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    Chris Gholson Detects Arizona

    Yes by all means don't do a video demonstrating the capabilities of accessories, like coils. We don't really want to see the amazing performance that innovative products give in actual real life circumstances. We would rather just be fed hype through print advertising that tell us about how the item performs without anything to back it up. My personal opinion is, the medium of YouTube, with it's plethora of informative videos, has led us all to be more informed and educated consumers. I want to know about new innovative products and I am especially excited to actually see them in use doing what they are advertised to do. So, bottom line, Carry on Chris! Doc
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    Chris Gholson Detects Arizona

    Great video Chris. Thank you for sharing. Also that is a really good looking pick. I wonder who makes those. 😀 Doc
  3. I always promise myself when I go detecting to take a tripod, because I like making videos of my finds. However, every tripod I have is too heavy. But not this one, it’s perfect. I can use it as a long selfie stick and then when I start to dig a target I can set it up as a tripod in seconds. So I saw this and bought one. It is so convenient, and so lite that I thought other detectorists would be interested in them too. So I got a dealership for them. I know this isn't exactly a prospecting tool, but it's a tool for prospectors. I know Steve takes a lot of pictures as do other members of this forum. I do training videos on my YOUTUBE channel Docsdetectingsupply. I think I have about 60 videos now. In fact You-Tube videos, by forum users, have provided an enormous amount of educational material on Prospecting, nugget hunting and metal detecting in general. Selfie Stick Tri-Pod Remote Control less than 14 ounces You-Tubers! Camera or Phone This amazing 14 ounce device is perfect for taking pictures and You-Tube videos of your metal detecting adventures. • Telescopes out to over 4 feet or stands 4 feet on the tripod base. • Small wide angled mirror under camera mount to frame your selfies • Can use either a camera with a standard female threaded tripod mount or • Comes with an included telephone adjustable mount that will accommodate huge phones. I have a Samsung Note 8 with a hard case on it, and it fits no problem • Includes a remote control to trigger your phone to take a picture. Rechargeable with included charging cord. • Includes a carry bag. • Weigh less than 14 ounces. • Adjustable tilt head It's available on my website for $23 with free shipping. https://docsdetecting.com/product/selfie-stick-tri-pod-remote-control-14-oz-you-tubers/ Doc
  4. Thank you Fred, A lot of work still to be done getting all of the products input. But I think it will work well once all filled with goodies. Doc
  5. YOW. I know nothing about grading coins. That's amazing. Quite a quandary. Would I rather find a nugget or a $4000 piece of history. Doc
  6. Gold Basin Mining District has a long and colorful history. Starting back around 1861 the road now called Pearce Ferry Road was the trail that took the old timers down to the Colorado River. The River separated Arizona and Nevada. The Ferry was the only way for travelers to cross. Outlaws, Indians, cowboys and settlers heading to California were all part of the local landscape. This is the area where D’artagnon Jackson found an amazing find with his Gold Monster 1000 on January 22, 2019. “Dar” had purchased his Gold Monster 1000 from Doc at Doc’s Detecting in Henderson Nevada almost one year ago in January of 2018. Doc had taken him to Gold Basin for a day of one on one training. Dar lives in the state of Washington, and only gets to Gold Basin twice a year. He joins his brother, J.R. from Utah and they travel to Gold Basin to detect. Dar has been looking for elusive gold nuggets for 15 years with no success. He has owned every low end $200 detector on the market, with no success. However, armed with his Minelab Gold Monster, all of that was about to change. As he was detecting, looking for meteorites , and of course his first gold nugget, if he could be so lucky, he stumbled upon a good target. At three inches he uncovered a pull-tab. Somewhat disappointed, he said, “I remembered what Doc had taught me. Always check your hole before you fill it back in, there might be another target.” Somewhat reluctantly Dar swung the 5 X 10 coil of his Gold Monster over the shallow hole. He got a good target sound, and it was registering as non-ferrous, however the pull tab also had registered as non-ferrous. He started to dig deeper, and the ground started getting more hard packed. Ringing in the back of his head was Doc’s admonition, “When the target is deep and the ground is hard packed, it is less likely to be a trash target.” At 8 inches, Dar saw a glint of gold. Could this be his very first nugget after 15 years? NO! It was something much more impressive that spoke to the unique history of this Gold Basin area. It was an 1852 U.S. Gold dollar with a “D” mint mark. The coin was in amazing condition considering it was 167 years old. Needless to say, Dar, can’t believe that he found such a unique treasure, let alone, it was the very first piece of gold he has ever found. Think of it, this coin is 167 years old and yet this coin was minted only 76 years after the founding of our country via the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Later, after getting back to a computer, Dar found out just how special this coin is. There are only 125, 1852 mint mark “D” $1 gold pieces known to exist today. Valued at around $900 to $1,400 depending on condition and this one looks pretty good. Gold Fever? Yes, Dar has a really bad case of it now. Congratulations D’artagnon!
