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  1. A carbon tube with another carbon tube over it and a cam lock would be nice. These are the standard sizes Small 16" (Under 5' 8") Medium 18" (Up to 6") Large 20" (Up to 6' 3") XLarge 22" (Over 6' 3") Having one stick to suit all sizes would be ideal, as finer adjustments would be much better than having 2" gaps between sizes. I've got a medium hipstick at 18" but would prefer it was 17", and 16" is too small. It's good to see you're working on improving it, I intended to do that myself but seeing I just don't use it it's on the backburner to be done at some point in the hope of if I do have a better version, I may start to use it sometimes. I never liked wearing a harness but I don't mind wearing the swingy thingy so it just goes to show if the product is right even someone fussy like me may end up using it πŸ™‚
  2. yes, at the moment the multi frequency general purpose machines are putting most if not all single frequency nugget machines to shame, the only exception is the extreme sensitivity of the Gold Bug 2 and its awesome little concentric coil but even then, its usage is very limited compared to the multi freakers.
  3. Far out, you guys are fancy, I'm rather partial to a fake croc! All terrain shoes for me, just as happy underwater as they are above, and dry out in seconds. πŸ™‚ Get a blow-out, big deal, $5 and a new pair are yours. Put them on without bending over by just sliding your foot in, they even have that little strap that you can put around the back of your foot if you need them in 4x4 mode for the heavy duty stuff.
  4. Thanks for all of the information, based upon what I've read I'll give it a miss, it's hard to top the Sphinx.
  5. Yes, it's a solvent cement, similar to how plumbers use solvent cements to fuse PVC pipes together, far superior to glues that just bond things together, solvent cements soften and dissolve the plastic material, changing its molecular structure. then they can fuse together which is why they can use used for high pressure water pipes. It just has to be compatible with the plastic which you can tell that pretty easily when using it, but that Whites plastic looks just the right stuff. Handy stuff to have in your toolbox.
  6. Yep, that's what I did too, no point updating when it takes away the ability to use some coils. They need to fix the update so the older coils still work on it too. Installing WS Audio support shouldn't remove older coil support, and if it must be that way surely they could make WS Audio only work with the newer coils and legacy audio methods for the older coils. Far better than removing support for the coils altogether.
  7. And here was me thinking this would be in the top 10 gold mines in Australia. πŸ™‚ I didn't know the US had the top gold mine in the world and I also didn't know the top US gold-mining jurisdiction is Nevada, explains why Steve moved there! The top ten largest producers of gold for 2023 by country was interesting too with China winning that one. 10 Largest Producers of Gold by Country (investingnews.com) Which country has the most gold? Australia holds the world's largest gold reserves at 8,400 MT, followed by Russia at 6,800 MT.
  8. Sorry for your loss. It will work in the park OK it may just be a bit annoying with the false signals and general instability. On the beach in the dry you're OK. I'd just try sell it while it's new and holds some value to a poor unsuspecting victim.
  9. You may have a few large boxes of unsold Pro-Find 35's in there somewhere although not worth putting much effort into finding, rumour has Minelab dumped millions of them in a landfill just outside of Adeliade where Minelab is headquartered. A bit like Atari did dumping millions of ET Atari cartridges in the New Mexico desert when it was labelled the worst game in history and caused a crash in 1983 of the gaming industry. 😁
  10. So, what's the final verdict by everyone that's bought one, is it worth me getting one? From what I can see it's left behind on depth by the Garrett AT which means many other pin pointers are likely ahead of it for depth too. Small target sensitivity is something I'm always interested in and its frequency maybe better for tiny targets, has anyone noticed this? Is there any benefit for someone that doesn't use a Legend to pair it to, has anyone found any reason to buy one beyond that? Things like the screen aren't an attraction for me, I think all new pin pointers should be moving onto having Apps to adjust settings using Bluetooth link the Sphinx pin pointer with just the button settings for the basics, all else now seems primitive.
