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  1. Hi all! It was a beautiful day here on Monday -- and my buddy and I got out for some digging. We hit a park that I had never hunted before, but he's been there several times over the years. As all of our city parks are, it's been well hunted, but after a couple of hours I lucked into a little "hot spot." It was a very small area, as it turns out -- maybe 30' x 30' maximum -- but I started hitting deep coins. Each one was at least 7" deep, but most of them were Garrett Pro-Pointer deep (8" to 9"), the deepest pushing 10". My guess is that for whatever reason, the coins ended up deeper than normal in this little area (I know a layer of sod had been installed here, as I was cutting through that plastic "mesh" underneath the grass layer), and that they ended up just deep enough that they were missed by most other hunters/other machines. Whatever the case, it's always nice to get into a little area that gives up coins like that; after I had hit several coins (enough to convince me there was something going on there) I called my buddy over to join in on the paydirt. All told, we managed 14 old coins from this tiny little area, plus a few buttons and other interesting items. It's been quite awhile since I've hit a little "hot spot" that was that productive, in a public spot... Here are my digs; I got several of these as "live digs" on video, so I may try to piece together a video (if I can give myself a crash course, and learn how to edit well enough)! (The Mercs are 1935-D, 1942, 1944, and 1945; the Rosie is 1959; the Wheats are 1920-D, 1937-D, 1941, and 1946, and the Buffalo is 1937). Thanks, all! Steve
  2. Hi all, As Chase noted, I DID test a new pair of 5.0 Bluetooth Miccus SR-71 (at least, that's what the label on the packaging said). In my testing, they WOULD pair with my EQX 800 -- no issues at all. I've been working to get to the bottom of this "headphones won't pair" issue that has cropped up on the forum recently, and after testing a set that paired properly, I had concluded that there was no issue pairing them with the Equinox. But then, Miccus started including this disclaimer...Hmm. I will see if I can produce a video showing the Miccus phones, pairing flawlessly with my Equinox, and then post it one the forums. I will also try giving Miccus a call, as I wonder if they haven't put that "disclaimer" on these new SR-71s, simply due to some folks who were having trouble pairing for OTHER reasons (user error, for instance), assumed the issue was the 5.0 Bluetooth, and then contacted Miccus. I do not think that Miccus has actually tested the phones on an Equinox themselves, so I will see if I can't get this cleared up. I have also looked into purchasing a bunch of these BT-80 headphones directly from the manufacturer (not from Miccus, but from the actual factory that produces them), in the 4.1 Bluetooth version that we know FOR CERTAIN will pair with the Equinox, and then offering them for sale through Steve's Detector Rods. However, the factory requires a minimum order quantity of 1000 sets! I "sweet talked" them down on that number, to the best of my ability (LOL), but the smallest number they will sell me is 100 sets, and that's still a big number, given the price per pair (especially since I don't know how many folks would actually be interested in purchasing). I'm still considering... Anyway, I'll offer an update as soon as I can... Thanks! Steve
  3. NICE digs, Dan! You have FAR more patience than I do! 🙂 But, it's paying off for you, with some nice keepers, no doubt about it. NICE! Steve
  4. Hi all!I wanted to give an update on the GARRETT shafts (middle and lower sections) that I've been working on, at Steve's Detector Rods. The first batch of 10 prototypes are complete (I made them in four different colors -- black, green/black, red/black and blue/black), and I am VERY pleased with the result -- I think they have turned out great! The two shaft sections are connected by one of my heavy-duty clamp-type cam locks (as used on my Equinox shafts), which eliminates the twist-lock and the spring button/button-hole design that is used for attachment of these two shaft sections, on the Garrett shaft.AS A RESULT, my shaft offers four benefits over the stock middle and lower shaft sections... LIGHTER WEIGHT. My carbon-fiber middle and lower shaft sections offer a 20% weight reduction over the stock Garrett middle and lower sections. (My two-piece shaft weighs 5 ounces +/- .1 oz or so, whereas Garrett's two sections weigh 6.1 ounces +/- .1 oz or so). FASTER/EASIER INSTALLATION AND SHAFT LENGTH ADJUSTMENT. With no twist lock and no spring button/button holes to fumble with, attachment of the lower shaft to the middle shaft is quick and easy; simply flip open the clamping lever on the cam lock, insert the lower rod section into the middle shaft section, and lock the clamping lever closed! UNLIMITED ADJUSTMENT LENGTH OF