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Gerry in Idaho

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  1. "Metal Detector Basics" class is $50 for non customers and free to those who purchase from me. If you prefer to learn 1 on 1, we can do that too, but the cost is more. Good luck either way.
  2. Silver & Gold at its best. I can not believe the finds some of my customers are making with their Equinox detectors. This is the 5th gold coin (I'm only counting in US finds, not England) my customers have recovered with the NOX machines. Brandon in UT, finds an old site and recovers a couple beautiful Seated Liberty Dimes (see pictures). Then the following weekend (this last Saturday) he goes back to the same site and does the Holy Grail we all dream of. Yes he unearths a glimmering gorgeous 1886-S $5 Eagle. I've been a dealer for 25 years and never before have I had so many happy customers making Top Quality Finds. All I can say, is the Equinox and the Multi IQ Technology has to have something to do with all the treasures coming up.
  3. Lacky, Not sure what part of Southern Idaho you are in, but I have a "Metal Detector Basics" class this coming Saturday, June 29th. I'm in Boise. Learning to know which beeps are real genuine and worth checking, vs the ones to walk away from and not worry about is a big thing for never MD'erists. I'll also be educating the pin-pointing features and how to narrow down the target zone. Boise does not allow diggers in Parks so learning to use a probe is a must. Contact me direct, if you are interested. BTW. Stick to this fine forum and for those technical questions as there any many folks who enjoy sharing their detector knowledge.
  4. DanNM, Not only did you dig a Silver Reale, but the detail is really nice. Plus you saved some stunning buttons and artifacts too. Thanks for the Settings, photos and story. Yes, I think your detecting buddy wishes he would have said....wait till we can go together. He is one easy going guy for sure. Well hats off to you for recovering a Bucket Lister.
  5. The Big Bling Ring Return is a Karma King for you. I've been fortunate to catch a couple of them on video. The feeling you get when going home and telling your friends/family of the story is priceless. The lady and her husband will forever be grateful for your cooperation and Ring Return. Job well done and a special Hats off to you for sharing the finds, photos and story. May you eventually find a Big Bling that can not be returned, but only to a finger for your lady some day.
  6. Stunning saves GKman and definitely the treasures us West Coasters dream of. The site you are hunting certainly has many years of use and it reminds me of a "Landing" I hunted in the early 1990's. KG Coppers from 1600's, Large Cent's, IH Cents, as well as Rev and CW era goodies. Probably one of my favorite sites from back East. The headphones you like.. TE's, why do you prefer them vs GG's., just curious. Thanks for taking the extra efforts to photo finds and share.
  7. Thanks for sharing Againstmywill. Very nice research find.
  8. Did you get a coil yet and if not,..I have them in stock. Yes you get more depth on bigger gold with the larger coil, as well as extra ground coverage. I post many photos of my customers finds on FaceBook and look under "Gerry McMullen". Good luck.
  9. And I happen to sell them both too. I even have a Dealer Demo E-Trac with warranty too. But if you have a favorite a local dealer who is knowledgeable and helps answer your detector needs, then I don't want to take a sale away from him either.
  10. McCulloch & McMullen...sounds like a Lawyer Firm. I can't wait to see some photos of your other digs I missed out on. Yes I can sometimes take my detecting serious, so my Marine March never misses a beat. Thanks again Jim for taking the time to visit us Idaho Diggers again.
  11. I personally thought it was the best find of the hunt by anyone. What was so much more impressive is the Lady Digger found it without a detector. I've only dug 2 Chauffeur badges in my 40+ years and both are Idaho too...Glad you liked it as well.
