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  1. That will depend on how much "poorer" the detector is, and if it's one suited to the task at hand. If you're going head to head with a rookie with a GPX6000 and you have an old Gold Bug, sure, you'll beat them every time.....for a while anyway....till they learn the machine and get some of their own experience.
  2. For sure, detecting skills are the most important, but, the right equipment for the job at hand is also very important. Same goes with matching the equipment with the venue. With the newest "turn-on-and-go" SMF detectors with excellent standard default modes, it isn't quite as important to know how every adjustment works and how to tweak it to the max. Choice of the proper detector is critical however. Using your analogies of fishing, your not going to catch a marlin with a fly rod meant for a trout stream. You're also not going to hit a 250 yard drive with a putter either. I'd bet on a novice with an Equinox over a pro with a CZ5 when it comes to surf hunting. I'd also bet on the novice with a GPX6000 over you hunting with an Ace 150 looking for tiny nuggets......no offense! πŸ˜„ If course, I've lost bets before!
  3. I like your overall assessment, and I agree with almost all of it except for maybe some of #2. Let's say that both Minelab and XP were coming out at the same time with the Equinox and Deus 2 respectively. Minelab had many years experience in making waterproof machines, and XP had yet to make one. My money would have been on Minelab to make a dependable waterproof detector, with XP a big question mark. Since we now know some Nox machines have had leaking issues. it's easy with hindsight to think XP would do a better job. XP's track record of a quality built unit surely helps reassure that bet, but since this is their first stab at waterproofness (is that a word?), I would have still put my money on Minelab......and probably lost it. . We shall soon see. If they had a complete Deus 2 package with the big coil, I'd buy one today just to see what it will do! πŸ˜€πŸ‘
  4. Oh sure, I'm sure there will be a few folks that will stick with the AT's for whatever their reasons are. I guess my point was that their reasons are seemingly flawed in my mind. Many members of our local detecting club (and I'm sure others) tend to be stuck in the past, with the attitude that "I've been doing it this way with this machine for over 30 years and I will keep doing it that way". It's like trying to get your grandfather to try a new food dish. They won't even taste it before turning their nose up. You can even prove the superiority of a new piece of gear and they will still use the old one. I'm sure part of it is the success they've had in the past with "old blue", but, I also think it's the potential learning curve that may be daunting to them. We have some members that still have an old flip phone because they claim the new smart phones are too complicated. If that's truly the case, I guess they're probably better off not upgrading. These people probably won't be buying a new machine anyway, instead, if and when their detector dies, they'll probably just find a used one exactly like the one they had. As for a $5 F11, they could give it to me for free and I still wouldn't use it. I already have several detectors from the past that are gathering dust, and they don't cost me a thing at this point......except closet space! πŸ˜„
  5. Me too, not that I have any scientific studies to point to, just my observations while dredging in Northern California. I was running a 6" dredge years ago before they outlawed it, and while looking behind the sluice discharge I would see schools of fish just waiting to eat what we were dredging up! They seemed more than happy with what we were doing. Not only that, but, we were removing lots of mercury out of the river too. Most of the gold we were finding (I'd say about 80%) were coated with the stuff.
  6. S shaft? Not a fan, and neither are any of my detecting buddies. Straight carbon fiber shaft is the only way to go IMO. AA batteries? Not for me anymore if I can avoid them. Cheaper in the long run to use the latest and greatest battery tech. You need more coils than what is currently available? I don't use but half the ones I have now! (I have them all, both stock and the Coiltek ones) Multi IQ is so forgiving, that even using the largest coil can be used in most trashy areas once you get used to it. Waterproofing, sure, I'll give you a slight edge on that, except in salt water where the AT's fail miserably Made in America? OK....So only Garrett or Fisher for you? Are all their components made in America? I seriously doubt it. Everything has become so global these days it's hard to tell true made in America products anymore. Shallow coin targets, well, even a Walmart or Harbor Freight detector will find those, so, yeah, the AT will too. Tot lot finds, Not in my book. I find much more with the Nox in a tot lot (mainly tiny items or deep items) than any other detector I've used, period. Not even close. YMMV of course with different conditions, but, this is what I've found in my area and with the places and targets I detect.
  7. I absolutely agree, but, Equinox made them realize that their days were truly numbered since they had nothing on the drawing board to compete with in the near future. Their days of living on repainted old tech were over. If the Nox release had been delayed to market or hadn't been so successful, they could have survived for many more years and possibly have come up with something to challenge Nox. Their leadership was very shortsighted for sure. Keeping up with the latest tech with good R & D is crucial in electronics these days.
  8. Models get obsoleted all the time, even before Equinox, but, I think we can safely say that the Nox put nails into many coffins. Not all, of course, but, why would anyone buy an AT of any model over an Equinox? Fisher model.....please. Is there one thing an AT or F? can do that a Nox can't do better, or, at least as good? Brand loyalty maybe? Regardless, even if you don't think Minelab has obsoleted any particular single frequency machine, they've sure obsoleted a couple of companies (Tesoro and White's) and put one or two others on life support.
  9. I'm a bit curious about the backlight adjustment also. I tend to run it at a low light level at night so I can keep my night vision.
  10. I like to make it even easier......I just dump the kale in the garbage bin on my way from the car to the house. No point in wasting perfectly good coconut! πŸ˜„
  11. Working fine with me. Nice interview and a few things clarified or that I hadn't heard about before. Will someone please give Dilek a headband or scrunchy! πŸ˜„ I still haven't heard what the 13" coil and waterproof headphones are going to cost. They did say they should be available at kick-off next month, but, It would be nice to know the price and if they'll have another package that would include them, and maybe the 6" coil and battery too.
