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Monte last won the day on September 26 2016

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    Clyde, Texas, USA
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    Relic Hunting, Coin & Jewelry Hunting, and of course Research since March of 1965.
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    Garrett Apex (3); Nokta FORS CoRe & FORS Relic; XP ORX; Tesoro Bandido II µMAX & Silver Sabre µMAX

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  1. Congratulations, kac, on another successful hunt. As you know, I have 3 Apex devices sporting different coils, and my primary-use Apex w/'Ripper' coil continues to impress me with a combination of comfort, long operating battery 'run-time', and impressive performance afield. Nico depth, great recovery time, and very responsive to small, thin, 'tricky' targets. I continue to praise the Apex for all it offers and the performance it provides, making it a terrific mid-priced model that can compete well with many more spendy devices. I think some of the introduction period had negative replies by some folks who were bias toward a different brand, some who didn't give the Apex enough time in use to learn and know it, and I also know a few who simply flashed out some comments they had heard or read and never saw or laid their hands on an Apex at all. Monte
  2. I have not tried a 'Reaper' coil yet, and not sure if the hunting sites I frequent would be a practical choice for it. The 'Ripper' coil is my most used coil on the Apex. I am sure the 'Reaper' might be light weight compared to a lot of over-size coils out there, and I am also sure a younger and healthier person can handle it for longer periods. I DO have the 'Raider' coil and keep it mounted on my 2nd Apex for open areas with limited trash / target. I enjoy it, but I can't hunt with it as long as I'd liked to. Most of that is due to my age and terrible health and impaired mobility. Wish I was young and healthy again because the coil works quite well. The 'Raider' handles the chores when I work a smaller section of a plowed field or other open areas, and then when I get into 'stuff' the 'Ripper' takes over. If I was able to hunt some of those big pastures and farm fields we see in the video, I know a 'Reaper' would be in my arsenal. VIDEO NOTE AND GARRETT RECOGNITION: In their initial videos with the Apex introduction, the engineer stated the Apex doesn't have Ace series connection, and I have said from the get-go that it never should have had the 'Ace' label tagged to it. It was totally different. In the above video, at about 1:14, they state the coils now offered for their THREE SERIES of detectors ... Apex, AT and Ace. I wish they would get rid of the 'Ace' on the detector and the box and recognize the Apex IS a different series of detector. Monte
  3. I bought a new GTI-2500 in 2001, only used the big imaging coil a short while then swopped to the small coil for trashier areas. A t the end of a two or three long days I didn't like the weight or balance or performance. All Metal mode, as you noted, worked fine, but the Disc. mode left a lot to be desired. I never owned a garret model with the 2-Box attachment because I had tried a coupler of them at a dealer's test area and compared them with a couple of others from Fisher and White's. It's a neat design concept, but the performance wasn't there. I also favored the TM-808 from White's and had one of those for a while. Shortly after that few days I didn't have a broken heart when I parted with the GTI-2500. I agree, I think it would be good for Garrett to make theTM-808 under any label they want, and just discontinue the GTI-2500 and it's 2-box device. Monte
  4. I own and regularly use 3 Apex devices and have a 4th as a loaner-unit for friends and family. My original Apex just after release, Ver. 1.23, nd shortly after got a 2nd Apex, Ver. 1.25. The first one had some noisy behavior with the Viper coil and I tracked it down to an issue with the connector at the control box and something going on inside. I called Garrett, sent it in, and it was quickly taken care of and returned. Problems solved. All four Apex units have the 1.28 Ver. update. All four are 'saved' with my turn-on settings of 'Custom' program that accepts '20' on up. Sensitivity at maximum, Volume '8', Iron Volume '2' and in MF. Then once I get started, GB and begin hunting I will reduce the Sensitivity if needed for EMI, or I will opt for a Single Frequency. Usually it is the default 15 kHz and sometimes I use 10 kHz to help deal with EMI. I hunt some wooded areas, in and around a lot of dense, thick brush in ghost towns or other old-use and out-of-the-way places, and hit renovation work, homesteads, and work around building rubble. Quite a few sites also have some rocks to work around. I pamper my equipment and do my best not to 'knock' the coil into solid objects, but we all now that happens from time-to-time. Since the first unit was taken care of, I have not experienced any 'knock-noise' from normal hunting