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  1. I have a later model Tek-Point, and I love it. I prefer a powerful, sensitive pinpointer just like I prefer a powerful, sensitive machine. With great power come more quirks. I've become accustomed to those quirks after using the TRX for so long. Different technologies, but same principle. The more power you put out and take in the more response you'll receive from your environment, wanted and unwanted. Coming from a carrot to a Tek-Point or F-Pulse is like going from an AT-Pro to an early F75 LTD. Some people were not able to harness the high gain and sensitivity after coming from such a well behaved machine like the AT-Pro. Also high EMI environments caused instability. The later DST brought more stability to the F75 in high EMI environments, but also sacrificed some depth and sensitivity. It could be that some of what people are experiencing is the natural consequence of maxing out a powerful pinpointer and scaling it down to a lower level will make it more stable. The power is still there if you can use it elsewhere. I don't know this to be the case for those having issues, but just a thought. I'm absolutely loving mine.
  2. I could be wrong, but I think all it would take to bury the Equinox in yesterday's news is to take a similar platform up a notch in the depth to stable ID ratio, provide the target ID I see many people complaining they are missing, improve depth/size prediction, improve build quality, and incorporate an imaging program (would require color screens, which are not expensive these at all these days). The latter is key. The first company to incorporate a useful imaging program into affordable detectors will be raking in piles. Minelab has Target Trace, and that is very often mentioned as a favorite feature of the CTX. I know it's mine, but it's a heavy $2,500 machine that favors deep silver, with a weak HF signal. Makro/Nokta have been developing their imaging. They recognize the market for it, but have went the other way with it, further up into the high end, hoping to milk that market first and it requires carrying around a separate component screen which is pretty lame. GPR still sounds pretty costly to develop these days, but what about a program that builds an image off of tone variations, pitch and length. With 99+ tones on some machines, that's a lot of detail about composition that could be interpreted. Many people say they get far more out of tones than they do ID numbers. But both are useful, and computers can be faster than humans at combining all available data and building it into an interpretation. Imaging has been useful on Spectra models. The color, shape and length of the humps tell you quite a bit at a quick glance. What it fails to do is keep building a profile on a single larger object. This is where a profile mode would be useful, where the machine continues to profile the object or objects, until the end user taps the profile button again. There is a good and valid point that in most instances this kind of imaging amounts to gimmickry. When it comes to shallow coin and small jewelry hunting you make quick decisions about whether or not to dig. Objects are retrieved pretty quickly and it's not that big a deal to cut a quick plug to find its crap and move on to the next. This is not as true as you get older and have back problem and joint aches etc. Some of us have to choose our targets more wisely. It's also not true of deeper, larger objects, caches, and good targets adjacent to trash. For these situations and these people it's helpful to have as much information as you can get in a light package. Building a profile on a patch of ground is useful if it is sufficiently detailed. Money is an object when it comes to R+D. Minelab, Makro/Nokta and companies like Whites/FT get their money in different ways. Minelab and Makro are like the rich kids that can just ask mommy and daddy for more when they need it. If they have good ideas they can sell to a boardroom (Minelab) or a government (Makro) and a track record of results it'll be theirs for the taking. Whites and FT are like the kids that have to work after school and on weekends to save up for what they want to accomplish. The point on Apple is a good one. How long does anyone think it would take Apple or Google to crank out an innovative metal detector integrated into and utilizing their ecosystems. If Apple had approached people like Carl and Dave before FT and had an interest in this industry you could bet advances would follow very quickly (perhaps if Apple or Google realized there is a big market for a monopoly on advanced detection technology around the world they would sit up and take notice and interest in a partnership).
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    New Deus X35 Search Coils

    Going after that deeeeep silver this time they are. I'm surprised they went in this direction, building on the single selectable platform rather than a multi coil. Maybe it's in the works.
  4. I agree that the tracking and ground balance system of the V3i is not its strongest asset. Carl was pretty clear that it was a regrettable weakness that was the result of frequency cross talk caused by less than ideal filtering. I find it not to be a problem in my soil. I get a good ground balance here and even over in the farm land where the soil is harsher it can take a bit more effort but I get it dialed in and lock it. I've found it to be a pretty sensitive machine, well balanced across the spectrum of metals, which is what made me lean its way rather than the CTX. It is a busy machine but once you develop an eye for all that is going on it is very helpful to discriminating out undesirable targets at a mere glance. Anytime I second guess what it's telling me I come away more confident that its speaking my language. All the complication that drove others away is what attracted me to it. I want as much control as I can get and Whites was very generous to that end with this machine. The important thing to understand about the V3i is if you study each feature, keep good records and save your programs you don't have to get lost in adjustments and fiddling with it past the initial setup. I have a lot of fun experimenting and testing the limits. Then wherever I go with it I have a program saved for it. Where it is weak I have the Equinox. I'm pretty happy with how they compliment each other. But I definitely get why the V3i is not for everyone. It does take some time, effort and tedious rote to optimize, but I've also learned so much and believe it was worth it.
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    White's Goldmaster 24K

