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    GPZ7000 X-Coils, QED, GPX4500 - Coiltek 10x5, NF14x9 EVO, X-Coils 12x6,15x14,15x10 10",12" SP01, Nox800, GM1000, GBP(Nel Coils), T2 (Mars Tiger), Keene A52S, Carrot AT, GoFind40, EuroAce.Vanquish 540

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  1. I was only reading the manual today..... it says and I quote, "The coil should remain parallel when lifting to the sweep height, approximately Β½-inch (10 mm) above the ground." I assume that's to help with mineralisation or perhaps they don't want damaged coils to replace under warranty πŸ™‚ I've noticed no negatives with scrubbing the ground, so 1cm off the ground, pretty close to touching it.
  2. I feel I should update this thread, When my Sampson T-handle bent as you may recall I'd only just got it, a couple of weeks from memory and it bent, the Fisher dealer in NZ I purchased it from closed down shortly after I bought it, he was basically in the process of closing down as I bought it so I had no recourse on getting warranty on it, I contacted the manufacturer W. W. Manufacturing Co in the USA to see if I had any options. I never did get a reply, but this turns out it was my fault, their reply must have gone into my junk mail and went unnoticed, out of the blue today they contacted me again but this time I noticed it in my junk, I consider this exceptional service, It broke in November and they replied first in November, now in April they follow up saying I never replied to their offer of sending me a replacement T-Handle. Who does that? Full credit to them for this.... I'd dismissed it as a write off and lesson learnt and started using my old shovel again. I've now given them my shipping details and thanked them for their great, no... beyond great, exceptional service. They clearly stand behind their product.
  3. Well, their Ace line is under serious attack from the Simplex and Vanquish. Even the new Bounty Hunter (F19 paintjob) will make the Ace series seem pretty pitiful although slightly more expensive I think. Entry level detectors are now stepping into the domain of the AT Pro if not surpassing it. They need to focus on how to stay in the game as I would imagine the entry level models were their biggest sellers. I would guess not too many people would be rushing out to buy an AT Pro at the moment. I don't know about in the USA but here a Vanquish 540 is cheaper than an Ace 400 and would walk all over it for performance. How would the Simplex compare to the At Pro in performance and features? I'd guess not far off it. In saying all this, I quite like my Ace 350.. a real soft spot for it. My first decent metal detector and from memory found my first silver with it in my front yard of all places, it's a depth demon in my soils with the Nel Tornado coil. If an Ace 400 came up really super cheap for sale near me, I'd not want to buy it and that says something πŸ™‚ I'm no doubt wrong about all of this and their Ace series and AT's are selling well.
  4. Well the Impulse is an entirely different detector and not in the same market as the QED, perhaps the delay now for the dry land prospecting version if it ever comes out will be the issue for those who were holding on. How many years can you wait before just getting an alternative and getting out there enjoying yourself. I don't see the point in waiting for a possible detector to come out one day and hope it's possibly better than what you can already buy now. If it's a couple of years away the spots you were going to take it to may get cleaned out in the meantime by others who didn't want to wait πŸ™‚
  5. Nothing can be more confusing and frustrating than what you're doing now. Follow the advice of the guys above. Don't mess with settings, that's just wrong, defaults are the settings the designers have worked out are the general settings that work well for most people in most situations, why mess with that when you have no idea what you're doing? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I've got hundreds of hours on my Nox 800 and I rarely change off default settings for anything other than sensitivity and I have no problems doing what I consider well on my Nox. I now understand why the Vanquish is the beginners version of a Nox, it stops people messing with things. If you follow the advice above I suspect you'll start to get the hang of things in short order and enjoy your detecting experience with some great finds, you've got the detector for the job. Starting out sure isn't easy, so make it as easy as you can... Park 1, defaults, sensitivity suitable for the location, lower the better when learning, 15 to 18 would be a good starting point. Factory reset your Nox and start again πŸ™‚
  6. One of the good things about these lock downs is people have had a lot of time on their hands, these videos about using the QED are pretty good and explain things that without using one might be a bit confusing. Qed's Mode's QED ground balance High / Low Target responses Finding Null Control Panel Buttons Explained Threshold A and Threshold B relationship These may help you get a bit of an idea on how it operates. And here is a video of me messing around with my QED using the 15" X-coil on a few bits of gold. You'll see my swing speed is quite fast, that's because I'm in Mode 1 and Mode 11 (no GB), if you slow down swing speed target response improve even more. You'll see at the end of the video the EMI blips occasionally but considering I can't use my GPX at all at this location unless I dumb it right down and I'm running the QED on maximum gain in it's most sensitive mode it's pretty good. It's the reason I wanted a QED, EMI..... Put on a smaller coil in this spot like the 12x6" or 10" X-coil and it's completely quiet even with the big power lines.
