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  1. Hi all! I have some BIG NEWS from Steve’s Detector Rods! As we’ve all noticed recently, prices are rising on nearly everything we purchase. At Steve’s Detector Rods, I’d like to offer a new way to buck that trend – at least with respect to carbon-fiber shafts for Minelab Equinox users. I’m announcing a brand-new line of Equinox shafts – my “CarbonPro” line of shafts. These shafts will be available at a substantial discount, as compared to my “Steve’s Detector Rods” line of shafts. My CarbonPro line of high-quality 100% carbon-fiber shafts, utilize the exact same tried-and-true Steve’s Detector Rods designs, the exact same parts and materials produced by the exact same suppliers I’ve always used. The only difference between a CarbonPro shaft, and a “Steve’s” shaft of the same configuration, is that the CarbonPro line of shafts is factory assembled by one of my most trusted carbon-fiber tube producers. The idea behind the CarbonPro line, is that as my business continues to grow, having some of my “standard-configuration” shafts assembled at a carbon-fiber factory, allows me to produce shafts in greater quantity, to meet the increasing demand. This also allows me to focus my own time on hand-building the more complex shaft configurations, and on the custom builds that many customers request – under the “Steve’s Detector Rods” brand name. The CarbonPro line of shafts are of “standard” configuration – i.e. not “counterweight-ready” (at least, not at this time). They are available in both black, and red/black color, and can be purchased as a complete set (upper and lower shaft), OR upper shaft only (with the upper shaft fully compatible with the factory Minelab lower rod). Of course, CarbonPro lower rods are also available separately, for folks who wish to have an extra lower rod available for each of their accessory coils. Special, limited-time introductory pricing on the CarbonPro shafts will be as follows: Black Equinox complete shaft: $89.99 (shipping included) Red/Black Equinox complete shaft: $109.99 (shipping included) Black Equinox upper shaft: $59.99 (shipping included) Red/Black Equinox upper shaft: $69.99 (shipping included) Black Equinox lower rod: $34.99 (when purchased with complete shaft), $42.99 (purchased separately, shipping included) Red/Black Equinox lower rod: $44.99 (when purchased with complete shaft), $52.99 (purchased separately, shipping included) These shafts are available and in stock now. Again, the shafts are available in “standard” configuration only (regular snap-in end cap in the butt end), though a “counterweight-ready” model may become available down the road. Thanks for your interest; please contact me at steve@stevesdetectorrods.com, to place an order! Thanks! Steve www.stevesdetectorrods.com www.facebook.com/stevesdetectorrods email: steve@stevesdetectorrods.com
  2. deathray -- will do. I'll text you tomorrow afternoon/evening (working the evening shift tonight, but I am off tomorrow). THANKS! Steve
  3. deathray, Yes, sir. I did a custom 3-piece for "Gold Catcher" here on the forum; here's a link to a post he made about the shaft, with pictures... Price for the two-piece runs $129 plus $16 shipping, the three-piece is a custom design so it adds $20 to the price; we'd need to chat a bit to get the section lengths tailored to your specific wants/needs. Thanks! Steve
  4. deathray -- yes, sir. I do offer a complete shaft for the Gold Monster. A two-piece shaft (adjustable lower rod) is the standard, but can do custom ones in three-piece design as well (lower two sections telescopic, while the upper detaches from the two lower sections via one of my clamp-type cam locks -- quick and easy. Please let me know if you are interested in pursuing... Thank you! Steve
  5. Hi all! Just refreshing the listing; all items (shafts and scoop handles) are in stock and available, including shafts (and scoop handles) for detectors (and scoops) not yet shown on my website. Please contact me if you have any need for any of the products I offer, or have questions about those I many not yet be advertising. Along those lines, work continues on the Deus shaft prototype, with progress being made. Still no time table, but a first prototype is nearly ready for internal testing... Thanks all! Steve
  6. Matt, Sure, that could be done. I'll keep that in mind, as one of the optional configurations I can offer. Thanks! Steve
  7. matt -- I am not sure that wouldn't be possible, based on my design. Since I'm not a water hunter, let alone a diver, what would you want in a dive shaft? What would be the requirements? Just "shorter" in length? Steve
  8. Hi all, A couple of things... First of all, I am happy to offer cam locks to anyone interested. They run $15 plus $5 for USPS First Class shipping. Secondly, I'm working on a prototype Deus shaft also, and it would be an "S" shaft that would function very similar to the stock XP shaft, but would use round tubes (and my cam locks) instead of the XP "non-round" tubes. I am ALSO working on that issue of control-box placement, relative to the handle -- as I noted the same issue as Brad did (difficulty in accessing the buttons on the control box with your thumb, because the control box sits too far "in front of" or "toward the user," relative to the handle. I will be addressing that as well, with my shaft. Anyway, just wanted to make those two points. Brad, THANKS for mentioning the use of my cam locks. I'm really glad it worked well for you! Steve
