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    GPX4500, SDC, DMT, Equinox 600, GB2, Falcon MD20, Thompson Drywasher... and more Joe....

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  1. thanks yeah, ill look up the cupeling, i once tried it with portland cement and some weird low grade galena/gold ore.... maybe with some upgraded materials (and safety equipment) that just might be the ticket.. Heres a few Jewelry shots for ya, cheers! Hope to do more gold soon...
  2. Hey, yeah I have all the necessary tools, rolling mill, etc, crucible, fluxes, borax, etc. So far each of my batches (ingots/ round stock) have turned out brittle when worked with a hammer, or rolled in the mill. I have been melting silver and gold and making jewelry for years with few issues. Only when I use the rough little nuggets from southern arizona does it seem to be a problem due to quartz or iron inclusions (I am assuming) which are not fully removed by the borax and fluxes. I have tried, a variety of fuels/temps, fluxes, pouring into water, slow cooling, quenching, annealing, ran the same gold multiple times though the process.... always brittle. I have not tried grinding to a powder or aqua regia or electrolysis.... yet... haha..
  3. thanks guys, wish me luck, this is a rabbit hole for sure... Has anyone else experimented with smelting, refining, and working (jewelry) with placer gold?
  4. Hey All, Iv been trying to locate a Refiner here in the USA that can process a small batch of placer gold (2oz) and fabricate some 18/22k jewelry stock. I am an amateur jeweler and have tried many times to smelt my hard earned gold into some usable material and have not had any luck thus far. So, I know I can send it off to a refiner and get generic stock back but the point is to use my own gold for some special pieces. I know someone else out there has gone down this road before, and i would so appreciate a lead on a reputable refiner/fabricator. cheers!
  5. FIXED!!! Ok, so I finally got around to doing the coil repair. Not the most professional soldering but it got the job done. Items needed: Soldering iron and solder Plumbers flux wire snippers/strippers Liquid Tape and fine -cheap paint brush dual wall heat shrink tubing (two sizes. one the same size as coil cable, and one size larger) Optional: Jewelers glasses, third hand tweezers. Made it much easier to see and hold things in place. Six very fine wires and two shielded wires in the center. I stripped back and separated the two inner wires first, making sure to leave a little bit of the plastic shielding on each side so they would not make contact while soldering. trimmed all wires to about the same length so they would all line up when soldering. Then Fluxed all the wires, tinned them very carefully with a touch of solder. (I could have done a better prep job and taken more photos but i was motivated to just get it done before dinner) I soldered the innermost wire first (to establish the length of the other wires and because its strong and held every thing together) Then soldered the surrounding red wire. Trimmed and soldered all the others. Painted Liquid Tape on all soldered areas, and put extra around and between the two inner wires. I finished it off with the dual wall heat shrink tubing..... and Viola! The coil is back in action!! I dont think I would trust it to be submerged in water ever again, but it seems to be bomber enough to take some rain or a quick splash. Im sure I could have taken more time and done a cleaner job but it seems to work just fine. Ill test it out in the field and report back if there are any sonic anomalies, bump sensitivity, etc... Thanks again for hooking me up the connector Steve!
  6. Thanks Fred, funny enough I just bought a nice padded case for the back of the truck to carry the detector(S) in..to protect them! I think it was just the bouncing around on the back roads that did it....
  7. UPDATE: Minelab just replied to my coil repair inquiry. "Unfortunately there is no repair for your damaged coil. They (the repair techs) are unable to perform a repair or replacement of the coil plug connector." Sooo... your on your own if you damage the connector, which in my opinion is too easy to do. I was actually worried about doing just that when i first bought the EQ. Ill update as soon as I get around to performing the fix with the new connector. If anyone has more tips/tricks or product recommendations to use for this fix please post them. In the mean time here is the last batch of EQ600 nugglets (before the accident) that were found by my competition.....I mean girlfriend, and I
  8. Hey thanks guys, I really appreciate the support! Ill report back when I hear from Minelab and Ill snap some shots of the surgery and reconstruction when I get into it. And yeah, iv done the heat shrink fail myself too thanks for the reminder! Thanks again Steve!
  9. Hey all, I just found my coil connection sheared off at the control housing. (oops, and bad timing as I was just headed out!) Luckily no damage to the control housing connection but the other end was bent and broken right off... I sent some photos to minelab to asses if they will fix it or not but still waiting. I was wondering if anyone knows if its possible to buy this connector anywhere? If minelab wont fix it then I will end up splicing one on myself and hope for the best (minus the water tightness of course) . Any help would be so appreciated!
