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  1. Sandheron -- OK, got it. Thanks for clarifying. SO, there would then be two different lower rods on an otherwise "identical" shaft setup -- one lower for the Manticore, and one for the Equinox. Interesting. Steve
  2. Yes, EXCEPT, it seems that the 700/900 coils' "attachment point" will utilize the NEW style of lower rod (like the Manticore uses), whereas the old coils will obviously still need the OLD style of lower rod... Steve
  3. Wow, phrunt! You are exactly right. That is, well, "odd..." Steve
  4. Certainly tempting, Cal, but with a perfectly operable 600 and 800 in my "stable," it's hard to justify buying a new 900, just to use as a backup. Decisions, decisions! Steve
  5. midalake -- so, I have it on good authority that there's enough coil cable length to offer a longer shaft (at least a few inches). And yes, extending the upper instead of a "tall-man" lower rod is another option, but the big "if" is how that plastic "rail" for the arm cuff is attached to the upper shaft. If it is somehow clamped on or screwed on, to where it can simply be removed from one carbon tube, and installed onto another, then making an upper shaft would be much easier; if it's EPOXIED on, then that means I'd have to "clone" that part, and have an injection mold made for it. IF that's the case, the least expensive option (avoiding an upper shaft "arm cuff rail" mold, or a lower shaft "yoke" mold) might be to make an extended MIDDLE shaft section... Bottom line, I need to get mine "in hand," and study it, to see if there's anything reasonable I can do with it. It looks like, from first glance, to be a very nice shaft (based on pictures/videos). There may not be alot to "improve" on; the main things I could offer it would seem (after sizeable investment in injection molds) would be a colored shaft option (for those interested in color), a two-piece shaft instead of a 3-piece to lighten it up a bit more (for those who may prefer a two-piece), and then of course the option for customized lengths (i.e. longer shafts, for tall users like yourself). I'll be looking at it, for sure, to see what's possible... Steve
  6. I will be looking to see what I can do about that, though the negative is if I do it, it will require substantial investment in an injection mold, to produce that new lower rod "clevis." I will be looking into this... Steve
  7. If the VDI of each of the two, or three, beeps is identical, it will show up as ONE target, plotted in ONE location. Remember, all the target trace is doing, is plotting an x,y coordinate pair that represents the VDI of a target. ON THE OTHER HAND -- suppose there is a quarter laying on top of the ground, and the "middle beep" (i.e. center of the coil over the target) reads a very consistent "88," but the two "edge of coil" beeps register a consistent "85," you will then see TWO plots on the screen. Steve
  8. Production of parts for the first batch of Deus shafts is nearing completion. Some parts shipments have now arrived, and the rest are shipping over the course of the next week. I expect all parts to arrive by roughly Dec. 10, and then will be initiating the first production run of 32 shafts immediately thereafter. At this point, all 32 shafts have been reserved by customers. As soon as the parts arrive, and have been inspected, I'll be ordering the next batch of parts, for the next production run. Expect the second batch of shafts to be ready to ship by roughly late January. Thank you all for your patience. This has been a long/complex project, but I think the wait will be worth it, as I am very pleased with how everything has come together. This should prove to be a top-notch shaft that will improve upon the stock shaft immensely. I will be contacting each customer as soon as parts arrive, for final confirmation of interest, and invoicing. Thanks to all of you who have offered suggestions/advice along the way, to my excellent field testers, and to all of my customers. The end to the long wait is now in sight... πŸ™‚ Thanks! Steve
  9. PSPR -- this is NOT going to happen. Sorry to be a bearer of bad news. Bottom line, any gold, that gives the same VDI as a pull tab or ring tab, CANNOT be "detected" while the aluminum is discriminated out. If you notch out a VDI number, you will notch out ANYTHING that registers that VDI number, whether it is gold, or aluminum. Steve
  10. Good luck, Dancer. I know that dewcon hunts exclusively with his MDT, on Florida beaches. If you run into any issues, he may offer a wise word or two... Steve
  11. WalkInH2o, THANKS for the very kind words! I appreciate that, and glad that I've been able to help a bit in giving some degree of better understanding of a 2D "smart screen," to those who have no CTX experience. And THANK YOU for being a customer -- I appreciate you! Steve
