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  1. I didn't get to do a proper prospecting trip today as my back was still sore from my days of sluicing so my wife decided I needed to rest rather than make my back worse. I don't know which was more painful... my back or not being allowed to go use my new toy. 🙂 I took the detector down to the river behind my house to have a swing over some little nuggets. First impression..... The screen is great, I love the modern design and easy to use interface, a vast improvement over the GPX with it's knobs and switches. Felt far more modern than the GPX. The screen is also bad, as it's damn hard to see it in bright sunlight, I did notice it has brightness controls so maybe I need to play with it a bit more to adjust it, after all I was in default everything. The detector itself seems easy to use and understand, I was using it like I'd been using it for months on my first time. No difficulties understanding anything and it has a very nice interface. The threshold was very stable, far more so than I'm used to with the GPX Ran near the power lines fine, no issues at all, a feature that I see as a real benefit for my detecting locations. It felt heavier than the GPX, maybe due to the bigger coil, I prefer smaller coils on the GPX for most of my detecting I love the swing arm, why did I take so long to get one these things, what a feature! brilliant. Used the settings suggested above and was able to detect all of my test nuggets, wasn't as good as I hoped on very small nuggets but I am sure once I put the 10" X-coil on it that will dramatically change. I can't wait to get that coil, it's the main reason I wanted a GPZ. Audio was nice, it sounds slightly different to the GPX but similar enough you get used to it very quickly, in fact it sounded better. Sensitivity and depth on bigger targets... incredible. Gain? Max was possible, wasn't too bad at all, the threshold became a little unstable but targets still really stood out Ground balance wasn't an issue, my soil was invisible to it without doing anything. Of course I will do the procedure but I didn't need to Overall impression, love it. I can't wait to take it for a proper detect..... So am I very happy with the purchase? You bet I am, extremely happy and very thankful to a very special person who made it possible. I did not expect to ever own a GPZ and it's not even my birthday for a couple of weeks yet! 🙂 👍 I'm not bothered by a pending new detector that could be better than the GPZ or I would have held off on the purchase just in case.. The GPZ + 10" and 12" X-coil is my dream combination and that's becoming a reality for me. Happy as can be!
  2. A decent video comparing targets on the Vanquish Vs the Equinox. The Vanquish really looks like the perfect first detector for someone, easy to use, built based on the Equinox so performance is pretty damn impressive.
  3. I hate when I decide not to dig a target then have non-diggers regret and try go back and find it and can't..... I think I passed up on a half crown the other day because of this, my non dig decision was largely as a girl turned up with her dog.
  4. I had some freaky problems with my GPX at one point, including not being able to save settings, when turned off any settings you'd changed went back to defaults and sometimes the screen wouldn't come on. I disconnected the ribbon cable inside it, cleaned the contacts with pure alcohol and then it started working fine again. I think it just had bad contact, worth a try as it's simple to do. Mines been fine for many months now after doing that.
  5. Thanks, great tips, I am trying to find a control box cover for it, it appears you can't buy one in NZ so I'll have to try find one overseas that posts to NZ for a reasonable price.
  6. Awesome, thanks for the prompt reply and good information! Gotta love this forum. I still have both kidneys too!
  7. I am after some advice, I purchased a GPZ 7000 late yesterday and of course I am keen to take it out today for a test drive. I am pretty clueless with this machine, although I've watched JW use it many times I've not paid any attention to how he runs it or what he does with it as I never thought I'd be buying one. I think his settings may not be ideal for me yet anyway as he runs it crazy hot, being a beginner I'd probably need more tame stable settings 🙂 JW is unable to be contacted this weekend, Queenstown's big music festival of the year which JW always attends going on for the weekend so he's off at that so I can't get any advice off him for my mission today. I was hoping GPZ users here would be able to give me some advice on what to do. I don't have time to properly read the manual today as I've got a big drive to get to a gold spot, I was thinking I'd just do a quick start and get going but if there is something obvious I should be doing to use it in mild soils please let me know. If the default settings are more suitable for tough soils I'd be wasting my time. I'll have to start reading the manual tonight after I've used it today 🙂 I've ordered a 10" and 12" X-coil for it which I believe to be the best two coils for use in NZ with JW's results. I'm also going to use the Chet method of a longer style adapter patch cable for it, I like the idea of his method and it also makes changing coils easier which I like the idea of. Here's my new toy. Any help greatly appreciated.
