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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.😀
  5. I was waiting to hear your report Peg as I knew you would not sugar coat anything. Your report reminds me about a 3 day weekend date with a stranger. At first, you are at odds of the situation, the conversation and the nagging sounds and realize it's not what you normally expect. But the nice firm buttocks you keep checking out is a winner so you advance to a 2nd date. Day 2 you are finding a few things in common and think there's actually some hope as you see the potential and are realizing some chemistry is there. By day #3 you are much more relaxed with the date, starting to have a little fun, flirting a flash here and there and willing to let your hair down. That last day you are most comfortable with the situation, know how to push the buttons and getting used to the response. At the end your efforts are rewarded for putting in the time of 3 days on a trip, which allows you the prize of more gold nuggets. Nice to see you add 9 more N NV nuggets to your collection, but what's most important is the learning and acceptance of a new date/swing/detector and the benefits of it. Yes to you and the rest of the folks who know their 7000's, there is a learning curve to the GPX-6000 as you said it right "memory" of swinging a 7 and not having a harness, not knowing where the sound is coming from, no swing arm. I personally used the speaker of the 6000 on my trip and never did use the headphones. Sorry to hear you two had problems with the Aventree Torus speaker system as I was thinking of getting it, but might wait a little longer, as said I used the speaker on the 6000 for my trip. Those nuggets are certainly some unique odd shaped pieces of gold and I suspect that's what we'll be seeing coming from those N NV patches we've been working for the last 25 yrs. Guess the solid ones (easy to hear) have mostly been removed from old technology. Were you two able to do any comparisons on the undug targets with the 6 vs 7? I know it takes extra time and effort so that's usually why so many people don't. PS. I think you found the little brother to one of mine I recovered in MX. In your pic the 2nd one down on the left side looks really similar but pointing right. The one I recovered looks like a brother, but swings left. Funny how we pick out some of the most bizarre shapes and imaginations of our gold. Well done.
  6. My 1st in the field trip review of the new GPX-6000 and what I experienced. The info of my learning, field observation, side by side comparisons, thoughts and comments are in no means the final verdict of the GPX-6000. The reason I say this, is the way my staff/I 1st started training customers on the GPZ-7000 is not how we train them today. Things could change, software downloads might come and as we spend more time in the different gold fields our knowledge goes up. I had the opportunity to hit the hills and that’s exactly what I did as I jumped into the truck and took off 1000 mile drive (one way) for some new gold fields. These were not just any gold fields but of locations and states I have never hunted Au nuggets before. I was able to spend 5 days in lush green forests in Black Hills of Dakotas and also the high rolling exposed bedrock grizzly bear country near 8000’ elevation in WY. Both of these states are on my check list of “Needs to find a Nugget” states, as I am a man who enjoys the phrase “been there – done that”. I don’t think it makes me a better nugget hunter, but I do feel it makes me more rounded and educated as a knowledgeable Gold Detector Dealer. Day one was a soaking wet ground day and I was sure the capabilities of the GPX-6000 were going to be diminished as it had rained all night long. The nearby creeks were chocolate brown in color and swiftly running to their edges, which is pretty rare the end of July. Either way, I was going to do it as I’d already drove 1000 miles, the schedule was already made and I had 2 other Dakota prospectors eager to chase Black Hills Gold with their detectors. For this story, I’ll make up names as I don’t want to expose their identities and or ruin the permissions on the lands we were granted. Common names are great for such times like this so I’ll use the names Dan & Brian. Dan was stepping up his game from a proven VLF, the Gold Bug-2.. but we all know it’s limited depth, inadequate capabilities in mineralized soils and liking of hock rocks, to a new shiny Pulse Induction GPX-6000 (yes I personally delivered all the way from Idaho). When we arrived at the site and I was shown the actual patch (quite small in size maybe 20’ x 10’), I was impressed at the location and amount of moist green vegetation around us. The surrounding mountains and area was quite different than what my mind expected and the movie series (Deadwood) I watched. The actual patch had been cleared though and we were down almost bare ground but some areas had about an inch of grass root systems. Funny how a couple pieces were actually in the roots. Dan certainly was the eager one as he scored 1st gold of us 3 and in fact, I was still trying to understand my new 6000 when I heard him holler “gold”. It was nothing big, but it was his first gold in his first 15 minutes with his first PI, a new GPX-6000. Not long after, I had my first signal and when I called Brian over with his GPZ-7000 he could not hear it. Interestingly the first 2 targets I called him over, his 7 missed though they were not gold, but actually small lead bird shots. Then my 3rd & 4th signals were small gold and still this GPZ was silent. Now we are starting to see a pattern. Another Dan nugget.