  10. the "patch" as I found it, was on the side of a gently sloping hill. I had found one bigger piece (gram+) previously which was deeper than say 4-6" with sdc. I returned with a 12"evo on the 4500 and didnt find anything else. When I went back this time, i just scraped a few inches off of where Id found a smaller piece and found another, then another. So I just used my pick and scraped back a few more inches in every direction. As it turned out, the tiny pieces (which most id missed with the sdc) were within the top 2 inches, nothing deeper (or nothing deeper than I could detect) and no bedrock in sight. I was hunting a narrow parameter of signals (0,1,2,3) ignoring everything esle (but hearing and seeing 0 through40). Signals were bouncing all over from iron and hot rocks which I removed if I could isolate them without digging too much. Moving the coil really slow to pick up a solid tone, or id# and then giving it a little wiggle from different directions to lock on seemed to work. I really dont know how big the patch is haha, but what I found was spread out within about 15'x10'. If I had known this was the case, I would have brought a rake and pulled off the rocks first, detect, then scrape back an inch or two, repeat, being methodical and going slow. I'm sure that I missed a few with my sloppy procedure, and not allowing or investigating -3,-2,-1.... and also not playing around with the settings to get it dialed in better.. Sure did enjoy not having to chase false signals and ground noise though!
  11. Ok, yes, thanks, that makes complete sense. Ill have to dig a little deeper into this one.. 🤔 now I cant wait to get out again!
  12. Thanks Noah! Ok, settings for that day and place. Northern AZ. lots o hot rocks, ironstone, black sand.. Id been over the spot previously and gotten (most) of the larger pieces in the poke, and the trash out of the way.... Field 2 Sensitivity 17-20 -9 to -1 blocked out with everything else accepted 2 Tones Tone break at 0 Iron bias 0 ground balance manual Main concern was the hot rocks and iron ground. Recovery speed of 3 seemed to help. I dug nothing but 1,2,3's. not really concerned about missing anything but the smallest microscopic pieces. Dug 1 shotgun bb, and 1 small sliver of lead. ( wish that were more common!) Most of the hot rocks came in 6-15 jumping to high unstable numbers. which I just happily ignored 😁. The nuggets were 0 to 3 locking on a solid 1or 2. with a solid high tone. (in the two tone mode). I really should have slowed down and experimented with some other settings or modes as it would have been a perfect test ground... although it was too fun to just watch for a 1 or 2 and dig! It could have easily been BB Hell though I know.... Question: Anyone think Park 2 would have been better in any way? Not sure of the weighting of frequencies (?).. but im plenty satisfied with the tiny pieces I found using field 2. What else could be different between these modes?? When I get a chance, Ill take both machines out and get some comparisons on in ground targets, all i need to do now is find another patch...doh..
  13. Haha! Thanks Steve, Im going to have to share that lofty title with my GF who found half of them! In fact, thats why I "HAD" to get an 800... so maybe id have an edge....😜
  14. Hey all, I just joined the forum and wanted to share my experience with the Equinox 600 which I just acquired recently. I am completely new to the Equinox series of detectors and so spent a lot of time on here reading what Steve and others have generously shared over the past year. I really wanted to get an 800 but I found a 600 on craigslist that I could not pass up. I got the 6" coil and just recently had the chance to try it out in Northern AZ for a couple days. I set it up in Field 2, with some adjustments, and went at a patch Id found gold in before. I was really surprised at how fun the Equinox is, and how well it sniffed out some tiny lil nuggets among the noisy hot rock infested ground. I guess I was just so pleased with how it performed that I had to share. Smallest nugglets took 4 to make a grain.. (Scale is tiny too) I dont think Iv seen anyone post a nugget found with the 600, lots of jewelry of course but not much nugget action. I assume its because most people serious about prospecting are leaning towards the 800 in general (I am!) I actually picked up an 800 that I cant wait to try out and compare with the 600. Anyway, I can share my settings if anyone is interested, and also if anyone has been using the 600 for prospecting Id love if they chimed in on this. Cheers! Also, just want to thank everyone here for sharing so much knowledge and experience, and I hope to be able to contribute to that as I learn more..
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