  8. It's the new generation of coils that far exceed stock coils in my opinion, the change from bundle wound to flat wound on coils is a real stand out to me when it comes to performance, especially sensitivity to smaller targets which as you know is vital for me with our giant NZ gold 🙂 and you're completely right, I love new toys and innovation.
  9. I can assure you from my experience you can keep going back for weeks and find more. I don't know why or how, maybe different angles, different soil moisture levels or something.... be sure to try with a different detector too, I've found I get different results. You've found a great spot.
  10. I would say due to legal issues there. Cloning that chip is possible. Selling a clone of that chip is breaking laws. Minelab would hunt them down. The current method they are using is completely legal.
  11. I've never been disappointed with an aftermarket coil purchase yet, I rarely run an OEM coil on any of my detectors that have aftermarket options as I've ALWAYS found aftermarket coils are better. The Minelab GPX is a prime example of aftermarket coils far exceeding that of OEM coils, a lot of people never even use their stock coil, some leave it behind at the dealer for a discount on an aftermarket coil at the time of detector purchase while others just keep it as a decoration like I did 🙂 These Equinox coils are very new and obviously have their limitations with the adapter taking away the waterproof side of things although a waterproof adapter could be easily made if one really wanted one. I'm very happy these guys are giving it a go, making coils for a detector that otherwise has been abandoned when it comes to coil choice, which seems to be Minelab's standard operation now. I can't believe Minelab still release the GPX4500/5000 with the same crusty old 11" Commander coil they first sold with it over a decade ago even though they're very aware people now mostly run the new flat wire coils and don't use their Commander, the GPX coils have changed a lot over the years with the aftermarket guys innovation. Why haven't Minelab made new Commander coils to suit today's needs? I'm glad they're not Car manufacturers... they'd make great Cars but we'd still have Fred Flintstones concrete wheels on them..... I look forward to seeing how these new Equinox coils progress over the coming year. What I can't believe is Minelab appear to be completely blind to their customers wants and needs forcing people to innovate and do it themselves. What these Equinox aftermarket coil guys have shown and also X-coils is if Minelab think they'll throw chips in coils to stop aftermarket coils, it won't. They can try all they like to stop aftermarket coils but every method they try will just be a game of whack a mole 🙂 Lack of competition has caused this.
  12. I've paid for my Equinox a few times over with it's finds, My GPX has cost me twice what I paid for it in fuel to get to spots to try find gold 😄 My QED hasn't paid for itself but hasn't had enough time in the field yet to make it fair, at least it's cost is achievable being a more reasonably priced detector. My other VLF's were retired long before they had enough use to pay for themselves although I'd say the T2 has paid for itself.
  13. We must have very different rules here as if a product died that quickly we could refuse to get it "repaired" and take it back to where we purchased it and either get a full refund or a replacement instantly. Even once the manufacturer warranty period has expired the product is expected to last a reasonable time outside of that period that a government agency determines, if it fails outside of warranty the manufacturer is required to repair it if it dies within what the government thinks is an unreasonable life for the product. An example is I had a Samsung washing machine replaced with a brand new one when it was over a year out of the manufacturers 2 year warranty and they came out to swap it over and hook up the new one for me, I had a TV refunded in full about 2 years into it's 3 year warranty when it died and they retailer no longer had a suitable replacement model which I was then able to buy another far better TV with the refund money and have some good change as prices had changed so much in that time 🙂 The retailer that sold it is responsible for the product warranty here, not the manufacturer, some try to send you off to the manufacturer to get it repaired but you can refuse and get the retailer to deal with it on your behalf paying all shipping fees. Once you are aware of the consumer laws here you have the upper hand that's for sure. Good luck Chuck 🤣
  14. yes, it's looking like a shield wire going to the connector, same thing is done with the X-coils adapter to prevent noise. I will see if I can get the money together to buy one of their coils at some point soon like the 9.5 x 5.5 but I have a rather big investment going on at the moment which will slow me down and then I'll buy another 6 inch as a sacrificial coil seeing it's the cheapest coil to get the chip out of it and give it a go. I should be able to put the 6" back together and just use it as a dry land coil as I wouldn't bother trying to make it waterproof again after opening it up 🙂 I'll just use some black marine grade epoxy to glue it all back together. I have a few litres of it in my garage from when I was fixing the ol' boat.
