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  1. Regis,i reckon you should of kept a NEL Snake coil for your Lobo 🙂 that is what i use,terrific coil 😀
  2. Regis,is this one of the coils from the very early Lobo's ?? they sound as if they are rarer than 'rocking horse' manure 😀
  3. RickUK

    Tarsacci Mdt 8000 For Nuggets?

    Must admit this detector is starting too really grab my attention for a deep pasture machine,i wont be buying one yet,as any new machine must have been out and been used for a minimum time period of 12 months before i part company with the 'folded' stuff,this criteria has always been adhered too as any new machine can have initial teething problems,so if i do decide to pull the trigger then it wont be till this coming december anyway. Will be following all the reports of those folks who do own one and see how it plays out and if it then fits my requirements,it may or may not happen,it all depends on the reliability and if it performs for my requirements.
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    Anyone Know Sourdough Moe ?

    Any updates ?? has anyone heard anything either from the seller or the authorities.
  5. RickUK

    The Chisana Story

    Rr,must admit i have done the same thing but about 3 or 4 times,fantastic lifetimes detecting adventure,one of the all time classics.
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    Anyone Know Sourdough Moe ?

    I cannot really comment about this 'classified advert' problem,as i have never bought or sold a item on the forum,mainly of course is that vast patch of water between us called the Atlantic ocean. A few thing have been mentioned and learnt ie especially paying for a item using the 'family and friends' option and of course the down falls of using this facility especially if the seller is not a close person who you can trust,so a lesson learnt. Someone did mention about it should have been 'highlighted' in the classified advert/s that the seller was based in a area that is well off the beaten track,so the items could take slightly longer in arriving.Of course this may be the genuine reason why a few folks are slightly unhappy that goods that have been paid for have as yet not arrived,the longer the time duration and no feedback from the seller what is happening does increase the possibility that only a 'red flag' will be hoisted and then of course 'Steve' the website owner could possibly stop the free classified facility on the site,and if i am honest it would be a total shame just because of just say one person,but of course i hope it resolves itself and the classified facility carries on as it has done. Although no one has heard the sellers side of the story so far and just the buyers side,has the seller visited the site recently but not made any effort in trying to resolve the problem,albeit being in the outback postage and general transporting of sold goods may take longer than normal,but if the seller has logged into the site then that means the internet is still the main source of news on what is happening with the items that folks have bought.The longer this goes on without any news then the increase chances of it moving into a another major problem,i hope the seller highlights what has happened and why the delay and hope the problem is resolved quickly.
  7. I will answer this question with a few possible twists that may or may not help,i do own a Minelab 15x12 Commander mono coil and i also own a similar Coiltek coil but not identical,but it may help you in making a decision. As mention above i do own a use the 15x12 mono coil but dont use it for nugget hunting but i do use it for deep hoard/relic hunting an must admit its a terrific coil for the type of detecting that i do,but this is the 'twist' that i dont use this coil on a Minelab detector ie like the GPX but i do use it on the Whites TDI Pro straight out the box without any problems what so ever.It is slightly on the heavy side,so i always use a full harness either on its own or with a 'Hipstick' with both of these extras i can/could swing this 15x12 coil all day long,so this info may or may not help it does not directly help you but indirectly it could do. Regarding the Coiltek Elliptical mono goldstalker coil i dont own the exact size that you have mentioned the 18x12 but i do own the slightly smaller 14x9 mono version,this one again is not used on a Minelab machine but once again on my TDI Pro,and if i am honest this coil is my favourite all time coil for any Pulse machine as it is so light because its foam filled its as light as a feather,but of course it would be no good for surf detecting,but for all other uses like inland then this is without doubt a deadly coil,its very good depth wise but its also very good on small size finds.Mine use for both of these coils are not 'nugget' related but artefacts both large and small. So that my take on one of the coils that you have mentioned and also a different size version of the 2nd coil that you have mentioned,but i have highlighted how i use them and how i found them by using them on a totally different detector. What ever option you choose,good luck and keep us in the 'loop' about which coil you do buy.
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    2019 - A Look Ahead

    Steve,would like to thank you for all the hard work and superb and interesting articles that you provide,make alot of sense for sure and been very helpful. As we go into 2019 is just over 4 hours time i wont be adding anymore detectors as i feel that i have about every niche cover and the coils well i have a crazy amount but they are mainly for site specific use,but 2019 for me will be more about refine my detecting techniques,surprising enough rather than using larger coils for deep pasture detecting which of course in theory is better suited for larger than normal targets,i am going the other way and reducing my coil sizes on both my VLF machines and also Pulse as well. Biggest problem that i faced in 2018 and going into 2019 is i am having major wrist problems as a result of a couple of bike accidents in the 70s and 80s and as a result these are starting to come back and haunt me due to age,but have adapted to accommodate this by using a full harness and a Hipstick even on light machines as well,so at least i can still get out for a full days session. Anyway would like to wish all those folks across the world all the very best for the coming year.
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    Fisher Gemini 3 For Prospecting