  12. Spud Digger invited me to a Private Property hunt last weekend with about 25 other diggers. The site goes back to the 1860's. Now I wish all the finds were dated then, but the cabins were used and lived in in the 1900's Depression era too. Yes we find the occasional wheat cent from the 30's, but that is ok. We also get hunt the mining piles for gold nuggets, which makes this exact place a fun hunt for those who enjoy a variety. Anyway, my oldest US coin on this hunt was an 1890 Indian Head cent, as well as a couple Chinese Cache coins, a lead soldier on a horse, a coin size sterling flower piece, a cute little shoe bottom (either a child or a Chinamen?). Also recovered the normal suspender clasps, buckles and a few eye candy glass buttons. Even a non metal knife sharpener was spotted in one of my digs. One of my favorite finds besides the "Idaho City, Idaho" token (I love local history saves), was the tire pressure gauge. But the best find of the trip by anyone (at least in my opinion) was the 1918 State of Idaho Chauffeur #1159 Badge. Part of what made this find so unique is the lady digger who found it, was sifting for bottles and not even using a detector. If anyone can share some light on the badge, please let us know.
  13. So good to see you and Craig again. I know it was a long ways for you to drive from Southern CA., but we try to share the wealth and this time you two went home with some good Idaho gold. You must have found the coins after I pulled out? Well that just goes to show I was willing to let you go home with a couple. Were they under the two brightly painted rocks that said "look here"? Here is a photo of some of your gold finds Jim. Hopefully Spud Digger has another hunt later this year when the weather is a little more cooperative. Again, It was good to see you two again and thanks for helping on the class for Gold Hunting. They really enjoyed us, I was told many times.
  14. Bogie, I've put thousands of hours on an E-Trac and done very well. I can say the same with a CTX 3030 as well. I have hundreds of hours on an Equinox only because it has not been out that long. I feel in most of my hunts, the NOX will find a variety of targets better than the E-Trac. Nox is lighter and faster recovery in trash. Nox is 100% WP and much better at gold nugget hunting and or meteorites. E-Trac hits deeper silver and large cents better in my soils, as Steve mentioned. E-Trac has a better variety of coils as options. E-Trac has more accurate ID for those who like looking at the screen. I very seldom pay attention to screen ID...use your ears. E-Trac long tones is much easier for the ear to hear vs the NOX quick chirps..as Bryan mentioned. I sold my CTX 3030, but still own my E-Trac. Part of the reason for owning the E-Trac is I have it set up with a 15" WOT and X-1 probe. If I could only get one of the 2 machines and I was only after Coins/Relics...I'd probably get the NOX, especially if I was hunting old trashy sites with a lot of iron nails. If you can afford both, then go for it. Each detector is a tool and there are Pros/Cons to both.
  15. Now that is a find...the site I say. Great eye to realize the potential and take advantage with your NOX. Thanks for sharing and taking good photos too.
  16. Very nice gold ring find. I hope you and the family will enjoy more time together with detector in hand. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.
  17. Dave, Sorry to hear you are not as pleased with the NOX as some others. I'll accept your grade, but I also do not know what you had expected from the NOX? Your experience with it and your grading system is hard for some to accept as our results are different. BUT... I feel the term "Beach Hunter" is to broad and each of us has our favorite part of a beach/water to hunt. Your experience level of BBS and FBS technology speaks volumes, but sometimes old salty VETS are the toughest to crack with a new detector? As a fellow detectorist myself who was in love with the same BBS and FBS as you...for different reasons, I also wanted the Multi IQ technology to be just as good and or better. Guess what my experience in MX has shown me? Location and beach mineralization is key to a detectors smooth operation, as is a properly tuned unit. With your 20 yrs of experience, you know it took you many hours to get tuned with your detector and you also learned some beaches were different than others. I've seen the same results with the NOX and I learn to adapt and move on. We both know the BBS and FBS in non black sand beaches has fabulous depth and smooth operation. But a trade off is a heavier detector and one that misses finer gold jewelry. Now in black sand beaches, non of these detectors will get ideal depths and that is why we use PI's. As for chatter at the wave break and having to drop your GAIN? I accept it, as I know the NOX is a more sensitive detector. 