  12. As for the announcement, could it be a GPX 6000+ maybe? I know NOTHING about the 6000, but have heard some say the 6000 has some "issues," of some sort. Just wondering if "second time around" means a "new/improved" version of something already released, like the 6000? Or possibly an Equinox 1000, that uses the "Manticore-design" for the lower rod, that is waterproof to 6 meters like the Manticore, and has a carbon-fiber shaft and arm cuff system like the Manticore? In other words, it addresses all of the "complaints" people have, about the 600/800 (water intrusion failures, coil ear breakage, and wobbly shaft)? Maybe priced at something like $1099 US? YES, that idea, of a "new/improved" version of something, would also seem to sort of fit the Equinox >> Manticore as well, but personally, it seems to me that message is maybe a bit too "secretive" to be about the Manticore. Since they already have announced the Manticore, sent Mark Lawrie around on that "world tour" to show off the "Beast," etc., and told us to expect the Manticore late 2022, this new announcement seems to me to be too "cryptic" to be referring to the Manticore... Who knows. Bottom line? It's had its intended effect; it has us talking about it. Which is precisely what marketing departments want, with such teases... πŸ™‚ Steve
  13. πŸ˜„ Phrunt -- you made me laugh. Which is good; I haven't been laughing enough lately! 😜
  14. Sinclair, I do not doubt that, with experimentation, you would be able to find a "grip angle" that works best for you, specifically. In other words, while you are not explicitly resolving the imbalance/nose-heaviness, you ARE finding an angle, for your wrist, where exerting the force to lift the coil causes you the least amount of distress. SO, I get it, and I applaud you for working to find a solution to your issues. I was not saying that there's no improvement to be found in changing grip angle, I was only saying that the ULTIMATE source of the issue, is the imbalance of the machine. But, if you have tried counterweighting and don't like it, then this might be the best solution in your case. Steve
  15. Zincoln, some fantastic hunting in the iron, and it's nice to see you were rewarded with some fantastic results! Steve
  16. mcjtom -- The ferrous numbers on a CTX run from 0 to 35, along the "y-axis," with "0" at the top, and increasing to "35" at the bottom. HOWEVER, unlike what might seem "logical," a non-ferrous target does NOT register near zero, for its ferrous number, on the CTX, but instead, will read roughly "12." For whatever reason, Minelab chose to "normalize" the FE number of most non-ferrous targets to read "12." So, a "good" target on a CTX will generally plot about 1/3 of the way down the screen, at 12 FE -- along what folks call the "12 line" (the horizontal line running left and right across the screen, at the "12" location on the y-axis). SO, "good" targets will generally NOT be at the "top" of the screen, as you thought. Instead, since the FE number of "good" targets is "normalized" to "12" on the CTX, these targets (as noted above) will appear about 1/3 of the way down the screen, on or near the "12" line. Meanwhile, typically, targets which appear well above the "12" line, near the top of the screen (i.e. ferrous numbers in the single digits), will generally be iron targets. Silmiliarly, targets well below the "12" line (i.e. ferrous numbers in the upper teens, 20s, and 30s), will also generally be iron targets. THEREFORE, things will not be entirely different on the Manticore. Like on the CTX, targets registering near the top of the screen will generally be iron, and targets registering low on the screen will also generally be iron (dependent of course on the accuracy of the discrimination algorithms). The "middle" of the screen, similar to the "12" line on the CTX, will be where "good" (non-ferrous) targets will usually register (again, depending upon the accuracy of the discrimination algorithms). Now, on BOTH the CTX AND the Manticore, conductive numbers increase from left to right along the x-axis (as you noted). This will be easier for most users to interpret. Low CO numbers (and those with "non-ferrous" indication, thus plotting roughly "centered," from a top to bottom sense, AND near the left-hand side of the screen due to low CO number) will likely be foil-type targets, as one would expect, and high CO numbers (and those with "non-ferrous" indication, thus plotting roughly "centered," from a top to bottom sense, AND near the right-hand side of the screen due to high CO number), will be targets like big silver coins, etc. -- again, as would be expected. Make sense? Steve
