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  1. Holy smokes, Randy! What an amazing find! Steve
  2. steveg

    The Nox, Part 2

    HOLY SMOKES, Dan! What a hunt!! Steve
  3. Greetings! After many months of design and testing, I am happy to announce that my carbon-fiber shaft project for the Equinox is complete! After working through my "wait list" over the past couple of weeks, I am now ready to begin offering these shafts for sale, to any who may be interested. I have a limited quantity of shafts in stock at this time, with another batch of parts currently in production which -- when they arrive -- will allow me to re-supply my inventory.This complete, high-quality, lightweight shaft system consists of:1). A 35 1/2" long carbon-fiber upper shaft, with four cuff adjustment holes, and one hole for the control-box handle (located in the same positions as on the Minelab upper shaft section). This upper shaft replaces -- as a one-piece section -- both the middle and upper sections of the stock Minelab shaft;2). A 26" long carbon-fiber lower rod, including spring-button clip (the same lower rods I've been selling for several months).The following pricing applies to several basic shaft options...1. Upper shaft section ONLY (no lower rod), regular end cap … $79 plus shipping2. Upper shaft section ONLY (no lower rod), threaded butt-end and threaded end cap (to allow compatibility with the threaded counterweight system) ... $89 plus shipping3. COMPLETE shaft system (upper shaft section PLUS 26" lower rod), regular end cap ... $129 plus shipping4. COMPLETE shaft system (upper shaft section PLUS 26" lower rod), threaded butt-end and threaded end cap (to allow compatibiility with the threaded counterweight system) ... $139 plus shipping.All of the above shafts can be customized in various ways, per customer preference (rod length, hole locations, etc.) Optional spring button holes (to facilitate use of the lower rod spring button) can also be included in any of the upper shaft options above, for an additional $10 (the button holes are not REQUIRED, on my shaft, due to the strong/secure clamping cam lock system that is used with these shafts, but are available as an optional inclusion).As alluded to above, an optional counterweighting system is also available for these shafts, to alleviate the "nose-heaviness" many Equinox users have noticed. The counterweight -- short-lengths of carbon-fiber tube, filled with small bags of lead pellets, and which screw into a threaded insert in the butt-end of the shaft -- can either be packaged with a shaft system, or purchased separately later, as an add-on accessory. The tubes are custom-built to each user's desired weight/length, and additionally, the weight of the tube can be adjusted at any time, via access to the internal weighting through a threaded end cap.Empty counterweight tubes (with the customer supplying the weighting) ... $25 plus shippingWeighted counterweight tubes (built to customer specification) ... $35 plus shippingFinally, I have created several documents to provide more detailed information regarding the shaft system itself, including counterweighting and how to choose the right weight for your situation, the "button holes vs. no button holes" decision, etc. I can provide these documents to anyone who requests them, and I am of course more than happy to answer any questions you may have -- either here, or via my email address, at steve@stevesdetectorrods.com.After an extended period of working to design a superior shaft system, and extensive field testing, I believe that my goal for this complete shaft system has been achieved -- with these shafts providing a high-quality, wobble-free, ergonomically balanced, aesthetically enhanced upgrade to your Minelab Equinox!Thanks!Steve www.stevesdetectorrods.com www.facebook.com/stevesdetectorrods
  4. BeachHunter -- I was glad to speak with you and enjoyed our conversation! THANKS for your purchase!! strick -- yep, I do take PayPal. I'm glad work with you on getting you a new shaft, if you are interested... Thanks! Steve
  5. Hi all! I just wanted to let everyone know that I have finally been able to kick into shaft production mode, after the last of the long-awaited parts shipment arrived last Wednesday. Shaft building has been underway since, and I'm happy to say that I've managed to start shipping a first handful of shafts to customers on the wait list. Everyone who has contacted me in the past, and had their name added to the wait list requesting a shaft from the "first batch," has been contacted; each of these customers' shafts are compete -- and are now in the midst of a few days worth of epoxy-cure time. I expect all customers on the wait list, who requested a shaft from the first batch and have been contacted within the past week, will have their shafts ready to ship by Wendesday or Thursday. MEANWHILE, I have more than enough parts to build a couple of dozen shafts beyond those allocated to customers currently on my wait list. So, if you are interested in purchasing a shaft, please contact me, or be on the lookout for a "for sale" ad in the classified forum later this week. Finally, I have typed up a couple of detailed documents as well -- one providing lots of information on the counterweights (including assistance/advice on how to choose the "right" length/weight for your personal needs), and then a second document discussing the "spring button hole" option that is being offered, for those who feel they may wish to still utilize the spring button in the lower shaft. Please contact me if you would like to receive either or both of these two documents, or if you have any other questions regarding the new, complete carbon-fiber shafts now available for your Minelab Equinox! THANKS! Steve www.stevesdetectorrods.com (see the "what's new" section for complete shaft information) www.facebook.com/stevesdetectorrods
