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Gerry in Idaho

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  1. Sorry for not responding folks but I've been on planes traveling the world. Yes that looks to be my clone in the pics or was it me in person?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Nice crack gold and it all adds up at the end. Thanks for sharing.
  16. Mike, We know you are not a fan of the Equinox detectors, but come on, lets be real. That comment you made is not even close to the truth. 1st off "most jewelry finds" are from salt beaches and you/I both know the average detector will not stand a chance to an Equinox in salt water. Most detectors are not even waterproof. 2nd is black sands and other soil mineralizes of so many fresh water lakes, the Bounty Hunter you speak of does not have the technology found in the $650 Equinox 600 to get best performance in varying soils. How about hunting the lake around pier's and seeing all the rusted iron targets from the many nails around piers and docks. The BH processor speed is nothing like an EQ. I'm not saying the Equinox is the best jewelry detector, but recommending a BH is just silly. You use many detectors and enjoy them for their different tasks, but yet you refuse to learn the Equinox? Yes everyone should run out and by some Bounty Hunter detectors so they can find the majority of jewelry in my pics. Just make sure the jewelry is floating in air so the BH can see it with no issues. That's right, the BH is just as good and that's why so many jewelry hunters are sharing their jewelry finds. Not... The original poster didn't ask for input on the detector he currently owns, he asked for input on a detector in the $600 to $800 range. That's exactly what I recommended to him. He mentioned he has been detecting for several yrs, so telling him a $199 BH is just as good as an Equinox? Here is where I might come close to agreeing with your reply Mike. If he said he wanted to hunt jewelry in parks and ball fields, then yes the majority of detectors, including the cheap BH's would be fine. Either way, we all have an opinion (including me) and sometimes it just comes from the wrong end.
  17. Terry, So good to see you again on DP and hopefully things are going well back in NC. Last time we chatted I think you met me at Atlantic Beach and I showed you a water detector? Those that don't know Roughwater (Terry), he's a long time ago client of mine who drove out to NV and took one of my classes, this had to be early 2000's, maybe 03/04? Is this your rig you drove across the USA Terry? During the training Terry scored the gold he selected as his name on DP. Those were great days and it's amazing we still find stuff out there. As for the EQ-800 and seeing gold targets the bigger detectors do not. YES that's a fact and something I now share (have been for the last 10 yrs) during the 3 Day Field Training. Yes the Equinox 800 is a capable detector than can find smaller bits of gold a Pulse Induction or the GPX can not see. Also, the 800 can find high grade ore from hard rock piles the SD's, GP's, GPX's (including the new GPX-6000) and the GPZ can not see. The pic below is over an ounce gold Au after crushed (13 pieces) and my GPZ-7000 did not hear one of them. The EQ-800 found them all. Pictured below is an Idaho Specimen (1 of many) the bigger detectors can not see. And finally here is a nice wire gold specimen the big detectors don't see. Yes I get people who will down me and think I'm trying to talk down a GP, GPX and GPZ, but when I offer a friendly bet for their bigger detector, they back down. So many know it all snowflakes on the forums and social media these days, I get to the point it's not worth wasting my time. In actuality for me and those of my customers who know, it's just more gold for us as we realize the importance of still TODAY needing a quality VLF gold detector and because of the features on the EQ-800, my staff and I prefer it. Are there other VLF's that can see these types of gold better than the big machines? Most certainly and the new named Garrett GoldMaster 24K model (previously White's detector) is still one of my favorite "Gold Only" VLF detectors. So which ones is best? I wish the answer was that easy and some people think it is, but since I spend so much time in the field in many states and 2 other countries on occasion hunting a variety of kinds of gold with so many different detectors, it's kind of silly in fact, but the knowledge gained has helped me understand more than the average dealer and or customer, what the capabilities and or lack of the different detectors and what they see and or can't hear. By no means does this make them a bad model of detector, it's just the facts. There is not one detector that does all the gold, but there are a couple that do the majority of gold and that's what's most important. As those who have taken the training know, we enjoy comparing detectors, technologies and coils to targets in the ground and as we remove soil and get closer each time. This allows us to see when and or how close a certain detector or coil can start hearing a real signal. See pic below. What do my Field Staff and I enjoy most for our gold hunting detectors? The Equinox 800, the GPX-6000 and the GPZ-7000 in no particular order. Yes I still have staff who are using the GPZ-7000 but only for the certain situations. If I could only afford 2 detectors, then the GPX-6000 and EQ-800 would be my 2 choices. Hopefully this helps everyone as I realize most folks don't have the means to test the majority of detectors and on many variations of gold nuggets, specimens and ore dumps. The reality is in the US, there actually is quite a bit of gold left to be found. Just need to make sure you have the right detector (tool) for the task. Later this summer/fall I'll be doing some serious comparisons and testing of my specimens to see how much better than GPX-6000 is vs the GPZ-7000 as I know the GPX and it's improved technology will outperform the almost 7 yr old technology of the GPZ. But by how much is another question. In my opinion who cares? The other benefits of ergonomics, weight, and such already spoken about of the new GPX-6000 are already proven.