    So they really are married to this MX5 style big box revision for new machines. I was hoping new designs would be more like the MX Sport (but lighter if possible).
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    Air Metal Detectors

    That does appear to be the setup, with the brains and hard work taking place in the coil, with the phone as a passive info center and remote hub. I kinda caught the developer in a bit of a fudge when he was highlighting the superior processing power of cell phones in a FB post. I pointed out that couldn't be taughted as an advantage over other machines if its set up as he's suggested before and that it would be complete overkill in any case to have a quad or octacore processor running a metal detector. It was my understanding, wherever I got the idea, that a cell phone standing on its own is missing key hardware components or circuits to be able to work alone with a passive coil to complete a metal detecting circuit.
  7. I'm a few months into the Equinox by now and growing into it. I think it's a great machine, and I've actually never expected much from it other than the hope that it would give me V3i style multifrequency water operation, so I can go with it where my V3i can't. On land though, I can't say that it's a replacement for the V3i. I'm finding what I'm seeing reported here, that the Equinox is not noticing many targets that the V3i does particularly when they are deeper. I'm finding that it's not quite as deep or as sure of itself as my V3i. There aren't as many tools to rule out junk that my V3i is pretty clear on. It can't be overstated though that I've gone through extraordinary effort to understand the V3i and how to get the most out of it. For the conditions that I deal with I have the V3i dialed right in to where I feel I'm getting the most out of it. I am not yet at that level of confidence with the Equinox that I feel I'm getting every bit of performance it offers, but pretty close. What I can say about the Equinox is that it is even faster than I imagined. I thought that with 200 points of reactivity and the kind of horsepower the V3i has for a processor that it would be able to pretty closely follow the speed of the Equinox if I maxed both out. Not so. Not even close. The Equinox is far quicker Nomatter what I do to the V3i. In heavy trash there's no doubt the Equinox would be my weapon of choice. In harsh ground it would be my weapon of choice. In mild to moderate ground and trash conditions the V3i remains a very powerful coin and jewelry tool. I have noticed that both work best with a conservative sweep speed. Even where the Equinox is maxed out, it is more likely to see those elusive targets if you take your time. Early on I got into a habit of assuming that because of its speed I could swing it at a pretty brisk pace and just investigate when it hit on something. When I began to slow it down a bit it started to see things it hadn't hit on before in the same patch of ground, like a nice buffalo nickel. I'm getting pretty good at sniffing nickels out with it now, usually a solid 13. That's one thing I love about both machines. Once you get to know them, they don't have the trouble with nickels and pull tabs that plague most hunts and most units. Until I got my hands on these two I didnt even consider nickels worth the trouble of chasing. All considered, I feel I have a deadly combo here and I don't think I'd change it. Toward the end of the season when prices of used machines is at the lowest, im going to give the CTX-3030 another go. Other than that I've given all the other machines of note a fair shake. The CTX is the only one I didn't get as much time with as I'd liked to have had. For now, my V3i is still my go-to. There's something about White's machines that agree with Northeastern conditions. They all do very well here. Ill update again later in the season on how these two compare and contrast with more experience on the Equinox.
  8. Here's another, a second interesting product I've run into recently. This one has a bit of a giggle factor for me, but I could be wrong. See what you think.
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    Air Metal Detectors

    I know that one problem is battery life. For an application like this, a phone gets approximately 4 hours. Many people hunt far in excess of that on a given day. Another would seem to me the EMI a phone generates.
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    Air Metal Detectors

