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    Metal Detectors, wild Mushrooms, Pickleball

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  1. Steve - a friend once described me as a “man of strong opinions - loosely held”.
  2. Interesting thread - new control box for peanuts - no valid warranty claim - has a new day dawned at ML? After all the hits I have taken (often justified) for being a ML downer, things seem to be changing. Heck the entire hobbiest detector market is in an uproar and the Equinox didn’t start it, I suspect it is just a very smart response to new realities.... Anyway, here’s what I posted on the above thread just a while ago.... Seriously, I am not surprised. Minelab had for years a reputation for being very agressive not only for detector pricing but for spares/repairs pricing. Those who suffered from this were often pretty open about their opinion of the whole business. I mean, contrast it with, for example Tesoro (RIP - pause while I wipe away an actual tear), Whites and first Texas whose repair policies have been largely somewhere between wonderful and benign. Fast forward to now - who is this company pretending to be Minelab. First they destroy the market for the CTX and Excalibur with their Equinox pricing, then they get a new repair subcontractor set up who seeems, by all accounts, to be doing awesome work - and now the sneaky devils (masquerading as Minelab) are replacing entire control modules for the price of a few gourmet pizzas! Will wonders never cease. OK, I’ve had my fun, but seriously if this is one more sign of a whole new approach to the hobbiest detector market by Minelab, then the rest of the industry ought to take notice. What cred do I have for my opinion in this matter - I have resolutely been a critic of pretty much everything about ML except for the performance of their machines. Now - even I must wonder if a new day hasn’t dawned.
  3. Over on Dankowski, Alexandre Tartar - the Chief designer of the Manta Project, and therefor of the Fisher Impulse AQ - has posted for the first time. I have a feeling that this machine will be progressively exposed to the public in the period prior to production real ease. It’s totally new ground for Fisher - a device designed by a team they acquired with the Mant a Project. A niche product for now - salt beach gold hunter. I suspect however that the First Texas “Euroteam” had much higher ambitions....Great!
  4. I went out to my storage unit (we downsized last year - all the junk is in storage) and got out my crystal ball. After dusting it off and giving it a dose of Barkeepers Friend, I rubbed it vigorously. Misty figures appeared before my eyes - I saw someone seeking gold nuggets in Africa. He looked like he was using a Teknetics T2, but as I looked closer - it was something else - it was a PI detector....but what kind?. At that point the cat jumped off the couch and landed in my lap. the crystal ball is on its way back to the manufacturer for recalibration. Beach hunters are not a mass market, European relic hunters and “artisanal miners” are potential mass markets. Neither of these markets are currently served by a light, ergonomic PI detector offering the immunity from bad ground that GB PI’s offer. Whose detector will I see when I get my device back from Madam Sara’s CB (Crystal Ball) shop?
  5. Both my Vallons are updated and the “ugly” one got the full checkout at the Vallon agent in PA. Need to sell at least one.
  6. To do freq shift, the mode switch is placed in the Nois cancel position and the pulse delay/noise cancel switch is rotated to find the quietest position.
  7. It wasn’t on their radar. A PI detector is not something they had their sights on - then this opportunity presented itself and they went for it. Pretty bold move for what is, after all, like all the detector builders, a small business. They bought more than the design, they hired the team. Their own development goals proceed - I have no info on what that amounts to, my only insights were about the PI.
  8. At Yorktown we fought back with a French army - our oldest ally. There is a memorial at yOrktown to the 600 French soldiers and sailors who lost their lives in the cause of American freedom at Yorktown and the naval battle of the Virginia Capes which made the siege of Yorktown a success.
  9. Sometimes a good thing comes along from “outside”. Smart companies see the possibility and acquire the foreign development. That’s exactly what happened here. Alexandre Tartar, the prime developer, posted on Carl Moreland’s Geotech forum and they got in touch. The project was promising enough for Tom Walsh the CEO to open his purse and do an “aquihire” of the “EuroTeam” who developed the Manta. They have huge ambitions and hopefully this will be the first of a series of ground-breaking (literally - lol) developments.