- In the back ground I hear Dan yip yip like a little kid and I thought, oh my they do have 1 ounce nuggets in the Black Hills, but quickly see, not the case. It was very impressive though and weighed over a gram, which was actually his biggest gold nugget in his young Au chasing career with a detector. How his face was shining, I could see he was totally on board with his new high end PI detector, which made me feel good. Finally Brian hollers gold and I could see a nice picker of .2 gram from distance. No, it was not the area I was swinging as he wanted me to be on the exact spot of his so called cleaned out patch, so I did not get to see if the 6000 could have heard, but I’m most certain it would have. The one thing about having 2 GPX-6000’s and 1 GPZ-7000 in a 60’ area and a power line running no more and 150’ from us, it did leave the GPX-6000 needing the Noise Cancel about every 10 minutes. Once I realized this and how fast the “NC” is complete (approx 5 seconds), I had no more issues. Yes the GPX-6000 needs to have the Noise Cancel done more often then I did with my GPZ-7000, that does not make it a bad detector, it’s just the best way to handle EMI. Back to the cleaned out GPZ-7000 patch Brian put me on. So far the targets I have been finding, the signal responses are all pretty clear/loud and I was impressed how easy the 6000 was indeed outperforming the 7000 in wet saturated soil with the detector settings running NORMAL GROUND, THRESHOLD ON, and SENS at 4 – 7. After a couple more nuggets his 7000 missed, I decide to go back over the patch, but this time I adjust the settings on my GPX6000 and adjust the SENS to 10 ( Not Auto +1 ,but actual 10, which is MAX). I am not recommending newer users of this detector to go there right away, as my ears have been listening for gold targets in mineralized soils with a Minelab PI for 25+ yrs and I usually can pick out odd sounds and patterns quite easily when compared to most newer hunters. Yes the detector is much harder to understand and more noise coming from it, but a trained ear helps. With the new HOT settings and me going back over the same 20 foot square, I get a really weak iffy signal that repeats half the time. I call Brian over and his 7 does hear something, but it’s just about the same and he says he would not have stopped. Well the one thing I know is when I get in a patch, I don’t leave any odd noise undisturbed. 2” later off the top and I am most certain to dig a nugget. Another 4” deeper (now I have removed 6”) and the 7000 is still having issues, but the 6000 is easily singing the Au tune. 2 more inches deeper (total of 8” depth) and I have the little solid .3 gram nugget out of the hole, most impressive. IMPORTANT OBSERVATION - One thing I noticed when I swung the 6000 outside of the patch area and into deeper wet soils at this site. The GPX would hear saturated reddish soil pockets and the narrow pocket ones did sound like a really soft deep target. I dug a few down 4 to 6” only to have the signal disappear. After doing this a few times and even on the actual patch I was fooled, I decided to test the assumed target spot in the “DIFFICULT” Soil Timing before I dig. Wow, what a difference that made. Each time there was a target, the DIFFICULT would still hear it but when it was just ground noise, the DIFFICULT timing cleared the assumed target and response was gone. I would love to hear others observations on this as I am sure there has to be a breaking point? The afternoon ended with my GPX-6000 TRUMPing the 7000 as I scored 11 nuggets in about a 20’ area of the old 7 patch. Brian did score a few on the outskirts with his 7 and Dan also dug a couple more. The 3 detector total was around 17 Black Hills Gold Nuggets, 1 happy customer Dan and a stunned Brian with a heavy GPZ-7000. The moral of the story, Brian is now swinging a GPX-6000 and finding more Dakotas gold pickers. Dan is in heaven as at one time he was trying to justify a GPZ-7000. I accomplished part of my goal, to prove the GPX-6000 will get most folks in the US more gold in their pockets with a better user friendly, lighter and less exhausting detector. And… I was able to check off the gold nugget recovery for Dakota “been there, done that”. Later on in the trip and after Brian witnessed the extra gold I was getting from his patch with my GPX-6000, he decided one needed to be in his hands. He also realized the majority of gold nuggets the people in the USA find are smaller gold of less than a half ounce, so the GPX-6000 will do him just fine. Would you believe me if I said, I just so happened to have another new GPX-6000 with me…SOLD. Just to give him some love, we did detect another site and he was the bread winner that day scoring 3 nuggets to my ZERO. I was busy stuffing my cheeks with nice sweet wild raspberries, they were everywhere at that site. Part #2 to come when I get more time…hopefully worth the read.
