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Chase Goldman

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  1. Why did you leave Garrett out of that party? The fact remains only ML and Garrett have actually released SMF detectors of those four companies. Let’s see Nokta and XP actually release something more tangible in the SMF product line than video teases and Facebook videos before we start talking about SMF detector update wars. Both XP and Nokta are notorious for teasing product months and even years before actual release… Hey I’m excited too, but just keeping it real… It my be fun to run a pool (or poll) to predict who will release their SMF detector first: will it be Nokta or XP? WRT to your original question, the answer depends on how extensible the underlying platform is based on SW updates alone. ML, Nokta, and XP have a long track record of introducing SW based bug fixes and feature updates via user installed firmware releases. Garrett also released an update for Apex. Not sure how much further ML can take Equinox as far as features are concerned, the 4khz add was a nice surprise as was the F2 iron bias feature. But did anyone notice that it’s been more than a year since the last Equinox update. Does ML have another Equinox trick up its sleeve or is the Nox done as far as updates are concerned as ML focuses on their next consumer grade SMF platform (hopefully the affordable successor to the eTrac/CTX…)? And in the process leap further ahead of their competitors who are still just learning to fly with SMF. Encouraged by the XP promotional material, but they are being very careful not to commit to any release date announcements. We’ll see.
  2. Wow, you appear to be overreacting a bit. The update is free and can be performed by the user in a matter of minutes using a PC and the included charging cable that came with the detector. If you have the ability to post to this forum, you likely have the hardware and know how to handle the firmware upgrade process without much problem. Garrett, Minelab, XP, and a number of other popular detector manufacturers have migrated to this approach to address performance and compatibility issues and to roll out new features without having to send detectors back to the manufacturer or to purchase an upgrade. This is likely not the big deal you are making it out to be…. If you are concerned any number of people can help walk you through the process in detail, but Nokta’s instructions are straight forward and there are probably you tube videos showing you how to do it.
  3. Since you already own a Simplex, I wouldn't really bother with the F70. The Nokta accessory coils are superior to the Fisher coils IMO. The Simplex you already own also has more advanced features than the F70. Save your money for Nokta coils.
  4. Yes. That is true. Nokta had to upgrade their firmware for compatibility with their new accessory coils.
  5. Also needed to check that they were identically ground balanced (since she appeared to be picking up ground noise, sounds like her GB might have been off), have the same disc breakpoints (though sounds like you had disc off= "horseshoe mode") , and "Silent" EMI could also be an issue if they are not both set to identical noise cancellation channels. Each mode needs to be ground balanced and noise cancelled individually. Park 2 might have made the situation worse, but I think I know why you went there if the coin was on edge. I would have given 4khz single freq a shot - probably your deepest setup on high conductive targets (especially edge on coins) as long as EMI was not a factor. She got nothing on her pinpointer either?
  6. My condolences, George. Tough to lose buddies and also ponder your own mortality. I savor every second I get to swing a detector in the field. I have friends who can no longer detect due to severe age related disabilities and I know it gnaws at them. I pray for them and simultaneously give thanks I can still limp around a corn field (chronic heel spur and achilles tendon pain), swing the detector through shoulder/elbow soreness and recover targets despite chronic back issues because despite the physical pain it melts away the emotional stress of real life.. Hope you are able to get some swing time in to sooth the soul.
  7. Well it didn't come out if the box that way. Joe has done some serious mods and upgrades, particularly with the power source, connectors, miscellaneous stem hardware, and headphones to turn it into a Bay beast. Not sure where FT is headed with the platform now, but Joe should get a special mention as an unofficial member of the design team if they ever release a completed design version. Nice saves as usual, Joe. You work hard for those recoveries and that's the key to your success.
  8. That place looks familiar 😉 Nice finds, esp that tag, Bob. So the corn is gone…hmm sounds like time for me to make a “coffee run” down south.
