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Everything posted by VicR

  1. Certainly the lightweight Equinox has increased the fun in detecting for me. I spoke to a senior person in Minelab about 16 months ago - I'm sure they have the message loud and clear with regards to the weight issue of the GPZ from their market surveys, so i would be very surprised if the GPX6000 is a heavy weight. I suppose Im biased towards Minelab as their head office is about 10 minutes from my place - any repairs i can just drop off and pick up in a few days so it is very convenient for me. They are having great success (and profits) at the moment so I think their business mod
  2. Maybe they have worked out the coil water proofing - add a high salt / beach mode and you have a competitor to FL AQ.
  3. Taken from todays Codan (Minelab) stock exchange report for financial year ending 30th june 2020. Im assuming they are referring to the GPX6000. "DuringFY21, Minelab will introduce a new gold detector, which will include the best features from both the SDC 2300®and GPX platforms" So FY21 ends 30th June 2021 therefore we can expect product launch before 30th June. My guess is March 2021 - just before everyone heads over to Western Australian gold fields for the cooler months. Best Feature of SDC - very robust, deadly on small gold, compact, water proof. Best Feature of GPX -
  4. There is a Free Trade Agreement between Australia and USA so if the AQ is being made in the USA no import duty would apply just the normal 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax) which also applies to Minelab products. Any price differences between USA and Australia for non Minelab products is usually down to small volumes being sold through a small distributor who has larger margins than their US counterparts in order to survive. Based on my observations I would guess 80% + of the market in Australia is Minelab. If Fisher Labs want to keep the price down in Australia and gain some market share
  5. Seta and GPX were both trade marked separately in 2009 but appear on the same detectors. Multi IQ and Equinox were both trade marked separately in 2017 but appear on the same detector. Geo Sense - PI and GPX 6000 - both names were filed for trade mark in July 2020 - Im guessing we are going to have a GPX 6000 incorporating Geo Sense - PI. What is Geo Sense - PI? Maybe its an adaption of ground penetrating radar (ultra wide band impulse radar) combined with pulse induction technology from the military MDS-10. Timing - Looking at prior trade mark applications for the equinox and v
  6. Just over 2 years ago Minelab released Equinox which performs (imo) as good as (or better) than Etrac and CTX3030 which both cost way more, add that Equinox is fun to use and you have a market winner. Therefore there is a good chance that GPX6000 will make a similar technological leap and put us into a world not as we know it. Im sure Minelab realise that if they tick all the boxes from their market research they will have another market winner - a slight improvement to the GPX5000 will not be accepted by their savvy customers and a flop will affect Codans share price - so its serious bus
  7. All valid points. You would not buy a GPX6000 if you had a GPX5000 and GPZ7000 unless the 6000 was significantly different in some way - a few extra bells and whistles over the 5000 will not cut it. Over a year ago the Minelab project manager for the Equinox approached me in one of Adelaide's park lands while i was detecting with the Equinox and asked for my opinion on how the new machine was performing. One of my comments was that it was "enjoyable" to use. He recommended that i give the 6" coil a go - which i thought - yeah sure. But when i eventually purchased the smaller coil he was
  8. A share market analyst reviewing Codan (Minelab parent company) in June has the GPX 6000 (he mentions it by name) launching in September 2020 with a price tag of $8000AUD in Australia - so you would have the GPZ selling for $10,000AUD, GPX 6000 for $8000AUD and the GPX5000 for $6000. Also mentions the "capabilities" are different to the GPZ 7000 so that GPZ sales should not be significantly affected by the new model. I was in Codan/Minelab head office today in Adelaide to pick up a repair - had a bit of a snoop around in the front displays for any promo materials on the 6000 but had no
  9. Im sure everyone will have their wish list of what they want from the new machine.
  10. Attached is trade mark application for GPX 6000 - as i have previously mentioned we have had sightings of unidentified Minelab Detector in Adelaide Hills (South Australia) with rumours that it is a new gold detector between the 5000 and 7000. Which makes sense from a marketing point of view - you keep the flagship GPZ 7000 but give the punters a better GPX 5000. So looks like its the GPX 6000 - time will tell whether it turns out to be a giant leap forward like the Equinox or just a slightly improved GPX 5000.
  11. Heard claims of recent sightings of disguised Minelab detector being field tested in Adelaide Hills (South Australia). Thought to be a gold detector positioned above GPX5000 and below GPZ7000 which makes sense from a marketing angle - doesn't obsolete the 7000 as the flagship model and the 5000 now becomes entry level machine for pulse induction with the 4500 being discontinued. Naturally this is all unsubstantiated rumour.
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