  11. Detech coils should be easy to come by being made in Bulgaria, look to Ebay, shipping should be better than trying to get a Coiltek or Nugget Finder from Australia. Detech also make awesome GPX coils. This place in UK has a few GPX coils in stock from Minelab and from Detech, they even have the Detech 15" Ultimate DD spiral, I always wanted that coil and never got around to getting it. COILS (staffsmetaldetectorsonlineshop.co.uk) The best place is likely Detech Direct which ship to UK, they're in Bulgaria. I've bought from them before. Professional Metal Detecting Equipment For Sale (detechdetect.com)
  12. You can repair it as good as new with this IPS Adhesives Weld-On 16 Acrylic Plastic Cement, Solvent Based Adhesive Clear 5 oz Tube (ellsworth.com) Weldon Acrylic Glue (SCIGRIP 16) is especially formulated to bond acrylic (poly-methyl methacrylate) plastics. It can also be used for bonding styrene, butyrate, PVC, ABS and polycarbonate, as well as other plastics and porous surfaces. SCIGRIP 16 is a very high strength, clear, medium bodied, fast curing, solvent-type acrylic cement. Applied to cast, molded or extruded acrylics, it will affect initial bonds very quickly so some parts may be handled within a few minutes. Bond strength continues to develop very rapidly reaching a substantial level and forming strong joints within hours. This product may be thinned with SCIGRIP 3 by approximately 10%. Initial bond forms very quickly so some parts may be handled within a few minutes of application. Joints are water and weather resistant and will generally have similar physical and chemical properties to acrylic plastic. This stuff is absolutely awesome, not a typical glue by any means. It's used for double glazed acrylic windows for campervans and caravans to hold the two panes together, and is perfectly clear but very strong.
  13. The meter at the top marked (1) is when I was talking about the ferrous / non ferrous meter, if it slams hard left where the picture of the nail is, it's highly likely junk, if it flicks a little left, a notch or three yet sometimes flicks to the right side with the gold bar, it's worth digging, sometimes very small gold may never flick onto the gold side of the meter, and just stay just to the left of centre on every pass. I dig everything that doesn't slam hard to the left. The button (2) is the discrimination button, you'll notice they show on it that if you use it you will get less depth, it blanks out the iron target sounds and signals to make a quiet running detector, but will miss gold, only use it if you have to, leave it on full depth mode where both segments are enabled. Sensitivity as a starting point perhaps run Auto, or Auto+, they're the two highest settings on number (3) on the screen, the first 10 segments are the manual modes with manual 10 being the highest. If running in manual try get it as high as you can while remaining stable. Auto is probably best until you get used to it. (4) is obviously just volume control. Here is the manual
  14. The 5" coil is more sensitive to very small gold, the 10x5" covers more ground, it's a trade-off and you have to decide which is more important. The discrimination features on the GM1000 are very rudimentary, certainly don't rely on it, if it slams hard left you can be pretty confident its some junk but if it's flicking between ferrous and non-ferrous, you're going to have to dig it. Even if it just flicks one to non-ferrous after multiple passes, I'd be digging it. Very small gold at depth cannot even register on the non-ferrous side at all and just sit just into the ferrous zone. Don't use the disc function to completely block out ferrous, not only do you lose a lot of depth it's just outright risky of missing gold. Use the pump the coil method by just raising the coil and lowering it a few times until you quieten down the ground quite regularly, it can take up to ten times to get it quiet sometimes, it's better than relying on its rather slow tracking.
  15. That's some nice gold, a 36 KG nugget πŸ™‚ Wow! Nice to see the Amber from Kaliningrad on there, 90% of the Worlds amber comes from there, pretty incredible, and they can fossick for it and find it on beaches and so on. I'd love to do that and find myself some Amber, they even find it with ancient insects in it from the time of the Dinosaurs. They can find platinum nuggets in Russia too, as seen by that 7.86kg beauty in your link. The Ural Mountains appear to hold a large amount of gold.