  7. Fantastic finds NorthEast and glad you are taking a liking to the GPX-6000. Specimen gold is always hard to see for PI detectors and yes this machine is certainly doing a fine job. Thanks for sharing your experiences
  8. Well earned Steve and the combination of VLF with PI is certainly most prosperous. Glad to see Garrett taking a great detector "the 24K" and continuing on with it. Looking forward to reading more of you AK adventure and how many times you had to fight of the big Brown Bears. Beautiful gold as well.
  9. I wonder how much money they actually put into the new version GB-2? In my opinion, what a waste of time, labor and efforts. No wonder FT is going in the wrong direction. Just a matter of time and they'll be Amazoning their own burial. So sad to see another American detector company fading away. Maybe time for new management as the last few yrs has not been friendly for us dealers.
  10. If the 6000 has the same depth on larger gold as my old GPX-5000, I am one happy customer because I've dug some pretty deep big gold. If the 6000 has better depth and cleaner signal on small gold than my old 5000 and is even on par with my heavy GPZ-7000, I am even more happy. Some folks are saying it's even better than a 7000 on small gold? I have not proven that yet in a variety of sites/soils and different kinds of small gold, but I get a feeling it's true. We already know the 6000 has the best balance, weight ratio and ergonomics. Thanks for helping straighten out some of the discussion JP. Most of us actually do rely on your hours and hours of footwork and testing knowledge and so thanks again.
  11. AussieMatt replied pretty much spot on in so many ways. As a long time multi line dealer (Minelab 25 yrs) and one who has been pretty up on the gold detectors as the majority of my sales (until the Equinox 800 came out), I see this happen all the time. I'll add a little new thoughts and also tell of some sames from past. 1st is the guys who know what their doing and having great Success with their old detector. In the 4 yrs they have had it they've spent the time in the field to figure the strong points of it and the not so good parts of it. This allows them to concentrate on what that detector does best. So when the new detector comes out they assume it's going to be better than their GPZ-7000. Well the 6000 actually is in many aspects, but yet there's going to be a few things the 7000 is still best at. Instead of the person not taking the time to fully learn the pros/cons in a variety of soils, sites and kinds of gold, the person is upset and decides to dump it. Here is a prime example. One of the well known members on here (starts with a J) made so much of a stink with Minelab USA, to me and anyone they came in contact with about the 7000 and how their GPX was seeing gold the new 7000 did not. This went over for a very long time and I finally got to the point and realized the person is not as good as they claim and does not have the patience to learn a new detector. Now and for the last couple yrs the person is using and praising the GPZ-7000. Even to this day, I have a husband/wife team who purchased 7000's and after a few trips in the field went back to their GP's. They down talk the 7000 today. So you are going get a % of people who don't want to spend the time to learn the +/-'s of the new and would rather go back to what they know, which is the old. 2nd is the newbie. They have been watching folks find gold nuggets and decide this is the detector they want to jump on and start their gold hunting career/hobby. After a few trips to the field and realizing you must actually have to work to find your gold, they blame the detector, dump it and never admit it was their inabilities not the detector. Part of this is actually the manufactures fault for allowing just about anyone in the US to become a dealer. Minelab USA is really bad at this and could care less about directing customers to known knowledgeable dealers. For yrs dealers were promised those who took certain classes or did amount of training would stand out on the dealer website. Just talk is all they are. Newbies should be purchasing from someone who can help them grow into the hobby as gold nugget hunting is one of the hardest of metal detecting. 3rd is the poor guy who does not wear the pants at the house. His buddy gets a new GPX-6000 so he decided to do so and forgets to ask his wife/boss. When package shows up there is a little heat at that house for a few days. When the credit card bill shows up, there is smoke coming from the house and the guy has to dump it to pay bills. 