  6. Chase, REALLY glad you approve of the shaft, and really glad it "helped you" find gold. BUT... YOU HUNTED IN THOSE CONDITIONS?!?!? Ouch! LOL! Thanks for the thumbs-up, but I think you are the one that deserves the kudos, for THAT hunt... Thank you! Steve
  7. THANKS, BeachHunter! I enjoyed speaking with you! I appreciate your business! Steve
  8. FYI -- the "for sale" ad for these shafts (and another for the EQX and CTX lower rods) is now up, in the classifieds section, for anyone interested... THANKS! Steve
  9. Greetings!I currently have both Equinox and CTX 3030 carbon-fiber lower rods in stock, and ready to ship!Forum special discount pricing --Equinox 26" lower rods -- $60 plus $10 shipping ($70 total)CTX 3030 32" lower rods -- $80 plus $10 shipping ($90 total)I can also build custom-length lower rods, per customer needs, AND can build CTX 3030 "travel rods" -- as a "special order" items; please contact me for details! THANKS!Steve www.stevesdetectorrods.com www.facebook.com/stevesdetectorrods
  10. Diggerydoo, THANK YOU for the very kind words! I am VERY glad that you like the shaft, and were pleased with our transaction! Thank you!! Steve
  11. Hi all. Now that I have the prototype shafts built, I've been able to work some more on the counterweight design, and I have moved very close to finalizing the design. I have discovered through this extensive testing/design that the amount of weight needed to achieve proper counterbalance is a bit more than I was originally thinking, after the preliminary, "rough" proof-of-concept testing. I would like to present the findings, and get some opinions -- from anyone who has been potentially interested in the counterbalance system -- as to whether these changes are acceptable, or if this would change your desire to possibly purchase the counterweights. 1. The weight needed to counterbalance the 12" x 15" coil, (based on an "average" lower rod extension length), is roughly 28 oz. This is a fairly substantial amount of weight -- BUT -- I must note that when the weight is applied, the machine swings BEAUTIFULLY. It FEELS lighter, even though the "absolute weight" -- i.e. according to measurement as provided by a scale -- is obviously greater. With my forearm in the arm in the arm cuff, swinging the machine normally, I was literally able to hold the handle of the machine with only my thumb and index finger -- and swing the machine effortlessly! The sensation is that the machine FLOATS across the ground! (For the 11" coil, the amount of counterweight needed is of course slightly less -- roughly 25 oz.) 2. To include this amount of weight in the tube extensions, and yet not have the extensions excessively long, I must use larger-diameter carbon-fiber tube than I planned -- I've decided on 31mm outside diameter tubes. I had intended to use the same diameter of tubing as used on the upper shaft (22.15mm outside diameter), but the extension length required was far too long. 3. Using the 31mm outside diameter tube for the counterweights, I calculate that length of the tube extending beyond the end of the shaft will be 7 1/2" for the 12" x 15" coil, and 6 1/2" for the 11" coil. 4. There would be no changes to the shaft design needed; anyone wanting the counterweight system in the future would still purchase a shaft with the same threaded female fitting installed in the butt end of the shaft, and the same threaded end cap that screws into the butt end. The only changes would be to the counterweights themselves (as comparted to what I had originally planned) -- i.e. larger diameter carbon-fiber tubing, and thus a larger end cap for the ends of the counterweights themselves. SO, my questions are, with the counterweight lengths needed now a pretty-well "known quantity" -- i.e. 6 1/2" and 7 1/2" long (11" coil and 12" x 15" coil, respectively), and the weights to achieve balance being also a pretty-well "known quantity" -- i.e. 25 oz. and 28 oz., respectively, would those interested in the weights find these specs acceptable? Please offer your comments. Preliminary/rough pricing info would be as follows. One counterweight, $22.50 plus shipping ($30 total). If an EQX user only wanted to order one weight, I would suggest the 6 1/2" long, 25 oz. weight, designed for the 11" coil; this amount of counterweight still achieves a degree of balance that feels GREAT with the 12" x 15" coil. I am of the opinion that no counterweight is needed, for the 6" coil. Two counterweights, one for the 11" coil and one for the 12" x 15" coil, $42.50 plus shipping ($50 total). Thoughts? Steve
  12. EVERYONE -- just thought I'd provide an update. Parts arrived today, for the counterweight tubes. I'm VERY pleased with how they have turned out! Here is a 6 15/16" counterweight tube for the Minelab Equinox carbon-fiber shaft, which is capable of holding up to 30 oz. weight. Remember, any weight/length of tube can be produced, up to the full 6 15/16", per customer needs/desires. THANKS to everyone who provided ideas/suggestions during the thread! Steve
  13. steveg

