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    SDC 2300, GPX 4500+Evo coils, GPX 6000, Equinox 800 +10x5, XP Deus 2 w/ 9in

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  1. Gold found on land is not easy compared to on the beach. Nice score on that ring and I hope you keep your streak going.
  2. Congratulations Sevastras. Let us know how the scoop works!
  3. I thought I'd give some detail about the 1 issue I've had with my GPX6000. After 3-4 outings I noticed a rattle from the control box. I figured a mounting screw inside to attach the shaft was loose. I didn't want to send it in for that, so I kept using it. After about 1 dozen days out detecting for nuggets, I noticed the whole control unit was separating from the shaft. Pondering the cause and looking for a solution, I figured out the screws would be behind the speaker cover and sure enough both were completely out of their screw holes. I applied some blue thread lock to the screws and replaced them. Everything is all tight again and I doubt will loosen up. I hope this will help diagnose and fix any "rattling" problems other users encounter. I haven't had any other problems and overall the 6k has been great for finding the deep, smaller nuggets previously missed. I've been happy so far. P.S. I replied "yes" to question #2. And my brother is not a member of this forum, but has a GPX 6000 also. Zero problems for his unit, though he does have the shaft twist issue.
  4. Great job adapting the tool to the conditions and finding that nugget. I have a GPX4500 and the GPX6000 and I often wish the new 6k had more adjustability. It does work very well most of the time as is, but it sure would be nice for basic adjustments for those really harsh soil conditions.
  5. I remembered one thing about the Deus 2 I would suggest 9 inch coil users to try. I mentioned it somewhere in another post on this site, but it bears repeating. Remove your velcro arm strap and try swinging it without. I don't remember in which video I first saw somebody using their Deus 2 without the strap, but once I got mine I didn't put the strap on it and haven't missed it. In fact, I find it much more convenient and quick to use without the strap. No more need to slide my arm out of the cuff and no more bunching up of my long sleeved shirts. Time saved equals more targets dug in the long run. A very underrated way to use the Deus 2 and I highly recommend at least trying it. Your experience may vary with a bigger and heavier 11 inch coil.
  6. Sweet jewelry finds at the beach! That gold ring is nice, but too bad about that big stone. I definitely need to go detect some spots where people swim. Turf hunting for jewelry is a pain. I had a nice, pointed SS sand scoop arrive the other day. I just need a handle...and then spots to use it. Unfortunately I live quite a ways from the ocean. Hit that spot again. There have to be more goodies.
  7. The Deus 2 does have a lot of positives going for it. Even though $1600 is a lot to spend, and I'm in the minority being fortunate I can afford to buy a second multifrequency machine I don't "need", I don't regret the purchase one bit. I've definitely had an enjoyable time outdoors with mine, despite challenging dirt and digging mountains of aluminum and other trash. One other thing I appreciate about XP is the frequent updates they put out. The Deus 2 is very good all around right now with V0.71. In all the ways I've used the D2 so far, I do think the weakest area of the D2 is small nugget sensitivity. A smaller coil would help a lot in this area, but I suspect XP isn't likely to offer one. This keeps the ORX and D1 both relevant in the XP lineup as more focused gold prospecting machines. I look forward to future updates and hopefully some nice improvements. With luck we may even get some new factory programs or even some other performance surprises. Maybe if we are all good we will even get a 10x5 coil for Christmas?
  8. Yesterday while park hunting, two ladies approached and asked questions about metal detecting. One of them placed a small and thin white gold band with what looked like a small diamond in the center on the ground and asked if the Deus 2 could hear it. Among some flashes of 9-10 ID#, the ring rand up primarily as a 15! I have known white gold generally will give a low ID# on most detectors, but I didn't expect a number THAT low. I've been missing small white gold like this for sure since I dig few targets under a 40, though I do dig foils down to 32 if I'm in the mood. So, its looking like if we want white gold and chains/bracelets, its going to be necessary to dig numbers into the teens with the Deus 2! P.S. One thought I just had is perhaps an iron object was in the ground to pull the ID# of the ring lower? If not, 15 is really low in my mind. Its too bad I can't do a retest, but I can see white gold responding low like this.