4th is the person who has yet to purchase the new detector so they have no clue how well it really runs or what issues it has, but they enjoy bringing anything they see that could be negative. Most of those folks are not well known nugget hunters. On occasion we get a few known nugget hunters and they are a little bias. 5th is the person who actually knows their GPZ-7000 and is very well versed on most popular gold detectors. That person spends their one money, goes out to a variety of sites and puts time in the field comparing testing, tweaking and learning the new GPX-6000 and it's pros/cons. That person is well respected and has found more gold with a variety of detectors than the average Joe. If that person keeps saying there is issues, they are probably correct and things will need to be changed on the new detector. Every new release of a seeming popular detector will get a % of people who decide to get rid of it for 1 reason or another and early on in my own detecting career I did this myself a few times. But after time I eventually came back and realized I did not give the detector it's do time in the field...I made quick observations on a couple sites and or hunts and thought I had it figured out. How silly of me. Just like the CTX 3030, the Equinox 800 and the GPZ-7000, this new GPX-6000 is software download capable so as more time is in the fields across the world, the ability of a software fix is there. Those of us who owned an early GPZ-7000 know how this goes and that's a big plus for me. Those on the fence about the GPX-6000, just realize Minelabs track record speaks volumes and they don't mess up when it comes to detector technology. Is the 6000 the best high end gold detector for every situation? No and I will tell you there is not a detector today that is and there will never be a detector that is. I'll say this and you can take it to the bank. The GPX-6000 will be the most sold, most talked about and most used high end gold detector in the United States for the next few years and most folks will be happy.
  12. Norvic - You know what happens to us who chase the yellow metal for so many yrs. The sun beating down all day, the solitude of the bush and other things day in day out. Next thing you know, we're talking to objects around camp and giving them names (kind of like that airplane pilot who crashed on an island and lived with a volleyball). Yes it's the Au fever and each of us have it just at a different level. You right though, a couple/few grams short...of a pound or two each year and I'll continue to be. But the reality is I can't have fun without new customers and or friends. Thanks for being there. Lunk - Heck I really never even seen how you set his detector up but I did notice that last one was about 10-12" deep. Glad you were there to keep him grounded after the gold...he was pretty Texas stoked. Gold Catcher - After this covid shit is over (seems to be creeping back up) and all is normal in CA (is that even possible?), I might actually head West to try my luck at scoring a coastal nugget or two. I'll be sure to reach out ahead of time, so as not to make the news of an out of state gold prospector found dead, after walking into a pot field. Actually I think it's legal there now right? Valens Legacy - With my business it's never an upsell and won't be. Getting to know the customer and their needs before the sale is most important. Offering additional knowledge and the opportunity of Field Training down the road is actually 2 fold as the new prospector gets to learn from Pros and at the same time the 3 days in the field is building long term relationships and camaraderie with my staff/I. Here's a funny fact many don't realize. You can not purchase a detector from from my website (I have no shopping cart). Do I lose business that way? Most certainly and I don't really care. What I do care about most is getting the right detector of the 150+ models I offer into the hands of the customer so they have the best chance of Success at the detecting styles they wish to pursue. My Field Staff is a big part of my business as I have 9 different highly skilled detectorists in different parts of the US who are constantly trying to make the detectors perform better in a varying soils for different kinds of gold. The bottom line to me. A successful customer is a customer for life and if my guys/I can help that customer become Successful, my little non traditional MD'er business in Boise, Idaho will continue on. Must be doing something right as Gerry's Detectors has been chugging along just fine for 25 yrs now. Thanks for the kind words.
  13. It's amazing the capabilities someone can do when they set their mind to it. He was in a bike accident with some serious body and nerve damage and so the end result, his left arm is paralyzed. He keeps it in a sling since they are thinking in the future, there might be a chance to save it, but for the last few years and probably a few ahead of him, it's just hanging there in the way with no use or function, but the sling set up allows him to stuff small items there as a shelf or pocket per say. Yes this year it's taking extra to stay cool and hydrated so back at you.