    Interesting topic and thanks for starting it and Steve's reply,i own and use a Fisher TW-5 which is basically the same machine as the Gemini-3 model,only use it as has been suggested on the supplied rod that is suspended from the shoulder by the provided strap. Alas as we dont in 'theory' have gold in its raw state here in the UK i cannot comment on how it would fair for gold nugget hunting or gold detecting in general,how i use mine is for locating the deep container ie hoard or deep artifact/s after i have located what i suspect is a potential scattered hoard ie the top of a container that has been clipped by a piece of farm machinery usually deep ploughing,this then drags up some coins from the top of the pot/container and scatters the coin in a dragging fashion by further ploughing.Once i have located such a coin scatter then its time to use a twin box in this case the Fishers. My twin box does not come out too play all that often but is the ideal detecting machine for the job in hand,of course its totally useless for locating single coin size items,but i am not after those as i am after the 'holy grail' the pot itself.In the new year hope to be back on a potential celtic gold stater hoard site,we have located about 20 full staters all in a very tight radius and all the same style,so it ticks all the boxes for a possible container location rather than say a purse drop.
  10. RickUK

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from the UK,will probably be out detecting later anyway 🙂
  11. Enjoyed the video,i have used a GPX but i do own a TDI Pro,for my detecting needs which is mainly inland sites that have a very high mineral content then the only detector that will work on this and surrounding permissions is a Pulse machine and the machine that ticks my needs and requirements is the TDI,almost all the time i run it in low conductivity as most of my desired targets are silver hammered coins and celtic gold coins as well,and using low conductivity works a treat and very rarely do i dig iron,small iron is almost totally eliminated like nails etc,of course large iron objects like horseshoes then almost all machine including VLF will show these large items as decent ones. Great video,could not see after a very long period of research see any major advantage that the GPX would give me over the TDI especially for our finds here in the UK,for me it all boils down to the reward to cost ration on my sites and it just did not stack up in favour of the extra cost of buying a GPX.Of course just a personal opinion
  12. RickUK

    Roman Coins

    That about sums up what those coins are and what they are worth,i have bags of them that i have found over the years and i mean bag loads,they are worth almost zero money wise,chemicals that man has put on the ground over the decades has also not helped the condition,but they have basically just been attacked by various acids etc in the ground,animal urine and many other things just kill them and as been mentioned thy are just 'grotty' coins and usually end up in the junk area of your finds bag,folks still cannot grasp that something that is nearly 2000 years old is worth basically peanuts and the reason why is they are very common and the condition is abysmal and hence the cheap price. Silver roman dinari and the most desirable and scarcest of all roman coins are roman gold solidus,the solidus is the holy grail in my mind of our finds.,as of course no banks or other forms of security institutions had been around at that time and when the romans withdrew around 400AD they basically just left and of course many many hoards and also many other smaller single soldier wage finds are also found and almost all found with metal detectors. So they do look authentic but nothing mind blowing value wise,unless its a mint condition and very scares silver or the holy grail again gold solidus,i have been detecting with a club on a roman trading villa site for 10+ years and the finds still keep coming in vast amounts,almost all are 'grotty' finds as well,but of course over the years some desirable gold ones have also been found on this site.
  13. Thats exactly what i suggested,i use the Fisher TW-5 twin box,lucky that someone had bought it brand new and used for under 1 hour,could not grasp how to use it and i bought it basically brand new for under 1/4 of the price,his loss my gain and phenomenally deep on large targets especially trains 🙂
  14. Just the huge mass of metal would trigger a detector with just a stock coil i would have though ?? at only that depth,if it was a much smaller item like say a oil drum or something like that then a GPX with a large coil or even a twin box like the Whites TM808 or the Fisher TW-5 like i use.
  15. I use both methods in my detecting arsenal,in the case for the defense of wireless coil and headphones then Deus for me wins hands down as a everyday use detector and the reason being is the major problems that i have with my right swinging wrist after coming off a bike at high speed in the 70s,i cannot take hardly any weight on the right wrist at all these days,so folks could suggest why dont i change swinging arms over to my left arm,it makes no odds how hard i try the coordination with the left arm just aint going to happen. I can use bigger and heavier wired combinations for special site situations when say i suspect a hoard is in that location,then i use a full harness and a hipstick and can do maybe 2-3 hours and that is about the limit of using such a detector/coil combination.But i can swing a Deus coil on a Golden Mask shaft or even a Deus shaft but its limited to a 9'' coil and although i do have a controller i mainly just use the headphones as i see them predominately as a 'audio' machine,but by doing it this way i can swing for a whole day but even then i still need to use a harness,which although seems crazy with such a lightweight machine,as long as it allows me too get out detecting still for a full days session then that is what i will carry on using. Regarding wireless headphones and wired headphones,of course on the Deus you do have a superb system that works exceptionally well and reliable,also i use a set of deteknix wireless headphones on almost all my other detectors and they are superb as i guess the Garratt ones are,really do work well and a major advantage being wireless as the wires dont get caught on anything,but i always carry a spare set or even 2 wired headphones as backup or even if someone else forgets a set. Its swings and roundabout is guess,although my main machine is the Deus i never carry just one detector as i carry about 4 that cover about every scenario that i would possibly encounter on that permission on that day.So some would be wired and some wireless,if i am a great distance from home then having a few backup machines is vitally important as its so frustrating driving say 100 miles and finding out that you have a malfunction on a piece of detecting gear and you cannot detect that day because of the problem. Its all personal choice at the end of the day and of course wireless coils the same as wired coils can both develop problems and both have good and bad features,for me i use both methods because of injuries and i will use what ever is available too prolong my detecting hobby.