  9. Your experience in the video matches mine pretty closely. I've been going for the gold in parks near me the past month or two and have dug tons of pull tabs. I get some that I describe as "solid square tabs" that ring up from 78-81. They are larger than moden tabs and the rear is solid with no second hole. I also get corroded zinc cents in this range. I dig them since they sound really good and could be a solid gold ring with that high of an ID#. I also get modern pull tabs hit by lawn mowers that can read into the high 40's if cut or if squished into a smaller shape. So, there are for me at least 30 TID numbers than can be a pull tab. The only way to find out is to dig it up!
  10. In the past 7-8 weeks I've owned the Deus 2, I've been out with it a lot. That's about to end as California is in a drought. Summer is nearly here, and the ground is now already quite dry and becoming hard to dig in, so I won't be out much until the rains return. I've primarily used it to search for coins and jewelry in parks and fields, but also looked for gold nuggets here in California for 7-8 hours (and unfortunately didn't find any). I started with the January V0.6 version and switched to the V0.7 in late April. I updated to V0.71 as soon as it was out to correct the only issue I've ever had which was with the pinpoint mode in V0.7. Overall, I've been very happy with the machine and its performance. I've especially enjoyed the light weight and super ergonomics and have never felt tired from swinging this unit. Its been a pleasure to use since the beginning and I really enjoy the various audio options. The sounds of the pitch tones and full tones just sound so good to my ears! Coming from the Equinox 800, I didn't find the transition to another mulitfrequency machine difficult, it was just a matter of learning the new menu system on the XP. I mostly used the stock programs and over time learned to tweak settings a bit to work best in my conditions. I think somebody new to the Deus platform would be able to use stock programs to start and get great performance right away and then gradually learn what the various settings do to further optimize. One of the most unique and useful features of the Deus 2 for me has been is its mineralization level graph. I've known all along I hunt in very difficult soil conditions, but the Deus 2 confirmed this with hard data. Where I hunt, the mineralization graph is generally 3/4 to full bars, so high to severely mineralized. I've used this information to help me set my reactivity level in the different programs I've used. The higher the mineralization, the higher I set the reactivity level. The factory preset levels of 2.5 to 3 generally work ok in 3/4 bar soil, and I had to use reactivity 4 in one site with full bars while looking for coins. I generally get a max of 4-5 inches of solid ID numbers on a coin in my soil and less as the mineralization bar increases to near full. Signal clarity and strength start to really get lost past 2 inches. One helpful setting has been audio response. I have had good success raising this up to a "6" to hear faint deeper or smaller targets better and was glad to see signals didn't seem to become more distorted like I at first feared. This is something for those of you in difficult soil to consider trying, despite the drawback of losing potential audio information about how deep and weak a coin signal might be. This setting for me has been a "mini game-changer" as it allows me to hear things I'd otherwise miss. I've been happy with the 9 inch coil on the Deus 2. I think its a great all-around coil size. Nice depth, but still small enough to limit targets under the coil at one time. I hunt in thick trash often and the size works well for pinpointing targets without the need to engage pinpoint mode very often. This is one of the top pluses of the Deus 2 for me. I know where targets are located with a simple "X" sweep and this saves lots of time. This is a big deal when the goal is to retrieve more targets in the time spent hunting. The machine itself also separates and IDs items very well. I can often tell where 2 targets are when right next to each other by carefully swinging around and mentally taking note of each target location based on the sounds or ID#. The separation abilities of the Deus 2 are quite good and from what I see, XP deserves the reputation it has for making machines that excel in trash or iron-infested sites. Non-ferrous signals really stand out on this machine. This saves a lot of time locating things precisely and also helps find desirable targets from among the trash. Like all machines though, you still have to put in your time digging junk to get the good stuff! I probably won't use this machine for nugget hunting in the future since I have a Minelab GPX6000 which is much better suited