    GPX Carbon Rods?

    I am sorry, Goldseeker, I do not. I do not own a Gold Seeker, and so without having one to take measurements with, I'm not able to design a shaft for it. I apologize! Steve
  14. Hi all! I've been talking about this for so long, that I figure some of you may have wondered if it was ever actually going to happen, BUT... I am happy to announce that parts for one of the two prototype Equinox complete shafts arrived today, and I finished assembly. I am VERY pleased with the quality of the parts -- especially the clamping cam lock, which was a large portion of the focus for the design. I have done a small amount of testing/evaluation, and I am happy to say at this point that the strength/security of the clamp is impressive, and meets the design intent. Overall, I see nothing about the shaft that needs to be changed/tweaked at this point. I plan to build the second prototype when parts arrive for it on Tuesday, and then will do more testing and evaluation of both shafts. Soon thereafter, I expect to place a "first order" for parts, so that I can begin offering them for sale. Here are a few pictures... Thanks! Steve
  15. Cptbill -- Thanks for your kind words, and for your interest. Please let me know when you have enough coins saved; I'd love to build you a shaft! afreakofnature -- Thank you also for your very kind words and support! I appreciate it, and appreciate your business! Yes, I found it very interesting that someone is doing something very similar! Steve
  16. Ha! Thanks for the link. After I posted, I did some more searching, and finally ran across that. Thanks for the heads up! You know what they say about "loose lips!" Mine have been pretty loose...but that's OK! I wouldn't have it any other way. I am a detectorist, with a little shaft-building business; not a true "businessman." If I have to err in one direction or the other, I'd rather lose out on some sales, than turn into some cut-throat salesman with all my focus on bottom line, at the end of the quarter... 🙂 Steve
  17. afreakofnature -- I took a look, but don't see it. Do you have a link? Thanks, Steve
  18. GB_Amateur, Very interesting, and informative post. No, I have not weighed the nickels, but I certainly could do so. I will put that on my list of things to do soon. As for your ideas about XRF analysis on both sides, averaging, etc. -- I'd love to have all that done. The source I used for the XRF analysis is not an option for further testing -- they did as much for me as they could, and as I said, they are not set up for, nor have the experience with, analyzing for the types of metals contained within the coins. I would love to find another possibility for XRF analysis, somewhere with experience dealing with the metals in question. Some suggested a gold/jewelry shop, etc. -- and it's still something I plan to check into. I certainly would like more answers... Yes, I am familiar with the coin guidebooks you mention; interesting that there's not too much in there about the war nickels, and any "alternate" compositions aside from the "official." Perhaps you are right that any "deviations" in composition of the planchets -- if they indeed existed -- were not recorded, but I'd be surprised... I still hold out that one possibility is that that the deviations being seen are mainly on the SURFACE of the coins, and thus it being the ground that is contributing. For instance, Oklahoma has very irony-red dirt; would a war nickel with "crud" on it, show up as having iron content, when the iron is really in the "crud," and not the nickel itself? I don't think this is a full explanation, but it is something to think about... Steve
  19. steveg

    1906 Barber Beauty With My 800

    relicmeister -- Yep, a VERY nice Barber, indeed! GREAT JOB!! Steve
  20. GB_Amateur -- this is great data; NOT having any "odd-reading" war nickels is NOT a "failure," but adds mystery and intrigue to the issue. WHY would my friend Joe, in northeast Oklahoma, dig SEVERAL of these "very odd-reading" nickels, but you checked 160 from pocket change, and found NONE that were "odd." My first knee-jerk WOULD have been that somehow maybe being in the ground is altering the coins in such a way that they read different, but the XRF analysis showing different compositions suggests, at least, that there is more going on, than that... HMM.... Steve
  21. pax -- It is a good question, you ask. I have pondered many times about putting a payment link directly on my website. The issue is, demand has been great enough that I struggle to keep enough items in stock! And I don't want to be in a place where I have a pay link on y website, and someone then pays for a rod or shaft -- but I don't have any available in stock, to send! With that said, I'm working toward that...as soon as I can get my inventory built up enough to feel confident about having items in stock at all times. But in the mean time, I have you on the list for a complete shaft, and you'll be getting one from the first batch. I planned to send you a PM within the next day or two, with more details, but I'll go ahead and send it now. Check your inbox, for some info. THANKS for your interest! Steve
  22. WOW, GB_Amateur...40 so far, and ALL of them reading "like a nickel should?!" The mystery deepens... Seve
  23. I wish you still worked with the X-ray equipment also, LOL! (and I won't tell!) LOL! I'll be interested in hearing what you find out when you run those war nicks with your EQX... To me, this is fascinating! I just wish I could get the coin community more "excited" about it; if they were less "skeptical" about this, they could definitely help to unravel the mystery... Steve
  24. steveg

    A Gold Coin Story

    I'm late, too -- but WOW!!! Incredible, bucket-list find of a lifetime, and in THAT kind of condition?! Not to mention the Seateds, which are always my favorite coins to dig -- and a KEY-DATE one, at that? I'd say you had one SPECTACULAR run of luck on that day! AMAZING!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Steve