    Would love to get your opinions and feedback on this machine coming to market supposedly soon, and supposedly uses a BT connection from your phone or smart device to control the coil. Similar to Deus, but using a phone or iPod touch etc. as the controller. Believe it's single frequency. Here's a video demo. I've long liked the idea of a setup like this but I thought there were good reasons the major players have not created a machine utilizing a phone or iPod touch this way, so I'm skeptical.
  11. I had forgotten to pass along a tip I learned today for those that have a Tek-Point or F-pulse, coming from a different pinpointer like the TRX or Carrot. If you have extra tip protectors (they most often come in packs of 3) from your prior pinpointer they will fit the Tek-Point even though they appear too small. Place tip protector in hot water for a couple minutes, then place a pair of pliers in them and open pliers inside tip protector so as to stretch the material a bit in all directions, widest at the opening. Slide it all the way on the tip of Tek-point and it fits like a glove. I initially didn't use a cover, but even with the abrasion resistant material I began to see wear, so I figured better safe than sorry.
  12. You're correct, the TRX has a tip response, which I generally prefer. The Tek-Point is omnidirectional, but it does seem more powerful or sensitive at the tip, whereas the Carrot seems pretty much equally sensitive along the entire shaft (although I could be mistaken in my memory). With a wide enough plug centered on the intended target I haven't found the Tek-point distracted because I worried about that too.
  13. As a follow up, after a week of use I love this pinpointer. The very slight depth advantage I saw for the TRX was on high conductors in mild to moderate soil. The Tek-Point has the same slight advantage on low conductors in those conditions, but carries an advantage on the full range of conductors in harsh mediums where the TRX has to back down to level 2 or 3 and the Tek can remain wide open. If I could only pick one I would pick the Tek-Point. I don't have to make any such choice thankfully, because they both have applications they excel at. I'm confident I have the two best pinpointers on the market right now. I do not get when people say range or depth is not important in a pinpointer or that it's any kind of disadvantage. I understand it from brands that haven't been able to find it, but depth does not defeat the purpose of a pinpointer for several reasons. 1. If you don't want it you can operate on a lower level, but it's always there if you decide want it. 2. When a pinpointer has a proportional response you know how far you are from the target by the intensity of the response. 3. Nomatter how good you are at pinpointing with the primary machine, and no matter how many years you have doing it, targets still elude us at times. 4. With the kind of range I get from the Tek-Point I can most often double check my preliminary pinpoint from above ground before I dig. I can also often use it by itself as a standalone search method in shallow water. In conclusion, competition for this machine ought to be a small field. I got to try the Minelab ProFind 35. I was really hoping I could use the iron tone and feel discrimination is an important evolution of pinpointers. Plus anyone that knows me knows I'm neurotic about having matching items. I wanted to like the ProFind to go with my Equinox. It's range is about half that of the Tek-point, and unfortunately the Iron tone did not work for me until I was right on top of the unintended object and by then you're already distracted. Additionally, it was not always accurate in predicting iron. So I couldn't see trading 2 inches, stability in harsh mediums, and a killer LED for a feature that kinda sorta works, sometimes.
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    White’s New Ground Hawg Shovel

    I have one as well. I don't use it as often as I thought I would. I prefer a small shovel that can fit in my hammer sling. I would love to use my Ground Hawg more often, I just don't want to draw attention or give people an exaggerated sense of the holes I'm going to be digging. I like it for a deep woods or field relic shovel. It does a great job at getting to deep items fast. It is built with the same quality as Lesche. Well worth the $60 I payed. My only advice is don't try to use it to leverage huge roots or oversized rocks because you will feel it begin to bend. Even a shovel this well made has its limitations.
  15. I just got my Tek-Point. I've been working with the TRX for the last year or so, so the bar was set pretty high for me. I like a lot of range and that has been the most important factor for me. I've wanted a second pinpointer for a while, and preferably Pulse Induction. I tried everything Garret has to offer and wasn't happy. I was tending toward the Gold Digger Land or Sea for quite a while and still would like to give it a go someday. I liked the 20ft waterproof rating as I'll often use my pinpointer for extended periods under water. Ultimately I couldn't resist the range I was seeing from the Tek/Pulse. In my soil it runs neck and neck with the TRX, with the TRX picking up on items just slightly out of the Teks reach. But when I experiment with higher mineralization levels I have to back the TRX down where the Tek remains stable. I still prefer tip only detection, but the 360 detection comes in handy in plugs that aren't trash mixed with target. I like that it's smaller than the TRX by at least an inch and the LED is capable of far more output than the TRX, which is a huge plus since I like to do night hunts as well. I would say great job. It's easily my first or second favorite, I haven't made up my mind yet, but this pinpointer brought FTP into the top tier for sure. The only things I would like to see from pinpointers in the future is wireless adaptation of the primary machine's disc settings, ability to link up with wireless headphones, and maybe a small LCD on them or ability to send info back to the machine. Many possibilities for the future of these little devices.