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  1. Steve, I agree on both of these points. As soon as the MX-5 was introduced I snapped one up quickly, attached the 6½" Concentric coil, and took it out Coin & Jewelry Hunting. At the time I was using my MXT Pro as my primary detector and had an M-6 for tote-around urban hunting. I liked the feel and balance and performance of the MX-5 so much that it became my main-use tool for that task and I sold the M-6. I wish it would have had a Tracking or Track-Lock function, but most of all I didn't like the side-positioned headphone jack on the control housing. When they fixed all the gli
  2. It's a continuation of good news. The first was when White's brought out the MX-7 to provide consumers with a land-based MX-Sport, in a lighter-weight package and especially with the rear-positioned ¼" Headphone Jack.👍 Then they used that very good physical package to bring us the 24K, and personally I was fond of the Bengal Orange MX-7 and also the desert-tan color of the 24K. Of everything they acquired from White's, the 24K and then the MX-7 would be the two models I would think they could concentrate on, especially the 24K to have a very good higher-frequency dedicated Gold Nugget
  3. My Tesoro Bandido II µMAX and Silver Sabre µMAX and Nokta FORS Relic are not 'updateable' and they work just fine. As you mentioned, a lot of detectors, today or in the past, were not update worth. However, keep in mind that a consumer does not HAVE to do the updates' either. In this case, all four of my Apex devices (the three I use and the one I keep on-hand as a 'loaner-unit') worked just fine before the update and continue to. But manufacturers didn't / don't always get things right in the first place. A lot of the detectors we have had were analog circuitry and were not easily up
  4. Many, many hobbyists can have a difficult time distinguishing ferrous targets from non-ferrous. Part of that is due to the particular shape of the ferrous object, how man shaped the alloyed object into something that enhances conductivity, such as those blasted crown-type Bottle Caps. You also have Iron Nails that that are not a nice-and-proper straight design and best oriented to the coil. Instead, they might be bent, positioned at an awkward angle, and the Nail 'head' is 90° to the Nail-body and all those variables can have a challenging impact on the EMF as it encounters the hidden objec
  5. I also favor smaller-size coils on most detectors, and I am sure you're going to enjoy the 'Ripper' 5X8 DD coil. I keep that attached to my most-used Apex for all my day-to-day detecting. The only detector I have that keeps a standard / larger-size coil mounted in Apex #2 that sports the 8½X11 DD 'Raider' coil or working plowed fields, wide-open grassy sites, or perhaps a beach. For the very dense debris or vegetation challenges where I want an even smaller-size coil, my 3rd Apex keeps the NEL 5" DD 'Sharp' coil at-the-ready. I would be glad to replace that with a round 4½" Concentric coil
  6. Here's a place to go in 2021 .... Our 13th WTHO, June 9th thru 13th based out of Wells, Nevada. Find a motel room now, or book at one of the two RV parks. There are at least six ghost towns a short drive from Wells that we have hunted, and every outing good finds have been made. A great bunch of people have made attendance regularly, and we get a few new participants on every outing. Past get-togethers have averaged 15 to 25 people per outing, and we spread out so as not to bunch-up and 'over-group' a site. If interested in attending, e-mail me with your name, e-mail address, Mai
  7. Welcome-to-Hunt Outings, simply referred to as a WTHO, have been held since the spring/summer of 2015. Our last, as the above link reports, was our 12th WTHO. One was held in Utah, two here in Eastern Oregon, and the remaining 9 have been held in Nevada. Unless or until we need to cough up some $$$ to gain access to a site, the WTHO's are no charge. Nothing more than getting yourself to the Outing, taking care of where you'll stay, be it a motel or an RV Park, and what you eat. They are open to anyone, and we have quite a few people who have made many to most of them. So far, Oregon
