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    Toronto Canada
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    Detectors, gold....that's it.
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    Macro Racer 2, Sovereign X2 , Excal 1000, Excal 11, Anchor Electronics Barracuda, (3) GQA2, , Whites Dual Field (2), Fisher CZ21, CZ5, CS6PI...CTX 3030, Nokta Impact, Kruzer, Eq 800 w/p TDI Pro...

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  1. In looking for silver what I like about this machine is that as you adjust the high tone break there's a nice high tone that comes in initially but then drops out if the signal is below your setting. So you are still getting stuff in close to iron but can use the coil to tell what's what. You hear both ranges at once. Gotta get some more practice upping the high tone--pitch and volume. I know there's going to be a lot of silver this year. Its also shocking how many good signals are coming out of nowhere at the same sites I'd given up on. cjc
  2. That's true TN--there's a lot going on with the bias and gain--more tones is too much initially. Once you understand the iron response though--lot of potential anywhere. Killed my worst site the other day..a Victorian grove where they worked on cars later on. Kind of a cleaner, sharper signal than any of the multis--none of this "doodley boop" or bittyness....the Anfibio is raw--but stable. Feel like it's wide open now --got an 1870 dime there a while back. cjc
  3. M/L, Harolds (with a jumper from CTX), GG Amphibians (not terrible) and TE's (best). cjc
  4. Finally a thaw here had a chance to run this detector in the iron at some old sites. Very impressed with the new coil --makes the machine considerably deeper than even the Impact and Kruzer. Superb audio as well--I can really hear everything in the ground--set at disc zero the heavy iron areas become obvious telling me where to buzz around for masked targets. Or I can just jump it up to 4 or 5 to knock the spikes out. With this detector I can hear anything non-ferrous mixed in really well. The 3 Tone mode is also great--it's speeds up the response to bring up even more signals from these worst sections. Never really felt the need for a pinpointer but with the way this machine gets down into the spikes I will need one now. Really liked the overall performance of this detector and will be out there again heading for the worst sections soon as it warms up a bit. cjc
  5. Good hunter and a fun guy. He really knows how to use the coil--a key skill with these hyper gain, high bias machines. cjc
  6. That's how I do it too TN--figure out the junk and work backwards from there... ckc
  7. Ive also heard of guys balancing in "Beach" then using the other deeper ID modes. cjc
  8. The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide Excerpts from JR’S full review… Both books in his Equinox series are in 110-120 page range and small standard format of 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches. Don’t be fooled by the small number of pages. A lot of very specific Equinox information is packed in these two books that as of this review, are not found elsewhere. Due to the tight TID range of the Equinox that tends to stack different targets in a small range, you really need to be up on what I call “filter” tests. These are tests with different settings, coil sweep methods, meter readings, and audio responses to further ID a target as junk or dig. Clive digs in and spends a fair amount of time showing you how to learn to recognize the many common forms of junk we encounter so we can ignore them and dig the targets that are likely to be the targets we are searching. Of course he does explain no filtering tests are 100% fool proof, but what he explains should cut down on some targets that the filtering test indicate are recognizable as junk targets. One of my suspicions is that there may be a lot of people giving up on the Equinox. It is a very, very capable detector, one of the best ever made at its selling price. But the other price you pay is a very high learning curve that some will just not invest in. In the hands of an experienced detectorist who has taken the time to learn and understand how to use the Equinox’s powers, they will probably match up very well against a similar experienced detectorist using other brands of detectors in this price range and the next higher price range. Newbies tackling Clive’s two Equinox books are more likely to continue in the hobby than those who do not study his books. Both books are priced fairly for the amount Equinox specific information they provide. In my experience a lot of metal detecting books have included a lot of filler fluff to increase the page count so as to inflate the book price. There is no fluff in either of these two books. Every Equinox owner will gain some useful information from either one. Me when I buy a reference book for something I am interested in, I read it and keep it for future reference and often end up re-reading them. Here is an update to my review of Clive Clynick’s The Minelab Equinox: “An Advanced Guide”. I think this book goes deeper into the 600 and certainly the 800 than his first Equinox book. This is because the 800 has some more useful options over the 600. The other reason Clive has more time on the Equinox than when he did on is first book on the Equinox. Again, I will say I don’t go over his books topic by topic because you need to buy and read the book for this information. But I can tell you about a couple of areas that has been very helpful to me. As you should know by now that this detector is a high gain detector that reports darn near everything that passes under the coil. Thus this is where its chatty reputation comes from. In fact the first 2 weeks before I read Clive’s first book I thought my detector was broken. Especially in his second book he goes into more detail how to quiet down this detector using proper ground balance, noise canceling, sensitivity adjustments and recovery speed, mode and frequency selection and iron balance. All of these properly used will result in a quiet machine with little or no adverse effect on depth. In some cases with proper frequency and mode selection along with proper ground balance, noise canceling and sensitivity settings you will actually increase your depth and ability to find weaker targets. The next great area of book two is his detailed instructions on how to correctly ID trash targets by using proper filtering coil sweep techniques. Following this topic is a list of Target ID Numbers and ranges and what junk you will typically find in certain ranges and also what he calls anomalies (good signals among the junk targets) and what to watch for depending on the nature of the site you are hunting. He also explains the nature of some of the Equinox’s bias toward round coin sized objects. Finally someone gives us a lot of detail on Identifying junk targets and separating out the good stuff from the junk by various methods. I have heard bits and pieces of the above information in metal detecting forums and videos, but it is very nice to have all of it in a small book form. JR Thanks Kindly, JR. clive clivesgoldpage.com
  9. Review: The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide http://www.clivesgoldpage.com/review-the-minelab-equinox-an-advanced-guide/
  10. Clive Clynick Facebook page The Review Reviews 1/ "The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide" "Great 2nd book for the Equinox its full of great tips and how to use the machine in different situations. The advanced guide is not just for advanced users. All users of the EQX will find this book very useful. Clive has a wealth of knowledge and [a lot of] testing has gone into the book. “An Advanced Guide” should be your go to book for helping you understanding the machine! " JF, PA 2/ Clive has been able to show some of the best features of an incredible machine, this is an excellent read to assist in getting the most out of the equinox! - Minelab Detexpert/YouTube personality: Red Beard Relic Hunter -DJ Dowling
  11. Before I write anything on a machine I try and read everything that's been said so far. Gary did a tiny bit for the M/L "knowledge base" and then an article for "Searcher" that had only basic information on the Equinox. I found this to be very disappointing. When I had a face to face conversation with him he likened the EQ to a glorified V-Track. I enjoy Garys blog too but have a sense that he just lost interest on this one--a shame cause it's a cool machine that does a lot of things. Greatest hunter notwithstanding--there's more to being an "Expert"than being given a hat and blazer.
  12. Thanks BEACHHUNTER--great to hear from earth. It can be a tough and frustrating hobby at times--that's the guy I write for. Good Luck Detecting, clvie
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