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    Coin & Relic detecting, historic research, geology, electronics, electric guitar, electric anything!
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    Detectors: XP Deus x2 (main), Racer 2, Teknetics G2(backups), F75 (not feeling the love), Tejon, SPP, Infinium
    Pinpointers: XP Mi-6, Garrett Carrot, Whites TRX, Minelab Profind, Deteknix X-pointer

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  1. The overall cost of a detector does not necessarily imply that it is the best detector for yourself nor for the areas/sites that you will detect. I would put more weight on the person who learns their given detector inside out vs someone who simply goes out and purchases the most expensive detector available expecting to make immediate good finds. Also a lot has to do with the types of detecting sites available to you, and the likelihood of making good finds on them. For some people buying the most feature packed/expensive detector available can be a recipe for being overwhelmed with the number of settings available, or to find that they never require all those settings to be successful in the first place. Sometimes keeping it simple will allow you more time to detect and less time fiddling around with endless program options and settings. If you do not have overly mineralised soil and do not beach detect, then there may be no advantage to extending yourself to purchase a CTX, the Anfibio is pretty much top of the range from the Nokta/Makro stables and should serve you well. In my area quite a few detectorists have actually moved on from the CTX to lighter detectors including the XP Deus and Minelab Equinox, as not only are they more enjoyable to swing for longer periods, they also perform just as good if not better on the older sites with abundant junk and iron. Personally I think you need a few good months on a detector to see whether you gel with it or not, if you don't then it may be time to move onto something different. The tones on offer is a real killer for me, if they don't suit my ears or offer descriptive audio then I won't expect to get much further on that particular detector, and once again that is something you only learn over time.
  2. There might be some merit going with a pulse induction pinpointer like the Fisher F-Pulse for prospecting, especially on highly mineralised ground. Problem with many of the VLF units is that they tend to sound off on ground mineralisation when run at higher sensitivity levels, requiring re-tune or lower sensitivity to remain stable. From what I have seen the F-Pulse has good sensitivity to small targets vs other PI pinpointers currently on the market (ie. can be run at high sensitivity without being affected by surrounding mineralisation). If I had to go with a VLF I would recommend an XP Mi-4 due to including a pitch audio mode as well as the regular "beep" audio which is more accurate on smaller targets, plus it outstrips pretty much every other pinpointer on the market for features, has higher waterproof rating than most, and all parts are fully replaceable. I currently use the XP Mi-6 which is the wireless version for the Deus, the Mi-4 has most of the features of the Mi-6, just minus the wireless capability. The Garrett AT Propointer which I also own is a great pointer for coin shooting, though it does lack outright sensitivity to small targets compared to say the Mi-6, TRX and F-Pulse (there are several tests online proving as such). I have also used the Whites TRX in the past, and whilst it is a very sensitive pinpointer, and the higher settings can achieve good results on bench tests, it does get very unstable when dealing with highly mineralised soil. Unfortunately mine was one of the earlier ones that had poor audio levels, a not so bright LED, and the vibration unit failed after a year or so ( possible water ingress through the speaker hole membrane). You do have to remember that your typical pinpointer is really built in mind for coin/relic hunting and not specifically for sub-gram gold pickers, probably better off with a plastic scoop over the coil for the real small stuff. I am a little surprised that no manufacturer has come out with a high frequency pinpointer specifically for gold prospecting other than the Falcon MD20, I guess there just isn't such a high demand for a product to make it worthwhile.
  3. I did read a while back on a comment from Tom on Dankowski about how the electromagnetic field on a concentric is much broader and less focused than that experienced on a more focused/narrow field on a DD coil. That might possibly go some way to highlighting to iron caps and pushing the TID value higher on a DD whereas the concentric may be less prone to doing so. Just an observation on my part, not sure whether it is entirely correct.
  4. That half crown is one lovely chunk of silver, great condition too. Can't imagine what goodies the site still has to offer after that find.
