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Keith Leppert

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About Keith Leppert

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    Alum Bank, PA
  • Gear Used:
    GPX 5000, GPZ 7000, CTX 3030, XP Deus, and a few more too

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    http://Www.fortbedfordmetaldetectors.com

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  1. Hello all - We recently took on trade a virtually new Gold Bug 2, I say virtually because it was won at a club hunt and never used. This one came out of the box only for pictures (although the box has a bit of wear). It comes with the 10x5 elliptical coil and comes with everything you would get with a new one.... this one even still has all of the shipping protection on it. 🙂 For more details, check out our webpage: http://www.fortbedfordmetaldetectors.com/used-demo-equipment/used-fisher-gold-bug-2 Don't hesitate to PM, email, text or call with questions. Keith Leppert Fort Bedford Metal Detectors 814-215-1732 sales@fortbedfordmetaldetectors.com
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    GPZ Worth It In Virginia?

    PG- I'm not that far from the general areas I suspect you hunt and have a GPZ that I use from time to time for "those relics" 🙂 If you would like to get together sometime to see if the GPZ will help in your application, I would be happy to get with you.... hopefully it would not be below zero like it is here in PA at the moment however. Keith 814-215-1732
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    Garrett Z-Lynk Now Available

    Steve- Let me answer your last question first, since it's the easiest to answer. When I used these wireless devices I simply plugged the transmitter into the headphone port of the Gold Screamer. It was then tucked into the outside of one of the GPX's arm cuffs. If placed too close to the Screamer or the GPX control box, you could hear a bit of interference (from either the Deteknix or Garrett) Now to your first question. Prior to last summer I was like you, skeptical that any add-on type of wireless system could perform as well as a hard wired set of headphones.... but I was wrong. The capability does indeed exist. When we tried out the Deteknix wireless systems, we discovered a few plusses and minuses. Their two specific models that build the wireless receiver directly into the headphones worked very well from a latency standpoint... there is NO lag. But the sound quality from the speakers they used in either their over the ear phones or their on-ear phones was not what I was used to... to me they sounded a bit muted, but I believe this to be due to the speakers used to build them. Deteknix also has a model which uses the same transmitter but on the receiving end has a dongle that allows you to use your existing headphones (or speaker). We found that these work perfectly from a sound perspective. The audio response you hear is exactly what you would hear if the link was removed - they nailed it from that perspective, which is what I was looking for. However, there are two characteristics of the Deteknix system that I do not like. One is the battery life - the max duration of continuous use of the receiver until the battery is exhausted is about 6 hours. Also, lets face it... these are made in China, and how long will they endure the abuse to which I will subject them while relic hunting? Garrett solved these last two issues... the run time is an advertised 30 hours, so making it through a few days of hunting should be easy. Plus we know they make some quality products and stand behind them, eliminating the concerns I have with the imported product. It's just that based on my experience that the Z-Lynk doesn't work as good as they could specifically with a GPX. But that I suspect is a limited case, and expect to see the Z-Lynk being used by a lot of people with a lot of different detectors over the next few years.
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    Garrett Z-Lynk Now Available

    I was excited to try out the new Z-Lynk with my 5000/Gold Screamer/ Grey Ghost combo, and was able to do so a few days ago. Last summer and fall I had been using the Deteknix W6R6 setup to essentially do the same thing as the Garrett system. The Deteknix worked very well overall with the exception that I could use them no more than 6 hours at a time, because the battery would be dead around that point. The Garrett system has a 30 hour run time so I'm thinking that problem is now solved. :) But after the hunt the other day with the Z-Lynk in place of the Deteknix, I can confirm Des D's claim about audio issues with some detectors. While the Z-Lynk worked well overall, I noticed that there was a very small amount of audio loss with my combination of detector/battery/headphones. The clarity and volume was just a little different than what I was used to connecting the headphones directly to the Gold Screamer. This may be fine for some/many, but to me it was noticeable. I could always turn up the gold screamer a little to offset the loss of volume but the slight loss in clarity would still be there. After a few hours I handed the system to my buddy who was hunting with a 5000 and had the stock battery attached to the side of the control box to gauge his opinion. He experienced the same issue with his combination (he was also using Grey Ghost phones). A third fellow at the site had a pair of Killer B headphones, so we tried the system with those also... no change. Overall they do work ok, and I'm sure that there is something specific about the GPX's audio output that is different than what was designed into the Z-Lynk's input. Absent of other options from other manufacturers, I would continue using them on my GPX unless I was hunting an area where I needed to hear only the super deep, faint targets. If you get them, just be prepared to possibly have just a tiny bit of clarity loss using them with a GPX series detector. However I expect that to be an unusual case and expect they will work perfect on a Garrett like the ATX, AT Gold, etc. and probably a bunch of other detectors.
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    Minelab GPX Small Lightweight Battery