coil contacts. Also, using the stock 'Viper' coil as well as the 'Ripper' and 'Raider' and NEL 5" Sharp DD coils I am not having any stability issues and the Apex runs a lot quieter and smoother than several other detectors I currently own or have in the past year. And I get very impressive battery run-time with the Apex. I also have 4 pair of MS-3 headphones, one for each Apex, and 3 AT Pro-Pointer AT's, one for each of my three personal units. Each is assigned to and paired with the Apex, and I haven't had any problems with the Apex / MS-3 / AT Pro-Pointer unpairing when I am out hunting. I only have one 'problem' when it comes to the Apex series, and that is I really would like to have Garrett make a smaller-size coil for it, especially something like their 4½" Concentric coil. I'd get two of them right away, to mount one full-time, and a spare for back-up to keep in my Accessory Coil Tote. Oh, I have one other problem nd have sisnce the Apex was firs mentioned and introduced, and that is they assigned it as an 'Ace' series model. I NEVER state that it is because it absolutely is NOT an Ace. Not in design or performance. Totally different. That, to me, was one bad marketing move. Otherwise, I feel it is a fantastic mid-priced detector that works well for general-purpose use, and can do quite well in some bad iron contaminated places, too. Monte
  5. 'Lightning' isn't a bad name, and 'Thunder' might be fitting for a coil, or perhaps 'Flash' or 'Streak'. I just home they don't forget to include a 'Bolt' in the box to mount the coil. That could create some 'Rumbling' if they fall short of what is expected. Seriously, I look forward to more competition in the upper-end of the market of SMF's, and perhaps down-the-road they might offer a mid-priced version to compete with that segment of the market. Also realize that not everyone wants or needs a waterproof detector and a good land-based unit would appeal to many, and could be produced for less $$$. Monte
  6. Jeff, I also appreciate your time and effort on the videos. I don't have a camera, but my youngest son Bryan, hitting 40 next week, has a few and when I get with him next I plan to make a few videos to post. Jeff and Steve: Please e-mail me at monte@ahrps.org to keep it private and send me your mailing addresses. I want to send you each something that I've sent to Nokta / Makro, White's and Garrett before. Yes, search coil size, shape and type can all make a difference, but it really is important for them to be attached to a detector that works well with them to bring out their performance. I agree, Steve, but way too many people tinker around with settings after turning them On and before reading their manual. Besides, the Apex, out-of-the-box when brand new 'turns-On' in 15 kHz. I don't doubt that most Apex buyers tend to immediately select the 'MF' function just because they think Simultaneous Multi-Frequency is the only way to go .... and it isn't ... but few use the Selectable Single-Frequency option and never experience an 'as-new', 'as-shipped' default turn-On operating frequency. I'll give the Equinox the nod for doing well for a detector that retails for about twice-the-price and does feature more adjustment functions. But so far, hunting a lot of iron debris filled sites and using my Custom settings of accepting '20' on up for VDI's, Volume '8' and Iron Volume '2' and using the 'Ripper' 5X8 DD most of the time, I find this mid-priced Apex set-up to work quite well. Monte
  7. Cipher, I have to agree with you about the size & weight & balance 'concept' many have. After White's 'downsized' their earlier bigger blue box and first few black box models to the 'SL' or "Slim-Line" housing used with the XLT, it made a lot of difference and improvement in the weight and balance. I parted with my bulkier 5900 Di in June of '94 when I got an XLT and absolutely loved the much better feel. They retained that physical package for the 6000 Pro XL / XL Pro and MXT / MXT Pro, and used that housing on the 'S' rod for the Classic ID and IDX Pro, etc. I sold a friend of mine an M6 many years go after it came out, and today he also uses a modified IDX Pro and V3i, complemented by his MX Sport. Never heard him complain about the balance of them. I have other friends who still have their XLT's , XL Pro's, MXT's and enjoy them a lot and don't complain. One of the reasons is the rear-positioned battery packs and headphone jack, where they ought to be. And most of my avid detecting friends are aged from about 50 to 80 and, unless they have some limiting health issues as I do, they speak highly of those White's detectors. Both for their performance, but also about their good balance. I have two Tesoro microMAX units that are known to be light weight and easy-to-handle. Two Nokta FORS devices that are also well-balanced detectors. And I use three of the Garrett Apex units, each with a different coil, because they are very light, comfortable, and also work quite well. Due to my age and physical impairments, getting around with a cane since March of '93, I need