  12. Looks like I'd need to figure out what all those damn symbols mean again! Why can't they just have words instead? Can't be that big a deal to have programmable language software for different countries.
  13. I used to nugget hunt and I belonged to the local prospecting club for a few years, but, then reality stepped in and slapped me in the face. If I could find enough in the way of gold nuggets in my local area, that would be one thing, but, just the fuel costs alone kept me in the red. A simple look at my finds from my various hunting venues showed me the error of my ways. I was finding MUCH more gold and other valuables at my local parks and beaches than I was prospecting. The target recovery process was much easier on this old body too! Now if I had a claim near by that had some decent size nuggets.....
  14. I don't know about the "green" ear stiffeners trunkmonkey was referring to, but, I have several aftermarket lower shafts that use the round rubber washers, and they accept the "gray" ear stiffeners that I bought just fine. I can't imagine there being an issue since the washers rub up against the coil ears, not the stiffener.....at least in all the setups I've seen.
  15. Intriguing! One thing i see missing, that is a must for me, is a BIG coil for beach hunting. I haven't used anything under a 15" diameter coil for the last 10 years. 11" coils just don't make it for me these days. It'll probably make the D2 a bit nose heavy, but, I can deal with that one way or another. I'll be curious to see how well it will work in salt sand and water. The D1 never impressed me at all in that respect, and the squeaky sounds it made were "fingernails on a blackboard" to me. If the new tones actually sound like the ones in the video, that's a definite plus. I was actually going to buy one years ago until I heard the tones! It looks like I'll have to keep this thing on my radar, and depending on it's price with all the options I will want, it just might get me to pull the trigger.
  16. I tried the link above.....If they want to expand into the U.S., having a website in English would be a good start.....
  17. My condolences too, George. I know the feeling. I'm heading out to Minnesota next week for a celebration of life for a detecting buddy myself. My fourth such sadness in the last 10 years.
  18. I too was contacted a couple of times about doing a detecting reality show. When I stated that I wanted to play everything straight, and not add phony drama with petty infighting or have planted finds, I never heard back. Maybe they found a photo of me and decided I didn't have enough "beefcake" to get anyone excited! πŸ˜„
  19. As for the poll, I like the Minelab headphones that came with my 800, and since I use it slightly more on land than in the water, I just answered the poll reflecting that use. I also use some Tony Eisenhower waterproof headphones when I'm in the water, and like those very much too. That use, and with the Excalibur is the only time I use wired headphones these days.
  20. There's just too many variables in nuggets vs. jewelry hunting to make any firm conclusions. I used to belong to SPMA/GPAA locally, but, found that the claims within a days drive just didn't have enough gold in them to even pay for my gasoline to get there and back. I was finding WAY more gold and other precious metal/jewelry at my local beaches just a few minutes away. A lot has to do with luck in not only getting the loop over precious metal, but, a NICE piece. I've had my share of great luck in that respect. You're not going to find a nugget worth 10X their value in gold, whereas I've found name brand jewelry that was worth several hundred times their metal value. A few finds come to mind.....a couple of rings had a retail value of 32K when you add the value of the rocks mounted in them. I found one 22K gold bracelet that weighed over 1.25 ounces and had 232 diamonds in it. I found a perfect condition Rolex that sells for $7500. Now granted, those aren't finds you get every day, but, neither are nuggets worth those amounts. To me it's just a matter of costs to find these things. If I have to drive hours to a decent gold area to many find a few flakes, or drive a few minutes to a swimming beach, where I have a good shot at jewelry, or, at least find gas money, it's a no-brainer to me. Now, if you're going to go camping and just want a new adventure, sure, I'm in for chasing some nuggets, but, unless I manage to get permission in a really good area, I still think the beach makes more economic sense.
  21. Do metal detector headphone speakers usually have that much resistance? I admit that I haven't looked at the specs on the latest gear, but, IIRC, the older model headphones had speakers in the 8 to 16 ohm range didn't they? Maybe I'm thinking car and house speakers......πŸ€”
  22. That's always the way it is.....how's that Tesoro lifetime warranty on a detector working for you lately? The detector and the warranty are only as good as the company who makes them.
  23. Then according to Google, my liver is dying and I'm interested in women's underwear.....do they know something about me that I don't know? πŸ˜†
  24. Welcome aboard! If metal detecting looks to be a continuing hobby for you, I'd look into a higher end detector. Having one that is FUN to use rather than one that just "works", or, "gets the job done", can make the hobby much more enjoyable. If you have a local detector dealer, you may want to go and handle a few to get an idea on weight, and other ergonomic features. Most local shops will help you pick the best models for your particular search needs, and can give you a basic tutorial for that model. If you don't have that option, just ask here. We have a lot of experienced detectorists here that can give you some help. Just let us know the areas you plan on searching (parks/schools, relic hunting, salt water beach, gold nuggets, etc,) targets you expect to find (coins, jewelry, relics, nuggets), if you need/want the detector to be waterproof, and your budget. Good Luck and have fun!
  25. I would be another vote for the Equinox 800. It's many detectors in one and the best overall detector I've used in my 51+ years of detecting. I've found more gold with it than any other machine I've used. Good Luck!
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