Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by phrunt

  1. The Cors Strike is the Nel Tornado correct? damn fine coil. I've noticed mine likes silvers!
  2. At least that computer has the fast load cartridge, 5x faster loading! I'm 70% satisfied with the Equinox, to get that other 30% all Minelab need to do is make new coils or even better make new coils and give the likes of Nel the information they need to make a range of coils for it. If that happened I'd be 100% satisfied with it and be content not looking at other VLF's unless a major technology change came which unfortunately is pretty unlikely. It does all I need in a VLF and it was quick and easy to learn.
  3. oh wow, it ended up over a gram, fantastic! As JW said, no gold for me, I was certain at one point I had a bit, I was smashing up the bedrock getting right down in it and the signal lived on and on then it finally popped out and it was a damn shotgun pellet... how it got there I have no idea. I dug about 40 pellets, a few boot tacks and some 22 shells, nothing too exciting but the heat was getting to me far more than usual... I had 3 dunking's in the creek in the time we were there. The jet boat ride in the afternoon was a good cool down and great fun, love that little thing.
  4. phrunt

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for the intro Morgan, welcome 🙂
  5. I spoke to Rohan today about them, he's the guy that makes them. They're still coming, they'll be ready late April, early May. I'm glad as every new major new coil type like this seems a game changer for GPX detectors. I may even get myself one.
  6. Nice finds, they're all so close to the same date, maybe lost at the same time?
  7. Hi Erik, Welcome to the forum, the GPZ 7000 is a fantastic choice, the best gold metal detector there is without a doubt. The ground scanners you're looking at would not be of much use to you for what you're trying to achieve. Make sure if you do buy a GPZ 7000 you get it from an authorized dealer as I believe in African regions it's quite possible you could be buying a fake detector.
  8. billdean, jinmon.. I love your attitudes. It's only a matter of time, keep going.... you'll get there, you're doing it right... It just has to be there to find it. It's the joy of the hunt, the joy gets better once you start finding it. Your time can only come if you keep trying then the addiction starts.....
  9. Thanks for the post Lanny, cheered me up on a day I was needing so. I really enjoy your posts.
  10. Hi Jim, glad to see you posting again, I hope your computer troubles are resolved. You're right about the Ace, it's a fixed ground balance unit and seems to really like our mild soils, I'm sure if in a different environment the results would be very different. It might well be why the Ace detectors are quite popular in Europe due to their mild soils also. They were so popular there Garrett made a special European version of the Ace, The Euroace setup for European coinage. I have noticed on my T2 if I forget to ground balance it when I use it on coins the Target ID's are very off, after a ground balance they become much better. This clearly shows me how much better a unit runs balanced to the soil type. I guess the balance the Euroace is set to is just about right for the soil type here. I was contemplating not even doing a post about those finds, they were nothing overly special to anybody but myself, however the idea of the post was to show the advantages of situations where EMI is normally present and taking advantage of a small window of time when EMI was gone. I am very happy with the Nel Tornado, It's results are similar to the Detech Ultimate, I'd like to compare the two coils on the same detector but that's not going to happen, I don't intend to buy anymore coils for the Ace or the Gold Bug as they're not my primary detectors.
  11. Good on ya Moe! It's great you want to resolve your mistake! It's not good you're going through tough times, hopefully it all sorts itself out for you.
  12. That's a nice looking nugget, well done! Thanks for the post and great story.
  13. phrunt

    First Post

    Welcome Rob, I'm pleased you've decided to start posting. As you've seen people are always willing to help so be sure to fire away with any questions you've got.
  14. Australia gets those big dust storms quite often, there was one so bad one year when I was living there I could barely see my car parked about 3 meters in front of me. It's just wind picks up over the deserts inland and blows it towards the east coast cities where a majority of the population live. Cars were getting clogged up air filters in that storm and breaking down.
  15. Sorry for my late replies for some reason I lost this thread, the Lord of the Ring's ring was the genuine article, 18k gold.
  16. I like how small the battery is and at about 1.8kg it's a good weight, I like the T2 style rod too. It seems they have listened to their customers. I can't wait to see the gold detecting model when it comes out.
