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  1. My battery holder--8 AA's-- worked fine, but the juice goes much quicker than the rechargeable battery, which when I got it didn't seem to hold a charge long. Then it got with the program and runs good for the couple hours that I'm out. I'm not a long-hour searcher, just some finding and exercise.
  2. If Dimitar is working on a gold detector I hope that it has a high frequency option, like 40 kHz. I bought the MDT because I read about the great depth it got, even in mineralized soil, so figured it might be a good gold machine. Not so far, found few targets in an area that has given up 2 gram pieces and lots of old bullets and other small non-ferrous junk to the Gold Monster and the TDI SL. The Tarsacci did not find much of that junk, but should have. Maybe I haven't put enough time into it. Yet, one day I came upon a target with the high clink in mixed mode and it was a 1.2 grain gold speck less than 1" deep. The tones can be confusing and wrong, and need to be more telling what it could be, non-ferrous-ferrous wise. I'm about done with that detector because I don't hunt relics or coins anymore, unless it's a virgin site--rare! One of the big problems is Dimitar not communicating his wisdom. I know that takes time and energy, but if you're in business, that's what you need to do. I spoke with him about whether the Tarsacci could cancel out serpentine and he wasn't sure because he never tried it; didn't know where to find it. So I told him of a place right along Hwy 49 near Downieville, Ca. Said he'd go there and try it out. Never heard a word because he posts nothing and didn't call. Geezer, I'm glad that you've found the MDT the best ever!!! Yours is the most positive review I've seen and I guess you've put in the time to figure it out. If there's a high frequency machine coming out, I may have to try i. Problem I have is it costs lots of gas $$ traveling to sites in N Nevada.
  3. There's a back-up 8-AA battery holder made for the Monster.
  4. Impressive!!! Some of those bits don't look so micro. A couple questions: What % did the Monster get, approx? And what type of ground are you working? Thanks, Joel
  5. I found some similar looking gold bearing rock, the gold being dispersed like yours is, with my Minelab Gold Monster. But my rock doesn't have any other conductive metals in it. The Falcon will report on gold-bearing rock where the gold can't be seen. I found this place with the Monster originally with the gold bearing rocks down around 6" with the 5" coil, then a few deeper ones with the 10" coil. This was slide material in a wide old cut. Found a short vein by detecting above the cut. I think the old mining in this area was digging on random short veins. Host rock is shattered quartz.
  6. Might possibly be hematite; don't know if that's magnetic.
  7. Thrace Detectors on eBay or website has a good price on these coils. George K endorses them, the seller.
  8. Try detecting Bottle Creek sometime. I heard from an old-time Newmont miner that a good sized nugget was found there years ago--without a detector. Also there was an article in one of the 80's treasure magazines about Depression era dry washing on the east side of the Jacksons. Sounded like all fine gold. You have got the fever!
  9. If you can drill that rock with a 5/8" or larger" carbide drill in an electric hammer drill, you can pour an expandable grout into the holes call Dexpan--Home Depot--or? It's reputed to break rock with a minimum of violence. I haven't tried it. Also your gemstone with inclusions should bring some good $$ from all the people taking up cabochon cutting whether as a hobby or business. Plenty of wild rough stone being sold on eBay. But if your stone turns out to be really gemmy, then to Tucson, and you'll probably sell out.
  10. Stalker, I don't know how to do links. Just go to Findmall and then to Today's Finds forum--it's real quick.
  11. These spectacular old finds are at "Today's Finds" forum at Finds Forums, 3rd post down as of tonight. Rafael has acquired the best detectors over the years and has shown many of his finds here, usually under the particular detector forum. We're talkin' OLD Spanish.
  12. Rob, Send a private message to Chris Porter, "nvchris" on this forum. His Website, Detectoraid, has been hijacked.
  13. Looks like classic chalcocite to me with some oxidation forming malachite. It's good that you sliced it. Several tons, you could make some $$.
  14. Thrace Metal Detectors in Bulgaria has them in stock right now and they may be cheaper, even with shipping, than from US dealers who should have them soon. Their Detech GPX coils are well priced. I haven't dealt with them yet.
  15. Just wanted to say that Serious Detecting has the Quest X5 either on eBay or their website for $149.00. Plus they seem to have the whole Quest line of detectors. You never know what Serious will come up with. Right now they have a new Tejon up on eBay.
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