1st off though, I can't seem to get much more than 19 on GAIN when in deep water and sometimes only 17, to run smooth. If I go to shallow wave break, I seem to be around 14/15 on GAIN. I feel you are trying too hard to get max depth and worrying about having to drop the GAIN a little for that 1 area of wave break. Is it really worth complaining, the 2 seconds it took to drop the SENS down a couple? Realize it's a new detector, new technology and you..a new user of the detector...also this Multi IQ technology has Strong/Weak points, just like any other detector on the market. Pinpoint Mode - Very seldom do I waist time in the PP mode, so I would not be the one to know on it. Here is what I LOVE about the NOX for Beach/Water Hunting. Price vs Performance is TOPS. The EQ-600 is by far the best value and my Military VETS can get one for $550. No other machine in this price range is even close. BBS Xcal-1000 is $1500 and FBS CTX 3030 is $2500. Not even close. Grade A Compact is TOPS. I cut my lower shaft 4" and the complete detector can fit in a Carry On luggage on the plane. Won't be able to do that with a CTX 3030. In fact the lower shaft on the CTX is so flipping long, I had to purchase a bigger than normal piece of luggage for Checked in, not carry on. Grade is a B, as I had to cut the shaft. No leaks in my NOX and it has been to MX on six 1 week trips with each day being fully submerged 6 to 8 hours a day. My BBS and FBS can't do that. Heck, just ask Minelab how many of the older style CTX 3030's I was sending back. At first they thought I was doing something wrong, so they were blaming me, a well known dealer. Glad they pulled their head out of their arse and realized the issues. Grade of the NOX an A when compared to BBS and FBS, but I do see a potential down the road. NOX gets an B for Greater Sensitivity to Micro jewelry and gold chains vs BBS and FBS. Now realize there is a trade off with greater Sensitivity. I think you are seeing it. Swinging the NOX in the water 8 hours a day is so so much easier than Xcal or CTX. CTX shaft is like a paddle, that stinking thing is so wide. Only good part of it is, after my hunt and when the pain finally goes away, I can usually beat those young bucks at an arm wresting contest. I give the NOX an A Charging the NOX vs Xcal and CTX is easily an A grade. All I take on the plane now is the cable. So what are my...What I don't likes about the $650 EQ-600 for Beach/Water Hunting when compared to the BBS Xcal-II or FBS CTX 3030. Yes the other machines are 3 to 4 times the price, so there has to be some bad right. I feel the BBS and FBS has an advantage in DEPTH on bigger gold rings in most of the salt beaches I have hunted. I grade the NOX a C average, but bump it up to a B, because I know it does better and goes deeper on Micro gold. Material used for shafts get a D grade. Aluminum 2 piece shaft is not good for long term use in salt water. CTX was carbon fiber and so I expect the same on a 100% waterproof detector. Stability at waters break grades a C, meaning average. But I know how to easily adjust the SENS in 2 seconds and I am fine. As you can see, I'm a fan of the NOX. Is it my go to detector for every hunt style and site? No and I don't expect that. I do know this. As a 40+ year detector user and Multi Line dealer who has access to 180+ different models and brands of detectors, there is nothing out there that can do what the EQ-600 and EQ-800 can. Sure I can find a machine that is better at a task or certain beach, but it too will have it's own drawbacks too. Don't give up on the NOX just yet. It is a very fine built detector with state of the art technologies. Just like your BBS/FBS machines, they are tools having their own strong and weak points. I realize this so when I take 2 NOX machines to a salt beach, I understand the tools I'm swinging, their strong points and so I put them to use in those situations so they can give me the best chance of Success. Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts and experience. Me, as someone who have been training customers on their detectors for 20+ years, I have learned 1 thing that stands out. The more experienced detectorists are the toughest to keep happy with a new technology. As others have said. "Life is too short to be frustrated" with something you are not happy with. Call me up and we'll take it on trade towards something much more to your liking. Hopefully my info helps you some, but if not... may it help someone else.
  18. He is a friend and customer of mine. He travels the US with detectors making top finds. This guy is one of the few hunters who I will admit, spends more time testing, comparing and dialing in a machine, than I. He is very good and it would not surprise me if he finds another.
