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  1. Ya, you can tell that it's super loud. He has his T/H super low as well--a good tip. Those micro tuning changes are interesting too. I can't learn enough about this detector -- got a long way to go though... cjc
  2. I' ve stoppped wrapping and use Permatech Dielectric Grease to coat everything now. Haven't seen any wasabe yet. Probably a good idea to eyeball everything everry couple of days though... cjc
  3. Great run-down video on the capabiles of this machine for anyone wanting to learn more. ton of information here--thanks Alexandre! cjc
  4. Sounds rock solid. TDI is certainly all aflutter in fast salt. Cuda though---stikes fast bites deep--anywhere....as advertised😁 Gotta say that even the mighy Dual Field loses depth where there is a lot of interference i.e. fast salt / inclines--just the coil size. I like the AQ though--retunes past all of that nonsense... Jimmy's not the only one with two birds--we agreed that great minds think alike...😁 cjc
  5. the whole site is on the Wayback Machine--interesting reading... c
  6. Thanks Thomas An amazing service for a well-loved man. Kind Regards clive
  7. At the same time, the AQ seems okay on big 18k, but it's the Indian people who have the extreme high dollar stuff. There is just too much SS, Tungsten and Titanium around too--worn by those who would have had normal gold. That look like a great mod. I have a modded board of Bill Lahr's that runs 12 uSc--basically a PI Pro with DF coil--killer on all gold and very smooth.--also a prize project. cjc
  8. Good point, Carl. I use Permatech Dielectric grease on everything now. Picks up a bit of grit and has to be rinsed / changed periodically but at lease there's no wasabi...everything doesn't have to be wrapped up either--just checked periodically. cjc
  9. This is a machine that's a dramatic departure from anythig else out there--closest being the TDI Pro. I have two and plan to keep them in that they do things no other machine will. I like the smoothness, target information and overall audio. The optimization is also great too--it loves the high foils and so do I 😁. This is how I try and set up any machine I use. If you have some awareness of the concepts of "carry" and "correlation" and stay off the wide, responses, the discrimination is helpfull. (I would use a stronger word--but Im still learning). You are probably better off running in All Metal, for the added depth. This requires a bit of PI skill. I do wish that it responded better to big 22k but running A/M does offset this a bit. Yes there have been build issues but nothing insurmountable. In particular the Vishay pots are problematic--maybe the 14.4 is too hot for them in that the T/H seems to be particulary vulnerable to frying out. I've had several replaced. In the environment I hunt, (Equinox "troll" under every bridge, lol) this machine is exactly the edge I need. A few years back my accuracy with the NOX gave me a big advantage, but now I need that same accuracy with even more depth and black sand capabily. While I'm still developing my accuracy with this machine-there's no queston that the potential is there. Here is a nice end-of-season 22k band find from a section that has just been trampled over 8 months by other hunters--the AQ went down about 18" to bring up a response. This is a machine that can go in after anything--save for the TDI--another very deep detector. There is nothing wrong with the Limited, just needs a bit of extra carefulness around the "tailfeathers." cjc
  10. I can't speak to the shallow target responses--just not what I've tested. If you secure your cable lighlty using the sock clips or a tied eleastic, there's no need to worry about the coil hardware being pulled. I would avoid wrapping the cable though, the positon of the hardware would be pulled when you press on the heel of the coil. Like the TDI this is a machine that takes time to learn. Im continually testing mine and this is paying off. Try turning the Gain up indoors to get an idea of how essential signal balancing is with this machine. You can also get more depth my slowing down the retuning slightly but this offsets your abillity to hear the wide response of caps. cjc
  11. Hi Matt That's true of 3. Three ship as two. Thanks for your interest in my books. Regards clive