  8. The "particular kind" of detecting I do is 'multi-purpose' or 'general-purpose' in that I enjoy hunting any type of site I might encounter, be it Urban or Remote, littered or not. I like to use a detector that is versatile enough w/o being overly cluttered with unnecessary adjustment fluff. I like to use a detector that provides me with one, two or possibly three good search coil choices to handle a variety of tasks. I prefer a detector that is lighter-weight, comfortable to use, and has ample adjustment functions for my needs, can handle common Iron nail an other ferrous debris better
  9. I'm not Jeff, but I would also take the AT Max over the AT Pro. Why? The AT Max offers a Threshold-based All Metal mode and the AT Pro and Apex do not have a true All Metal mode. Also, I only had short use of a borrowed AT Max but I liked its performance over the AT Pro I compared it with. Monte
  10. On a scale of '0' to '10' I rate the Apex a solid '30.' How did I get '30' you wonder? Simple, I have three of the Apex Z-Lynk package in my personal detector outfit, so '10' X 3 = '30'. For my grab-and-go set-up to handle most day-to-day hunting locations, I keep the really nice 5X8 DD 'Ripper' coil mounted full-time on my main-use Apex. My #2 Apex I grab when I work more open, sparser-target places, such as a wide-open park, a beach, or a plowed field. That unit keeps the 'Raider' coil mounted which is their 8½X11 DD. Apex #3 is ready-to-grab when i get into tight vegetation,
  11. I have had and used both the 4" Concentric and 5" Double-D on an Omega 8000, Omega 6500, Fisher F5 and Fisher F44. They work well, but they work 'differently' based on the settings and the site environment. Of the two, if I had only one choice, it would the the 5" DD for my average hunting needs. Another coil I used most of the time on all of these models for 'general-purpose' detecting, was the 7" Concentric coil. Very good discrimination, very acceptable depth-of-detection, and it had a really nice balance and feel. Just my thoughts. Monte
  12. It isn't hard to 're-pair' the headphones from one unit to the other. However, I might be hunting with my oldest (49) and youngest (39) sons, and if I loan them an Apex, it will have the MS-3 Headphones and AT Pro-Pointer all ready-to-go for each detector. If I want to use a different coil, I just grab the unit with that col mounted and it takes but a moment to swap the headphones and Pro-Pointer as well. Then everything stays paired by the 'set' for Apex #1 w/5X8 'Ripper', Apex #2 w/8½X11 'Raider;' and Apex #3 w/5" DD 'NEL Sharp. Monte
  13. A large-than-stock coil is something I very seldom, ever, put to use. If something slightly different in size, I might consider it. I have a new NEL Super Fly I need to sell for a T2 because a fellow bought the T2+ w/5" DD specifically for gold nugget hunting. But when I tested the Super Fly here indoors against the 11" BiAxial, the Super Fly was very quiet regarding EMI. The weight and balance and feel are exceptional! But for my Apex hunting needs, a "bigger-size coil" is actually their own 8½X11 'Raider' coil. It worked well and I keep it mounted full-time on Apex #2 just to be re
  14. Both Concentric and Double-D types have their strengths and weaknesses. Just so many blasted DD's on the market that I'd enjoy having a Garrett 4½" Concentric for the Apex. Yes, the smaller DD's can do okay for jewelry and such, but so can the smaller Concentric coils. I am enjoying the Apex devices, and at times I do wish they had a Threshold-based All Metal mode, but your AT Pro doesn't have All Metal, either. Yes, the Apex has a good deal of 'Sensitivity' and performance-level engineering. Dollar-for-dollar it is a really good unit. Monte
  15. I've seen good performance with a NEL 5" 'Sharp' and 'Snake' on a couple of models, and the new Super Fly on a Tek. T2+. Due to winter and my recent / current battle with some health issues, I have only been able to check out the NEL Sharp on the Apex briefly. So far it is working OK. However, I am going to be checking it out soon in a salt water environment because I hear the Apex and some NEL coils were not working well in the Multi-Salt function. I need detectors AND coils that are fully functional. Not sure what 5" you are referring to for a Tesoro Compadre??? Do you mean the thi
