Quartzsite and other well know nugget producers. If you go where others who have hunted using big PI's and or GPZ's in the mentioned sites, you are best not to use a big coil on the VLF detector. You're better off using a small coil to get the best results on tiny nuggets. Bigger machines, especially SD/GP and early GPX models miss many small nuggets as that is one of their weaknesses. So you need to take that knowledge, get your VLF and put in the smallest coil you can get and then go find the tiny ones they missed. Below a prime example of using a VLF detector with small coil to find a tiny nugget Trying to put a big coil on a VLF detector so you can match the depth of a PI is just plain ridiculous for most (not all) known nugget producing grounds. VLF's can not handle the soils and will not perform near as well as a big PI machine. BUT...if you use the VLF in tailing piles with no soils or mixed, then your depth of the VLF will go up and you actually could use the stock coil or on a rare occasion go big. Not saying the bigger PI's are not good in these situations, but the weight of the bigger detectors are excessive and their Iron ID capabilities are not as good as todays VLF's If I was on a budget of $3000 to find as many kinds of gold possible, here is a good setup I would consider. My #1 selection for VLF (at this time) is the Equinox 800 with stock coil and a small 6" round coil. Cost for both detector and extra small coil approx $1100. The other detector would be a used (from a dealer who knows how to test it properly) GP-3000, GP-3500 or GPX-4000 detector. This is your power detector to get nice nuggets at depth in most all soils. These detectors can be picked up for $1000 to $2000 and are proven winners when it comes to 2 gram nuggets and up at depth (better than a VLF). Hope this helps and if anyone else wants to add, please feel free.
  7. I like your last comment Rob as it shows so many more options at a better budgeted approach. Glad you are coming around to the GPX-6000. I knew you would, as it's hard to push a 7000 sale to a new customer when we know the 6000 finds more of what's left out there. Great vids.
  8. Man I thought I had you covered. My used coil is a CoilTek 14x9" ELITE series MONO and a used NF 17x13" EVO MONO, but not the exact one you wanted. if you don't mind digging a little deeper for bigger gold, the 17x13" will do, but if you are in really rough terrain I too feel the 14" is better. Let me know if you decide to adjust your mind a little.
  9. I wanted to share some pics of my last hunt with the GPX-6000 as it was fun to dig a little bigger and deeper gold. This site was much different than my previous 2 gold hunts (Success in Dakota & Wyoming) as it produced quite a few hot rocks for a PI detector. Now yes I can easily spend the time to do the "lift coil as I swing across signal and listen to how fast the signal target dissipates" method (I'll post it later) or I can easily change the multiple of Settings on the GPX-6000 (very confusing detector)🤔 with the 2 timings (Normal or Difficult). Anyway, I pushed the pad on the LDC screen to DIFF and the hot rocks where gone. Pretty easy there. I ran SENS/GAIN at 10 -which is MAX and had THRESHOLD on. After about 20+ small lead birdshots (this detector is a birdshot king), I get a little stronger-slightly more broad of a signal. It immediately sparks my interest as it's a big different than the lead pellets. I book scrape the 1st inch and target is still there, boot another almost inch and still there. Now I pull the pick and take another 1 1/2" off and now am actually into what I consider virgin layer. Quick swing and yet the target comes through very easily. So as to make sure I catch it on video, I hike back to my wheels and grab the cell phone and another water. Trying to dig with an APEX (best pick on the market in my opinion) in 1 hand and the cell phone in the other, while trying to keep the phone on the hole is harder than you might think. Probably why so many people don't catch as many live digs, as you really do need a 2nd person to get the quality. Well no quality here, but I hope the video shows it? After a few digs, swing, digs swing t test and digs, I finally get the target out of the hole. I'm really excited at this time and just so sure I have my 1st really nice 1/2" nugget. The depth of the hole was approx 8" deep, maybe 10", but it was not the 12" I had said in the video as I thought a water bottle was 12" and afterwards my tape showed it to be 8". But I know the detector easily heard the signal 2 to 4 " above the target before I started digging. This piece of gold is not a solid 4.5 grammer, but is mostly gold on the one side and host rock on the bottom. A dense solid nugget of 4.5 grams should easily be able to respond much deeper as I have done it on many older SD/GP and GPX detectors. Hope you folks much success this Fall with your detecting adventures and I look forward to seeing your heavy yellow metal digs.
  10. Yes those really cool matching color (blue) 5 piece body cover kits ($130) are now in stock and ready to protect your new GPX-6000 detector investment. If you want to order it with a new detector at the same time, I can do that as well. Call Gerry's Detectors in Boise, Idaho and I'll get you taken care of. People ask me all the time, why spend $100 on a detector body cover kit when the detector comes with warranty. Great question and one that needs to be answered. You don't need to purchase or use one. You can just as easily use the detector without one. But I promise you down the road when you go to sell the GPX-6000 or trade it in to me for the new GPX-6000D (discriminator model), you'll get more money for your trade in. Think of it like this. You go to buy a used car and the 1st thing most of us look at is outside body condition (1st impression). Or you go to trade in your truck for a new one, you spend days cleaning your old truck trying to make it look as good as possible. Why. So you can get top trade in dollar. With this new body cover kit, all you'll be doing is wiping off a little dust and the actual detector body and LCD will be pristine condition and that's the most important thing. I call it cheap insurance on a high end detector. Yes I am one of the few original Minelab dealers who has been using/selling detectors for 25+ yrs.
  11. Yes that's certainly some rough looking gold. Your description of "focus of detector and operator" is exactly what it takes to still find more targets from those heavily worked areas. Did you notice any difference when going from NORMAL to DIFFICULT on the signals before you dug? So far I have not missed hearing a true target when comparing, so far.
  12. I totally understand as I get folks all the time who purchase the new updated detector but to find out they really never did spend the time to learn their older unit. But at the same time, he asked questions and you never did answer any of his questions. You gave advice as if he is a novice and did not even know his detector when it fact he mentioned he has been detecting for some time and that he wanted opinions on a jewelry detector for lakes in the $600 to $800 range. No worries my friend and have a wonderful weekend. BTW, I still wish you would consider the Equinox as a tool in your gaggle of detectors. Happy Hunting and all is good.
  13. Well you certainly bring back many memories Chris from my AK detecting adventures. Part of the fun on DP is us guys who devote the time to explore/adventure with detectors and then share out stories, photos and finds. It allows others the chance to see/feel (with out the mosquitos) and enjoy the trip. Glad you were able to stretch the back (get exercise while chasing gold), actually find quite a bit of Au and were able to come home safe. Hopefully the back get to heeling more and we see you in the NNV fields this Fall. Nice pics too.
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