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  1. I don’t know yet if it’s a problem or not my 17” coil is very touch sensitive pressing it to the ground and also bump sensitive sets it off sounding loudly, it operates very well other than that. I’ve tried different ways wrapping the cable around the 6000’s shaft playing with the loop, also using 3 Velcro ties around and along the detectors shaft but have yet to find a way to quiet it down consistently, sometimes…rarely it doesn’t sound off. Forget shoving it into bushes between the coil false and cable snagging branches it challenges hearing targets. I think my 6000 works like it should but like you said “who knows” mine finds really tiny stuff but again like you said other than that how can you tell really if your detector is actually putting out it’s rated HP, what’s the bench test?
  2. I ran the 6000 first for a while with the SP01 mostly because I prefer hunting with ear buds and I’ve always liked the sound output with using the SP01. It livens and amplifies while filtering as it is designed to do, the downside I think the 6000 was more difficult to settle down causing the chatter to mask faint signals I think. While a slight difference that and the simplicity and really excellent wireless headphones supplied with the 6000 after trying them I haven’t looked back. in the picture is how my setup is with the SP01
  3. I was using a aptx ll receiver with Bose ear buds but have switch to the minelab wireless for their superior sound quality I think mostly due to the 6000 running smoother.
  4. Nice job Chris, you have the gift I remember a previous post a while back on another nice find…poundage it was I think, or something like that. Anyway another very nice find and beautiful gold.
  5. Mine twists a little with the 11” coil if I don’t tighten it enough, if I really crank on it it stays pretty well unless like others have mentioned I’m aggressively shoving it into bushes and then the more noticeable effect is a little false signal when the branches catch on the cable. The 14” coil is about the same, the 17” coil is the biggest offender and then I’m not really sure that it bothers me again as other 6000 users have mentioned the coil twisting a little actually comes in handy shifting the swing angle to suit my wrist on uneven terrain and when I want to align the shaft with the coil just turning my wrist a little with the coil on the ground does the trick. It’s not like the 17” coil flops around it stays pretty well aligned most of the time. The ergonomics actually add to the light feel unlike the 2300 that felt like a brick. If I have any concern it will be how the locking mechanism reacts over time? If it continues to function as it is now then I don’t think there is really a problem, however if time and repeated use result in the shaft connection becoming looser over then it probably is an issue to improve.
  6. Interesting video, obviously he’s experienced and much of what he says is as important as any detector you could own.. if you can mentally meet the challenges and frustrations of nugget hunting and enjoy the hunt for what it is your way ahead of the game. He qualifies his opinion on the new technology with saying he’s never held one the problem with that approach is the generic assessment of technology in general it sells the differences in new technology a little short. Those differences can be and are rather profound, this new technology is much improved by circumstance... kind of gold, physical endurance of course locations you have access to as well. I much appreciate the information and time he took to make and post, seems like a really cool and qualified detector’ist interested in sharing his considerable knowledge and experience, I’d love to read or hear his opinions even more after he has had time to use one.
  7. I’ve had mine out a couple times for 4 or five hours the first time on an old club claim I’ve never found gold on with my 7000 and 14” coil, switching to the 22” X coil didn’t change my luck but as mentioned it runs very stable and quiet air testing against the NF12” on the 7000 with a sub gram nugget the depth difference was impressive at a rough guess I’d say 1/3 to 1/2 again more running as hot as the GPZ allows with both coils the soil not overly hot or salty. it found plenty of small and large trash, but for me this is a big gold clean-up coil on proven ground as opposed to patch hunting at 68 my back can only take so much of it before the pain in my upper back begins to wear me down it’s a heavy beast out on the far end of the 7000. I’ve not put mine over a nugget yet although no fault of the coil, I’m signed up for Gerry’s training on the 6000 In November I’m bringing the 7000 with the 12”NF and 22” X coil they are there if anyone here is around and wants to play with them or do any comparisons.
  8. I can attest to how well x-coils making the adaptor was for me, had that been an available early on I’d have jumped on board right away, the one they made is built bomb proof tough I can’t see having any issues. If the same is available for the 6000 I’m a buyer ASAP just to have the options.
