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Rick Kempf

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  1. Bruno, you aren’t comparing “apples to apples”. The $1499 price was for the AQ Limited and was intentionally low to get units in the field. The current guesstimate of the price of the AQ “Unlimited” version is in excess of $2000. The issue of exchange rate is interesting. Fisher will doubtless set their distributor level price in USD. If the European distributor pays in USD, his actual cost for the unit will be FEWER Euros than the amount in USD. European prices are influenced by many factors. There is increased shipping cost, import duties and most significantly - the European
  2. I suspect it will be released - too much invested to back away at this point - hopefully they have solved the production issues. If they have, they can sell them for 10 - 15 years at a nice quiet rate to serious salt beach hunters. Meanwhile everything learned throughout the VERY painful launch of the AQ Limited will be applied (I hope) to making the Impulse “Platform” a steady moneymaker for decades. We will see.
  3. Alexandre’s details apply to the “Unlimited” production version I believe. The AQ Limited now being sold by Fisher is shown in Arturo’s email as “IMPULSE-AQ-NIMH” - I take that to mean that it is the AQ Limited.
  4. If the above comments are accurate, It is a situation in which I am not pleased at the way Fisher has utilized the marketing information I sent them. I sent the President of FTP a strong email protesting their pestering “declined” customers with emails etc. Imagine my embarrassment when I found the cause of the mess.... I just figured out what the hell happened. MY BAD. I kept a neat list, all you prospective and committed customers, plus a list of those who had been on the list and declined later, plus all the buyers All neat on my iPad in “Numbers” the iOS spreadshee
  5. Nobody asked me any questions about the list. I was given no information regarding how they planned to use it to market the remaining AQ LTD production. The spreadsheet was clearly divided into prospective customers (thank you all) - “withdrawn” prospective customers - and customers who had purchased a unit. .............
  6. Some weeks ago Fisher decided that the remaining production of AQ Limited units should be sold directly by them. As part of the agreement under which Fisher and I documented ending my role as sole dealer of the AQ Limited, I forwarded to them my list of registered potential buyers. On the same spreadsheet were the details on those who had asked to be withdrawn from the list as well as those who had already purchased AQ’s. The agreement was satisfactory to to me and included compensation to me for providing the prospective buyers list and confirmed my ongoing role as a Fisher dealer.
  7. Fisher and I reached an agreement - they decided to proceed with production of AQ Limited units but felt that it would be best if they dealt directly with the buyers. Since this was a change from what had previously been agreed between us, it was necessary to reach a new agreement. This was done and my list of waiting buyers is now with them and I have received an acceptable compensation for my work in marketing the Limited. I will continue to be a FTP dealer and am very hopeful that my experience with this project over the last nearly 4 years will induce potential buyers to chose me
  8. I just checked Sven’s website and per the field tests he linked to, My factory Hip-Mount Teknetics Mark 1 was introduced in 1985, so I have a “qualified” machine. Here’s a link to his site...lots of stuff on vintage detectors....https://www.treasurelinx.com/tk.html
  9. It is a DFX “locked” into salt mode. It will reward you far beyond your $100 if you get out there and use it. Not great as a deep wading machine - that big case floats like a life preserver. I had one and found it to be useful and sensitive - buy it for $100 and I will pay you $200!
  10. I have no “inside info” except that it costs them way less to sell pallet loads of detectors to one place than a few boxes of them to another. I suspect that for most brands the “usual drill” in the “old days” was to “Sell into” lots of detectors. Make the distributors and dealers buy lots of stock in order to get the best margin on eventual “sell through” - retail sale to end users. That is going away as mom and pop dealers go away. The remaining dealers are online one way or another and other than the “big box” outlets - I suspect that they are on “direct ship” - they get an order and i
  11. The coils in the above picture are for the original Lobo. This detector - and the previous Diablo 2 use coils with a 4 pin MALE connector - although the frequency is close to the later Lobo Super Trac and other Tesoro models - Rusty Henry confirmed that the later models coils cannot be converted to work with the original Lobo and Diablo 2.
  12. I had two of the prototypes to test - one in San Diego and back here in AZ and another in Norway in conjunction with their Norwegian Agent. I also was offered the opportunity to purchase the first AQ Unlimited model in December 2019 and I happily did so. All of these functioned exactly as I expected - excellent depth even in black sand at Coranado in San Diego and with useful multitone and mute discrimination functions - nothing like a VLF discriminator, but in some circumstances very useful. Depth, quiet and power. That pretty well sums it up. It’s a PI, not a VLF/IB detector.
  13. Dew, this might be the post of all of yours that I like the best. YOU NAILED IT! Fisher tried something which no one else has - in detector land - a kind of public Beta Test where the testers have to “buy in”. And just to show you that no good deed goes unpunished - here is a bit I have been saving about product testing - with a focus on metal detectors...feel free to stop reading now! There are several kinds of tests for new products. Alpha Testing - this is done in-house on engineering prototypes. Devices which don’t show the promise of reliable performance and fitness to
  14. The Limited was a “one time good deal”. The selling price was the absolute minimum to encourage experienced beach hunters to try it and thereby gather the maximum feedback on its performance and utility in the hands of folks who had the dedication and experience to provide the usage and feedback desired. The price of the “Unlimited” version has to cover the millions in research and development costs, the bill of materials and return a profit. The price is not out of line for comparable machines such as the CTX and Minelab’s gold nugget detectors.
  15. I have been plagued with this for decades. Cheap and effective - Duct Tape. 2 days will do it - keep the moisture in and let it heal.
  16. I am not aware of Dave’s saying anything else about the D Micromax. I think he liked it for its elegance. Light, easy to “thumb” the controls, and the dual GB function to knock out hot rocks were probably the main attraction. I found that toggle switch a pain, I would use it to check a hot rock, then forget to return it to the correct position. I never kept one mostly because I was good at finding them reasonably priced and selling them at a nice profit.
  17. I have 2 of the DFX type BF and two of the older 6.59 MHz ones. I have listed one of the DFX ones for $550 (to get my money back. I overpaid a bit for it). The other one I am hanging on to along with the DFX I got with it for a price which would piss everybody off if I revealed it. The 2 of the older type are staying for now - one for my IDX Pro and one of the earliest ones for adapting to my Teknetics Mark I to make what might be the best coin and ring sweeper possible.
  18. Lots of folks think that the Tesoro Diablo MicroMax is the most desirable Tesoro of all time. I had two (or three, I’m not sure) and sold each one - even though it took a LOT of effort to find each one. Do I regret selling them - not really, but if I saw a chance to buy another one at a good price, I would likely do so. I am a sucker for a “story” detector - one that has a real “buzz’ associated with it - hence the D’MMax. Hence also why I currently have four Bigfoot coils, a Teknetics Mk I, a Tesoro Pantera and various other strays. I learn something from each of them, trying t
  19. I have sold approximately 25 units to date. FTP sold at least a couple to established customers. Thanks Steve for your excellent summary of where things seem to stand.
  20. Here’s a story I’m keen to tell - I put it here. Because I couldn’t figure out anywhere else to put it ...my bad... Ok, this whole fireplace thing has apparently become a thing on our neighborhood FB page. I put this there as my last word a bit ago, but why should the rest of you lot escape the last words I have on the subject of use of the fireplace in my home...? It was a long time ago. In the winter (camping season in Arabia) there was usually a strong inversion overnight. The cooler ground would cool the low air and the warm upper air would form a blanket over all. E
  21. I have no information on FTP plans for release.
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