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  1. Your results are interesting. I did the same sort of tests and found that Field 2 was the most sensitive for tiny gold and platinum.....except for the Gold modes. I have an 18K tiny link tennis bracelet that reads 1 in Field 2, and silent in all other modes except Gold 1 and 2. This is with the horseshoe on (my typical setting) so I get all the iron tones too. Like Steve, I hunt in Park 1 (along with 50 tones) for almost all my land detecting. If I'm asked to find a tiny gold item, I'll switch to Field 2 or the Gold modes if necessary. Park 1 just seems to be more stable and gets the best depth in my uses.
  2. I started with a cheap BFO machine 52+years ago. Still have that machine even though it doesn't work anymore. It's just a reminder to me of how far we've come since then. Good luck with your Legend!
  3. Yup, everything right now is sheer speculation until we can get it in our hands and turn "MentalMasterbation" into something real!😄
  4. I suspect the MentalBore will be better in most areas over the Nox, or why would anyone buy it? It'll be up to us to decide if it's $600 U.S. better in our personal detecting needs.
  5. So, you want to carry a solar panel too? Where? on your head? 😄 That option may not be as attractive for those of us who hunt a lot at night.
  6. This is just my opinion based on 52+ years of detecting with dozens of different machines. The tech has come a LONG way since then, but, almost all machines made in the last 20-30 years can still be competitive depending on the venue and the competency of the user. Will an Ace 250 find the same targets that a Nox, D2, and Legend find in mild ground or dry sand at the beach? 90% of the time, yes. It's that 10% we're fighting to get these days. That little extra depth, stability, tone/I.D., and/or processor speed to get those tough-to-find targets in worse than average ground. Having a higher end machine that can be adjusted to the conditions will sometimes get you that extra 10%. Naturally, experience on a machine is key, but, all things being equal, someone with the proper experience using the better machines will out perform the same experience with a lesser machine at certain venues. In some cases, it's much more than a 10% increase in finds, sometimes it will be virtually 0%. Will that same Ace 250 find the same nuggets that a GPZ 7000? Not a chance....more like a 90+% advantage for the GPZ. At a nail infested home site? The Ace may reverse those odds for an experienced user. As for your list on how to get good results........you need to match the site, with the machine, with an experienced detectorist to have the best success. It's not necessarily one more important than the other.
  7. We dig everything too (non-ferrouswise) at the beach. We generally don't find square nails at the beach, but, having better iron I.d. will help us avoid sketchy sounding junk iron that we really don't want to bother with.
  8. That will leave the door open for someone to design and market a solid skid plate and/or a clam shell coil cover to keep things from filling the "bathtub". Wouldn't work in the water, but, that should work good on land.
  9. The specs look pretty good to me so far. We'll have to see how they pan out. They just added 6 feet to the underwater rating. That in itself indicates they've done something to improve the waterproofness. 10 preset and 10 user programs are welcome too, as well as the enhanced EMI rejection.....which is really becoming a problem in some areas with powerful WiFi signals. I guess we'll have to wait until the other shoe drops to get a price.....
  10. It's interesting that you mentioned the -5 readings you were getting. It's a common thing that I find here in our black sand polluted beaches. I'll get a deep non-ferrous reading (sometimes a pretty sketchy one), take a big scoop, resweep the target and get a -5, -6. Lots of people I know would figure it's deep rusty iron and refill the hole. Not me.... I continue to dig until the target is out of the ground. Almost all the time it's a non-ferrous target once out and on the surface.
  11. I wonder if they finally ran across one of my complaints about coil design? I've been advocating for years that the "ears" should be on a replaceable yoke at the bottom of the shaft, and not on the coil. Being someone who hunts the beach and large fields often, I'm drooling over seeing that (supposedly) 15" coil! Time to fire up that credit card! 👍😀
  12. Agreed. salt water is a whole different venue over fresh water. If you want to find tiny link gold chains in salt water, use a PI machine. The D2, Minelab BBS, FBS, Nox, Legend, etc, will find chains if they have big enough links, and/or shallow enough, but, they're rather limited in their salt water modes in comparison to what a PI can do.
  13. Yes, confusion abounds when you start talking American to an Aussie or Kiwi. Order biscuits and gravy in a restaurant and see what looks you get! Getting pissed has a whole different meeting, not to mention the word fanny! 😆
  14. What's the expression......Two countries separated by a common language? 😄
  15. To a point, I agree that being open to buying any brand of detector is a good thing. I draw the line at buying from someone who will take my money, buy weapons with it, and then point them at me, my family and friends, my country.....regardless of how good their product is.
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