  7. OK, OK, Please I don't want to hear, "It's about time." This all started when I payed an obscene amount of money to a web site developer to design my new website. He got it 90% finished and disappeared with all of my money and left me with no instructions. HOWEVER, my guardian angels in the UKRAINE, came to the rescue. If you didn't know UKRAINE programmers are some of the best in the world. I have been dealing with these guys fro 25 years, they are freaking amazing. They actually wrote the enitre DMV software for the Michigan. So it finally occurred to me to ask if they knew a website designer proficient in WORDPRESS. Well of course they did. Enter "MAX" real name Maksim Nikolaenko. Max speaks English as do most of the programmers there. He is a savant when it comes to website design and especially WORDPRESS and Search Engine optimization. So over the past two months, using chat on SKYPE and screen sharing we collaborated to get my new site functional. So Max got me online with the new website, a site I feel is befitting a company that has been in this industry since 1992, http://docsdetecting.com/ But please be patient as I am in the midst of the arduous task of getting all of the content and thousands of items we carry input into the site. In the meantime take a look around. Tell me your overall impression. I would welcome the feedback. If you enjoy reading articles and adventures, at the very top on the left side of the home page there is a link titled Things of Interest. Take a gander. Thank you! Doc Steve's Review of Doc's Harnesses and Covers
  8. Something I forgot to mention about one of the pieces included with the Gold Monster Cover, this is a "CORD WRAP" for the upright where the Coil Cable runs vertically along the upright and then plugs into the back of the detector. Steve referred to this in his writing as, " The Gold Monster cover includes an additional item in the form of a small cover for the upright support post. " It is not just a cover, it has a very important purpose and I encourage you to use it! Anyone who has used the Gold Monster knows that this plastic upright where the coil cable runs has a plastic clip type arrangement where you are supposed to insert the coil cable to hold it in place. This "clip" is very tight and you have to force the coil cable into it, and out of it, if you want to change coils. Well that coil cable is very thin and pliable, and I foresee that in the near future users are going to start having issue with this plastic clip damaging the insulation, or worse yet breaking the wires on the inside of the cable. The purpose of the cord wrap is to eliminate the need to use this "clip" to hold the coil cable in place. You simply leave the coil cable out of the "CLIP" and use the wrap to hold the coil cable in place by gently caressing the cable as opposed to pinching it. Which would you prefer? A caress or a pinch? OK, I know some of you weirdos like to be pinched but that's not going to damage your wiring. 😀 Recognizing the Cord Wrap is small and could easily get lost, I designed it with a small hole in the middle. Unscrew the little wire cable that keeps you from losing your battery door, un-thread it out of the battery door, run both ends of the wire through the hole in the cord wrap and then back to the battery door. Now you will not lose the battery door or your cord wrap. The CORD WRAP makes changing coils SO MUCH FASTER! Open the Hook and Loop closure and remove the cord, (WHICH IS NOT WEDGED INTO THAT "CLIP") Put your new coil on, run it inside the cord wrap and close the end of the cord wrap with the HOOK and LOOP closure and you are ready to go. (Hook and Loop is the generic name for Velcro® type closure material.) So bottom line, that CORD WRAP is an important feature to protect the performance of your coils. It is not for aesthetics. Doc