  19. I sold a used one recently and the customer who got it, felt I was trying to pull a fast one on him. I had emailed him the exact photos of the LCD screen before he purchased. When he got it, he thought I had sold him a China Fake as it was different than the photos on the box and all over the internet. What was most amazing, was the long phone message I was left as he ranted on forever. I was so upset for him thinking I would sell a China Fake, I told him to send it back and I would refund his money (minus my shipping). He eventually realized what I was trying to explain about the screen protectors and how they cover the keys. Glad you did not call Minelab trying to figure out why you received a different machine. A simple way to fix it is to actually cut the bottom of the screen protector, so it does not cover the function keys.
  20. Sorry for not being on DP much and giving love to you posters, but my travels have been many. Early last week I tried a new park and was able to get the usually handful of common clad coins. Also was a fair amount of cheaper jewelry (I need to test the diamond ear ring) recovered. With the amount of coins and jewelry I have a feeling there has to be a couple pieces of gold in the park. It will take time, but I know I'll succeed at getting the Au. Photos of the cheap stuff...which means I am getting closer to the good. BTW, this was a 2 1/2 hr hunt.
  21. Very good info Andy. I too think the confusion was from dealers telling new customers "it is not needed", so folks think it is a simple "turn on and go" detector. I still feel it is, if you want to hunt what I call "urban modern hunts" looking for recently lost coins/jewelry at parks/schools. Most higher end detectors have Ground Balance capabilities and now we are seeing them in medium range priced units. Folks need to realize (and I am glad you shared this post) a proper GB will get you greater depth and a more accurate target identification. Good to see you on here sharing your detector knowledge. Tell the wife Idaho said hello and next time you are in my neck of the woods, stop in and we'll hunt Eastern Idaho.
  22. Sorry you didn't get to join them in the windy wet and wild cold desert. I've heard of the Memorial Weekend Sift out there at Tonopah and always wanted to do it. I think it would be neat if we could get a small group of us DP followers on here and do a weekend gathering. I would enjoy learning the tips and techniques of proper sifting and shaking. It would also be a good time to put the MAX Recovery Speed of the Nox and a small coil to use. I heard there is quite a bit of iron nails and bits in the dumps.
  23. Steve, My chutzpah (this Marine had to look that one up) is all in fun when dealing with everyday people, and on occasion it is directed at certain manufactures. When such folks ask for my opinion, I give the good and bad. So many people have a hard time with the bad news. I've pisses a many Detector Engineers off with a select few comments about their new baby (detector) because I gave the good and bad feedback. In the long run, it is not me trying to be a dick (usually not anyway), but more importantly, be honest and striving for something "even better". I won't use the term "perfect", as I have yet to find the perfect detector. I will admit, the Equinox 800, is damn close though but not quite there yet. People need laugh more and enjoy the life we live. Today's society is so "I need it now, demanding", but at the same time, "walk lightly so you do not disturb". It is hard to be both for me and yes I think 1 time (probably summer 1996), I offended someone, but it was just that 1 time (on that day). Like you, I have enjoyed most of my life with a detector in hand and I really wouldn't want it any other way. Most who have spent time with me, will tell you though, I am pretty much a straight shooter when talking detectors. I've been fortunate to have made my share of outstanding finds and I also enjoy the challenge of a new detector and seeing what I can do with it. Hopefully a few folks will enjoy my style, but I realized I won't please everyone. Glad I am able to put a "shitty grin" on your face once in a while and most appreciative of you allowing me to post on this fine forum. Lets go swinging...and we'll use a detector next time.
  24. LowTide & Nugget Hunter nz, That info has not come out yet, or even the release date. As soon as I get info to share (like this video), I'll certainly help to let everyone know. Being able to see the targets jump out of the ground, that feature alone is priceless.
  25. Here is the updated info that just came out. One guys asked, How much is it? Another guys says.... Who cares, it's a Minelab.
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