  16. I borrowed an AT MAX w/4½" 'Sniper', and way back twenty years ago I had a GTI 2500 with on, and had one for a 1350. And that's the point I like to note is that the 4½" Concentric coil has been around or a long, long time or almost every model in their line-up. That's why I'd like to have one for the new APEX. Especially since it is a Concentric type design. I have / have-had the out-of-round 5" for a Nokta CoRe and Makro Racer, a 5" for a Nokta Relic and Makro Racer 2, pus the Impact, Multi-Kruzer and Anfibio Multi. A 5" on a Fisher F44, F19 and F5, as well as a slightly larger 5¾"
  17. My primary-use Garrett Apex sports the excellent 5X8 DD 'Ripper' coil that is ideal for most of the places I like to hunt, in town or rural and remote. On my 2nd Apex I keep the really functional 8½X11 DD 'Raider' coil mounted for working plowed fields, similar range-land, or wide-open / sparse-target parks and similar places. I ordered my 3rd Apex just to keep the smallest search coil mounted where it needs to fit in and around and between dense brush, rocks, building rubble, etc., etc. For now I am going to mount the new NEL 5" 'Sharp' DD coil because that is the smaller coil currently
  18. One problem is that some notching is going to cut in on some of the better targets and they won't 'pop-out' at you because a bad target is too close to a desired target and the 'blended' conductivity response can degrade the good-targets and shuffle it into a 'bad-target' notch range. Also, just this year, using a Vanquish 540 which shares the same VDI read-out as the Equinox series, I've had US 'War Nickel' with partial silver as well as older Buffalo Nickels respond solidly with a '15', and some that bounced between '10' & '11' . In both cases they were found in a more littered area wit
  19. Hey everyone, new to the forum, so please go easy on me as I ask my first stupid question of what is likely to be many.. 'Welcome' to Steve's Forums, and back into this great sport. I've blown all my "hobby budget" (or technically my wife did buying me a present). Getting the Minelab Vanquish 540 for Christmas to go do some beach hunting this summer... .. The Vanquish 540 is a very good detector. I've been enjoying this sport for over 55 years now, have a good set of detectors in my outfit, to include a V-540 Pro Pack and a 2nd V-540 is due to be delivered tomorrow. I'll keep th
  20. Congratulation of unmasking a keeper-coin. 'V' and Shield Nickers are some of my favorite finds in old-use locations, but it can be a challenge to find the better, uncontaminated places where they can come out relatively clean. Fertilize and other chemical issues in many sites can really mess up the nickel, especially due to their alloy make-up. Glad you got out, and 'Thank You' for including the detector model and settings info. Monte
  21. Don't. There's no good reason to hold the coil in the air, and doing so makes it far more susceptible to EMI problems. Just turn it on at a proper search coil height or ±2" from the ground. That can help reduce some EMI intrusion. Then work away from sources, such as an invisible dog fence, etc.
  22. I guess for some people, with certain applications and/or with mid-size to larger-size targets to go after, some of the 'aftermarket' search coils might be helpful. For me and the types of places I usually hunt, big-size coils are not the answer. Helpful at times, yes, but not when a location has too many targets, too closely spaced and at varying depths. I know we can'r simply go by a coil brand or model / size just because a similar coil worked OK on a different make & model due to different circuitry. In this case, I used to evaluate and use several Detech coils on Minelab FBS s
  23. Mike, Congrats on the jewelry finds, and just being able to get out hunting. Curious which coils you prefer on the Euro-Tek Pro and Omega 8500, at least for the sites you were hunting? I hope you'll have some opportunities an cooperating weather to get out again soon. Monte
  24. Usually. I haven't been a big fan of after-market coils because most f the hunting I've done the past 37 years ash been very ferrous-contaminated sites a good 85% of the time. For that, the better coils have been smaller-than-stock and I've noted that generally a detector maker also provides a decent-performing smaller-size coil. The big trend for a lot of after-marker coil makers was to offer larger-size coils, and they just didn't fit my needs. There was a period, however, when I was using some FBS models and evaluated a lot of the after-market coils from 4½X7 on up to 12" and larger,
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