  9. This one https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Transmitter-Receiver-SONRU-Headphone/dp/B08B3P7GH1?pd_rd_w=lAznU&pf_rd_p=f8048a1b-0abf-4d1a-a91b-cb558d45ad96&pf_rd_r=YT77C9CPKQYCE292ZTE4&pd_rd_r=6cb92448-c735-4873-8dc2-cb533b1933cf&pd_rd_wg=8vLb6&pd_rd_i=B08B3P7GH1&psc=1&ref_=pd_bap_m_rp_12_sc
  10. I had my 6000 out for a few times and I’d be hard pressed to find much of anything to disagree with on anything the early reporters have said. it’s crazy sensitive to all targets including the tiniest gold and stuff, fast to setup and I can swing it from sun up to sun down (in the heat) and quit because I can’t see where I’m digging, it is as it was described exactly, lol and the trash to gold ratio isn’t screen size dependent. waiting for the larger coil and to get the second battery a minor annoyance although I think Minelab would better serve its customers adjusting the price and include the second battery from the factory with the 6000 you need it, after finally getting one it was nice not quitting hours before sun down. I have not used the supplied headphones or the external speaker the little Bluetooth device from Amazon and my eBay Bose ear buds are working perfect for me.
  11. Good thing you caught the frame damage there are a lot of things that can go wrong out there you post a good reminder about checking your prospecting rig from time to time Mitchel, we dote on our detectors to find the gold but there’re kind of useless if we can’t get to and from the gold fields safely. 60-70 What do you mean you could, lol… ha, I’ve crept up above 50 in the Jeep when I’ve got the road all to my self but much above that and you start to feel the short wide wheel base. The washboard is pretty bad right now and the faster I can maintain the smoother it rides, downside my exhaust flange bolts keep vibrating loose, no parts falling off yet. It’s going in for a transmission service next week when I get back in town but my guy says no problem if the fluid remained clear and I’ll do the diffs myself before I take it to him but I just had everything redone so I know all the seals and breathers are good, same with the hubs I just replaced everything so some new grease just to be safe. now about that engine.
  12. klunker, Damn, the one time I could have used one and it didn’t cross my mind, for those that have seen the shoe horn I use to load my Jeep with junk, lol. Chuck, I just saw pfd, my dislexia I saw pdl, ha now I wonder if my old guy lumber support would keep me afloat in a pinch always good to kill two birds with one stone when you can.
  13. My AAA is 200 miles on road only, but the SpotX comes with 100 miles optional off road coverage I bought although I’ve never used it or talked to anyone who has I’m pretty sure the coverage will be there I’m just not sure it’s a quick turn around being specialized I’ll bet the wait could be long. The new exclusions were more about life flight helicopter restrictions, like if you went out after receiving heart treatment or had diagnosis of severe sleep apnea within the last year and went out and had a heart attack you will not be covered for the extraction cost while taking the chance knowing the risk.
  14. I could write a book, if only I could write.
  15. thanks for the tips although I hope to not need them, but it’s good to know in a pinch. My skills behind the wheel are honed from a youth of pushing the limits and getting away with it unscathed and 30 years of emergency service I tend not to panic the key to coming out OK in most situations is to keep you head. When I put the tires on fortunately the tire shop lied to me about the Toyo’s being quiet on the road (they suck, but off road they work)…and now I’ve got something more than “Matt’s off-road recovery” videos to add to my tool box if there ever is a next time, lol “not” (probably).
  16. Chuck, I have a SpotX I bought a few years ago with all the coverages, helicopter and off road recovery, earlier that day I’d been scouting for new ground exploring washes in the early afternoon when the weather turned and I made a point of getting out of them just because I know it can get tricky. my insurance should cover some if not all of it..I hope although they just adopted some new rules from Garmin with more restrictions than before. I’m planning too, when I got to the chevron dealer at pierce ferry rd I checked my transmission and the fluid was clean, I didn’t see any impurities or I’d have had it towed home. I’m going to have the fluids changed and service what I can just to be safe.