  5. Although my Lesche was a good solid digging tool, I did ultimately wear the blade down to the point of it cracking, so they don't necessarily last a lifetime (depends on how actively you detect). Since then I have imported a Raptor Model 31c to Australia and it has performed very well over the last few years - digs very neat plugs and has shown very little wear so far (aside from the foam grip). Although we have to pay gst on imports, I do think it pays to purchase quality products in the first place rather than go cheaper and settle for something second rate (ie. Welded mild steel, non-heat treated etc). I also have a min shovel and long handled stainless shovel, though still prefer using hand tools for most recoveries. Phrunt, I also tried searching for that Stanley tool in Oz and had no luck sourcing it or even a website listing it - almost looks like an NZ exclusive to me.
  6. Seems a bit crazy to run a business without any direct contact number, even if it is a secondary source of income or a home run business. Quite the opposite here in OZ with Phasetech selling Makro/Nokta detectors, couldn't ask for a better and more knowledgeable person to deal with on sales and after service. Hopefully Dilek will get you all sorted.
  7. It is very frustrating and very hard to not sound like a broken record everytime this topic rears its ugly head, though we keep on keeping on in hope that US manufacturers will listen, cull their excessive detector line ups, and consolidate existing technology into a few new multi-use detectors to remain competitive and relevant to the market. Why it is so hard to even come up with a selectable frequency detector to replace aging flagship models like the F75, T2 and AT Pro series is beyond me. And that doesn't necessarily mean having to innovate with new tech or be in the form of a cell phone on a stick style detector which may take eons to develop, simply rework existing units into new weather/waterproof lightweight housings that offer the sorts of features that other manufacturers consider now to be standard offerings on their detector lineups. The positive feedback from the Simplex+ so far from our European counterparts is proof that if you package existing tech into a new lightweight platform and market it at an attractive price, then it can be a recipe for a good financial success. Sometimes I look at my trusty G2 and think of the possibilities if they were to rework it with a couple of extra frequencies, multi-tone options (including 99 tones with good modulation), with a refreshed weatherproof housing and maybe a boost mode for a bit more depth capability. Probably just dreaming, though something that should be relatively easy to develop if the will is there, and if they are willing to listen to customer feedback.
  8. Regardless of how the other detectors performed against then Simplex, what you can take away from that video is on how far the bar has been raised now for entry or even mid level detectors, and on what features they should offer in their respective price bracket - netherlone on their more expensive models. Features such as adjustable iron audio, ground balancing ability, upgradeable software, screen backlighting, wireless headphones, lithium batteries, fast reactivity, waterproofing and informative audio (vs beep & dig) may well be the new benchmark for any detector from entry level and upwards. That's a pretty incredible list of features that is going to be hard to match, and may cause some real grief for those companies that have sat on their hands for way too long.
  9. There is some closer shots of the control box in the link below (scroll down a few posts). Seems we now have quite a few current/new detectors running a similar design control box/shaft setup. https://smartmetaldetecting.forumfree.it/?t=76961673
  10. A few pictures starting to appear: https://forum.kimbucktwo.com/viewtopic.php?p=338091#p338091
  11. Looks like all NZ silvers differ from here in Oz being either 50% silver content (up to 1946), or cupro/nickel from 1947 onwards. Australian silvers are 92.5% silver up to and including 1945, then changed to 50% from 1946 onwards. Seems you also have the same curse of the prolific 1c & 2c coins as we have in Oz. Pictured is an example of a mix of 92.5% & 50% Australian silvers from an old racecourse I detected recently. Keep up the good work Phrunt, good to see some coins from a different part of the world on what looks to be some virgin ground.
  12. Could possibly be an issue with the on/off button membrane, if so I would be contacting Fisher for a warranty repair if still covered, I doubt whether it would be user repairable.
  13. Thanks for the research and replies, I appreciate it. Will link the topic to the buckle owner.?
  14. Hi guys, a fellow forum member here in Australia detected what I presume is an eagle buckle a few days ago (guessing US in origin). Any help in identifying it would be appreciated. As a side note, we have had a few US Civil War buckles found this year in Oz, most would probably have originated from US prospectors trying their luck our goldfields.
  15. The should at least give a statement on where owners stand with the lifetime warranty and repairs. My guess is neither will happen or be honored, though would be nice to at least have a definite yes or no and then people can move on. Personally I think they just don't want to have to confront or deal with any potentially angry customers who may have bought a Tesoro late in the piece just before they closed shop (with a worthless warranty). Even though our local agent carries out repairs to the Tesoro range, don't know how long that will last regarding sourcing parts or whether they personally have any in stock.
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