  9. Well they better consider it. Equinox and Apex and perhaps even the forthcoming NM SMF (as evidenced by Simplex) all project a decreasing price trend not the other way around. Even with "CTX-like" display and disc features, XP would be hard pressed to justify even the existing Deus price point, though Deus units are still being sold at a decent clip, particularly discounted used detectors. CTX is clearly overpriced for what you do get and I am certain that ML is working on the next gen CTX replacement with higher end features and (hopefully) build quality vs. Equinox (and of course, a likely higher than Equinox but not "CTX level" price point). Whether the XP SMF emulates Equinox or CTX in features is anybody's guess, but like I said previously, ability for the user to manipulate the the SMF spectrum and processing independently would be welcome (with accompaying simplified, default turn on and go modes). I like the color graphics display (readable in sunlight or with an accompanying high contrast mono mode) and peripherals as features approach you are advocating. Other thoughts: Touch screens and/or a USB interface for ease of off-the-field programming backed up by physical controls (dirty detecting gloves and touch screens do not work well together) would also be welcome. Also, something else I forgot to mention in my previous wish list is an option for an inexpensive "dumb" wireless headset a la Orx would also be desirable.
  10. I pointed this out earlier. No need to speculate on the reason for the weight of the 9x14, the Coiltek site states right on their Nox coil page: "The 14 x 9 NOX coil is the ideal weighted coil for beach hunting." Coiltek says "beach hunting" but I'm certain that they mean water hunting. I love the 5x10, but I personally have no use for the other two coils. 14x9 is too heavy for land use. 15" is too heavy to justify the minimal performance gain and I can get equivalent swing coverage from the ML 12x15 with much less weight and a miniscule delta in depth. Money down the drain AFAIC.
  11. Seems to me that being so conscious of counting every gram of weight you would want an XP light weight SMF to replace your heavier Apex and Vanquish detectors with similar capabilities, no?
  12. Yeah not everyone enjoys speculating I suppose, but I'm weird that way because that's what I think is one of the thing that is fun about forums, speculating on what might be and the anticipation of that. I don't care if I'm wrong or inaccurate. It doesn't cost anything, stimulates discussion, and perhaps sends a message to the manufacturers on what hard core detectorists want in a detector. To that point... Great points, Melano, and that makes a great thread segue into what else people might want XP to include as features anticipating that it will be a MF detector - I personally would like to see XP retain the Deus fully wireless ecosystem but provide a more elegant way to shift into a water friendly mode. I like having the coil be wireless from the control box for most situations because it enables quick coil switching and allows you to place the control box where you think it is most convenient like on a vest or to tuck it away and just use the phones. I would like it to retain the multiple single frequency feature. I am hoping that MF improves Deus salt beach performance and Target ID at depth in mineralized soil. If XP can make it competitive with Tarsacci in this regard, then we might actually have something to sit up and take notice. Use of MF for better ferrous target filtering (along the lines of ML's Equinox iron bias feature) would also be good. It would be great if XP would allow the user, as an advanced feature, to continuously or discretely adjust the MF frequency weighting in some manner and to enable adjustments in signal processing to be SEPARATE from frequency weighting adjustments (e.g., on Equinox adjustments in signal processing and weighting are adjusted together by shifting the search profiles/modes - Park/Field/Beach/Gold) XP made some great tweaks to the user interface with Orx (pop up Target ID and iron probability bar) and I would like to see those migrate to the new detector as options if it is going to use a similar interface but also retain the Deus ability to cycle back and forth between the modes using the +/- buttons (which was not something the ORX was able to do). I like how Orx utilized the pinpoint button as a ground grab button for quick "auto" GB adjustment. I think the XP implementation of pinpoint mode on Deus and Orx is cumbersome. A dedicated pinpoint trigger or toggle membrane would be more convenient rather than having to switch between buttons to get in and out of pinpoint mode. XP should separate the non-motion mode switching menu from pinpoint mode. XP needs to ditch their cumbersome and fragile coil charging clips in favor of something more robust and convenient. Also, they need to update to USB C and the industry standard Power Delivery spec for charging their accessories. Target Auto scoop and plug digging/finds pouch placing would also be welcome. Anyway, those are some of my thoughts in what I am looking for in the next XP detector. Would like to hear what other people are looking for.
  13. Then why do you need this since you already have the perfect detector in the Sov? Like I said above, audio clues on Deus help me differentiate between nice round nickels and gold rings vs. can slaw and bent tabs. Things get dicey when the tabs are pristine and the slaw is flat and symmetic.
  14. Ok. When I think of discrimination I'm thinking ferrous or ferromagnetic target filter, nothing else. The fact that gold is hard to distinguish from aluminum is just a cruel trick of physical fate coupled with the basic shortcoming of the induction balance principle for metal detection. Not much any detector design using the IB principle can do about it. But XP has gifted the Deus with some pretty expressive audio response, especially in pitch and full tones, that can tease out subtle audio queues which can help differentiate gold from junk aluminum targets in many cases.