  12. Skill-Building with the Minelab Equinox Series Metal Detectors Readers Write... “Clive’s book is a must for users of the Equinox. I highly recommend reading this book. Beginners to advanced users will find valuable information in this latest book.” CF “...what Clive has to say about the settings and how they interact with each other and with targets should help take your game to a higher level.” LG, FL “...for a person with just 15 months detecting experience this is Gold. This is what I’ve been looking for to take my understanding of detecting and the Equinox forward.” Thanks Anthony “I consider this book a must and rate it five stars. Learnt so much about my 800. Thanks Clive.” RP AUS “His books will make you a more efficient treasure Hunter. Saves you a ton of time learning the machine.” CD “This is a book you will have to read, practice and maybe even re-read certain areas. There is no fluff in this book. It is all hardcore useful information for the Equinox user.” MK “Excellent Read. Helped me a lot with my 800.” BB Skill-Building with the Minelab Equinox Series Metal Detectors By Clive James Clynick Clive James Clynick is the author of some 24 previous treasure hunting “how-to” books and numerous articles. In this detailed and informative book, he explains how understanding the Equinox’s operating characteristics and features can help you to find more treasure at park, relic and beach sites. Topics include: Dense Iron Methods and Skill Building Walk First. How Small Skills Add Up to Accuracy Managing the Heavily Processed, Modulated Signal Understanding and Managing the Power Curve Beyond Meter and Tone Accuracy and Conclusiveness Salt Water Stabilization and Depth Tips from Top Hunters Signal Balancing the Equinox for More Depth ‘Micro’ Gold and Chain Hunting Understanding the Upgrades …and much more… (8.5 X 5.5, softbound, 120 pages) $16.95 Ordering and Reviews: http://clivesgoldpage.com/
  13. The Minelab Equinox From Beginner to Advanced Readers write... “Brilliant book well worth getting it gives you a better understanding of the machine than the manual alone.” PS “After reading your book I concentrated much more on the sound quality of targets. I very quickly started to understand which sounds to dig. Have found several ancient coins already.” GL “I have this book and it has been very helpful in learning the Nox. I have read it once and refer back to it quite often. The last half of it is a wealth of knowledge.” 88 Highly recommend..a must for the serious equinox user. RP “This book explains in great detail the Equinox’s strengths and versatility. It offers many tips for various conditions including, but not limited to problem sites and will help you develop the kind of skills needed to fully understand what the Equinox is telling you, which will put more finds in your pouch.“ RL “Just bought this book. Feel like I’ve only been getting about 25% out of my machine…” CH “This is the book that started me swinging my nox 8oo with great satisfaction.” JR These books have saved me hours and hours of trial and error learning the equinox 800. KL I bought these handy books from Clive, and I to am in Australia. Well worth the cost of international postage. TB “The Minelab Equinox: “From Beginner to Advanced” Clive James Clynick is the author of some 20 previous detector “how-to” manuals, numerous articles and product reviews. In this detailed and informative book he explains the Minelab Equinox’s ground breaking technology and how it can help you to find treasure. Topics include: Customizing the Equinox for your Conditions and Targets Sought. “Multi IQ” and High Gain Detector Operating Characteristics. Understanding and Applying the Equinox’s Features. Audio, Meter and Coil Control “Skill Building.” Beach, Shallow Water and “In-Iron” Skill Building with the Equinox. The Equinox as a Gold Jewelry-Hunting Machine. “Reverse” Hunting with the Equinox. Bottlecaps and Other Problem Targets. …and much more… (111 Pages, Softbound, $16.95) Ordering and Reviews: http://clivesgoldpage.com/
  14. Advanced Shallow Water Metal Detecting: Tips, Tricks and Methods Clive James Clynick is the author of 12 previous detecting “how-to” books and numerous articles. In this, his most advanced book to date, Mr. Clynick instructs the reader on how to become a more versatile and effective shoreline treasure hunter. Topics include: Equipment Handling: “Suiting Up and Showing Up” Assessing Shoreline Grades VLF and Pulse Induction Methods and Applications “Harnessing Pulsepower” Rough and Deep Water Hunting Skills "Systematic” Hunt Methods Understanding Shoreline Classification and Exchange Assessing and Detecting Old Sites Combining Tools, Skills and Methods and much more (8.5 X 5.5 softbound, 115 pages, $16.95
