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  1. My GPZ didn’t have too many issues with my .40 but it is just under my ribs, higher than a drop leg or typical belt holster. Heavy gun and I’ve only had to fire it once to warn a target shooter that I was down range. Sometimes I leave it at home but if it’s bear or wolf country I take it. Honestly a .22 or .38 would do just as well since it’s mostly to scare, not kill. Regular cleaning is important. My last outing I probably collected a few ounces of dirt and mud in my gun since I was bushwhacking and we had some downpours.
  2. Yes, tracking. Having to manually adjust it is fine for some users but both manual and tracking options have strengths depending on the situation.
  3. 8-10 hr battery life auto GB with ability to momentarily lock for small target recovery multi period or similar operation for various sensitivity to different size targets extremely stout connections
  4. I agree completely. I’m not an engineer (never was), just a hobbyist now. I might be competitive with them in arm wrestling or a foot race though. ”Trust me bro, it’s a cracking detector” should have been enough to ink a deal on the QED. I know it’s selling by the tens of thousands right now and this singular decision would have saved the company. Having that decision back I should have flown to Oz for a very specific demonstration where I had no control over the conditions, spending triple what simply purchasing the detector would have cost. All I can do now is use my tears to wash all the gold I’ve found stateside with my Minelabs. Sarcastic banter aside, you can’t pin White’s situation down to any one thing. Steve made a great point about the responsibility of owners to steer the ship. There are also market changes, demographic shifts, and worldwide events happening. New companies have quickly gained ground on established ones. Lots of factors, some that we probably don’t even recognize. It is sad, but everything has its time. You. Me. Countries, businesses, religions. Nothing lasts forever. Except gold.
  5. The negotiations were as follows more or less: QED creator: “this is a great gold detector you’d better jump onboard” Me: we would like to buy one to check it out, we’ll cover shipping as well. QED: “Sorry mate we are back ordered and also it’s hard to post stuff to the US. We need an agreement now.” Me: we can buy one right now, just let me know how much. Or fly you out to SH for a demo and pay for your ticket QED: “so let’s talk royalties” Me: we need to check out the performance of the detector and see how it stacks up to the GPX first. QED: “trust us mate it’s a great detector, come down to oz for an optimized demonstration in a specific location and we can sign an agreement, thinking 40-50% would be right” Me: let me know when we can buy one and I can test it in a few locations in the US, I’ll gladly sign an NDA. QED: ***crickets***
  6. There are quite a few challenges faced by an American detector company right now, some of which I got to see in great detail being in charge of product development at White's (and lots that I will keep under my hat out of respect to an NDA). But the obvious ones related to manufacturing and development are: Increased US labor costs versus other countries where detectors are built Increased part and shipping costs Distribution networks based on 20th century ways of doing business Decreased ROI on research and development Any American company that cannot answer these challenges will struggle to survive in what has become a crowded niche industry. Saying "but we've always done things this way" is a great epitaph. Taking too long to release a product (looking at you FTP) or making products that only target a slice of the tiny niche market (Tesoro's analog undoing) are both shortcuts to "retiring" a company. Garrett has been lucky to ride on the fumes of their marketing efforts while developing an also-ran product that follows on the heels of entry-level Minelab and Nokta/Makro (Makta? Nokro?) products. There are also some general hobby-related issues that are putting the squeeze on the industry worldwide: Decreased access to detecting areas Decreased finds due to target depletion Increasing regulations A customer base that's aging out without replacement The above adds up to less people detecting each year. YouTube videos will have you believe otherwise, but in the real world the hobby is dying a slow death of attrition, and guys who are getting too old to swing a detector. So how will a manufacturer address these issues and stay in business? By making the hobby accessible to younger newcomers. By investing in marketing and market research. By building a product lineup that includes affordable, mass-produced, simple detectors as well as advanced, high-margin, bleeding edge flagships that appeal to hobby veterans (we call this "product mix" in business). The industry and hobby will likely continue to slowly shrink, and it will take tens of millions of dollars invested in engineering projects and marketing for businesses to stay solvent as the pie gets smaller every year. So you damn well better have enough profit to make that happen, or have an investor with deep pockets and a flair for risk-taking who is willing to take those long odds of success. If a company has neither, the only rational decision is to call it and go fishing. But for the ones that can solve these problems, they will be able to gobble up pieces of the pie that are left on table by companies that cannot adapt. The three years I worked at White's were absolutely incredible. It introduced me to a new hobby, amazing people, and experiences I would not have had if I hadn't taken a risk on a career switch in 2016. It's sad that White's is closing its doors, and my heart goes out to all of the wonderful people I worked with in Sweet Home.
  7. That would be great. I’ve been researching a few areas between Canyon City and Baker City that you might be interested in as well. I sold my GPZ when I realized I wouldn’t be detecting as much as I’d like but when I’m in the market for a new one you’ll be my first call Gerry. Luckily it found enough gold when I had it to where it’ll be an easy time convincing the wife.