THE LOWER ROD SECTION. Again, with no spring button/button holes on the shaft, you can quickly and easily adjust the lower rod to ANY desired length, as opposed to having your lower rod adjustment length confined to pre-determined button-hole locations. IMPROVED AESTHETICS/VISUAL APPEARANCE. The high-quality, attractive look of carbon fiber offers an upgrade the look of your Garrett machine. And, you can add even more visual appeal -- making your AT- or Ace-series machine really "stand out" from the crowd -- by choosing one of a number of custom colors for your carbon-fiber shaft. A green/black prototype shaft is pictured, below! If you have any interest in upgrading to a carbon-fiber shaft for your AT- or Ace-series machine from Garrett, contact me via PM, by email at steve@stevesdetectorrods.com, or via Facebook message (www.facebook.com/stevesdetectorrods).THANKS!Steve
  5. Dan, GREAT job fighting through all the mid-tone trash, to recover the goodies! NICE! Steve
  6. Holy cow! THAT IS TERRIFIC, Peg! What a nice surprise! Steve
  7. Cal -- I can provide you with a good, light two-piece shaft that will result in ZERO wobble. I know there are shafts that are very slightly lighter than mine, but this is accomplished by thinner tube wall diameters. I try to strike a good balance between strength, and weight. Steve
  8. Hey all! Just for clarification's sake, I assume, relicmeister, that when you say "telescoping shaft," you are referring to shafts like the "Tele-Knox," that are comprised of several small tubes that "slide into each other" telescopically, through the use of multiple cam locks? I ask, only to perhaps clarify, for some folks. Reason being, I personally call nearly ANY shaft for the Equinox a "telescopic" shaft, even just a two-piece shaft, since the smaller tube "telescopically" slides into the upper tube. So I have always called two-piece shafts, or even the stock three-piece shaft, "telescopic" shafts, since they all have at least one piece that "slides into" another, larger piece above it. But I don't THINK these types of shafts are the ones you are specifically referring to, right? I think you are asking about shafts that are designed with MULTIPLE telescopic sections, which then collapse down to a very small length, correct? Steve
  9. DigsAlot -- understood. The cuffs are made by Jeff Herke (hence the name), and Jeff has been making that cuff for various different machines, for many years. The one which I offer, for my Equinox shafts, is the same design as the ones he offers for various other machines; the only difference amongst all of his cuffs, is that he slightly alters the sizing at the connection point, to fit the different models of shafts he designs them for. The cuffs are black powder-coated aluminum, and thus can be bent slightly to fit your forearm. There is also an optional, padded neoprene cover which can be purchased; overall, it's a very heavy-duty, comfortable cuff, that some people really like. Thanks! Steve
  10. Yes, sir -- I have Herke arm cuffs for sale. Is that something you are interested in, or need some more information about? Thanks! Steve
  11. Nice digs, Peg! It looks like you had some fun, and did a good bit of digging! No idea, on that "silver sandwich..." Steve
  12. Maybe not what you were expecting/hoping Gerry, but NICE finds, in any case! Steve
  13. NICE dig! Not what you were thinking at first, maybe, but nice dig anyway! Steve
  14. Thank you, Randy! Same to you, and to everyone here! Merry Christmas! Steve
  15. Rich -- THANK you for the feedback, and the kind words! I love it that you are pleased with the feel, and the build. Sounds like the counterweight is doing what is intended -- giving you better balance. SUPER! I'm glad to have helped! Steve
  16. Steve, Thank you! I appreciate your permission. I will consider doing a drawing here, in the future, so that all the non-Facebook users can enter, as well! Thanks! Steve
  17. 2Valen -- You might get in touch with me after the holidays. There may be a few options to build you a more affordable shaft, from some leftover parts I have. We can talk about the details then, if you are interested... Thanks! Steve
  18. 2Valen -- teenage grandkids are definitely expensive! 😉 I would welcome the chance to build you a shaft, if they don't drain your bank account! 😉 Steve
  19. Happa -- THANK you, for the kind words! I'm so glad you enjoy the shaft!! coinhunterseth -- I commend you for not getting swept up into the mess that social media can become, for so many young folks. Kudos to you! 😉 Steve
  20. Joe -- Thank you! I appreciate your business, and wish you a terrific Holiday season, as well! Steve
  21. Joe -- LOL! I get it. Like I say, I'm not much of a fan, either, but from an "e-commerce" perspective, there are a lot of Equinox users on Facebook, so I decided to "hold my nose," and start a business page there... 😂 Steve
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