for the job. It cuts through severely mineralized soil far better, but I do intend to keep using the Deus 2 as my primary coin and jewelry hunting machine. I hope to someday take it to the beach and do some diamond ring and other jewelry hunting, though I do live quite far from any beaches with a lot of activity. While I don't often search specifically for relics, I also hope to use the Deus 2 in the future at some old ghost towns or mining locations and am confident its a great machine for a place like that. If I were to only have 1 metal detector(a crazy idea, I know!) , I think the Deus 2 would be in the running for my only choice. It can do a lot very, very well such as hunt for jewelry and coins in parks, be used at the beach or when diving, and even if somebody wanted to take it nugget hunting. It can do all of those things quite well, even though other machines may be better in certain areas or situations. But, since I primarily detect natural gold nuggets, in this case I'd pick a Minelab GPX pulse-induction model. If I could also have a vlf companion, I'd get the Deus 2. I know newer and possibly better models to compete with the Deus 2 will be out in the next year or two, but I'd still be happy with the Deus 2 once they are out, since I think it will be very tough to beat the light weight and ergonomics of it, and it should stay very competitive in separating and ID abilities for quite a few years to come.
  11. I also am interested to know what the cut-off line between ferrous and small gold jewelry is. Based on scanning a few small nuggets, I suspect the break is around ID# 25. I don't have any gold chains or bracelets to test, so if anybody has any info on where those read on the Deus 2, it would be helpful. I currently ignore most signals below 34 or so when detecting for jewelry in parks. I bet I'm passing over chains and bracelets, but unlike other detectors where ID# "0" and below are iron, I don't know where the cut-off is on the Deus 2. I've found a tiny 14k ladies ring at an ID# of 39. Weight was .62 grams.
  12. I have observed the same in my severely mineralized soils while searching for coins and jewelry. Generally, the greater the number of tones I use, the weaker and more distorted the signals are unless targets are nearly on top of the ground. I find I favor pitch tones to make signals "better", meaning louder and overall a bit less clipped or scratchy than when using other audio. This makes the audio ID of the machine less useful in difficult soils, so I find I rely a lot on hearing a beep and using the visual ID to determine if I dig or not. This definitely makes recognizing good targets a slower process than just using your ears like with full tones or 5-tones to sort the good from the bad targets.
  13. Perseverance paid off for you today. Congrats on getting a sub-1900 coin! Also, nice haul of silver rings and the gold too. Not easy to find stuff of quality like that among the junk unless you do a lot of digging. I bet your next sub-1900 coin comes again soon. You have over half the year left to hit your goal again!
  14. I'm very sorry to hear your new GPX 6000 has given you such a headache right out of the box! What a disappointment in what is supposed to be an exciting moment. But, just remember that this moment will pass and soon you will have a replacement that will hopefully help you (mostly) forget about this bad experience. Also, keep in mind that while in the short term things aren't looking too good, in the long term you will likely be very happy with the 6000 for several reasons. First, we 40-something-year-olds won't stay in perfect physical shape forever, just look at your poor foot as an example. The lighter weight 6000 (I know the GPZ7000 with 8in coil is pretty light too) we will be swinging the next few years should help us keep our shoulders and backs in the game for longer as we put lots of hours in the field out nugget-hunting. Also, in the next year, the GPX 6000 will get even lighter, and possibly even more sensitive to small nuggets when Nugget Finder and Coiltek release some awesome smaller-sized coils for the machine. I know I can't wait to try those out. I wish you the best of luck with your 2nd unit and look forward to hearing your reports on those small NZ nuggets found with it!
  15. I had v0.7, but downloaded the new v0.71 this morning and had no issues getting it onto the WS6 headphones or the remote. After the update, I went out and detected a couple of parks for about 6 hours total. I'm happy to report the pinpoint feature is now working well for me, so worth the update just for that. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary with the new software and the custom program I had saved was still there, so looking good for v0.71 so far!
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