  8. Yes I can’t wait wait till my kids are old enough to enjoy digging. My wife is not a fan of camping or detecting so I’m hoping at least one of the kids will be into that stuff. But they may not have a choice.
  9. I think the 24k would have found these just as easy or maybe even easier, but I really like having one machine that can do it all. The market is getting more and more competitive and it’ll be interesting to see what comes from Fisher and White’s to meet those challenges. It was great working for White’s and I wish them the best. Right now I’m waiting for a discriminating ZVT... but with two toddlers I can afford to wait. Most of you guys will be in retirement homes then, so more gold for me 😋
  10. After being sequestered with too much audio production work I was itching for a rare excursion to the goldfields of Southern Oregon. When I used to work in the metal detector industry it was great to have these outings be a part of my work, testing new machines or shooting videos. But it left little time for actual detecting and learning some basic geology. I am still dumber than most on both fronts! I bought a GPZ and it found enough gold to just about pay itself off, but later sold it to a friend when I realized that with two young kids my outings would be separated by months, not weeks. Better for it to be used every weekend by a real miner! So I bought an Equinox 800 since I would be relegated more to dirty diapers than dirty fingernails. But could it find gold? Pictured above is 1.6 grams of hard-earned Oregon gold (with the ubiquitous .22 shell casing for scale) out of a hydraulic mine. But you’ll notice the fluffy, pocket-gold nature of it. All I can say is there is a lot of interesting geology down there. And the old timers knew how to move dirt! Since I’m a hobbyist now the gold is nice but I also take the time to enjoy the view (and some Spam for breakfast). No bears around camp but we did see a nice sow on one of the spur roads deep in the woods. I was hunting side by side with my friend, who was swinging the GPZ. He found 3 small pieces also but I beat him on weight. Lucky this time. I will say that the hot rocks and extreme soil changes were difficult, but I knew that would be the case with a VLF. Thankfully a lot of the hot rocks were volcanic so a little “boot discrimination” helped along with a selective notch and adjusting the recovery speed up when things got too noisy. The smaller piece I would not have found with these settings as the VDI rang up same as one of those little red and black hot rocks, but had a nice subtle zip that helped me separate it out from about five hot rocks in a one foot square area. That nugget comes in at about 4 grains and the GPZ couldn’t hit it even on the surface since it was so porous and has some host rock still attached. I am torn on using the Nox in all metal or with some disc and found myself switching back and forth, going over the same ground twice. This gold was found in ground that has been detected many times by experienced hunters and took a careful ear (and often equally careful recovery since it was in clay). All gold found with the 6” coil.
  11. Sadly I have the found the best option for this is to leave my fem at home. This came after suggesting that she could nag the rocks instead of me as they'd be more sympathetic listeners.
  12. This is key. Some of the areas I'm keen on are not on maps, or there is little more written about them than "hydraulic mining operation, unknown production." They are well outside the "gold belt" where I'm used to going. Maybe it was difficult to get supplies there, or the men moved on to easier diggings. Definitely worth a gander.
  13. Morning all. It's been an interesting few years for me with a change of jobs and two new family additions. After "scratching the itch" HARD last year I realized that with two young kids it's best to cool off on spending days and weeks in the bush away from the family. I still go on trips and find gold, it's just become more special and less of an every month deal. Which makes research extra-important! In reading up on specific gold districts in certain areas, there are two main categories: High-producing, well-known districts that have been worked from about the 1850's to 1930's, with current claims for hobbyists or small-time mining operations. These are concentrated in areas with a larger area of interesting geology. Lower producing small districts that are scattered well-away from the above larger areas that were worked from the 1850's to late 1890's and are not popular today. These are spread out, sometimes 50+ miles away from well-known districts, and feature "anomalous geology" such as a narrow sliver of surface greenstone and quartz veins surrounded by newer volcanic formations. In the past I have concentrated on well-known districts (#1) as many old timers have told me "go where the gold is." It makes sense to me - if there was a lot of gold in an area and recovery was not good, there is a bigger chance of finding some small crumbs missed by others. However these areas are well-known to all and detected by many. So I try to focus on fringe areas in these districts that are harder for people to get to. It's "low risk, low reward," and I realize now, potentially the wrong tactic in today's world where it's getting harder to find nice chunks. My thinking on hitting some of the smaller, scattered areas (#2) is that with less modern attention, even if there was less gold recovered, there may be more overall gold left behind by old timers. Simple target depletion - work stopped over 100 years ago, and these areas have been left alone since then, leaving more potentially good targets to find. I'm curious what you think about following the path less-travelled to some of the smaller, less-popular districts.
  14. Schist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schist
  15. I used mine in Oregon rain off and on for over a year.
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