to have and use the lightest and best-balanced detectors I can. One model I could have kept in my Detector Team was a White's MX-7 and I miss it for some uses and wish Garrett would bring that land-based detector back under their name. White's had a umber of problems, really for the last couple of decades, that continued to build and add to their demise. Detector model circuitry and physical design was a small part of it. I had more search coil failures that called for repair or replacement than I have had from all other manufacturers combined in over 56 years of detecting. Another issue was they kept their high-priced approach to most models while the competitors were reducing the MSRP of what they had, and that made most White's models a 'high-priced' option here in the USA. For quite a while I could see the end in sight for White's, but I am pleased Garrett acquired the needed 'smart part' of White's and not the whole factory and a lot of dated manufacturing machines, etc. Very pleased to see they brought out the Garrett GM 24K, and I hope / wish they would fit the MX-7 into their land-based product line. Pinpointers? The TRX was okay and a lot of folks like it, but I also know a lot who do not care for it because many had difficulty making the setting adjustments, or accidently they were easily messed up. The same goes for the Fisher & Teknetics Pulse PP's. Me? I have 3 Garrett AP Pro-Pointers, assigning one to each Apex because they each have their own MS-3 Headphones and AT Pin-Pointer, and are paired so I head them in the headphones. When I grab a Nokta or Tesoro model, I use the Nokta / Makro Pulse-Dive Pinpointer which works great and is almost impossible to accidently mess up a setting. Garrett 'Rumors' are always interesting to read, like other brands, but what I see is actual 'happenings' going on and Garrett Metal Detectors doesn't need any 'rumor control' as they continue to progress and market products well. Just my opinions. Monte
  8. Good comments, Steve, and just how I had been viewing White's for the past couple of decades. Their XLT was better than the DFX and what followed. The 6000 Pro Xl, renamed XL Pro, was also a very decent performer, as was the improved MXT Pro. Those three performed wall, but were overpriced against the competition a decade ago, and that continued to get worse as many competitors brought out smaller-size units at more competitive lower prices. The Classic ID and IDX pro were also good detectors, but White's would have 'modified' them in-house and provided a more versatile model nd also promote them better, but they didn't. Their marketing was terrible. They did have a few good detectors as their headed towards closing the doors, and those were the MX Sport once they fixed all the bugs it had. Then an even better move by taking that now functional circuitry and putting it in the land-based MX-7 to offer more adjustable features at a more competitive price than their still-offered MXT Pro. Then they used the MX-7 package and made the 24K just before folding up. I was pleased to see Garrett bring out the 24K, and I can see them also offering the MX Sport and especially the MX-7. It would offer some mode and adjustment differences from a comparable priced Apex, just to give consumers a decision option. I'm sure Garrett is in the game for the long-run, to be sure. FTP? You have to wonder. Monte
  9. GB_Amateur, a good 2-pa report. Looks like you had some success, but the more I read about a lot of the finds made in NE USA, the more I am thankful for all the old yards and old ghost towns and other early-era places I have enjoyed 'Out West'. Often I would find more Seated Liberty and early-date Barbers, 2¢, 3¢ and vintage 5¢ coins by percentage of my finds than a lot of what I see made on the Eastern side. Odds are many places 'Back East' experienced a lot of growth that ruined the opportunity to find good stuff. As you know, not everyone makes some of those old coin finds in some of our western ghost towns, but when made, they are often definite keepers. However, access to old private property is often one of the better opportunities we have. I wish you the best on future trips farther from home ... both to the East and to the West. Monte
  10. Very true about competition, but it's been that way since the start have this great hobby. But I believe it's even more true how quickly people can become discouraged today than back in the '70s or '80s because we have far fewer good targets that are easily located compared to then. And we also have a greater abundance of discarded trash, such as more foil and pull-tabs and pry-tabs then what we used to encounter. However, when I look at various Forums, I still see a lot of good, early-dated coins being found from all over. I think 'location' is still part of the requirement, and once a potential location is found, the next ingredient is having the best detector and coil for the task. Stir in a bit of patience and our success increases. Monte PS: kac you have beer approved elsewhere and we are awaiting your arrival.