  15. Don't understand the basis for this statement. IMO the its just the opposite on discrimination.
  16. It's likely SMF and practically zero chance PI, but I suspect Nokta will beat them to release, regardless.
  17. That is where having the custom profile button on the 800 comes in handy. For Beach hunting I have been experimenting with audio and frequency settings that best enable irregularly shaped aluminum targets (e.g., can slaw, crushed cans, and broken/bent pull tabs) to be revealed through hollow-sounding tonal "distortion" and similar to using the Deus in full tones. What I discovered was that this was best accomplished using single vice multi frequency. The drawback is that by going to single frequency, you lose iron bias which really helps to ID crowncaps. So there was no way to set up the Nox to give me the best of both worlds. The solution was to search in Beach mode with IB at my default setting which enabled bypassing crown caps easily but to use a single frequency setup stored in the custom profile slot that could be called up at the touch of a button to interrogate iffy mid conductive targets to determine whether it was likely aluminum junk or a probable ring or nickel. A similar setup could be used to search with non-zero IB settings and then interrogate ferrous signals with a custom profile program with MF and zero IB or simply a single frequency variant of your main search program.
  18. Great point, wasn’t thinking of that in my context because it is either coins or relics mostly and not so much jewelry. But I certainly don’t want to miss gold coins, trimes, or half reales either - the one gold dollar I snagged was with a Deus at my favorite site that has given up three $1 gold pieces so far (two found with Deus’s and one found with an Equinox). So that’s a consideration, for sure. BTW what was the composition of those rings and pendants you found, Jeff?
  19. Dug2gld - Andy (abenson) and I compared Tarsacci notes every day on the last DIV. We reached the same conclusion - GPX is the way to go but Tarsacci will do in a pinch as a backup (which I did have to invoke because my GPX power switch failed during the hunt), as a “change of pace shoulder saver” when the GPX wears you down physically, and as the detector to use in rainy weather conditions. I have a trusted friend who is mulling selling his GPX 4500 and who may decide to do so before DIV (he is not attending DIV). If you are interested, PM me and I can put you two in touch with each other to see if you can mutually work out a deal. HH.
  20. Agree, good post. All I can say is that I still dig a lot of nickels with IB F2=6 on land and at the beach. I know the beach nickels are deep. I can’t say that across the board for the land nickels, but who knows how many deep nickels I’m missing. I really am not interested in digging falsing iron so I am more willing to take a chance on the odd, deep missed nickel as long as I can still scarf up the silver, so I am the polar opposite of GB_Amateur and will retain IB F2=6 as my default. (Thanks for not trying to talk me out of it Chuck). The key point is that Nox gives you the option to set it up to your liking to trade deep nickels for no falsing or vice versa.
  21. Tarsacci is not more sensitive per se. It has the ability to handle mineralized ground better than just about any VLF I have used, meaning it’s effective depth at which it can at least differentiate a ferrous from a non-ferrous target is greater by a noticeable margin than any other vlf (the actual difference depends on the degree of mineralization). Dual AM/Disc mode mixed audio provides a great audio feature to enable you to hear the iron while making the non-discriminated non-ferrous target audio pop out of the AM muck. That’s what the Tarsacci brings to the table in hot ground, even with ferrous targets. Setting up the Tarsacci to behave properly under those conditions, however, takes some trial error based adjustment of the salt balance setting which in a non-salt-beach situation, serves as a mineralization mitigation setting. Not something I have completely mastered yet even after owning the Tarsacci for more than a year. But the mixed mode or even disc mode audio is held back by the fixed 3-tone implementation in the presence of large quantities of non-ferrous junk.
  22. Agree, anecdotal evidence demonstrates that ML USA has generally been very accommodating even on “modified” coils to warranty replacement for broken ears. Just don’t know if CoilTek would be as accommodating on similarly modified coils. Just a providing general caution that “permanent” mods always run the risk of the manufacturer denying a warranty repair claim, but the degree to which this is enforced or ignored varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and even from claim to claim for a given manufacturer. If the coil design permits you to avoid having to make these kind of mods, it’s best to avoid them to eliminate any questions if eventually faced with a coil warranty repair situation.
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