  9. Dew -- Interesting... Here are my thoughts... 1. SIGNIFICANT improvement in the tones (the "mod" that Aaron posted the video on, was a very good starting point). 2. SIGNIFICANT improvement in accuracy of the ID at depth (and with more accurate ID, more tone options could then be offered as well, instead of only a 3-tone option for the audio). I'd like to see 5 tones at least, but would prefer "full tones" (at least through the 30-point conductive range). But -- additional tones are ONLY USEFUL, if the target ID algorithms are made much more reliable/accurate. 3. Allow the pinpoint button to be one press -- engage, one press -- disengage style, instead of one where you have to hold the button down continuously for it to remain in pinpoint mode. 4. A MUCH LONGER "bottom" tube on the upper shaft, allowing more distance to be achieved between the arm cuff, and the handle. At least 3" longer would be necessary, if not a bit more. The short "bottom" tube on the upper shaft -- and thus the short cuff-to-handle distance, makes an already nose-heavy machine (especially with 12" coil attached) that much more uncomfortable to swing. 5. While speaking of "nose-heavy," a BETTER-BALANCED machine would be most welcome. The MDT with 12" coil is among the more uncomfortable machines for me -- at 6'2" tall with long arms -- to swing. 6. Wireless or bluetooth aptX-LL transmitter built in, for use with wireless headphones. 7. A screen where the ID of the target "refreshes" or "updates" more slowly. Much of the time in my experience, you can't determine what the machine thinks the ID of the target is, because the numbers are refreshing so quickly that you never get a steady readout on the screen. It's just a "blur" of rapidly changing numbers much of the time... 8. Better "modulation" of the tones, so that it's a bit easier to discern a deep (small) target from a shallower (mid-depth) one. 9. ASSUMING a better/more accurate ID algorithm, then the ability to adjust not only tonal frequency/pitch (when using the standard 3-tone option), but also the ability to define which VDI numbers are assigned to which tone bin. This would be less important, for me, however, if the machine had a "full tones" option (i.e. one tone per VDI number, similar to the 50-tones option on the Equinox). 10. Here's a DREAM -- but it would be great...a button that allows you to change from "time domain" post-processing, to SMF VLF post-processing. In other words, it's terrific to have the ability to "time-domain-out" things like bad dirt, black sand, tiny foil, and rust/tiny iron bits, etc. This is something the MDT offers that other VLF units DO NOT. BUT, it seems that because of this "time-domain post-processing," target ID suffers with the unit (I'm assuming this "time-domain post-processing" is the cause of the inaccurate VDI). SO -- if the target ID can't be improved within "time domain" post-processing algorithms, then perhaps the solution is to design the machine to utilize simultaneous multi-frequency, and then have a mode available where the user could quickly/easily switch to "traditional SMF VLF mode." This would then allow the user to "re-interrogate" an already located target, by switching to this more "conventional" SMF mode, so as to get a presumably accurate VDI readout in that "mode." Furthermore, perhaps information from the "time domain" processing of target ID, could be COMBINED, algorithmically, with the "SMF" processing of the target ID, to combine the benefits of both methods, and actually get ID of a given target that is even SUPERIOR to that which can be achieved with, say, an Equinox or CTX (or whatever one might consider to be the "most accurate ID unit" available). In other words, if -- via the press of a button -- a user could enter into "MDT" mode, where MDT-type time-domain post-processing is being used, and thus allowing the user to "tune out" black sand, tiny foil, rusty iron flakes, etc. as is currently the case with the MDT, and then press the button again, to switch into "SMF VLF mode," so to speak -- i.e. to gather the most accurate target identification that can be achieved via incorporating SMF VLF post-processing, THEN you'd have a machine that could rival any unit on the market (if done well) -- and one which could be effectively employed by a deep/old coin hunter in a site littered with modern trash. These are my thoughts. Steve
  10. LOL!! Yes, if I can pull this off, I'll be able to make you one in camo! 🙂 LOL! Thanks! Steve
  11. Hey all! I just wanted to refresh my "sale" ad, and announce that I am now also offering: Stavr sand scoop handles Garrett Ace/AT-series complete "S-shafts" Minelab Equinox complete "S-shafts" Minelab GPX 4500/4800/5000 complete shafts (before I was only selling the lower rods) Minelab Gold Monster complete shafts and -- per customer requests -- have begun working on a design for a complete Deus carbon-fiber replacement shaft... 🙂 Thanks, all! Steve