  14. My 1st customer of the new GPX-6000 is a very special man. We’ll call him Wade (because that’s his name) and he drove all the way from Texas (with 1 arm) for the Rye Patch training end of June. I am so glad and grateful this guy listened to me as he was eager to get a GPZ-7000 back in Spring and wanted to take my early class. But as a conscious dealer and one who knows the GPZ-7000, I just could not see him enjoying the extra weight, the chest harness, the swing arm (it takes 2 hands/arms to use a swing arm) and or bungee. The other issue I seemed to run through my mind… was how is a one armed guy going to use a pick and dig down 2 to 3 feet on occasion to find a beer can, an empty one at that? So I called this stranger back and begged of him to reconsider his choice and told him of an up and coming new detector, the GPX-6000. Now when you have you mind set on an $8000 GPZ-7000 and some guy you don’t know is trying to sell you down to a cheaper GPX-6000, some folks just take that wrong and walk, thinking this dealer has lost his marbles – which I have lost quite a few, but I do seem to find a couple now and then. Anyway, I was more focused on the customer and their lack of knowledge of what it really takes to properly use a detector, let alone a mammoth, heavy, awkward, robust, to many shafts, to much quirky harness which xo skeleton that can’t hold together properly to save my own life if needed, cheap built headphones that the 90 degree plug breaks after you take it out of the wrapping, a semi worthless WM-12 half of us forget at home or totally lose altogether, the ultra-thin slice of baloney (that’s not even fair to baloney, I actual eat it on occasion) cheap skid plate that a quality condom has better protection, the glare off the LCD screen is so bad your favorite polarized sunglasses are worthless because you see so many waves, you get a headache. Yes you all who own a GPZ-7000 know exactly what I am talking about and you know I am not bull shitting one bit. Now to be fare those laser focused pencil sharpened Engineers and Einstein minded Physicists’ (yes Geek squad Minelab has them too), are some of the brightest at getting performance out of metal detector technology and boy does that 7000 do it well. Yes that GPZ-7000 was about to be in the 1 good hand of a stranger….all I had to do was say “yes you are right it’s the best at this time” and I would not have been lying one bit and would have scored an $8000 sale. But that’s not how this duck walks (actually I kind of do walk like duck, but that’s just crappy feet) so I felt the long term relationship with this customer and most all of mine for that matter, was to get him the proper detector for his capabilities and in reality a GPZ-7000 is not that detector. So we waited, waited some more and then waited even longer, until the day came and I was shipped a few of the GPX-6000’s. It was so long of a wait I actually had to have a Staff Member grab a couple on 6000 and boogie to Rye Patch showing up early Saturday morning just as the 2nd day of our 3 day class was about to begin. So lets get back to 1 armed Wade the Warrior and his new GPX-6000. Yes he was easily able to swing the detector and before long his coil control was smooth, slow and low, just like an Easy Rider… Warrior Wade was starting to get the hang of it and by afternoon of the 1st day him swinging the GPX-6000 he is digging targets. Just the 3rd target in of that afternoon and it turns to gold. Warrior Wade is swinging his arm in air and smiling as a kid does when tasting his favorite sour gummy bears, with a golden grin. After all, this guy drives 30 hours up the US to meet some guys in the middle of the desert and pick up a gold detector. After all what kind of people are we? Yes it’s the fever and many of us have it. Anyway, I was very impressed with Warrior Wade from TX and his desire to listen, learn and like…his new GPX-6000 and the 2 nuggets he recovered. So the moral of this story is: Even a 1 armed Warrior Wade who drove all the way from TX., can properly use a GPX-6000, can diligently dig his own target and willingly share his trip and experience of finding his first detected gold nuggets for the rest of his life and he had a couple more dreams come true. Yes the 6000 is that easy, light and usable. Minelab Geek Squad did it again.
