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  1. In another thread you mention that this ground can balance into the 900s. Remember that Tarsacci has GB numbers available above 999. It sort of starts over again at 500. Funny sort of thing that could be useful for you. It could see through some of that small iron. You can go GB +150 or more if you need to for stable operation. Here in 600 dirt with a lot of iron, running 800 or even a bit more is very helpful sometimes. If it gets chatty, add a little more and drop the salt balance a few points. You might lose some little stuff this way, but not anything ring or coin shaped with serious weight. The unmasking is worth a little loss sometimes. You can find quarters that have no earthy reason to still be there but for masking. For what it is worth.
  2. The soil is fairly mild here, though frozen for another few weeks. It will GB in the range 550-600 mostly. The most challenging sites are situational, fill dirt with furnace clinker for example. The sites chosen are all public property in a major metropolitan area, and all close to home. Parks and sports field areas mostly. Places a lot of people are using. Because these are well used busy places there is replenishment. They are chosen specifically because they have a lot of traffic, with an eye to problems some prefer not to solve. Special favorites are places with some kind special problem. Like being under the landing pattern for an international airport (EMI), or being built over ground that old buildings were torn down from (nails), or picnic grounds (crown caps). Many of these places have been in continuous use for a long time, so trash is the usual issue. So the problems to solve come with modern aluminum trash mixed with rotten iron and urban EMI. Some places easy, some hard, but they all get a lot of detector traffic from people who know how to hunt, and lately with Equinoxes and Deuses. The parks do not get any bigger. My answer for this is recent drop hunting using settings recently described. Even the worst of ground has some sort of setting scheme to allow a person to pick through. As mentioned, the sticker is pull tabs. On most sites there is a dominant style, usually rectangular modern ones. If push comes to shove, one number can be ignored to save your back, but it falls in a very unfortunate gold zone. Still, you can do it and still be surprised that the heavy gold that falls there almost twists your arm to dig it. The big advantage to this common technique in well known and well hunted areas is the Tarsacci ability to unmask and be stable in littered ground and EMI. This is hunting with the Tarsacci in one hand and a Garrett Carrot and dandelion popper in the other. Simplicity itself and the settings allow a decent amount of ground to be covered without agonizing over every little peep that might be a million dollar diamond ring stolen from the Smithsonian. Good targets sound good, you can learn to trust the Tarsacci for that. Doing this comes with some loss of course. An unknowable unknown. This risk is assumed in the name of simple enjoyment. Being content with that makes all the difference. I do not dig everything, not even close. I dig everything that sounds like it could be a nice piece of gold or money and only if the carrot hits it. I am ok with it if I leave some for the next guy. Young guys with strong backs need the money more than I do anyway. I cover ground and enjoy myself.
  3. Sorry Stalker, forgot to address this. It is not about conductive properties, it is about soil penetration, target size, and detector resolution. Soil reacts less to lower frequencies and small targets are less well imaged too which is why it penetrates better. So the deeper you want to go, and for as long as you are not seeking really small, the better 6.4 kHz works. Dimitar recommends 6.4 for deep silver and rings. He should know. It is also well known that Tarsacci finds pretty darn small even at it’s lowest frequency. So then, it might be assumed that the highest frequency (18kHz) would be for hunting small. Of course detector resolution to small is better, but those targets are still on or in the ground so you are going to get more back talk from the ground if it is at all prone to it. Therefor what frequency to choose is not as simple as choosing target size and conductivity. It is also a function of the soil you are hunting whether you want to hunt deep or not. 9kHz can be a lovely compromise for bad but not awful soil, and 12kHz can get you a little smaller stuff maybe. So goes the theory. In practice, 9kHz works well for all but the tiniest specs in all but the worst ground and seems to run a tiny bit better while doing it to my ear, and mixed mode will let you keep track of how the junk and soil is shaping your signals. That is to me detector resolution, or more properly how clearly the detector speaks about what it sees to my mind. THere is another point we need to remember. The target signal is shaped by what it is laying in and near. Really slutty trashy soil will ruin a good target’s reputation. For what it is worth.