  15. Well said, Steve. He was very central to Fisher--the "point man" if you will. I just thought that merited an announcement. Kind Regards clive
  16. Surprised to hear that Felix is no longer with FT. I've known Felix for 40 years + a great source of information I will miss his accurate and detailed approach to his work. The FT detectors have always been very solid and thanks in part to Felix they do back them up with great service. Wishing him well in nis new endevours. cjc
  17. Don't get me wrong--Im as excited about this detector as the next person. But I also need reliabilty. No amount of hype can sell me a machine that is not reliable. cjc
  18. Cancun--a bit lawless for my tastes these days--probably okay though. Its true, Minelab have been inovators and the R&D has paid off but I have to say that with the NOX (a machine I've had good sucess with) M/L's smuggness surrounding the leaks has put me off them as an organization. (I'm on my fourth brain--the last of which I've had to buy). If success translates into a lack of humility--I'll take mediocre. This whole "only .4% leak" line is horseshit--my experence alone negates it. Same with the CTX--even after the bulkhead was changed, I can't run this machine with a lilthium cell as I've just thrown so many away--at $200 a pop. These guys acted as if they were doing me a huge favor by standing behind their $3000 product. And as you said--"me of all people"--studying these products and trying to teach others these specific types of equipment handling tricks and safety measures. How many of my (otherwise well planned) trips have these two detectors ruined? Quite a few . I also disliked this whole "army of yes-men" enviroment that surrounded the NOX when it came out. I've seen the face of a new hunter who has come out from his first water hunt to see a screen full of water. Also even with all the implicit advertising and promotion I've contributed by teaching others how to get the most from their products (and avoid needless warantee repars) this organization has always treated me like a "prevailing wind" --selecting guys with a few year's experience over me to be brand ambassadors. (Not that I care to be one at this point). It's my job to "call em like I see em"--maybe that's why. It's funny--my competitor promotes that his books are "factory authorized" --I promote that mine arent...I write about the whole detector--good and bad--turns out thats what you end up dealing with in the field, hmmm? My readers expect more from me than "ra, ra." It's also why I hang out here--Im not the only one who tells it like it is. I'll spit out one more saying: "better to have questions to which there arn't any answers than answers to which there aren't any questons." Regards clive
  19. Certainly sounds like a good machine but nobody rides on their laurels in my world... This whole "if I know Minelab" line of reasoning does not take me very far. It''s like the guy who says he is having converstations with bigfoot (speaking of beasts): "extrordinary claims require extrordinary proof." cjc
  20. Successful Treasure Hunting with theNokta / Makro Anfibio Multi Readers write... “Very good book, loaded with useful information and tips. Learnedall about how to operate a high gain machine. Would recommend it and at a reasonable price.” RC “Excellent book and a lot of work went into this. For those really wanting to progress…written by an expert.” Henk Nel, SA “I had it backwards; I was missing things because they got lost in the high gain noise. The more difficult the site, the more important it is to find an efficient signal balance. cjc’s book helped a lot for me.” JCL I just bought this and used it to set up my Anfibio Multi. I gained depth and it helped with false iron signals. Well worth the money. JK “Any Anfibio owner who hasn’t got this book is missing out. Full of concise usable information. A must have.” GT “Very good book with a wealth of information for the beginner to the experienced.” RRC “Received your book–amazing! You did much research on how the Anfibio works in various conditions and settings. Real interesting! Thank you for all your hard work.” PG Successful Treasure Hunting with theNokta / Makro Anfibio Multi Clive James Clynick is the author of some 25 detecting “how-to” books and numerous articles. In this detailed and informative book he shares his 40 years of experience and instructs you on how to become a more accurate and successful treasure hunter with the Notka / Makro Anfibio Multi detector. Topics include: Getting the Most from the Anfibio’s Selectable Frequencies High Gain Power Basics Dense Iron Methods: Recognizing False Signals. Coil Control Skills and Methods. Deep Silver Coin Hunting. High Power Signal Balancing for Depth and Accuracy. Mode Change Methods. Anfibio Gold Jewelry Hunting Tips and Methods. …and much more… 110 pgs, Softbound, 8.5 X 5.5 $ 16.95 Ordering and Reviews: http://clivesgoldpage.com/