  9. I don't want to brag, but the advantage of having someone like myself design accessories is I have been detecting since 1990. I know these machines. I know the things that I would look for in a cover, and the "must haves" accordingly I design my products with features that provide the greatest benefits to the user. That's why it's a very expensive undertaking because it is not unusual for me to go through 10 prototypes and test them before we get to a place of refinement where we can go into production. These covers started back in March. Not only that, but the next run will have more improvements. My users are always very helpful in suggesting things they would like. Someone already suggested maybe a little bit wide straps for the Equinox. But I really appreciate your input Phrunt, thank you. Doc
  10. Yes it's $24.95 plus $4 shipping. I just launched my website, FINALLY, and I have a gazillion products to add so please be patient. But let your heart not be troubled, I have it listed on Ebay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/323614874891 So you can pick one up there. Thank you! Doc
  11. Thank you Steve, that is very nice of you to say. Doc
  12. Wow that is a darn near perfect fit. Doc
  13. The only other criticism I have of Steve's review, is his pictures are much better than mine! Dang it! LOL 😂 Thanks again Steve. Doc
  14. Dear Steve, Thank you for the in depth review of my newest products. A couple of things I would like to add and clarify. #1 I agree 1000% with Steve, get yourself screen protector film to protect your screen from scratches. A cover can even make scratches worse because the dirt gets between the cover and the plastic of the cover. A screen protector stops the dirt from scratching your screen. #2. While the arm rest covers for the Gold Monster and Equinox look the same, (They are the same design style) THEY ARE NOT. So always specify which machine you are ordering for. If you lay one cover over the other you will see that the Gold Monster arm rest cover is significantly wider than the Equinox, which is narrow to match the dimensions of the plastic cuff. I wish they were the same, then I wouldn't have to work with different dimension cuffs when we are fabricating them. #3. The extra "hook and loop" tabs on the Equinox cover is to achieve a perfect alignment of the small side holes, directly over the side buttons. These are small buttons, two on each side of the detector and likewise the holes are small. Accordingly I wanted those holes to stay directly aligned over the buttons. In order to accomplish this we stitched a piece of LOOP inside the Equinox cover directly below the button holes, Then we give you extra piece of adhesive backed HOOK. You take these HOOK pieces and peel off the back to expose the adhesive. Stick them on your detector directly below the 2 buttons on each side of the machine. Now when you get the cover on, get those holes perfectly aligned and press down on the LOOP inside the cover and it will adhere to the adhesive backed HOOK that is on your detector and those holes will be, and will stay, perfectly aligned. #4. I know many of you have your own backpack or hydration system that you have rigged where you can use a bungee and it works well for you. The only issue I have ever had with backpacks or hydration packs is the "D" rings are too small and they have a tendency to rotate so they actually hang like a "D" instead of a U. That is why I had manufactured these large barred "O" rings. The bar keeps them from rotating, and the large "O" means you can attach your bungee without even looking because it is such a large "target." Those "O" rings are also available from me along with a piece of webbing so you can attach them to your favorite rig. Inexpensive, $5 plus s&h. They are tough NY-GLASS material. Thanks again. I just wanted Steve's opinion and input on these products, but I really appreciate the extensive review he did. Have a wonderful 2019! Keep you eyes peeled for several new innovations from Doc's Detecting Supply coming this year. Doc Doc's Detecting Supply The largest Certified Minelab Dealer warehouse West of the Mississippi
  15. Thank you, I appreciate the endorsement. Doc