    Hello - some of you know me, but for those of you who don't I am a relic hunter from the East Coast where we use GPX series detectors to find Civil War relics. I also am a dealer of Minelab and other brands, so this new product was of interest to me when I first heard about it. We finally were able to get our hands on some of these new batteries.... last week just before the fall Diggin' in Virginia relic hunt we recieved the first of our shipment of them and were able to put one to the test, and I thought you all might want to hear some feedback from some hands on time with it. The Diggin' in Virginia hunts are three day events that are basically sunrise to sunset hunts which makes a great place to test a product like this one. Our continuous run time with a 15x12 SEF hanging on the end of the lower rod was 4.5 hours. So at least when new, a pair of these should be able to get you through a normal day. Size wise and weight wise its really similiar to the Gold Screamer.... but it does lack the Goldscreamer's adjustable amplifier control. Also, the cover is designed in such a way that either this small battery or a full size "stock" battery can be adapted to fit into it. I hope that helps if anyone is interested in them.
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    Anyone Used NEL Coils?

    Our customers overall have been very pleased with the performance of their NEL coils, particularly those using them on an AT Pro.
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    New DETECH 15" DD Coil For Minelab GPX

    Rege - I've seen a few of the big SEFs at hunts lately - it seems to be gaining some popularity in the Virginia relic fields. Someday soon I will have to try one for myself.
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    New DETECH 15" DD Coil For Minelab GPX

    This looks really interesting for those of us on the East Coast using GPXs for relics.... its about time someone decided to make us a new coil to play with! Lol
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    Wore Out GPZ Skidplate - Anyone Tried The Razorback?

    Steve- Thank you for the welcome! I'll be sure to stop by from time to time... We do keep some of the GPZ accessories on hand, as there are a few of these machines on the east coast.... Plus with the website a customer can pop up from anywhere at any time. It's tough to use the GPZ in the Civil War camps... But it can be done. Without iron reject all those tiny surface nails not heard when using the GPX can overwhelm a user swinging the GPZ. But if you can get in the areas where the targets have been thinned out, with a bit of paitence some deeper relics can be found.... Such as the confederate camps where guys typically dig just about every signal. At the DIV last spring I did find quite a few relics with it, but most of those low tones which are bullets. When you do go over a bullet with the GPZ, there is no doubting it. The prized buttons come in nice and loud as a high tone when you get over one.... But as you noted so does the shallow small iron. At the end of the week I was starting to figure out the tones, but it's tough to discern which signals are worth digging and which ones to pass. At this time, for the vast majority of relic hunters will not have the paitence to use a GPZ, and opt to keep swinging a GPX for best results. But there are a few who will adopt it. I know of one fellow (a non-dealer) taking a new one to the fall DIV.... And I'll be curiously watching his results. Long term I don't see a large group of relic hunters adopting this machine, but there will be a select few that figure out how to harness it to work for them.
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    Wore Out GPZ Skidplate - Anyone Tried The Razorback?

    Hi Steve- First post on your cool forum, although I do browse here from time to time to see if I can glean any tips from the gold guys that can be put to use here on the East Coast while relic hunting. Anyhow- I see you mentioned us in your post.... We do stock these covers, and some of the other GPZ accessories. By now anyone's favorite dealer should either have in stock or be able to get virtually all of the GPZ specific accessories, as there was no restrictions to us on our most recent stock order. I know that doesn't help you decide which coil cover is best, sorry! Unfortunately I haven't used mine enough to wear one out yet.
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