  21. A Few Notes on the Nokta / Makro Legend by Clive James Clynick The first thing I noticed about the Legend was it’s processing. Like the Anfibio—this processing makes for super clean audio in iron or dense trash. With the Legend however, this processing is fast and detailed enough to mediate multiple frequencies at once. This means that both the audio and meter information is more accurate as these frequencies cross confirm. As with any multi frequenciy machine, these frequencies examine the ground in different ways—making detection very thorough and deep. The Legend’s processing does two things: 1/ I immediately noticed how well this machine “pulls” up responses in dense trash or iron. Particularly in the multi-tone modes (6 and 60) these signals are reported very cleanly. 2/ This accurate processing reports the quality of responses well. What I mean by this is that targets that are rusted, made of diverse alloys or odd shaped such as “can slaw” sound rough whereas something made of fewer metals or a round object will give a cleaner, more solid tone. This is a great operationg characeristic–especially for beginners–helping you to focus on good qualtiy signals. Also, weak conductors such as thin foils sound weak—that is, they don’t sound more solid than they are. This is especially important when searching for small gold. This strong multi-frequency processing also means that simple target testing is very effective. So when you want to know what size or shape a target is—or how consistent it is—tests like using varied sweep speeds and directions will give you a lot of audio and meter information. Also, where you see big meter jumps—these are highly meaningful—indicating a poor quality signal or something odd-shaped. Pinpoint mode also gives good information on whether something has the sharp, narrow tone of a non-ferrous target—or the wide, drawn-out tone of iron. This effectiveness comes from the Legend’s high “resolution”–that is—the accurate processing of the multiple frequencies gives a lot of detail on what is under the coil. This is also a detector with a lot of fidelity. You have the option of running multi frequency—or any of the single ones to bring up specific target ranges and examine the ground from a number of standpoints. The machine can be run fast or slow with high or low Iron Bias. This adjustable iron filtering is by far the most important feature of the v. 1.09 upgrade. What this means is that in dense junk or iron you have the choice of trying to speed up and bring up the “cleanest” responses–or to slow down and use the Legend’s processing to saturate what’s under the coil more and bring up tones one what you are looking for. These types of settings examine the ground in very specific ways letting you return to heavily worked prime ground with never before tried search methods. There are some remarkable videos out of the Legend’s low bias settings “seeing through” multiple spikes to bring up a tone on silver—as if the iron was not even there. I’ve also had to opportunity to run the Legend at a tough, high-saline ocean beach. It performed well and even had great audio in nail infested sections—giving longer tones on non-ferrous targets that were mixed in. This audio processing was so accurate that the Legend even distinguished stainless steel from iron. The Legends clean, sharp audio and tone menu choices are great tools to help at these tough sites. The v. 1.09 upgrade offers new audio preference choices including VCO (Pitch Audio), and Boost. These are some of the great performance characteristics that I’ve noticed about the Legend in my first season of hunting with it. I highly recommend this great detector for hunters at any level of the hobby. Good Luck Detecting, clive
  22. caps force you to learn a bit more theory. Most caps are more like the ground than a good target and can be recognised by this feature. use your cross sweep and look for the "wild" response. Also try combining this technique with 60 Tone audio. See illustration below from my book. cjc
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