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  1. I finally got out today with the S+. I went to a near by park . Auto Ground balanced at 45. The soil consists of an inch of black dirt , the rest is a yellowish- orange clayish mix, with rocks mixed in. The deepest I have ever found dimes here is about 6", and a silver barber quarter at 7" , 6 years ago, using a T2. I have used the nox 800, SEpro, F70, Atpro, Racer, and others here. Lots of alum trash, can slaw and some iron. I turned the volume up to the max setting on the S+, My 60 yr old years like the higher volume, Sensitivity max, it ran pretty quiet, Relic mode, Using the green wireless nokta headphones, which are very lightweight and comfortable. I have smaller ears so the cups cover my whole ear. I headed out into the baseball outfield. Right field, on up to the 1st and 2nd baseline area. I got a 26-28 signal , figuring I had a nickel, and dug up a gold colored or plated Michael Kors pendant at one inch. Its 1/4" diameter, and very thin. Sensitive 11" coil! I hit a solid 25 signal and figure this has to be a nickel, it was a square tab cut in half. Later I hit a solid 24, and that was a nickel at an inch. Most of the aluminum crap comes in from 30 to 60, so I soon did not bother to dig those signals. Yes I could miss a gold ring, but I don't need another 5 gallon bucket of pulltabs in the shed. Zincolns were hitting in the high 60's, A dime hit near 80, and quarters were 89-91. I hit a good sounding signal, with the numbers hitting around 65. I massaged the signal and the numbers climbed into the mid to upper 70's. The depth meter I think was showing 3 bars ,so I dug a bigger plug and lifted it out. I rescanned, and it was showing upper 80's. I dug deeper and at 6" was a clad quarter! There were a few holes I dug that were 8-9" , but I just did not want to go deeper, so I let those targets in the ground. This detector is DEEP. It is as deep, or deeper than the detectors I mentioned in the beginning. The draw backs are it does not visually ID as deep as the audio detects, which is really no surprise. If you are detecting in a sand beach or relic hunting in a field, be prepared to dig deep. Another negative park hunting is aluminum. If you are in the park setting , it has 3 tones, but the high tone kicks in at 43, which will include a lot of aluminum in the high range. The next park visit I will notch out the numbers from 30 to 60, and will eliminate most aluminum. Al screw caps come in the low 70's , so those will get dug. I really like the 0-100 target range , with nickels coming in about 25, clad coins start in the high 60's and up. The compressed numbers on the Nox I did not like. I noticed a lot of targets that came in from 30 to 60, usually bounced around, indicating odd shaped aluminum. I'm thinking most rings will lock on to one or two numbers , so by watching the target id, it may be possible to dig up a ring amongst the aluminum. I like it that the detector can be shortened up to about 29", its a space saver. Also the shaft lock system you can set the shaft size where you want it, unlike the hole and button system that can be adjusted every 3 inches. It was a fun hour and a half, I rescued 12 coins. In this price range , it has to be the deepest unit on the market! The poor mans Nox, I nicknamed it! HH
  2. My Simplex arrived today, and of course its snowing and 25 degrees out. Yesterday it was 75. So I'm stuck inside for a few days and figured I might as well make the most of the situation. Very well made unit. Here are some Target ID numbers, air testing, Silver half... 94 .Silver 25c …...90, silver dime ...83, nickle...25, one cent copper...73, 1c zinc 66, $1 gold coin...22, $2.50 gold....38, $5 gold, ….56. I like the wide spacing between the coins at the upper end of the scale. TRASH...……. rusty bottle cap....30's to 50's, plated cap....55, round pulltab with tail extended....30, round pulltab with tail bent over the ring....36, tail.....21, square tab....30, 3/4 " long lead fishing weight.....38. Alum twist cap...68. The relic mode tested out the deepest , followed by all metal , then park mode. I In relic mode, I manually set up the GB at 90, full sensitivity , volume at 4, no headphones. Inside my 12 x 24' shop with 3 fluorescent lite fixtures and a pellet stove cranking out heat. Repeatable audio signal, 50c silver …...17"...…. VID readout 11"...……...25c silver , 14" &10"...……...10c silver, 13" & 9", 5c......14" &11", 1c copper, 14" &10" , Ultra thin womans 14k gold ring......13" &10" $1 gold coin, 11" & 8", 2.50 gold coin..13" &10", 4% gold coin...15" & 10". In park mode with is 3 tone, and a faster speed, for better separation, same settings, as the relic mode, solid audio & solid VID readout is as follows. 50C....13" & 11", 25c....12" & 10", 10c....10" & 9", 5c....12" & 10", 1c..10" & 9", ultra thin gold 14k gold ring.....10" & 9" , $1 gold...9" & 6", 2.50 gold..11" & 9", $5 gold..12" & 10". Air depths in all metal mode were about an inch greater than the audio in park mode. These are all air tests, it will be interesting how this unit does in real soil testing conditions. I had an EQ800 and loved it, but had to let it go in summer when my wife ran up some hefty medical bills. This unit is waterproof like the EQ, but an affordable price tag( for me). I think I will really like the expanded target readout range. That was one thing I disliked about the EQ, was the compressed VID numbers. The EQ was one heck of a performer , but I think I will have just as much fun with this unit! When it warms up I will get out and share my results , thoughts and opinions! HH. Red
  3. Back in June my wife got very sick. I ended up selling the EQ800. I will be getting a simplex , as it will be a better fit in my budget, but it is the waterproof design that has won me over, vs the Vanquish.