  17. I will add one more thought here. I am of the belief that while there may be a "sweet spot" in terms of grip/handle angle, that differs for each individual, I do think there's an "elephant in the room," here, that is a MUCH bigger issue, and that is, BALANCE. It is my firm belief that the REAL issue causing folks wrist fatigue/discomfort, is the nose-heaviness of the Equinox (and most other modern detectors). And here's why I say that. If you take your wrist, and "cock it," back and forth, like you are loading, and then casting, a fishing pole, it becomes obvious that our wrist is "designed" such that it is "comfortable" at any number of positions. At rest, with no "load" or "tension" on the wrist, it can sit comfortably at any number of different "angles." The DISCOMFORT comes, largely, when the wrist is put under LOAD, or STRAIN, especially if that load or strain is sustained for a long period of time. It is my contention, that the discomfort we feel in our wrists when detecting is PRIMARILY due to the imbalance -- and more specifically -- the "nose-heaviness" of the unit (and the resulting strain on our wrists). When swinging a detector, where a large percentage of the weight of the unit sits out at the end of a long "lever" (from a physics perspective), that coil is using "leverage" AGAINST us. And with no compensating weight at the butt end of the shaft, to lift the coil FOR us, WE are having to do ALL of the work, to lift that coil. And that work is being done, first and foremost, by our WRISTS. But, simply LIFTING the coil, is not the issue. We are ALL strong enough to lift the coil. The issue is, KEEPING the coil lifted, and floating just above the ground, for hours at a time. Doing so, places substantial stress, from a "repetitive motion" perspective, on our wrist. The small muscles of the wrist are not intended to do such repetitive motion, under constant strain/tension. AND SO, feeling fatigue or pain in the wrist is an absolutely normal, and I would say, expected, result, of swinging a nose-heavy machine -- where we are forced to exert enough CONSTANT force, for long periods of time, to keep the coil floating above the ground. THAT, I believe strongly, is where the fatigue and discomfort come from. That is NOT to say that, for any one individual, whose wrist is placed under such constant strain, that there may not be an "angle" that feels better, while other "angles" feel worse. I am simply saying that I think grip/handle angle is a second-order issue, and a DISTANT second, at that. I very strongly contend that the FIRST-order issue, is the strain put on our wrists by having to swing a nose-heavy machine, keeping the coil floating, for hours at a time. And I further contend that with a perfectly balanced machine, in other words, requiring essentially ZERO exertion of the wrist (i.e. the wrist basically "at rest"), the fatigue and discomfort is eliminated. And thus, I contend, if we were all swinging BALANCED detectors, all the talk about "grip angle" (which has been a topic of discussion for many years -- at LEAST back to when the Minelab Explorer handle angle was, apparently, slightly adjusted on the E-Trac, according to many users) would largely fade away. So, I will say in conclusion that if you (Sinclair) are a "monk" on ergonomics, I would expect that this logic would make sense to you. The Equinox (and most other modern machines) are ergonomically, shall I say, "far from ideal," to put it gently. You simply can't design a machine that puts such a large percentage of the unit's weight out at the end of a long "lever," with no compensating weight at the other end of the machine, and not end up with an ergonomic mess... Steve
  18. Yep, spot on... Yep, basically... As I understand it, stuff like rusted nails, etc. will be up top (I think), and big iron, like horseshoes, axe heads, etc., will be down low (I think). Steve
  19. phrunt -- I'm guessing that's EXACTLY what Minelab did...i.e. tease the Manticore release so that some folks "on the fence" might hold onto their 1.5K for a little while... As for the headphones/Bluetooth LE, am I reading this correctly that the headphones aren't proprietary AFTER ALL, and that as more headphones that are Bluetooth LE-capable hit the market, we'll likely have other, compatible options if the ML-105 won't do it for us? In any case, it certainly looks like, from the info you posted, that we SHOULD be able to get less expensive, non-branded versions off of AliExpress, as you noted... Steve
  20. This is really, really odd, Cal. He's a tough nut to crack (and hard to understand...can't believe he bought a D2, after his disdain for the EQX (and now presumably, the Manticore?) Steve
  21. Chase, Thanks for the info. So, it's not as simple as x,y coordinate pairs being plotted on an x,y coordinate system, with x and y representing two specific characteristics of the target. It's quite a bit different, actually. Hmm... I don't like that idea, as -- for instance -- it's more like having to simply "memorize" that a "spiral shape" means "difficult to reject" items, and a "lower left to upper right" oval shape means "coin," without a more clear, direct, logical relationship between what is being plotted, and what it says about the target. It seems "abstract," and harder to understand "linearly" or "logically," as compared to plotting an FE,CO coordinate pair... In any case, thanks for the info! Steve
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