  17. 😀 It's not a butterfly, although I can see how you think it is, it does look like one now that you mention it, it's a Maori carved head or 'koruru'. I find it very interesting how deep the Ace detectors are and they do appear to love silver coins. You should try find out what coil he was using, I am guessing the Tornado, it seems the popular combination for the Aces, especially in the UK. The river behind me has trout and salmon, it and others nearby are considered some of the best fly rivers in the world. My towns main tourism attraction is for fly fishers. Next time I find a deep target like that using the Euroace I am going to try mess around a bit with the Equinox to see if I can get it, lowering the recovery speed and changing out of Park 1. I am sure the Nox can hit on them but maybe not in default Park 1 settings. The Ace had the advantage of the bigger coil too.
  18. I've been stuck at home the past few days, my car decided to break down for the first time in it's life, the starter motor died and it seems I also have a fuel pump problem which is getting repaired soon, the starter motor is fixed so I'm mobile again as of late today. Seeing I've been stuck at home time has been spent doing work around the house rather than anything exciting however today something unusual happened. The big power lines that come from the windmills behind my house that power the surrounding area were shut down for about 2 hours with them diverting power from another area I guess as we didn't lose power but the lines were disconnected. The reason for this is the old wooden power lines they have passing over the river are no longer suitable and they've upgraded to lines that span over the river rather than having a pole in the water. I had a couple of hours around my property with no interference from the power lines nearby and I was stuck at home bored, a win win situation. It's a pain in the rear in some ways as my outlook from the house now has big power lines in it that didn't exist before but these things happen. This is a photo of my back fence with a helicopter dragging the lines across the river which is behind the willow trees you see just below the helicopter. All action down there at the moment with cranes and helicopters buzzing around all day long. It was amazing to watch the helicopter flying along unwinding the wire between the poles. The old power lines are to the left of the photo and there are about 15 windmills up on the hills you see in the background that power the area. The little fence in the middle is to stop my dog getting in the back area as it used to have some pet sheep in there like all kiwi's have, they're now in the freezer. 🙂 This is a photo of the river, unfortunately according to history, and my attempt with my sluice there is no gold in it 😞 This photo was taken around my neck of the woods and KiwiJW lives up in among those snow capped peaks up that way. The other direction further south is the bottom of the country and has a cloud that never seems to leave and rains all the time, next stop, Antartica 🙂 I covered my entire back area with the Nox 800 and 11" coil in Park 1 with sensitivity 25 and all defaults and popped up two old 5 cent coins, pretty happy with that as I've hammered my yard over the past year with my detectors practicing how to use them but I've never been able to crank it up to 25 due to the power lines, usually sitting on about 21 sensitivity. One is from 1998 and the other 1999 but they're very different colours from corrosion which is a bit odd. I gave up on the Nox after finding no more and was going to go get the Gold Bug Pro as I'm enjoying using it lately with the Detech Ultimate coil, it is a really good combination on coins but as my last good find was the silver coin in my backyard using the Garrett Euroace I picked it up, that and the fact it still had batteries in it where the Gold Bug didn't. The Gold Bug doesn't care about the power lines at all and I can run it in maximum sensitivity in my yard anyway so perhaps it was a good idea to use the Euroace as I usually have to run it 2 bars off maximum when near the power lines. The power was still not running through the lines so the Euroace ran at maximum sensitivity with no false signals so I went over the area again, the area between the two fences you see in the photo but it extends 50 meters by 25 meters (164x82 feet). I got a signal I'd never noticed before with any other detector including the Nox I'd just used in this area. It was repeatable and giving a pretty solid target identifiaction on the Euroace, only moving between 2 notches. I dug and recovered a coin, about 35 cm's deep (13.7 inches) and thought wow, what's a semi modern 10 cent doing down that deep and threw it in my pocket and kept detecting. Nothing else exciting turned up so I went to get the T2 to give it a turn but by the time I moved the batteries over from the Euroace to the T2 the power was back on so I didn't get to give it a chance. When I came inside and cleaned up the coins I noticed the 10 cent coin wasn't all it appeared, it's an old 1967 One Shilling also having 10 written on it as it was produced in the year that NZ transitioned to decimal currency. I've never seen one before, well before my time.... This is the normal older style 10 cent I'd find, note it no longer has One