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Gerry in Idaho

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  1. I'm on the Minelab website and ran across something quite interesting. Seems you folks can now get training from Minelab. Well I personally know everyone that works at Minelab USA and there's nobody who knows all their gold detectors that well, in my opinion. Debbie has an idea of the recent models and that's about it. Heck, I feel Minelab needs to worry about training their dealers before they start worrying about customers. Who knows, maybe I'm missing the boat. https://www.minelab.com/usa/support/knowledge-base/gold-mining-training Also, Is Gold Mining Training is that different than gold detector training?
  2. Very good question - jewelry gold vs natural gold. I'm more fortune than most since I enjoy both styles of detecting. Being a dealer (tax write off for educational purposes) allows me the opportunity to take crazy vacations to warm water climates during the winter months of Idaho (my home state) and chase gold jewelry. As a Western states Gold Belt region detectorist, the majority of my gold recovered is natural Au and all with a metal detector. No panning, sluicing, dredging...just swinging a detector and YES my recovery is usually 3 to 5X the weight of gold jewelry. Now, I have also been fortunate enough to be at a great producing beach immediately after a storm. I must say, those very rare occurrences can be extremely rewarding as well. A buddy and I did a week hunt one winter and came back with over 7 oz of gold and platinum. We don't even count the sterling stuff, but it does look nice. I feel if you are after gold of any kind, then look around and take advantage of your location. If you don't live close to natural gold bearing areas we have out West, then gold jewelry should be your focus. Get a good quality VLF detector with great discriminator that has selectable notch discrimination and preferred adjustable tone ID, then learn it, study it, test it and learn it more. Yes there is still plenty to find, but Steve did bring up a great point. My recently trips down south has me finding more Tungsten and Steel than Gold. This is just the change of times and not looking good for future beach hunts..but I need a tax write off anyway, so you know I'll go.
  3. I detected the beach with Gary Drayton before he became famous on Oak Island. A funny guy he is. His collection of rings off beaches is certainly 1 pound nugget category. Yes that ring qualifies as "Major major Discover".
  4. Depends on what you call a major discovery? Is a 1 ounce nugget a major discovery? Maybe your 1st gold nugget? How about your 1st gold band or is a $5K gold ring considered a major discovery. Each of of have our definition of a major discovery. For me "a major discovery" would be something of value $5K or more. I can tell you for a fact, I have friends who feel anything of $1000 or more is a major discovery. Who thinks this 14K gold medallion with diamonds is a major discover and who feels it is not? No right or wrong answer, but I know salty swingers (like you and I) will have different perspectives than most around us.
  5. Dan, Sorry I had not seen or read your post earlier but I am glad I found it. Yes your jump from a GB-2 to a GPX-6000 is certainly a big step in your young gold nugget chasing career. Boy did you time it right with the new GPX-6000 and the kind of gold you have in WY.🙄 Seeing your picks and reading about the new Success is wanting me to get back there soon, but I know it won't happen this year. Maybe next summer we can do some real prospecting for new patches. Thanks for the kind words about the Field Training we offer. Having gold detector experts helping me sure makes things easier. It also helps the students as they get different instructors explaining the same things as sometimes I don't say it as well as Lunk. It looks like Brian owes you a cold one. Keep it up and I look forward to seeing more posts.
  6. Hopefully your listing of outings has great turn outs and some more gold is recovered. Nice NOX nugget.
  7. You did very good for a 1st voyage trip out with the 6000. Nice little write up as well and thanks for sharing.
  8. It does help and we get less issues with water entering the detector. Good luck.
  9. DirtFisher, Hopefully the CTX 3030 issues are behind you now and you can think positive about the detector. $1500 for a used one with extra 6" coil and battery is a pretty decent deal, especially if it's the never version CTX 3030 with better seals. From experience I can tell you the old version 3030 has quite a bit of leaking issues, so do your so diligence when detecting in water. Yes, I too feel a 3030 a little better than my NOX for deep silver and deep gold rings (I've pulled some 12 to 16" deep coins and jewelry). I also like the tones on the 3030 better than the NOX. But as soon as I get in heavy trash areas and or decide to hunt for micro gold jewelry and or chasing gold nuggets, the NOX all the way to the bank. If you do decide to sell the GPZ-7000 or trade it towards something different (GPX-6000), reach out to me and maybe we can work a deal. Deepest silver coins and gold rings, as mentioned I prefer the FBS technology (1st pic) and prospecting (2nd pic) I'll grab the Multi IQ as the FBS does not see this and many other kinds of gold. The bottom line of any detector is to learn it's capabilities and what it does best at. I also recommend never try to use it for a task you know it doesn't do well (usually wasting your time/energy). Have faith and confidence in your detector and your own abilities. As Simon said, "get the best one for that task". Either direction you lean for the detector choice, be sure to think positive each time you go.
  10. Sorry you are having issues with the used CTX 3030. Just curious why you selected a CTX 3030 for "all around use"? Yes it's great for coins/rings, but pretty crappy at prospecting gold and Minelab makes so many other detectors that are better than a CTX 3030 for that purpose. Heck a used X-Terra 705 with 18.75 kHz coil for $300 can find more gold than a CTX 3030. Now if your purpose is deeper coins and rings, yes the CTX 3030 is better. Find someone local to your location or the nearest dealer and compare their CTX 3030 to yours. Make sure you both do a Factory Preset and then see if they are doing the same things. If not, then you know if your detector. But before you ship the unit, change out the coil and put their coil on your machine to help find out if it's the actual detector or just the coil. I'm not saying the CTX 3030 won't find gold, any detector will. But when used next to a gold detectors or a true multi purpose detector like the Equinox 800 or X-Terra 705, the CTX 3030 is really weak. Good luck either way.
