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    GPZ 7000 14/19, SDC 2300, SP01, GM 1000, GPX 6000 (soon)

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  1. I start to wonder if they have serious production issues. That could explain why they are so muted.
  2. What a good and productive discussion this has been. Thanks afreakofnature for having started this thread. There are clearly differences in opinions, but I note how much better our discussions have become, void of any personal attacks or nasty comments like we had back in the "X-coil days".
  3. Thanks for your valuable comments, JP, as always! I find your comment regarding the history of the smoothing feature on GPZ interesting (that it is some sort of relict from the past from operators who are afraid of loosing control). When the info about the 6000 started to appear, I wondered why there is no smoothing anymore, now I understand why. I have always advocated to use sensitivity wisely and control ground/target response conservatively via volume and threshold function in Normal, or eventually going to difficult but leaving smoothing off. For me personally, this means that I can go on
  4. Thanks for sharing, Nenad. This is a very nice demonstration. I usually shy away from high smoothing but I agree in your case this was a nice and clear target ID. A good example of how the Zed can operate in high EMI conditions and still be productive.
  5. What a great motivation and attitude. The more you know about your detector the better you will use all available settings to your advantage! I find the GPZ to be an incredible versatile machine. Although each of us have their own to go settings, no settings are universally applicable for all situations. Knowing the underlying principles for each function and how they relate to each other will make you an expert. Alot of gold is waiting for you 🙂
  6. I suggest to go into JP's posts and read what he has written over the years on this topic. There is such a wealth of information in his posts and I highly recommend to read it. I don't think many questions will remain about GPZ settings after reading through his posts. He is by far the most qualified to speak on this topic. 🙂
  7. This is a matter of opinion. I prefer to run sensitivity in more conservative ranges but keep all filtering off, whenever possible, and make adjustments to volume/treshold if needed. Works great for me. An to quote the "man with the ring": " High Yield Normal has oodles of sensitivity even with sensitivity set to 9. Do not be afraid to lower the Volume right down to 4 or 5." (JP)
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  9. JP has written about the settings extensively and I recommend to look into the previous threads on this topic. Some really good info there. My bottom line, everybody runs the GPZ somewhat differently. The general consensus is (with some few exceptions...) that HY/Normal/ Smoothing off/ semi-auto GB gives the biggest bang for the buck, assuming the ground allows it. Some of the main differences come from how you prefer to ID your target. Some crank the sensitivity all the way up and tolerate a very noisy threshold with alot of ground/EMI signals mixed in, some others (like me) prefer to reduce
  10. I find the treshold volume and volume controls to be the most imapctful GPZ funtions. Together with low smooting (if needed) you can rescue Normal mode for many difficult grounds. Sensitivity in Normal is somewhat less important. I keep it at around 6-7 and that has plenty power.
  11. Very good point you are raising. I think the problem is that high-end gold detectors by nature struggle with discrimination in the high performance mode because both ferrous and mineralized soil produce the same type of signal (called +X). Non-ferrous targets produce -X. This obviously causes a major problem, as the soil signal interferes with target ferrous/non-ferrous measurements, especially because the strength of signal from the soil is often much larger than the target signals (small gold nuggets embedded in large +X producing soil). For large targets or targets very close to the coil th
  12. That looks awesome. For how long does it last?
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