  12. BeachHunter -- yep, I'm trying to consider such possibilities. No matter WHICH way I try to go, though, there are likely injection molds involved, which are EXPENSIVE. I just don't trust 3-D printing, in most cases, for any part that will be subjected to any appreciable stresses... By the way, I got my hands on a Deus II yesterday, to take a close look at the shaft. WOW...that flex... Steve
  13. Ogliuga -- can you tell me what you mean by this? Are you saying the mount is "loose," in terms of its fit into the shaft? Thanks! Steve
  14. Gents, Thanks for all of the thoughts here. I'm reviewing the posts, for people's comments/complaints about the existing shaft, and I'm really brainstorming to figure out what/if I can do... I'm ordering some Deus parts, so that I can have them in hand as I brainstorm... Thanks all... Steve
  15. Steve, and others... Thanks for the interest! I've had a number of customers raising this issue with me. It seems there's fairly great demand for a Deus shaft replacement, with stiff/sturdy carbon fiber and high-quality cam locks. Since this is exactly what I try to provide my customers with, it would seem that this would be "right up my alley." The PROBLEM(S) are this, when considering the production of a Deus/Deus II... 1. NON-ROUND SHAFTS... To make a long story short, production of non-round carbon-fiber tubes is costly; there's a rather large up-front cost, as a non-round tube requires a mold for production, and then the cost of the molded tubes themselves are MUCH higher than round tubes. Additionally, a non-round tube requires a matching, non-round cam lock, matching non-round shaft fittings, etc. -- all of which require their own injection molds to be produced. 2. NON-STANDARD COIL EAR... One of the two coil ears of the Deus has that "proprietary" non-round "plug" that fits through one side of the coil ear, and that plug "mates" to a "cavity" on one side of the Deus lower rod "clevis" or "head." This makes production of a "proper" lower rod piece more difficult than your basic clevis. 3. THE CONTROL-BOX MOUNT... The Deus uses that "proprietary" mounting system for the control box, where the back of the control box "mates" to the front of the "mount," and that mount -- again -- is designed to fit in the Deus non-round shaft. This is another custom component that would have to be "replicated" for use with an aftermarket Deus shaft. 4. THE DESIGN ITSELF... The really cool "collapsible" design of the Deus, where there are "cam locks" integrated into the S-handle, and the shaft "slides through" the handle for collapsibility, is not easily replicated. NOW, some of these hurdles could be overcome, by avoiding use of the non-round tubes, and building a replacement shaft with standard, round carbon-fiber tubes. On the positive side, this would allow use of my current cam lock (thus no new cam lock injection mold needed), and would also easier-to-produce "round" shaft fittings (the lower rod piece, etc.) The lower rod "head" or "clevis," as long as it is round, could have the "cavity" for the "coil ear plug" to be machined into it, so that hurdle could be overcome as well. I have considered the possibility of adapting my new "S-shaft" design, for use with the Deus. HOWEVER, points 3 and 4 above remain challenges, even given that I now have that S-shaft design. For point 3 -- a control box mount would have to be custom-designed -- one that would both A.) fit onto my S-handle, and B.) mate properly with the Deus control box. Then, for point 4 -- customers would have to be willing to forego the "collapsibility" offered by the Deus shaft design, as my S-shaft does not allow the tubes to "slide through the handle" for the easy collapsibility offered by the Deus. I have been thinking alot about this, and trying to find solutions to these issues, but there's really no way to get around the fact that no matter how I slice it, this would be a very expensive shaft to produce (in terms of purchase price), as production would require substantial up-front investment. The Deus shaft is a much more "proprietary" shaft than many others, making a proper, high-quality replacement shaft a very high hurdle to overcome. I will continue pondering it... Thanks all! Steve
  16. John's email address is johnsmith55@bellsouth.net. He was slow to respond; I'm hoping he's not semi-retiring, what with the website being down, and all... Steve
  17. Chuck -- THANK YOU for your business. Your coil will be shipping soon. THANKS! Steve
  18. OK, so here is my question. Is there a way to run the sound through some type of device, that adjusts the frequency of the tones digitally -- i.e. the machine outputs, say, 1000Hz, and run through the "digital device," they come out the other end, piped to the headphones, at, say, 800 Hz? Steve
  19. Dancer, I don't know the whole story, but I sure do wish I had those tones, that's all I know! Steve
  20. Ridge Runner, I'll be happy to help! Thanks, Steve
  21. OK, so -- no changes of tone will be available/possible, unfortunately... ON THE HORIZON = MDT-8000 (dankowskidetectors.com) Steve
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