  16. I use mine as a lever to lift rocks I can't even possibly move without it, sure often I can't lift them but the pick does the job of sliding them to the side or whatever I need to to do at the time. I'm forever smashing up bedrock with it, they're tough. I think if anyone would break one it would be me as I'm not exactly what you'd call careful with it, not even remotely. Davsgold picks are really good picks.
  17. I do it for all pin pointers. Most pin pointers are more sensitive on the side than the tip so when you shove it in the hole and it goes nuts the second it's in the hole it's hard to know where it is, press the retune to weaken the signal and you can then narrow down exactly where it is immediately. Try it, I think you'll like it.
  18. The benefit of the feature is you can hone in on a target, by pressing retune when your pinpoointer is going mad it weakens the signal, then you can narrow the target down more, press it again to weaken it even further and you can get to the spot right where it is, invaluable when you've got quite a big coil and have no idea where the target is in the hole, a big hole and a target giving a big response due to being quite sizeable like a larger silver coin or meaty ring or even worse an annoy can πŸ™‚that just makes the pinpointer go nuts when in the hole. I use the feature all the time to narrow down exactly where a target is.
  19. I think you'll notice the noise of the ball grinding once a bit or dirt and dust gets in there, but maybe not with your improved design. The pole length is somewhat of a preference, the sizes they come in are as follows Small 16" (Under 5' 8") Medium 18" (Up to 6") Large 20" (Up to 6' 3") XLarge 22" (Over 6' 3") Sounds like you've got it all figured out. Old car transmissions had those leather covers over them yet the stick still moved fine, it'd be funny to see a little leather cover over the ball like a car gear box with a little plastic 3d printed cover to hold the leather cover down that you could glue onto the blue mount for the ball. πŸ˜„
  20. If you really want comfortable knee pads with super protection look to sports that rely on them, rollerblading/skateboarding knee pads are super comfortable and designed for high impact from large falls on 10+ foot ramps landing directly on your knees from heights like a tumble from the top of the ramp directly onto your knees in the bottom of the ramp. There are heaps of designs, I'd go into a skateboarding shop and try a few on if it were me. Some ideas of designs of pads here REKD Energy Patrol Ramp Knee pads - Skates | SkatePro I always like these Roces ones, as I'm now retired from skating my mum ended up using them as Gardening knee pads. You can jump in the air and land on your knees on concrete all day long, the plastic will never break. I'd be taking them back off my mum for detecting use if I could, but she just loves them. Plenty of high impact stacks and still going strong 20 years later. And as they're designed for being worn all day long, they're very comfortable and obviously they're very good for flexing like bending down digging as they're designed for ramp use where you can't have anything hinder your ability to bend your knees or you'd end up stacking all the time πŸ™‚
  21. For those that missed out see this thread for the ingredients required to cook up your own, it's absolutely simple and my daughters little Lego kits require far more skill than making one of these things, and they're ages 5+.
  22. The critical part of your question that was missed is where are you located? That makes all the difference to which picks you can buy. If you were in Australia no doubt the Gold Digger picks by Davsgold are great, tough as you can get.
  23. Don't let that 2D screen and centre line fool you, yes good stuff OFTEN comes up along the centre line, but just like any discrimination it can get it wrong and does, if I only dug targets sitting on the centre line, I would have missed many silver coins by now. The messier the target gets off that centre line the less likely it's the coin unless it's just surrounded by trash but if it's a reasonably solid blob but not on the centre line it's mine for the digging, sure the closer to that line the better and more likely but certainly not only sitting on it. The CTX was the same, everyone was always digging the 11 and 12"s, as they were the definition of the centre line on the CTX however it doesn't take all that much for a 12 to become a 10, or an 11 and 9 or 13. Orientation in the ground, nearby targets, anything can do it.
  24. This should have been in bold perhaps with an underline to ensure the point gets across, maybe also increasing the font size by 200% and adding a bit of colour πŸ™‚ Quote of the year, "The deal with Minelab and coils is different because coils have been a tool they use to artificially limit units and drive sales from one model to another."
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