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  1. Thank you very much for sharing this! If I pass by at Copper Center, I'll ask for Jerry Cronks shop. I like the rumor about the hidden gold coins at the mouth of Franklin! I would love to explore all this hidden creeks, just to see and feel the places, where you guys and your ancestors once lived and prospected. I hope I soon find time to go there. So you were at the lode mine? Do you know how to get there? I wouldn't bother to hike, I plan to do so next year. Did you ever hear rumors about "california pup", a small sidecreek of Myers Fork? Sorry for asking so much, but I'm fascinated by the this area and the history and rumors. I'm sure, many rumors have a true core...
  2. OK, interesting. Was this family somehow related to Fred Purdy / Anne Hobbs (Tisha)? I read the book about Tisha and the today owner of the gold camp told me, he knew some of her family members. In fact there is an old hardrock mine of Fred Purdy in the woods near Myers Fork. I'm very interested in that stuff, I plan to visit this place and hopefully produce a video about it somewhen...
  3. Episode 2 is online: Finding a good spot: Two swiss hobby gold prospectors travel to Chicken, Alaska to find some gold on Myers Fork. In this episode, we try to find a good spot on Myers Fork and finally we find one, but way further upstream, from where we normally prospect.
  4. I made a few videos about our trip to Chicken Alaska this year. Here is episode 1: Journey to Chicken: Two swiss hobby gold prospectors travel to Chicken, Alaska to find some gold on Myers Fork. This first episode contains some impressions of the journey and our sweet arrival in Chicken, Alaska. Episode 2 (coming soon) is about us, trying to find some gold on Myers Fork and having a good time in Chicken Gold Camp.
  5. Absolutely! We already use the Whites GMT for more than ten years in the way you wrote... If somebody has to decide to buy a Goldmaster or a GPZ for creek prospecting, I clearly would recommend the Goldmaster or a similar detector type. In our case, it was literally an extension of our range to have both a VLF and the GPZ... ps: We were in the Wasilla area few weeks ago ?
  6. ? ? ? I expected reactions like this. Sorry, we really appreciated your advices! Believe me, we discussed the topic seriously in my team. In fact, we now wear blue and red. We of course have the VLF (Whites GMT) still always with us. The GPZ doesn't replace it in our use case. But now we have both instruments with all its advantages and disadvantages. Detecting with coil deeply under water is of course not the realm of the GPZ. We were fully aware of that, when we bought the GPZ. But there are many situations in small, shallow creeks, where the GPZ excells our VLF (what a surprise...). Many thanks to Steve and the others for sharing the thoughts about GPZ settings and also for discussing the importance of prospecting knowledge vs settings. I think, we got the point, it fully coincides with our VLF experience... Reading all this discussions was inspiring and helpful.
  7. We now have a zed... ? What I can say after our first days with experiments: we have a lot to learn... It's really an impressive instrument. But I think, we need quite a bit some time to get used to the new language of this detector (compared to our VLF). I'll keep you updated...
  8. thank you guys! I fixed my GMT rod and installed my 4x6inch shooter coil, as the original 6x10inch coils cable is also broken (I dont like the 4x6, as its very noisy, but it works). Last weekend we were sluicing and found again some nice gold with this setup ?. We would have missed it for sure without detector. So it works and I know my VLF quite well (> 10 years experience) and I'll keep my ancient GMT, for all the discussed advantages. After my researches and according to your appreciated advices, there is only one logical result: The SDC2300 price doesn't way up the benefits compared to my VLF, which I know very well. Maybe a tiny bit more depth in our low mineralized ground, a bit more pratical, but 5-6 times more expensive and I'm not as used to it as to my VLF. Doesn't make sense to me with what I know now. But it seems, the GPZ does open really new possibilites... . I know, it's not exactly designed for our application, but maybe we have to change the application than ? . We will see...
  9. I have another question: Is the GPZ7000 more sensitive to power lines than the SDC2300, or is it comparable?
  10. thanks again for your advice, Wes and Steve! There are of course some heavy minerals in the european gold deposits, a lot of hematite, pyrite and some magnetite. Really hot rocks are relatively rare. So I guess its not very high mineralized, compared to California or even Australia. Steve, do you consider the creeks in the fortymile district around Chicken as low, medium or high mineralisation? I had my GMT in Chicken a few years ago and it seemed to me it was noisier than in the typical european creeks. But I didnt spend much time for finetuning to the fortymile conditions, as I spent more time highbanking.... I think I'll simply try the SDC. A colleague uses an SDC in Europe and he is very happy with it.
  11. thank you JW. Do you guys think, the SDC has more depth on nuggets of lets say 10g, than a good VLF?
  12. Thank you very much for your welcome and your advice! You confirm what my gut feeling told me. Unfortunately... Answer to Steve: Yes, over the years, we found quite a bit some gold with our GMT, which we probably would have missed without. Or at least we found it faster, i.e. we didn't have to clean every grain of sand. Not only on/in the bedrock. But also in the adjacent gravel or in stuck rocks etc. We have a lot of large and stuck rocks in our creeks and it requires a huge effort to really work the whole creaks trough to bedrock, sometimes impossible with our allowed tools. So we have to decide, when to stop and when to proceed and when to invest huge efforts, or in which direction to proceed respectively etc. Our detector often helped in the decision-finding. Not only by detecting gold, but also by detecting heavy minerals, which point us to the gold. And if we stop a project, its very calming to check all the adjacent material to be "clean". If we didn't, we would have nightmares of stopping an inch before a nugget :-). So in this context, detecting-depth of course also helps. That's the reason, why we took the GPZ into account. But I think, the SDC fits better to our demand. Also regarding power line sensitivity, right? Am I right in the assumption, the SDC goes a bit deeper then the GMT? Or is the SDC simply better in high mineralized ground (we have only medium mineralized...). Thank you for mentioning the makro gold kruzer. very interesting. I would like to buy them all ? Answer to kiwijw: We can fix it (the rod and the coil cable are broken). We will fix it for sure. But I had the detector for about 12 years and it has quite a bit some wear and tear. And its generally time for a new toy :). But you are right, we don't really need a new one. On the other hand, how knows, what we would find with a SDC or even a GPZ...
  13. Hi everybody, I'm a european prospector. I use shovel. sluice, pan, pry bars and crevice tools in creeks in Europe and Alaska. Till now, I had a Whites GMT VLF detector, to check my spots after I worked them, i.e. to check if I missed some gold. I rarely go prospecting with a detector on large areas, like the aussie or US pros. Now I broke my GMT (after 10 years). I have three options for replacement: - a new Whites GMT, i.e. staying with VLF - SDC 2300 - GPZ 7000 (I could buy a used one from a friend) It seems to me, the GMT and SDC are better for my application, as they have small coils and are light etc. When I check my spots in the creeks, its often narrow between rocks etc. and I'm not able to make large sweeps with the coil. But the GPZ obviously is far better in depth. My question: Is the GPZ also practical for detecting in creeks between rocks etc, as I described above? Or is it only practical to detect large areas like the aussie or US pros? Many thanks in advance for your appreciated advice! Andreas
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