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  1. I am really interested in the GM and I had a few questions. 1st how does it do on bedrock?That's primarily where I'd use it. 2nd I'm going to post a picture of some gold I found sniping. I really want to use a metal detector at this location. There's definitely gold there. Do you think this gold is big enough for the GM to see? And 3rd I have access to a old hydraulic mine do you think it would do ok there? My last detector was a mxt and I never did find gold with it. I'm located in Oregon
  2. Guys... Could use some expertise/advice about using the GM 1000 on the river? I know I can't really explain the conditions etc but I'll try...bear with me? First off it's winter and I have maybe 12-24" of bare ground between river and snowbank and river isn't all that low. I have no idea how deep bedrock is and not much bedrock is visible along banks, even in summer. This is also glacier gold and lots of it hasn't even thought about hitting bedrock yet. River also running pretty good, slippery bowling ball sized rocks, and drops off fairly quick. My thought was to take the Monster and just detect maybe up to 3' off the bank, in river, behind rocks, etc. I won't be able to pack in a prybar for flipping rocks but will have my # 2 shovel, pan, sluice , etc. in case I have no luck tecting? I was curious if any of you have had any luck shooting the shallows behind rocks in steady flowing water? What I really need is what kind of scoop would you use in moving water (hopefully I could improvise at home)....???? I thought maybe a small metal pan, metal coffee cup, then I thought plastic coffee container, or just hope for the best and use my shovel and dump into plastic gold pan???? Any success stories, tactics or tips on river shooting in flowing water and retrieval tools appreciated! I'm also new to nugget shooting and only have about 12 hrs on the Monster so that's why the kinda stupid questions....lol Thanks!
  3. The odd thing is some GM 1000 work great out of the box. Then others have trouble with the small coil. But then you have people like me and a few others have trouble with both coils. It would be interesting to know if Minelab has more than one plant where GM 1000 comes together. Then too if Minelab had to buy their electronics from another company that could of been substandard without knowing it. This wouldn't be the first time a top name company got the shaft unknowing what they were buying was substandard. How many of you have sent your GM 1000 in to Minelab ? Chuck
  4. I have noticed when using my monster that it really sounds off when bumping into rocks weeds and such. Especially on auto or auto plus or higher sensitivity manual. I think I have finally figure out what seems to be going on and was wondering if and one else has noticed this. Where the cord attaches to the coil there seems to have a little to much movement in the cord and when you bump something it is actually the movement of this cord that is making it sound off. I have taken some velcro and rapped around the cord so the cord can not move when the coil is bumped. Kind of stretching the cord to the shaft to minimize movement. It seems to help a lot. Anyone else notice this or is my machine defective?
  5. My apologies if this has been covered. I did some searches and did not find answers to the question. I have a GPZ with headphones (Sun Ray Pros) and would like to use these on my new Gold Monster 1000. I have tried the typical stereo conversion cable and it still did not work. By not work, I mean the sound stays on speaker. It did not work for Sun Rays or Black Widows headphones. But of course, the original GM1000 headphones *do* work. But we all know how cheesy those are. So far, the only solution I have heard involves opening up the headphones and making permanent modifications. Has anyone else been successful at this? (see my attempted conversion cable below..)
  6. Offered on Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/Docs-Essential-Rod-Kit-and-Accessories-for-Gold-Monster-1000-Metal-Detector/322903192432?hash=item4b2e87b370:g:yKoAAOSwTmtaGS5v Gold Monster 1000 Metal Detector NOT Included Doc's Essential Adjustable Rod Kit and Accessories for Minelab Gold Monster 1000 Manufactured and Distributed by Doc's Detecting Supply Henderson, Nevada No one can dispute what an amazing detector the new Minelab Gold Monster 1000 is. However, there are some design considerations that the average gold prospector may find frustrating. Included standard with the Gold Monster 1000 is a three piece screw together rod that is non adjustable. These three pieces form one rod set and in order to change coils, you have to remove one coil from the end of the rod and attach the other coil. This Minelab standard three section screw together rod can be nice for travel. However, in actual use, these three rods have a tendency to want to become unscrewed. (I recommend putting a piece of electrical tape around each screw together joint to prevent them from becoming unscrewed.) There are no tie wraps included to secure the coil cord to the rod, this can cause the detector to false when the loose wire bumps a bush. The Minelab provided plastic scoop is angular in design, and can actually get rocks caught where the scoop is molded to the handle. It is essential to have a nice rounded bowl type scoop that can work like a mini-gold pan to isolate those little nuggets. HERE'S WHAT YOU GET! Included with Doc's Essential Rod Kit and Accessories are: One (1) high quality light weight real carbon fiber upper with 7 adjustment holes so you can find the exact length to suit you. No more rods coming unscrewed from itself. Two (2) 28 inch lower fiberglass rods, one for each of the 2 coils that come standard from Minelab with your Gold Monster 1000 (detector not included). No more unscrewing the coil. Simply switch the rods with your coil already attached. 4 real VELCRO® brand tie wraps, 2 for each rod to make sure your coil cable is securely attached. 1 Heavy Duty high quality Treasure Scoop. *We use authentic Gorilla Glue® brand glue in assembling our upper rods and lower rods. Gorilla Glue expands as it dries. Accordingly you may find some excess dried glue on the rods. This is perfectly normal and does not effect the functionality of these high quality products. The excess glue will wear off with use. **Doc's Detecting Supply is a Certified Minelab® dealer.***G.M. "Doc" Lousignont, Ph.D. is one of only a handful of Minelab Certified Gold Machine Trainers in the United States. QUESTIONS? CALL Doc 1-800-477-3211
  7. I am using the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 here in Oahu. So far I have found 16 gold jewelry items. And yes, I do dig a lot of tin foil and many small pieces of other types of metal. Most of the time, I can operate in manual sensitivity level 9 or 10. In some areas, I do have to switch over to auto sensitivity + to be able to hunt. I do have high hopes for the Equinox 800 here.