  18. Yes, both the EQ-600 and EQ-800 are advertised as 100% waterproof.
  19. Pretty open question as if you don't want to miss a single piece of gold jewelry (including gold/diamond stud ear rings), then a Fisher Gold Bug-2 would be my #1 choice. Now to be honest most folks are not good enough to find a gold stud but a gold ring is actually pretty easy and I feel for the price the Minelab Equinox 600 would do you best. it's my # go to for jewelry hunting for some of my Field Staff and I. My reasoning - it's 100% waterproof, runs Multi IQ technology so it can handle ground minerals better than most. It has auto Ground Balance for those who don't know how to do a manual GB, has tone ID to help separate the coins from low tones and also has VDI #'s to assist as well. Most gold rings read single digit to around 16 and some could reach higher.
  20. Brian, You certainly were one of my harder sales but that's part of it. Not all people accept knowledge from a salesman as fact and since the GPX-6000 is still pretty early in it's release in the US, I realize there will be those who don't understand a $6000 detector being overall better than an $8000 model. It's the same with the Equinox 800 at $950 vs the CTX-3030 at $2500, it's just hard to see why the manufactures would do that. All I know in my 25 yrs around Minelab, their Engineering do not go backwards when it comes to their technology. I'm glad I was able to make you a believer. Sometimes the truth has to be earned in the field and you willing to take me to your patches is exactly what I knew would seal the deal. Hopefully when the new GPX-6500 with Iron Discrimination comes out, you won't need such hard face to face field teaching facts, although that might be a good reason to come back. As you know, my full time job is selling metal detectors. Part of what I enjoy most is the meeting of people, educating folks on detectors (that's why my staff and I offer 3 days training) and being able to adventure the country/countries with detectors and provide knowledge to folks in the field. At the same time, I get to learn new areas, ground and possibly find some gold or other treasures. The real gold in all of this though, is the fun with the friends and helping them become proficient with their detectors. My business plan is to be in the field which can then build long term relationships. When I'm in the Carolinas with customers like I was earlier this year and watching them dig their 1st Civil War Relic, or I'm in gold fields with folks and seeing the smile on their face as they score their 1st of many gold nuggets, that's part of what my staff and I enjoy most. We cherish seeing Success from those we helped and seeing their smiles. Your research and foot work has put you on some gold, your preferred detector dealer has proven the newer tools work to put more gold in your pouch. Your willingness to share you sites and get us the permissions on the property shows how golden you and your wife were to my stay. I sure hope she is able to join you more in the field and I most certainly will remember the great eats, stories and entertainment. Thanks for taking the time to give your input on the new GPX-6000 and sharing the pics of heard earned Success. One thing I noticed. I can remember you telling me a few times of your weekend hunts and not finding gold with the 7000. No worries, I do that quite a bit. But you made a comment in your post I found very interesting (if I read it correctly). You have not been skunked yet on your trips with the GPX-6000? Now that really does say something about this detectors capabilities. Thanks again for the opportunity to allow me to spend time with your family, Dan and gold sites. Memories forever.
  21. For all my customers who have purchased their GPX-6000's, YES I have the new body cover kits in stock. Give me a ring and I'll get a set out to you www.gerrysdetectors.com Thanks again Doc for protecting our investments.
  22. Sometimes those snakes are protecting the gold. I've seen some log size rattlers in North Carolina and have heard they are just as big in TX. You ever eat them? These are some of the North Nevada types we run across. Not near as big and usually not very aggressive. As I have aged and get more educated, I usually don't kill them anymore. On a rare occasion if at training site and plenty people/dogs around, then one might need to be extinguished. The rest of them are fine with me.
  23. Most folks have no clue how the majority of manufactures go about getting a detector in the field for testing. 1st off in my 25 yrs of working with different MD companies, they send you a mostly completed and or complete unit (yes it has already been decided how built) and that's exactly what ends up in the field. Being in the US, and able to test previous Minelabs, by the time I get proto type it's already a done deal and so my feedback is to late. Since the detector has already been built, not much on the external frame can or will be changed. They realize this and also know the overall product, performance and acceptance is what really matters. Many of us on here are perfectionists and so we'll find something not to our "high standards" and make it know. That does not mean it's a bad design, it just implies that we are hoping there will be a fix down the road. And if not, then we'll swing it anyway as we like the majority of things about the product. I personally have yet to swing the 17" coil so I can't reply about how it will twist the shaft, but I know this. It has happened a couple times with my 11" coil and I had no major issues with it, just twisted it back. Heck look at the Gold Monster 1000 and that shaft set up? That's one I personally don't like at all, but do you think it slows the sales of the detector, heck no. Speaker issue - I have not noticed it yet and I have only used the GPX-6000 with the speaker, no headphones. I imagine when I get to Rye Patch and the wind gets to really howling, I might need to go to the headphones and see how they work. Then again, the speaker is one of the loudest I've ever head on a detector, which is good in my books. Most of us are spoiled kids with high end toys and as JP and Steve said. We are missing the main points of this new detector and it's capabilities. It's finding us more gold at our old sites, it's easier to use and most importantly it is much better on ergonomics/weight and on our bodies. It gets us excited and wanting to go out and unwind from the daily does of shit that's all around us. A win win in my book, so no use in wine. and as Steve said...At least I have a cup.😀
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