  7. The adjustment is nothing to do with your gold country in the USA, it's to do with your power network, with OZ having 240v 50hz, it's so the EMI immunity the QED has and is quite well known for is adjusted for the power lines in the USA. When buying one they automatically adjust it for the USA's power network if it's sold to someone in the US. Australia and NZ have 50Hz and the USA is a bit of an oddity at 60hz. It doesn't seem to be a major modification, more an adjustment. https://www.school-for-champions.com/science/ac_world_volt_freq.htm
  8. So I've decided I want a 24k, I thought I'd contact Whites directly to see what my options are seeing there are no Whites dealers in NZ and to ask if they've considered having a dealer here. I'm thinking my best option might be to wait until these virus problems are over so shipping resumes and try and order one from Australia and just suffer with the taxes and duties it will get being imported in that way. I first sent them an email from my Microsoft Outlook.com email address and got this CO1NAM03FT026.mail.protection.outlook.com rejected your message to the following email addresses: sales@whiteselectronics.com (sales@whiteselectronics.com) Your message was rejected by the recipient's domain because the recipient's email address isn't listed in the domain's directory. It might be misspelled or it might not exist. Try to fix the problem by doing one or more of the following: Send the message again - delete and retype the address before resending. If your email program automatically suggests an address to use, don't select it - type the complete email address. Clear the recipient Auto-Complete List in your email program by following the steps in this article. Then resend the message. For Email Administrators Directory based edge blocking is enabled for the recipient's organization and the recipient wasn't found in their directory. If the sender is using the correct address but continues to experience the problem, contact the recipient's email admin and tell them about the problem. To fix this they should resynchronize their on-premises and cloud directories. CO1NAM03FT026.mail.protection.outlook.com gave this error: Recipient address rejected: Access denied. AS(201806281) [CO1NAM03FT026.eop-NAM03.prod.protection.outlook.com] So I then tried from Gmail, just in case it's some weird glitch with outlook, surely Whites monitor their only sales email address at sales@whiteselectronics.com, the very email address they conduct their sales from off their website. The response from Gmail was similar.... Now I understand the folks at Whites aren't too Internet savvy, that's evident by their dated website but surely they would notice if their sales email isn't working by no emails coming into it, or do they just not get any sales queries so they haven't even noticed it not working? It appears their sales@whiteselectronics.com email address doesn't even exist.
  9. Great job on the rescue! Very glad you did that. Good on your son for instigating the rescue too. 0.01 of a gram is a good achievement, very small, nice flat bits though. I would have missed it as I'd dismiss smaller surface gold like that as a shotgun pellet and I couldn't possibly check all surface targets here, there is only so much time in a day πŸ™‚
  10. I often don't make sense. πŸ™‚ I was pointing out the flaws with the T2 and GBP missing features like volume control on the Bug and back light on both of them so just combining all these good attributes of these various detectors to make one good one and consolidating models a bit to have less of them but better ones from merging them into more competitive detectors on the features. As much as I don't use it, wireless audio should be standard on every detector sold now, so should be the backlight. I wonder if there are restrictions with the GBP's gain, it's pretty damn sensitive to small gold when maxed out. Maybe it just runs stable with a good design and 19khz being away from EMI? If it is limited I'd like a way to remove the restrictions! πŸ™‚ My volume control for the Gold Bug Pro is putting the neoprene rain cover on πŸ™‚ Works a treat.
  11. Thanks for doing these tests El Nino, great information. The Vanquish is a killer detector and I love jewellery mode on it. I like my Gold Bug Pro but it lacks the Depth of my T2 and the volume control as I hate headphones and the GBP is LOUD, if they could somehow make a F19 type detector with blue tooth wireless audio for those that like headphones and the features like back light, depth of the T2 and so on along with the better ID's the GBP has over the T2 it would be a reasonable detector to compete with a Vanquish and Simplex. It's great for competition and us the end users that the higher end machines are struggling to keep up with these new entry level detectors. It's about time these "new paint job" companies got their act together, they have the ability to do this stuff, it just takes more effort than the basic changes they do at the moment to make a new model. They need to consolidate their models and combine a lot of them to make a detector that's more competitive with the current offerings.
  12. What is that silver coin looking thing, and it appears as if you've found Papa Smurfs bourbon bottle.
  13. Everyone has that spot in their backyard they've been meaning to detect, getting permission (wife) is always the hard part with this location πŸ™‚ Then again, the baby boomers have got nothing on this, everyone locked up in their houses can only mean trouble.... there will be a whole new generation of Covid kids. I've got to get around to cleaning under my skid plates, I hate doing that as half them feel like they'll break taking them off. I've got thousands of coins that need the dirt cleaned off too. My GPZ could use a cut and polish and some of that Armorall spray to protect the plastic. It's worth about the same as a car. On that note has anyone considered spraying that stuff on their detectors, it's meant to protect plastics from fading and cracking in the elements. Cleans away dirt, dust and debris Helps prevent cracking, fading, discoloration and premature aging Enhances your vehicle’s deep, rich look and adds beautiful shine Helps renew and revitalize vinyl, rubber and plastic
  14. I'd kinda like a promo video of the new Garrett AT Ultra Max V3 with racing stripes having tanks crushing worthless metal detectors like he was talking about πŸ™‚ That'd be cool. Let's hope the detector is one worth releasing and they don't follow the others locking down aftermarket coils on it. Garrett is one of the few brands we can buy in NZ, only problem is they've not really had anything to buy.
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