Shilling written on it Here is a short video the reserve bank of NZ did in the year this coin was produced to inform people of the change over, it has my One Shilling/10 cent in it Also a news story about the change-over https://nzhistory.govt.nz/nz-adopts-decimal-currency Sure, it's probably not the most valuable find but I'd never seen one before and it's the fact I was able to find it in a completely hunted out area because of a power outage, It's worth using power outages to your advantage if you ever encounter one. Some research on the coin says this about it, " Over the years a few things have happened in this coin series. The coin catalog reports that many of the 1967-dated coins were melted in 2006, and this sends their price up a little bit over other dates. " It's still of little value to them, but to me it's priceless, afterall I found it. 🙂 The Garrett Euroace with Nel Tornado coil proved again it's a deep detecting combination. It's the second time now it's found a coin my other detectors have missed. I don't know enough about the technical side of it but I think the low 8.25khz frequency and 12x13" Nel Tornado coil size is the secret to it's depth. This is a review of the Nel Tornado on the Euroace which I tend to agree with pretty much everything he says, it's a great coil https://www.detectorreviews.co.uk/nel-tornado-garrett-coil-review/
  19. Congratulations strick, it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy! I like that weird sun thing too! Thanks for all your posts also GB_Amateur, as if you didn't post all that info I'd have no idea what to be excited about 🙂 He's been on a roll lately.
  20. The sites not closed down so to speak, the hosting is still operating, for example if you go to http://www.tesoro.com/info/about/ your web browser will download a file, if you open that file in notepad it's the "About Tesoro" section code of the website. You're too internet savvy to tie in your hosting to your domain name Steve 🙂 But the Tesoro website was about as basic as a site can get. It looked like they'd slapped it together in Dreamweaver some years ago in about an hour by some kid being paid with a free detector to do it for them 🙂
  21. Not really, they could just expand, hire more staff... grow the business, that's normally what it's all about. It wouldn't take anything away from R&D, different department. I guess I'm thinking from a business perspective and as a former shareholder. It could be Minelab making all that money the aftermarket manufacturers are making.
  22. It will be sad if they're gone, they still have over a year of registration on their domain name, just seeing how long they've had the name makes it very sad if they're gone. Seeing they still have the domain it's likely their hosting is paid up until the expiry of the domain name as a lot of people just get a package deal especially for such a simple basic website so if they have pulled the website it's likely been done by choice, not due to a lapse of payment. Registrant VINCE GIFFORD Registrant Country US Dates 8,226 days old Created on 1996-09-03 Expires on 2020-09-02 Updated on 2015-08-06
  23. That must have been the email my dealer got about the coils and voiding the warranty although it sounded like his information was conveyed verbally. It gave me the impression it's probably put him off selling the coils. He did say Minelab weren't too happy about the coils which is clear from that email to dealers... Gerry is right, if you're only using your SDC on land I am betting the coils will provide some benefits, possibly a lot going by what aftermarket coils have done for the GPX, it will remain rain proof using them. If you're going in water it's best to leave your SDC alone and possibly not bother with the coils. If it was me, I'd be buying them 🙂 If Minelab don't want to produce coils for their products that's their problem, a market will form, it has with NF/Coiltek/Detech with the GP/GPX and now the SDC starting and it's happening now for the Zed too with the Russians making coils which I am guessing the others will follow once the Russian coils go mainstream. I to this day have trouble understanding why they refuse to make many coils for their products when clearly the demand is there. If they made another coil for the Equinox they'd sell like hotcakes, they'd sell out before dealers even get them. Somebody at Minelab isn't doing their job well making these decisions. The powers that be probably know nothing about the hobby they're making decisions for.
  24. They make about 200 different VLF models under various brand names, I think it was about time they put their efforts into a PI or something new rather than another rehash. I couldn't care less what nationality the people are who designed the detector, or what country makes it as long as it's good and the price is reasonable. They should learn from the Equinox, make a great detector at a reasonable price and you'll sell a bucket load of them. Overprice a detector and it will sell, but not near as well. I can guess which method would make more profit.
  25. Looks like the Americans are fighting back, this can only mean good things for everybody. Some healthy competition is always welcome. I've always pinned my hopes on Fisher. I will be watching with a keen eye at their new gold detector.
  • Create New...