  4. Amazing performance for the price. I have one coming in a few days.
  5. I'd love to see them make a 4 x 18 coil. I had a Tesoro unit years ago, what a freaking clad broom. Should have kept it but I missed having a TID readout. If N/M made one for the Simplex, how many more Simplex's would they sell just for that coil? I bet a ton.
  6. Garrett had a similar problem when they came out with their ATPro 's years ago. Some kind of coil shielding issue. It can happen to the best of them. I like how N/M come right out and admit it/ and correct it. Good Job.
  7. Well I hope some of you guys jumped on the bull market currently taking place in the precious metals arena. My stock account is up over 75% so far this year. Gold is currently consolidating around $1500 an oz. Next stop is $1700-1800 , then another pullback or consolidation. The big boys feel gold should hit $3000 an Oz , in a year or two. Bullmarkets are fun, but its wise to also know when to take the profits and run . They can move fast up and down. Enjoy!
  8. I think this is pretty slick. I use the EQ800 in shallow water to 3' deep. Our lake bottoms here are packed gravel. Its hard to pinpoint the target with a 11" coil. That 5" coil will be a slick pinpointer. It should cut my target recovery time by quite a bit. I also like the replaceable tip cover as Phrunt pointed out. I have to keep my Garrett carrot dry as the tip is starting to wear thru. I epoxied it, but care is warranted.
  9. Its amazing what features we are now getting for the price. Its a real race to the bottom price wise. In a few years how many detector companies will be out of business?
  10. I have never owned an xp, I'm tempted to try one also. I hear a lot of good things about them, what sends a chill up my leg is the light weight. My aching shoulder would love it. I think it would complement my nox 800 rather well. Just a tad pricey, I can live with that. I also like the simplicity of the controls. I don't use a detector full time to be able to remember all the fine tune settings that the deus has. I'll let the guinea people try them out first before I make my final decision. I like Calabash's videos he does in his test garden. I hope he videos it also in his patch of nasty test dirt he has. I have to wonder if the ORX was designed to compete with the Equinox?
  11. Goldbrick, Daniel has a nox 600 and in his red dirt, the 600 does the best of all the vlf machines he has ever used . Daniel knows his stuff, been detecting for a long time and tells it like it is.
  12. http://www.dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/read.php?2,152652,page=28 Here it is, read the post by Daniel. Nasa Tom that responds is helping market the unit. Maybe had some design input also.
  13. On the Dankowski forum about a month ago, 2 guys were testing a Tarsacci in the Tennessee red dirt, and it did not do well at all. I would wait for more testing before I would part with $1500 . Now maybe they did not have it set up right, or the machine was defective, , or it does not do well in mineralized dirt? It seems to do well in salt environments.
  14. If the overseas seller would put them on Ebay, that would make purchasing/ selling so simple.
  15. Thanks for the explanation , Steve. The only pulse I ever owned was a few decades ago, the Garrett XL200. It ignored all bad ground, but then it was not a deep machine. I did find a bunch of gold rings with it though.
  16. Sounds like a good one. Forgive my ignorance, I was under the assumption that pulse detectors ignored the ground. Does anyone know why this unit is not suited for mineralized ground, but only salt water beaches? TIA
  17. Gold is starting to take out the $1300 level, next stop $1360. Pretty good resistance level at 1360, it may take a while to break thru that level. When it does, it should garner a lot of attention from the chart watchers.
  18. type in " Minelab equinox waterproof earbuds", and they should come up. The seller is in California, " ailen07"
  19. I just received a pair of corded waterproof earbuds I bought on ebay for $46. Comes with the 90 degree end that screws into the control box. Im very satisfied with the volume on these. Maybe even slightly louder than the pelsos' . I probably will not be under water much, but will use these on hot days .
  20. Micheal Oliver just posted another short article at King world news if you are interested. This guy is pretty sharp. Yeah, I am invested in detectors also, no gold fields near by though. I think its been a few years since I dug up some gold jewelry. Lots of fools gold though, tungsten, titanium , buckets of aluminum.?
  21. The jury is still out on the Tarsacci. Not hearing a lot about the results on that one. I hear rumors its a flop in highly mineralized soils. Some positive posts on the Great salt lake beaches. I 'm taking a wait and see attitude about it. Not gonna be a guinea pig on that unit. I'm curious to see how the manta performs. Seems to hold some promise, as there are some videos out.
  22. When the ID flashes a good number or two, along with undesirable numbers, I dig it. So many times I have dug up coins and bits of trash in the same hole. The detector was correctly ID' ing all the items. Its so fast and seperates so well, it took a bit to get used to this type of performance ! Love my EQ800!
  23. I did the update when it came out. My next trip to the beach , on my first signal, the ID was all over the place. Jumping from 12 to the high 20's and everything in between. I thought, man this update sure sucks. I dug up the target anyway, and it was a 12 coin spill in a 6" area. Nickels, pennies, dimes and quarters. OK no wonder why the ID was all over the place!! LOL. Update is working fine. I get a laugh every time I think back to my first target with the new update!
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