  4. Sorry, the question was stated badly. What is it about the better headphones in general and the quality of the sound that makes them better to listen to? You mention several brands and state the value of better headphones. Many agree with you across a wide range of detectors. What are you hearing that creates that value for you? It seems a stupid question to people who hear this difference, and puzzling to find one who cannot. Can you describe it? For me it is only getting clear enough and loud enough to get over the ringing associated with conductive hearing loss. The stock headphones work for that and the appreciation most people have for the richness of sound is simply lost, but it would be nice to understand the concept.
  5. That is it exactly. Think of it as detuning what you do not want to hear until what you want is all you hear. That is the ideal anyway, and though never perfect you can get a good compromise. So first you set to see through what you can, disc what you must, and dig the best signals from what is left. When you fuzz the trash a little the gold and coins still sound good because of their shape and size. Everything else starts getting iffy at some point, and you choose how much iffy to dig. The fly in the ointment is pull tabs. They sound like a big gold ring unless they are torn. There is no positive TID on Tarsacci that could not have gold hit it, so every good clean positive signal needs a close look. This can be made to be as hot and deep as you like by adding sensitivity and subtracting threshold. How hot and deep is up to you according to your target priorities.
  6. Someone else said this very thing recently. The other recommendation was the XP FX03 with in line volume control and 3.5 mm plug. The fella said they are amazing headphones at budget price. Not waterproof though. What do the Grey Ghosts do that makes this difference?
  7. What does anyone like for Tarsacci Headphones for wading? It would seem simple connection waterproofing of stock headphones would be enough for general purpose, but not available. Sent a message to Dimitar asking if he did these, no answer. Taking that as a no, is there a cost effective way to waterproof the connection? Electrical tape comes to mind. Is a very small mind. Any thoughts?
  8. Steve, This is most interesting, and whether true or not in hard engineering speak it is a functional concept that works. The Tarsacci can be set up to see through just as you suggest. The stock coil seemed large at first, but after some use seems to do surprisingly well in a surprising amount of junk. Now there is a larger coil that is said to separate even better. If that is true, then a small coil is irrelevant unless sniping amongst the weeds or such. For sniping there are better detectors. For covering ground though, see through is very helpful indeed. For what you cannot see through, there is disc, good recovery speed, and excellent separation on the Tarsacci. As an aside, is there a thread somewhere on your rods for the Tarsacci? Geez
  9. JCR, It gets a little fuzzy and not at all intuitive in terms of what we know. Bearing with the fuzzy logic for a moment: GB does as advertised, but you can also fuzz up to treat small iron as ground and sort of see through some of it. Disc (+28) will prevent wrap around iron and remove most of the larger iron in the coin size range. This is the size an urban hunter cares about. Salt seems to help take the edge off aluminum a little and quiet bad ground a little esp with GB+. Here you are seeing through salt and small aluminum. Sens and Thresh can fuzz it a little more, and there is good reason to do so. It takes some of the edge off the remaining junk and ground. BlackSand seems to help with bad ground ground and with EMI in urban areas. Then Freq is chosen by size of target and how much see through of the ground you want. This, when you learn the hang of it gives you a well behaved machine. Does not give max depth or sensitivity to small gold, but can save your sanity and the high value stuff is not lost.
  10. JCR, If you have trouble with small iron bits, it can be helpful to increase your ground balance. You may be surprised just how much you can add without affecting gold targets. 100+, 200+, or even going into the few hundred points available above 999. Sounds crazy, but it can make for a whole new machine in ground where there is a lot of rotted iron and those pesky little snips. G
  11. The Tarsacci is deceptively simple, it feels like it should be harder than it actually is, it just seems a little unfamiliar to those used to the usual way of doing things. This machine can be learned to operate as a sophisticated approach to almost any site, or as a set it and forget it turn on and go machine that you never change a setting on. It is all up to you. To start with a Tarsacci, be careful not to overdrive it. Keep sensitivity low (1-3) and threshold down (-5 to -9), it behaves better. Use salt balance, it is wonderful for helping keep the noise down and take the edge off salt and small foil. BlackSand on all the time will help in town. Add 50 points to ground balance, and more if you need to for more smoothness in bad ground. The detector is well behaved at these settings and you can always heat it up as far as you want when you get to know it.
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