  8. I've been tossing around Steve's idea of using the the GM1000 (5" coil)with the shaft adapter to drastically shorten for use pin pointing. But I know this detector is very sensitive on the small stuff and was wondering if anyone has had issues with the detector circuitry setting off the coil. I have mine on a 2.5' broomstick and don't notice much difference. But it is difficult to tell.
  9. I was delighted to discover that the 12-volt vehicle charger for the GPZ 7000 also fits the the rechargeable battery of the Gold Monster 1000...buh-bye inverter & alligator clips!
  10. I stand about 6 feet but the GM 1000 shaft is just too long. So this is what I done to make it right for me only. I first put the shaft together then put the large coil on. Then I slip the control head on and found if I put it just past the end shaft where the middle starts is just right for me. I then slip the arm rest where I wanted but this leaves the shaft hitting me when I swing my detector. I took it and cut off 5 1/2 inches. this still leaves 2 inches behind the arm rest. You can now unscrew the end shaft with arm rest from the other. You now have the control head with the coil on two parts of the shaft and the other with the arm rest. When you screw them back together you may have to adjust the arm rest a little. You will find the longest part with the head and coil is 36 inches. I buy gun cases for my metal detectors and most are 38" if not longer with three big pockets on one side. The cost runs about 79.but can get them on sale for 49-59. Be sure this will work for you before you make a cut. Chuck PS The end shaft is aluminum and you can knock the plastic plug out after you cut the shaft to put it in the other.
  11. Was thinking of picking up a more dedicated nugget detector. I am debating a Minelab Gold Monster vs one of the many Gold Bug versions? Anybody have experience with the GM 1000 to compare?
  12. OK, I would never have considered the Gold Monster as a coin detector. Micro jewelry maybe, but coin detecting? Well, in the U.K. most detecting is "dig all non-ferrous" and there is a need for sensitivity to small items because Celtic gold and cut silver coins are small targets. Still, I was quite surprised to see this posted on the Minelab Facebook page. Food for thought for owners of the GM1000.
