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Aureous

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    Gold Prospecting, detecting in general, Ghost towns and ghosts ;-) and history!
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    Whites Goldmaster 24K, Fisher Gold Bug 2, Teknetics T2, Minelab GPX4500.

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  1. Yes, the QED is more of a task to get running well if you're used to Minelab PI's....if its all green pasture to you, with zero PI experience, the QED will suffice nicely. Get some in field training with Reg or Stinky Pete and you'll find its a great unit at a great price. But get some flat-wound mono coils to run on it, the 9" Elite and 14x9 Evo worked great on mine.
  2. Interestingly, the AU$12,995 price tag would indicate a gold prospecting unit in the same vein as the GP7000, same $$ number that I was told a few days ago. No coin/relic machine would sell for that $$
  3. Jasong, the dealers would be 'raked over the coals' if any of this was made public....ML know it will happen but they have to make it look like they're keeping a lid on it 😉 Apparently other forums have more details.... seems to confirm what Ive said.
  4. Also, with ML having a 4 year cycle between major prospecting unit releases, the Zed stands at 3 years 6 months right now.....something extra to think about
  5. Please note that Codan-Minelab's core tasks from FY16-18 were "To lessen dependence on the GPZ 7000" and create a "Wider metal detector product range" which was done by the R&D team over those 2 years.... the Investor presentations run to end of each financial year and that ends in 7 weeks. Hence the release of the info at the dealer conference a few weeks ago. 2 dealers have now confirmed the replacement of the Zed. When this will happen???... they both say before the end of this year. With 3 machines due out, its a matter of which comes first.
  6. Ive used every single detector mentioned on this thread, for ease of use the 2300 is best. Best value for $$: QED (but more self training is needed to get the best out of it) and the 4500/5000 is of course a great option. For the QED and GPX, use spiral wound coils only, otherwise you're flogging the same depth capabilities of everyone else for the past 10 years. The QED is a killer with the small 9" coiltek elite and any big coil when adjusted to a wider pulse train and coil match.
  7. Yes, the Oz fed Govt provided a grant to develop the new Countermine system, but thats a separate dept within Codan and nothing to do with the Dealers conference 'unveil' of the 3 new 'consumer' dept detectors. My guess is replacements for the 3030. 2300 and the Zed. Seems like the Zed replacement will be 1st off the rank, to combat the new 1st Texas PI. It must be 'Vanquished' apparently...
  8. Ive been using a T2 since 2007 and Ive found that the wider the coil (round sizes especially), the more unreliable the target ID numbers are. Ive settled on a couple of CORS coils, the fortune and scout which are narrow DD's and provide far more stable ID numbers than even the stock coil. Keep your gain to 70% as a start and increase/decrease from there after some GB tests and EM noise evaluation. Its worked for me.....still thinking about a Nox800 though..... 😉
  9. Yes, the 'silence' from the usual testers is always an indication of 'probability'
  10. Plus 'THAT' video isn't from Minelab anyway. With grammar like that, it would be a huge joke for it to be associated with such a renowned company. ML don't have that video anywhere on their site nor any other info that I can find.
  11. Phrunt, the info I heard was good. You may note that I said there were 3 machines due out by ML before the end of the year. One is indeed a replacement for one of the current lineup of coin/relic units (my bet is the 3030) but the main point is the GPZ replacement, it IS exactly what Jin quoted,even down to the suggested RRP. A handful of testers have been busy with the prototypes for a couple months now. The depth advantages and 'other' features are 'astounding' they reckon. My guess is release within 3 months....
  12. The dealer also noted that the Z was only 2/3 through its 'life expectancy' as a new detector....but methinks Minelab can smell some potential competition in the PI prospecting arena and hence the 'Vanquish' name.... they wanna smash the competition before it starts.
  13. Re-copied my post from elsewhere on this forum: I'll say what I know (third-hand) from a dealer. The Vanquish is the new Gold prospecting detector that is an evolution of the GPZ7000. It will have an astounding price-tag, which has become typical of Minelab. We'll probably faint when its announced 😵 Very cryptic, but Ive heard that there are 2 more detectors due out before the end of the year also, one to possibly to replace the SDC2300 and another to replace the CTX3030. One thing that WAS stressed about the new mega-prospecting machine, it will have astounding depth capabilities and will pull gold from thrashed locations like a cash register 😉 They are THAT confident. We will await the facts when they arrive.... Whether this is mis-information or not, I dunno. But the dealer in question has a stout reputation and has never BS'd anyone before
  14. I'll say what I know (third-hand) from a dealer. The Vanquish is the new Gold prospecting detector that is an evolution of the GPZ7000. It will have an astounding price-tag, which has become typical of Minelab. We'll probably faint when its announced 😵 Very cryptic, but Ive heard that there are 2 more detectors due out before the end of the year also, one to possibly to replace the SDC2300 and another to replace the CTX3030. One thing that WAS stressed about the new mega-prospecting machine, it will have astounding depth capabilities and will pull gold from thrashed locations like a cash register 😉 They are THAT confident. We will await the facts when they arrive....
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