  10. The batteries are under the arm cup - rechargeable LiOn - The Russian site said 10 hours with an option for another pack (external?) for 20 hours. I had my hands on a prototype a while back for a couple of days. It worked fine in our AZ dirt. Hot rocks were detected but depth did not suffer in what is sort of 2-3 bar (on an F75) dirt. I didn’t play with the controls to try and balance out the hot rocks. It was quieter and significantly deeper than either of the TDI’s I have owned. Black sand at a San Diego beach caused no depth loss - solid return on a nickel at 17” in the gravel of a wash in Gold Canyon was the same at this beach - solid signal at 17”. My Nox gave up the nickel at 7 - 8” in the same sand with a very low VDI number - the Nox got 12” with the nickel on the surface with correct VDI reading.
  11. Mike, you correctly identified the issues. On the AQ, the combination of Iron Mask and SAT, govern where the iron silence/ID kick in. It has been announced previously that the AQ has no wide range GB control to eliminate the kind of extreme mineralization found in many gold nugget hunting enviornments. How an eventual inland version would handle more extremes ferrous mineralization is not known outside the development team.
  12. Here’s the text from the Russian website = via Google translate - One note = his point 3. Below - the adjustment he is referring to is with the “Iron Mask” contort. This sets the level of the iron ID/silence function. Fisher Impulse AQ - a new pulse metal detector with metal discrimination! (New 2019, first photos!) BY DETECTORIST · 03/12/2019 Yes, friends, it happened! Fisher Lab has announced its new product - the Fisher Impulse AQ metal detector! A fundamentally new development and, it seems, a revolutionary device in the world of metal detectors. It was not possible to test much of the novelty, it was hidden at the Fisher Lab stand at IWA Outdoors 2019. Fishers do not like to shout much, but this is what I found out: 1. The novelty is a pulse device, but with discrimination of ferrous metal and gold. Designed specifically to find gold jewelry and small gold chains and earrings. Since this is a pulse device, it will work without problems on any beaches. 2. So far, the metal detector is at the final tests stage, the appearance and some characteristics may change. 3. The metal detector has several search modes - you can shift the detection of the conductivity of metals, for example: you can move the detection towards poorly conducted metals (fine gold) and at the same time eliminate highly conductive targets (large coins of silver and copper), and vice versa - look for large targets and cut off weakly conductive. 4. Tonality: in the “all metals” mode - one tone, then there is the “2 tones” mode and the “mute” mode. 5. The device is assembled from high-strength components, it can be seen through the cable thickness, and through a capacious battery, along the coil connector (the largest connector of all seen!) The metal detector is waterproof up to 1 meter - work up to your neck and lift gold just right. 6. Unusual and mounting the coil to the rod, also a novelty, not seen before. 7. Battery life up to 10 hours. You can connect a larger battery and increase the operating time up to 20 hours. 8. Yes, there is no screen on the device. And why is the screen needed? All the necessary settings are there - volume, threshold tone, iron mask, saturation mode. You can change modes, check the battery level, cut off the noise. 9. Pulse devices have always had a problem - no discrimination. Now the problem is solved and this means that you can walk in all places as if not knocked out. 10. Price. In the region of 2100-2500 US dollars. New technologies cost money, yes, but they also bring an advantage over all other metal detectors. 11. Soon there will be models for searching for gold nuggets, as well as for searching for coins and relics. 12. To the touch the weight is about 1.6-1.8 kg, the balancing is not bad, the device does not pull towards the coil. My first testing showed that the trash and other targets cut off the sound with a bang, and the gold ring on the finger is very beautiful and pleasant in all positions of the ring! Such a signal is not to be confused with anything. Well, the first tests will show, the first impression is very pleasant and interesting, waiting for more news! Video on the metal detector will be very soon, wait!
  13. How about a “Beach Hog” I have one I’s ship for $170
  14. Coil too big or too small - walking pace too fast or too slow?
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