  15. As I get time with this new girl (trip coming up), I'll find out how moody she really is. I'm not saying the guys complaining don't know what they're talking about with the EMI as they actually have more time on one that I do right now. But I just remember so many people complaining about the old girl GPZ-7000 when she 1st came out. Heck even Jasong was a hater of the 7 at first, but as we all know he came along to liking her. I think so many people are used to carrying cell phones on their body these days, they really don't know how much those things cause issues. I don't even carry it with me anymore, unless I am in an area I think I'll need for pics, then I carry it but totally off and in my back pocket. You could be right my friend and my new girl just might blech a bit more than my 7, but even the 7 had issues until we starting getting things dialed in. Heck the 1st year I was training on the 7 with totally different settings than what I train now. Either way, just picking her up and twirling on the floor a few times, gets me excited as I know I'll be able to hunt longer and in areas I can side swing much easier. If there is the occasional stinky belch I'll just hold my breath for a few moments.
  16. Well since I will be taking one on my next trip, I could actually find a nice mouth full, but the 2 states I will be hunting and their sites are my own customers who have been using their GPZ-7000's (with success). I also know the size of gold they have been pulling from these sites are smaller nuggets. I think the largest was a 5 gram, so if I find one any larger than that, I'm most certain they will make me walk back all the way to Idaho or toss me in the nearest river. It's not good luck to get an invite to a friends spot and then pull the biggest piece of gold from there right in front of them. But it has happened before. If I come back with gold (and I am sure I will) that is really just icing on the cake. being able to spend time in the field while learning a new detector and comparing it to the GPZ-7000 with friends is most important. The camaraderie built on such trips is really what allows us for many years of memories to chat about. But then again, I was told the history books say there was big gold in the area.
  17. The 1st part is boring...but what the heck, it's real and I to can take a few minutes trying to find a tiny nugget. The small size of those nuggets are very impressive and he really does it well at the end when he scores a "monster" nice chunk of Au. I see the next JP in this young mans career as he gets better.. if he sticks to it. Thanks for sharing.
  18. Yes Sir that's me. When Lunk and I get a chance to head your way, we'll do a few days in the bush and see who can give the best tall tale some night while watching the stars and weighing our GPX-6000 nugget recoveries. Although knowing Lunk, he'll probably swing day and night and not worry about weighing until the end. Just realize if we drop him off in an area an hour later it will look like he never moved. Quite a methodical hunter he is.
  19. We all do porn Valens Legacy, its just a different kind and on DP it includes raw naked gold. Heck just look at the curves on this girl...found by one of my customers
  20. Yes I promised myself the old reliable GPZ-7000 was such a performance hog I would swing her until the end. Well folks, the 7 and I are about to split the sheets and I'll let her beat up on some other old guy. Sure she touched down in places I didn't know existed and had the sensitivity to blow my mind, but after a long workout with her, my pore old body ached for days. This new GPX-6000 (I promise you in the US) will rule the goldfields for a few years. The ergonomics on a PI is 2nd to none. The weight is not 2 ounces lighter than a 7000, but over 2 pounds lighter. But the compactness, the feel and lack of a harness and swing arm makes me feel naked again and I LOVE IT.. In fact, I might even take this sweetie to Burning Man (for those down under go to YouTube and watch a few Burning Man videos, watch out there might be A LOT OF NUDITY and some really weird shit. Anyway, this detector is the one we (most of us) have been asking for and patiently waiting for. After all, check out the pics and see for yourself. The GPZ-7000 in the pic is as short as I can get it and the new GPX-6000 is half as long. I even took a pic of my forearm next to the GPX-6000 and it literally i only a few inches longer, approx 30" with the coil flat out. It can get shorter if you lift the coil straight up but I imagine most of us will have the coil flat. The reports from my customers and 2 staff members are exactly what we heard as for performance and I am thrilled. I'm so excited, heck I'm even going to grab one and take it for a hunt to 2 different states I have never hunted for gold before in my life, just so I can say I found gold in those two. I won't mention the states right yet, but you'll hear about it and probably some pics of gold to share and show. Those of you at the Rye Patch NV training end of June, we had last month were able to see 2 of them in action and I even noticed a couple folks grab them just so they could find a nugget or 2. I'm not promising everyone will find gold, but from a guy who has been hunting and training at Rye Patch NV for 25 yrs, I sure know when something comes along that just turns the "gold switch" back on. I seriously think I could go there right now and find 10 to 20 nuggets a day, probably average 15 in a 3 day hunt. Now I know they may not be big gold nuggets, but when was the last time you went there and found 10 in a day? Last fall I took the GPZ-7000 to RP and had 2 days of 7 each day, and I know I'll do better and find more this time. Now here is the funny thing though. I personally really don't care about the better performance on most gold and that's a fact for me. I care most about the new design, compactness, ease of use and less wear to my body. Yes folks, I got caught cheating and I really don't care. I'll be swinging a new girl on the dance floor and she's one hell of a looker. Yes the GPX-6000 is a serious game changer and please do not wait a year or two before you decide to get one, I promise anyone swinging a GPX-5000, an SDC-2300 and most certainly the GPZ-7000 will really enjoy this new GPX-6000.