  15. I wouldn't rush into it until more is known about it, you'd need the adapter for a start, probably cheaper to buy a 6" and make your own seeing it's the cheapest coil, it looks very simple to make. You could always email them info@foxmd.ru
  16. Time will tell I guess, they do seem good and there is a massive range. They've been out for a few months by the look of it now..... but yes, the Russians, Ukranians and Europeans in general seem to know what they're doing when it comes to coils. X-coils, Nel, Mars, Detech, the list goes on.... The best coils in the world in my opinion come from that part of the world.
  17. I figured I should post this here as I posted the information elsewhere on the forum that's less relevant than here. Our extremely innovative Russian friends have managed to make a range of aftermarket coils for the Equinox, they remove the security chip out of your coil, reseal your coil and give you an adapter which then allows you to run aftermarket coils. They make a range of sizes too. My pick of the bunch would be the 9.5x5.5! That's the range of sizes and pricing in Russian currency. You can find out more about it here on these Russian forums, you'll have to use Google translate or something similar to read it. Original thread http://foxmd.ru/index.php?route=product/category&path=77_92 More information http://foxmd.ru/index.php?route=product/category&path=93 And videos from them about the coils and lucky last 🙂 When nobody can do it, the Russians do and they do it well.
  18. Sorry Erik, this was an old thread, the coils aren't compatible, Minelab aren't kind enough to do that even though it would be clearly possible, they've put a different plug end on them and the chip inside the coil appears to be different. Our extremely innovative Russian friends have managed to make a range of aftermarket coils for the Equinox, they remove the security chip out of your coil, reseal your coil and give you an adapter which then allows you to run aftermarket coils. They make a range of sizes too. That's the range of sizes and pricing in Russian currency. You can find out more about it here on these Russian forums, you'll have to use Google translate or something similar to read it. Original thread http://foxmd.ru/index.php?route=product/category&path=77_92 More information http://foxmd.ru/index.php?route=product/category&path=93 And videos from them about the coils When nobody can do it, the Russians do and they do it well.
  19. it appears the forum has really kicked into gear with great finds over Christmas. I've spent a good part of today trying to catch up on the action I missed while I was away and boy have there been some great finds, I ran out of likes in the first few minutes of getting home 🙂 It's got me all motivated to go fire up my detector and find something good myself however I have a sore back from all the digging with my sluice so I want to rest it before I go digging anything more! 🙂
  20. Thanks Geof, it's going to spend the rest of it's life in my little box of treasures next to my silver/ivory gold miners ring I found last year. I used this website to work out what coin it was, it's pretty good for working out Chinese coins http://www.calgarycoin.com/reference/china/chinaid.htm
  21. Wow, you're doing well Erik, I knew you would, first person to hit the island with a good detector! Sorry I can't leave likes on all of your great finds, I'm fresh out after being away for a couple of weeks my supply was long used up before I found your thread here. I'm so pleased for you with the great finds and many more to come no doubt, you're killing it. Get in the water and detect around where everyone swims! You've no doubt paid for your detector already, now you just need some of the waterproof headphones and you'll be like a kid in a candy store 🙂 Thanks for your posts, an enjoyable read and I'm so happy for your success.
  22. I hope all gets better for you Lacky! I think I found my Chinese coin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiyuan_Tongbao Years of minting 621–907 Why a Chinese miner would have such an old coin on them I don't know, maybe a pendant around his neck that was hooked on a branch of a bush near the creek, would explain the break in it.
  23. Thanks for the story and what a great find! I had to google what this "Moffat & Co" thing means and they were a private mint and regarded as the best private minted coins, that sucker is worth a fortune. https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1849-5-moffat/10240 Sure is a find of a lifetime. Well done 🙂
  24. Thanks Peg, I'm surprised I've found one when in all JW's years detecting gold country around here where the Chinese worked heavily he hasn't found one, we'd both missed this one in the past... probably because it was under a little waterfall., they come up a very good non-ferrous signal on the GM too once you get close enough to one so they'd be a dig me target on any detector. Maybe the Chinese didn't use them much and just traded gold, in these early gold mining times NZ didn't even have it's own currency and ran off the British currency and the Aussie currency was also generally accepted so you would think the Chinese miners would use their own currency to trade between each other. It wasn't until 1933 the first NZ coins were minted.
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