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Reg Wilson

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    Walmer central Victoria Australia
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    Prospecting Geology History
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    QED. Minelab GPX 4000. Polaris 4x4 & tow coil.

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  1. What sort of a person would be low enough to remind an old bloke of his creeping senility?
  2. Rob Allison, you state that you can buy big nuggets at below spot price. Not from me you can't. I used to sell into USA for spot price and above, but now the Chinese will gladly pay spot price or better for big slugs. Times have changed.
  3. Won't mention the name of the company, but there is one that manufactures in a slave market, producing heavy mine detectors recoloured and passed off as prospecting tools that dominates the world market. A bit like Henry Ford who at one stage said "you can have any colour you like as long as it is black."
  4. A shame to see the end of a company that pioneered hand held metal detectors, and the people involved in its history. The reasons for the demise of this once proud company are myriad, but what craps me are them that were once involved and recompensed for their involvement in that company are the first to sink the boots in when the crap hits the fan. Rubbish! History records their involvement, and despite protestations the facts have been recorded.
  5. For whatever reason I for one am glad that Howard never sold out to Whites. They probably would have stuffed a good detector. I have worked with both Bruce Candy and Howard Rockey. Very different people, but both brilliant in their own way. There are two sides to every story, and two of you have had your say. I will only say that neither of you are in the same league as Bruce or Howard, regardless of your opinions.
  6. There were more recent negotiations that you may not have been aware of.
  7. The first detector I ever used back in the late 70s was a Whites, and it's sad to see the end of this company. Here in Australia the QED has survived the derogatory abuse hurled at it by a certain section of the detector fraternity, and is going 'gang busters'. No big advertising campaign, just word of mouth and testimonials on forums and Facebook. Some components including stem and handle options will need to be reconsidered as Whites were one of the suppliers among others such as Detech. The virus has forced QED to design an Australian made handle solution, which has become viable due to the big jump in sales. This is a good thing really as the new design will be an improvement on the imported options, functional as they are, and no price increase is envisioned. Some time back Whites showed an interest in producing the QED but talks broke down due to a disagreement regarding royalties. I wonder what would have happened if the differences had been overcome.
  8. Hi Steve. The first draft has been completed. The program Jannine used to produce it was called "Blurb" and because of the quality, it works out rather expensive in hard cover. We are considering other printing options and are still seeking permissions from people included in the book. There is also a bit of fine tuning happening as well. It is about 120 pages at present and includes photos (main feature), text and articles.
  9. At my age the QED fills all my needs due to its light weight and ergonomics. There's not much point in expanding on the other reasons why it is my favourite, as unfortunately it is not readily available in the USA, although there are a few there. Sad situation really as you Americans are missing out on a great detector.
  10. I have used one, but would not repeat the experience. Designed by the 'tea lady'.
  11. Steve, I still have a GPX and have access to a GPZ whenever I should want to use it. I have been accused of being a Minelab hater, just because I have the temerity to criticise some of their products. This is ridiculous, as I will use whatever product produces gold for me. As a prospecting tool I now use a QED for a number of reasons. It is light and ergonomic. The target response is sharp and definite, and depth quite impressive. For areas that have been proven and have the potential of producing at greater depth, I have no qualms about using a GPZ and X coil, or a GPX with either X coil or concentric. Different detectors for different soil conditions. PS I now use X coils exclusively on my QED as I can run them on 'hotter' settings.
  12. I guess the market for the 19" coil is pretty much saturated here in Australia as can be seen by the number being offered on Ebay and other used product venues. Australia is a very small market compared with the USA, plus the fact that X coils have made a big impact here due in part that Aussies are more adventuress than our American cousins when it comes to taking a chance on something new. We once were a country that punched above our weight, which was proven when we took the America's cup from the country that had dominated in sailing from the beginning of that concept. New Zealand took over that crown with a much smaller population than Australia, and now produce the best sailing equipment in the world. A David in the Goliath world of sailing. If New Zealand had a larger gold field they would probably produce the world's best detector. Minelab has become the Goliath of metal detector technologies, but their 19" coil has become a heavy T model Ford compared with the X coils. The option to crushing and recycling these behemoths is to to try offering them as a 'freebie'. Minelab agents will spring to the defence of these over weight, over rated and over priced 'arm breakers' but that is to be expected. By the way, I am not an X coil agent, just a convert, and an ex ML 19" owner.
  13. Have to agree Rob. Minelab would without doubt be the biggest selling detector company in the world, but not really Australian anymore. They used to be, but are now really multi national. They manufacture in Malaysia, and only service and repair their latest detectors. If you own any of the earlier models you have to have any repairs done by independent technicians. A sad sign of the times I'm afraid, as Australia has lost so much of its manufacturing. We no longer have a car making industry, and so many other once proud Australian products are no more. Even many of the stores that sell all the overseas products are foreign owned as well. We have fallen back so far as to be almost a third world country, and a client state.
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