  11. In my outfit I have my favorites for the different sites I hunt, and when possible I keep a white-colored coil mounted; Garrett Apex w/Black 'Ripper' DD Garrett Apex w/Black Raider' DD Nokta FORS CoRe w/White [i]'OO DDR[/i] D Nokta FORS Relic w/White 5" DD Tesoro Bandido II µMAX w/White 6" Concentric Tesoro Silver Sabre µMAX w/White 6" Concentric XP [i]ORX[/i] w/White 5X9½ DD Monte
  12. I plan to get the GM 24K, and I'm sure Garrett has done a fine job with this reintroduction, however I personally would like to have the tan version White's brought it out with. I also would like to find the 6" Concentric coil and hope that Garrett offers that or designs a comparable performing Concentric for it. I have no desire for the waterproof model because I'll just be doing all my work on land. Monte
  13. You have received a lot of good replies and suggestions from folks with experience, and if I may I'll add mine. Over 56 years of devoted detecting, and early-on it was primarily urban Coin Hunting because that's what most of the hobby trend was aimed at. There was occasional trashy conditions, but seldom like we face today. In May of '69 I went Relic Hunting to my first ghost town, and I continued to hunt iron infested old townsites off-and-off until July of '83, but until then 85% of my detecting was in typical urban sites like parks, schools, easements, and so forth. In Juley of '83 we got a very good detector for Relic Hunting those old, out-of-the-way locations with dens brush and ample ferrous debris and I switched up to 85% of my time spent Relic Hunting. For bet success in the very littered sistes you need the following: • Ample patience • Good search coil control and coverage by using slow and methodical sweeps • Use of a well-designed detector with circuitry to handle the good and bad targets with unmasking capability • Selection of the best search coils to work in, and fit in, all the brush and rubble and assorted targets. A od detector with a bad or wrong coil isn't going to be in your favor, not is a good, efficient search coil if it attached to a detector that simply doesn't perform well in very challenging conditions. Also, be aware tht some detectors were designed with and for a Concentric coil or for Double-D coils and often will not work very well with the other type of coil For example, in my personal Detector Outfit I have two Tesoro models that each keep a 6" Concentric coil mounted full-time. They do not work nearly as well with a DD design. On the other hand, my Nokta CoRe and Relic devices have their smaller DD coils mounted, and my XP ORX has the mid-size 5X9½ DD attached. My three Garrett Apex units also have different DD coils attached because, at the present, they do not make a Concentric coil for that model. I wish they did as I would like their 4½" Concentric coil available for one of the units. Of the detectors listed in your 'signature' the only one I would care to own is the Garrett AT MAX. If I had that model I would also own 3 search coils to cover my needs. The 8½X11 DD for more open areas with sparse targets, such as a beach or plowed field. The 'standard' coil I would keep mounted for general-purpose hunting is the 'Ripper' 5X8 DD, which is a very enjoyable coil to use. I have only borrowed an AT MAX a couple of times, nd other than the 5X8 DD or routine use, I liked the 4½" Concentric coil, the "hockey puck" as some call it, because it worked very well in most of the terribly iron littered places. I wish the coil was a thinner, better-looking design, but it works well and would be the coil I would choose for the toughest places that is smaller than a 5X8 DD. Just my opinions from prior use. Monte
  14. That's right, my hardly-used 'back-up' with both the Standard 11" DD as well as the SP24 5X9½ DD coils. Also, the wireless 'Green' headphones for it. This one spent most of its time on the wall in my den and has been used, perhaps, 1 hour hunting a local park. Looks perfect and works perfect. Has the 2,77 update. • Simplex + • standard 11" DD coil • SP24 5X9½ DD coil • 'Green' Wireless Headphones • includes Delivery in the Lower 48 US states. only ... $300 Cash or US Postal Money Order Will accept a brand new Pulse-Dive Pinpointer as a partial trade. Just e-mail me at: monte@ahrps.org .. or to .. monte@stinkwaterwells.com
  15. New-in-the-Box NEL Super-Fly for a Teknetics T2 series model, $135 and that includes shipping. Gently used 5" DD for Teknetics 'Greek' series and Fisher F22 to F44 models and other models that share coils. $75 includes shipping. "Shipping Included" is to the 48 contiguous states. E-mail me at: monte@ahrps.org .. or to .. monte@stinkwaterwells.com I accept Cash or US Postal Money Order. Monte
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