  21. Sorry I was out on the East coast and have not been on DP for some time. I can only tell you what I have heard as I do not have a GPX-6000 for myself. Of the 9 staff members and myself, only Lunk and one other in NV have 6000's at this time. I try to make sure customers get the detectors and so most of my Staff have to patiently wait. Wish I have more info, but those are the facts for this time.
  22. Glad you were able to spend 3 days with my Field Staff Experts and I learning what it takes to be successful and your EQ800. Yes the GPX-6000 is quite impressive and most US folks with 7000s will be changing their tune real soon. But in the meantime, what I feel is most important..your desire to learn, ability to listen and focus on the detector in your hands now (Equinox), is what really shined. A new customer finding 5 nuggets at Rye Patch Nevada is most impressive. Thanks again for realizing how much difference on what we train than others and your Success is proof of that. When the time is right we'll get a GPX-6000 in your hands and then you can do another 3 days Field Training for free this time.. but remember what's in your hands today is a heck of a gold capable detector and you just proved it.
  23. 1 customer showed up from TX to get his GPX-6000 and 2 machines went to 2 of my 9 Field Staff Experts. Most of my Staff and I still do not have machines. The GPX-6000 worked so easily and well at finding gold during the training, that other customers interested in one tried it and I think 4 people ended up finding gold with GPX-6000's, which was more nuggets that the GPZ-7000's (which is what I would have expected for Rye Patch). The Equinox 800 with small 6" round coils also did quite well. The rumor has it a 2nd order of GPX-6000 will be shipping end of next week, so hopefully it's a good size shipment, but honestly, I have no control.
  24. At Rye Patch Nevada training customers and 15 minutes into it Lunk scores 1st gold. Yes we compared signal to GPZ-7000 and the 6000 heard it better. A trained ear on 7 could have heard it, but much easier on 6000.
  25. Steve, I appreciate the kind words you spoke of my Field Staff and I about the training we offer and my business in general. 1st off, I was always taught to listen to the customer and get the detector for their needs. Problem I run into on occasion is the customer really doesn't know what they need and they go off what someone else tells them. That is good, if the person telling them really knows, but that as well is usually not the case. For example, 2 yrs ago the Gold Monster 1000 was the talk of the VLF detectors, but yet I still recommended the Equinox 800. I had so many people tell me the Monster was it, since the majority of dealers said it was. Guess what, now a few of those dealers also realize the EQ-800 is a better gold detector. Either way, I guess the customer is right??? As you also mentioned the difference in gold terrains/soils/etc and even kinds of gold and it's density...are just parts of the algorithm to get the right detector for the task. And to be honest, most dealers don't know or have spent the time and money to research. I just returned from a quit trip where the Equinox 800 found the most pieces of gold, but the deepest nuggets were found with the GPZ-7000's. What if we did not have the EQ-800's there, the majority of gold would have been missed because of the kind of gold. Such a big % of people think gold is gold and that's not the case at all. My desire to be a successful detectorist (which is over 45 yrs now) has been to make sure I have the best detector "tool" for the task and to make sure I do, I have to actually purchase and try the other tools which tales quite a bit of time, so I also rely on my Field Staff to help speed up the uses in different terrains, soils, kinds of gold and states we hunt. The best knowledge you give is to find that person who has Success more than most and does it at a variety of tasks, in different regions on multiple detectors. Sometimes for me, the hardest part is when a few new detectors come out, it takes awhile to gather my info to make the best decision for myself and my customers. I do wish there was one detector that could do it all THE BEST. I really don't think that will happen though.
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