  17. My plan is to never do that again, lol.
  18. I made a run out into gold basin today with the 6000 but I’m having a hard time going on a honeymoon with the new GPX, the 7000 with nugget finder coil haven’t missed much I guess, it was a long day of micro trash and one tiny .2g meteorite. I hunted from 5AM until past dark, on the way out of the Basin when I got to the end of Spring drive the area around Greg’s Hideout Road was flooded with around 6” of fast moving water heading into the wash at the end of Hideout road. All day long was overcast and the afternoon had rapid fire thunder (boom, boom, boom, boom) it sounded like a war zone and lightning with some rain there was obviously heavy rain farther up the mountain i decided I’d give it a try figuring I had enough time to make it to the pavement about 4 or 5 miles before it got worse and if things did get worse I’m not wanting to spend the night out in my Jeep. I made the right turn and headed up hideout road in the pitch black with only my lights, I got about 200 yards and had to stop and wade into about 8” of fast water now to engage the front hubs I wasn’t going any farther without being in 4hi, pretty soon it became clear in the dark and flooded waters I’d somehow missed the road and I was heading in the flooded wash running parallel to hideout road against a barrier of vegetation and the water was getting deeper and splashing over my windshield making it almost impossible to see where I’m headed. I thought about trying to turn around but without maintaining speed my Jeep would slow to a complete stop this happened 3 times at least I slowed to a couple mph even though I was running wot and working the Jeep side to side. Through Everything the Jeep was able to keep enough traction to recover momentum but the water. Was now up to the floor pan on my 4’lift with 33x12.5 mud terrain tires I kept scouring the bank for a spot I could bail and try to find the road, luckily after about 2 miles fighting the water and mud I spotted a sand bar that opened up to a drive able spot on the bank near the road I needed and went for it, I had to hunt a little but found a spot I could cut back onto the dirt road that was now clear of the flood water in this spot. I’ve never driven it in mud or deep water but I was impressed at how well my Jeep performed.
  19. This is a reminder for WSPA members to check the member business forum for important membership information.
  20. Well, when I’d called them yesterday and Jeff wasn’t in I took the position it was the shop I was hiring and told the guy on the phone what I wanted and he was clueless about working on coils so I quickly said I would call the next day when Jeff was back. My guess without the guy who’s done a couple it is probably the same gamble on any guy in any shop I find who will do it, I think I’ll just have to call around until Ive found someone that seems capable.
  21. I’ve got a 22” concentric x-coil on order now I just need to find a source for the patch lead. I called the guy in Torrance, CA and got shut down he not going to be available until he gets back from his DJ gig, he going on tour around the country spinning disks and pumping up crowds he was unaware of his key role in this operation as the go to from x coils, lol. has anyone used any other source here in the USA to have one of these made. I did do some soldering making wiring harnesses for marine radios but don’t think the wires were anywhere near as fine and it was 50 years ago.
  22. Good comparison on the coil hot spots the 14 is much better around the edges but that 12” or whatever has something going for it, of course all will be moot when the 6000 is in our hands, so for now if it takes much longer I’ll have the new nf coil pretty well paid for. Be interesting to see after running the 7000 with the SP01 and Z Search what if anything has been left over for the 6000 to find?
  23. Simon thank you, that is similar to what I’ve been seeing it was confusing because larger targets will give a signal almost to the edge of the coil I’d guess not as clean as the 14” it was easy to pinpoint the bigger coil as long as you had room to sweep it, on tiny stuff I’ve been chasing them with the new 12” finally after using it for a couple days i was beginning to figure it out a little thanks for the video that puts all the puzzle pieces together. that .2g was a piece of trash I chased luckily I wanted to see just what kind of junk I was dealing with, lol.
  24. Thanks everyone for the likes and comments, I stuck it out for one more small piece and called it quits waiting for the extreme heat to pass. Have you noticed pinpointing the sweet spot is an inch or two inside the coil, the effective detecting diameter seems a bit smaller than the 12” the coil is specified at? It’s the worst when the target is really tiny chasing it around with the scoop trying to use the front edge of the coil, I notice if I scoop an inch or two (under) ahead of where the signal ends backing the coil up I’m closer finding the target.
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