  11. Peg, You have been one of my longest lasting repeat customers of 20+ yrs. You are also one of the toughest when it comes to trying the new detectors and liking them. In many times past (and including this time with the 6000) your initial field trip is pretty negative. But the good thing about you, is your desire to get it right. So you listen to others and also keep trying/tweaking/testing. Eventually you come back around and are in praise of the new detector. Thanks for seeing the brighter side (again) and keeping my on my toes. Those are some really nice nuggets there and looks to be one of your better trips in the last couple years? Is that a Chinese coin you finally found? If so well earned lady digger, well earned. Finally, Thanks for being loyal to Gerry's Detectors all these years. To this day, I remember your 1st purchase was a used GB-2 at a GPAA gold show from me in late 90s or early 2000's.
  12. Yes I was able to check off 2 more (now 8 states in the US plus 2 other countries) from my list of, I found gold nuggets with a metal detector there. Some of you realize I was in South Dakota this summer and was able to work a so called cleaned out patch with the new GPX-6000. I already posted the results to DP awhile back. Most importantly on these road trips we had fun and made laughing/lasting memories with customers/friends. These trips are one of my most enjoyable parts of my job. It’s such a treat to meet up with other DP forum members/hunters and share the new technologies in the field on their ground and patches. We don’t know what the outcome will be, if the results are in favor of a new detector or did the old one do such a fine job, it’s all live and unscripted. The end results are what we learned and experienced while in the field using the detectors on their sites. Wyoming, It just so happened that on my way from SD back to Idaho, I’m heading West and traveling through the cowboy state. For a few years now I have been trying to get myself in WY to meet up with previous customers, share some in the field detector knowledge, again make some memories and hopefully find a WY nugget. Well a couple phone calls/emails with their help/guidance I was able to swing in and make it happen. Again, just another reason and part of why I like the followers on Detector Prospector, we all enjoy seeing success, learning detectors (including me) and sharing field knowledge. Wyoming is such a different kind of detecting terrain than what I encounter in South Dakota. It actually reminded me of some of Northern NV with the openness and lack of trees. You can see for miles and as you glance across the plains, the 1st thing a prospector realizes is exposed bedrock in many areas, meaning gold could be near the surface (which is exactly what a detectorists wants). Also, the lack of bushes made it pretty easy for swinging the detector and hopefully if I go back, the larger 17” coil will be in its element allowing for more ground coverage. Working my way across the old patch, I could see scratches and scuffs from previous detecting efforts. When coming across such indicators of nugget recovery, I try to concentrate around them realizing the new technology and it’s capabilities vs the 7000 should hopefully produce a few missed nuggets. As had hoped I started getting target hits. They were not the gold I was after but many small lead pellets. At least I know their machines missed these piece of non-ferrous metals, so now it just becomes a numbers game and sooner or later, one of them will be gold. Yes I could use the scratch the surface and if it moves method (just walk – usually trash), but I was informed some of the previous gold was recovered near the surface. Plus when you are digging lead shot at 2”, you need to check them all. We compared the 1st half dozen signals and it was evident the capabilities of the 6000 was better than the 7000. Interestingly a couple of the targets were not even heard by the 7000. On my GPX most signals were much cleaner and louder coming from it, so we were excited to see the 1st target become gold. It didn’t take long and then it happened. I nice rough narrow nugget only a few inches down. Now we all know once that 1st piece of yellow metal is unearthed, our attention and desire becomes so focused, we are on our A game. That’s exactly what happened, the remaining few hours of detecting and the elusive WY gold started popping more regularly. Notice the difference in the kind of gold from the 2 hunts. SD gold is smoother and dense while the WY gold is rough and porous. Either way the results were the same for the GPX-6000, it was able to find the smaller stuff the big GPZ-7000 missed. I’m not saying the GPZ-7000 is not a good tool, heck it’s a great detector. But as I get older and more wise, I see the comforts of the new design and that’s what this old geezer needs today for most of my hunts. Nothing special but I wanted to share with you all. My Settings for the 2nd half of the trip in WY were SENS at 10, Threshold On and Normal Ground. Yes my detector runs noisy but I have confidence in my ears hearing the differences of a target vs ground noise. Be sure to do a Frequency Adjust way more often than most of us did with the older Minelab PI detectors. I was doing it every 15 minutes in the morning and every 10 minutes after noon.
  13. Another great story and pics my friend. And your are 100% correct, just more ribeye on the plate for you. LuckyLarry is one of those special kind of guys you just don't run across very often. His detecting skills are in the best of the best and his museum quality finds can back up what he says. Glad to see hear you 2 get together and enjoy a few Rye Patch nuggies.
  14. I hear you loud and clear Chris. A rare few occasions have produced some of my best patches, but at the same time, I still like going to the old and sneaking some leftovers. Besides, it keeps me on my toes and my ears tuned. Those big ones are out there and usually not as deep as many would expect. Well done buddy.
  15. One of the states I think is just as beautiful as Idaho, but with better gold nuggets. Thanks for sharing.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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