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  1. Steve, I was thinking the same thing this week. Since all we ever hear from First Texas is silence my guess is that the platform has been abandoned. Reminds me of their multi frequency that was touted and then just vanished. Too bad but as a manufacturer First Texas is no longer a serious player in the industry. Bill
  2. I"m with Chase. Look, we all love Dilek. She has an engaging personality. But at the same time, I think most of us just want to know two things: 1. What is contained in the update? 2. When will it be made available? Powerpoint would be an easy way to accomplish these things. Then Dilek could follow up with that great personality of hers for those of us who want to hang around beyond the facts.
  3. Steve, As usual, all good points. I do know several Deus II owners who bought an adapter that moves the mount point to the center of the coil and they love the balance. And I'm so glad that you mentioned the silly antenna. I posted about that same issue a couple of months ago and got ripped for being a complainer. Bill
  4. Jeff, I have two friends who have been using their Deus II's at several inland parks and their results mirror yours. These parks have been hit hard by every machine through the Equinox and were considered by most of us to be hunted out. The Deus II has changed the game. My buddies have been astonished how many double digit nickel days they have had over the last couple of weeks. What makes this even more interesting is that many of the nickels, including a number of Buffaloes, have been shallow targets i.e. 6" or less. They have also been shocked at how much old clad they are digging. Thank you for posting your results and I look forward to more from you. By the way, they are both using the 11" coil. Bill
  5. Thanks, guys. I know Monte, haven's spoken to him a while. Be nice to get back in touch with him. Bill
  6. How many read a "1" on the Equinox. When I've found chains with my Equinox they have all read "1."
  7. Just curious if anyone has/still uses a Pantera? I know very little about the detector except that it had exceptional notch discrimination in its day. Bill
  8. George, I just saw this post and you scored! The XS was my very first ML machine. Mine was just like yours except mine had the Minelab meter. Wish I'd never sold it. I've been looking for one myself but the XS is hard to find. I hope you hunt with yours and post a find or two. Bill
  9. I think the Pro Coil was the only difference but could be wrong. The Pro Coil originated with the Etrac and initially was only Etrac dedicated. The coil was so successful that Minelab added it to the SE.
  10. That's interesting, George. A good friend of mine on another forum, Bryce Brown, and I used to playfully argue about which was better, the SE or an Explorer II with a Pro Coil. Bryce swore his SE was better inland and at the beach while I voted for my Explorer II with the Pro Coil. I'm assuming you had an Explorer II at one point. Ever run it with the Pro coil?
  11. Well put, Chase. I will second what Chase is saying here and put it a different way: let's everyone please let Nokta/Makro get the Legend out of the gate. Every time that they issue an update these unsubstantiated rumors seem to surface. Personally I would be very surprised if any manufacturer would release an update on a detector that reduced the depth to 1/2. Look at the Deus II. When a software revision was issued only to create larger TID numbers, immediately stories about reduced performance surfaced that ultimately turned out to be bunk. So please everyone, with the Legend, if you install the update, use it first. For more than an hour in a test garden. Then post some relevant testing or better yet, how about posting what you found? That's what I'm interested in, what the thing finds.
  12. What I remember most about the XS was that huge loud "bong" sound it would make when it hit a target like a quarter. I had never heard anything like it! Funny how small the world is. I went to college at Ashland College (not a university back then) and never heard of Earth's Treasures and Dick Noel until I moved to California. Sure miss that part of the country, it's a great place to live.
  13. I would have to split my vote in two, one for when i was a kid and one for when i was an adult. My White's Coinmaster III TR, which me and my mom bought together back in 1972, was super fun. Nobody back then metal detected. We hunted together, I swung and she dug. We found a lot of cool stuff. In 1994 my mom and I went detector shopping together again. We went to a place called Earth's Treasures in I think Mansfield, Ohio and met a fellow there named Dick Noel. I was all set to buy a Fisher CZ 5 Quicksilver but Dick told me to check out something called a Minelab Sovereign XS. He demonstrated the Sovereign to us and my mother looked at me and said "buy it." That detector was a game changer. Despite all of the innovations since then, I never had more fun as an adult as I did with that Sovereign. At the time there was nothing like it.
  14. Love this mod, perhaps XP will incorporate something similar. Makes total sense. Well done.
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