  13. Hi All, This is my first post :) I wanted to share my experience as a novice. My daughter and I were watching a you tube Video on gold detecting and we decided that it would be a fun thing to do together. So I went and spoke to a dealer and he suggested the GM1000. There was only the one review at the time that was very positive. Four/ five months later and I have been out six times with my new GM1000 to Various locations within the golden triangle , All I had to show from it was a crap load of junk and a heap lead shots. I started seeing more reviews pop up so naturally I was reading/watching the reviews on the GM. ( a lot weren’t good) I started to doubt myself and my machine. So I decided I need to go out with someone to tell me what I am doing wrong and to see if I had wasted my money. Via Facebook I discovered someone and went out with him for the day. He restored my faith in it and I learnt to trust the detector. The other thing I learnt was how to run it in manual successfully. After the training I went out again and it finally happened . I found the yellow stuff , Not just one bit either. Now I can’t retire on the two little bits (0ne .4g and the other .2g) However God it feels bloody good ! Now I do plan on getting a PI detector at a later stage when funding permits however in the mean time I can now know that the GM can do what it was sold to me as. Good luck everyone! Rob
  14. Isn't there supposed to be an owners manual that comes with this detector besides that little "Getting Started Guide"?------How long does that rechargeable battery pack run on the GM1000 with a full charge & under "normal" hunting conditions?------How long does it take the battery pack to charge (AC plug in charger) when the battery is flat?-------Didn't see any info in that starting guide in regard to this.------I wish they would have made the shafts longer! LOL (I'm kiddin)-------I'm about 5'9" and I got plenty hanging off the back when adjusted for me.------So far, what little I have tested it, I'm really liking the detector although I haven't even had it on a hunt yet.-----If you've got any advice for me on this detector--I'm all ears!-------I've been reading up on what I can find on it.--------Thanks----------Del
  15. I let Ben use his gold monster where I knew for 100% positive we had small crystals fall of the bigger one. WARNING - foul language and MUST SEE Mlgdave
  16. I took a friend out for a couple days in central Nevada to some hard rock mines (just got back). He got his first gold specimen with a GB2 within a couple hours, several more afterward and some more really nice ones the following day. I got some nice pieces using the Gold Monster 1000. The GM100 is actually a really good machine on the dumps for picking out specimens. The very effective discrimination did a fine job of eliminating all the nails and other bits of iron trash so common in old hard rock dumps. Look for a more detailed article on using the GM 1000 to scan old hard rock dumps maybe as a treasure Talk feature or in the ICMJ magazine or both . Hard rock mines are overlooked by many prospectors and they have real potential. Its interesting that we got both pieces where the gold was quite yellow and others where it was silver rich and very much in the electrum range. The gold rich stuff tended to be more platy and the silver rich electrum was more wiry. Fun to pick this kind of thing off an old mine dump - this is a nice specimen of wiry, silver rich electrum gold - the gold comes out the back side of the specimen as well, so it goes clear through. You know the old miners didn't intend to throw this stuff away.
  17. Here is another video. Some of the same stuff you might have seen already but some different footage in there too.. Shortly after the 4 minute mark if you listen close you will hear a guy ask how it does for prospecting. Paraphrasing here, but the rep said its better then the 705 but probably not as good as the Monster. I think that is a much more complicated question to answer but interesting anyway... Another thing I couldn't quite make out but I think the rep said there was NO Multi Freq in Prospect mode. (Don't quote me on that one) I did hear in another video that each mode has a specially tuned Multi Frequency.... There is a good closeup of the new pinpointer at the end too.. I wish they would have fired it up so you could hear it but they didn't.. here it is:.
  18. My last outing everything seemed to be fighting me - weather, equipment, and deep grass. Only managed a few dinks, 14.7 grains or 0.96 gram. All found with the Gold Monster 1000 and 10" coil except the smallest, flattest one. I decided to give the 5" coil another go. I rarely use it and with the reports on coil sensitivity issues I wanted to revisit it again to see if I am imagining things. Scrubbing the ground the coil was quiet at manual sensitivity 5 and the rocks started bleeding through at 6. This was not touch sensitivity - just that having the coil on the rocks would start giving a little mineral response from them at 6. My 5" coil does not exhibit any signs of actual knock sensitivity until I run it up to manual sensitivity 9 or 10. Even then it is no worse than I experience with my Gold Racer, for instance, when cranked all the way up. I have no way to know but I suspect at least some of what is being reported as touch sensitivity is the detector popping on mineralized rocks, which can happen at fairly low sensitivity levels with the 5" coil. If a coil is fine in low mineral ground and then exhibits "touch sensitivity" in more mineralized ground this is probably the case, as true knock sensitivity should exhibit no matter what the ground mineralization is. Genuine touch sensitivity is triggered even by grass or sticks which are not detectable. Anyway, the little flat nugget, third from right, was detected with 5" coil at sensitivity setting of 5. One nice thing is that the little coil is easier to run in deep grass than the 10" coil and that's where this little guy was found. I am NOT saying that nobody is having issues with the Gold Monster touch sensitivity. My unit is like a just prior to actual production model however and I am just not seeing it. That being the case my final comment on the issue is if it is happening to you, it sure is not happening to everybody and so there should be a fix simply by replacing the coils or detector or both. However, if it is a case of running hot and eliciting responses from the ground or rocks by doing so, it will never get sorted out. I do sympathize with those having problems and hope it gets fixed via your dealer or Minelab or both. One last note. I was trying both my Gold Bug 2 with 6" coil and Gold Monster with 5" coil on some quartz specimens I have from Alaska last night. They were originally found with a Gold Bug 2 and 6" coil. My method at the time was to visually find quartz specimens and then manually rotate them over the coil. This is because some of the gold in them is so tiny that the thickness of the rock blocks the signal and so the rocks often need to be rotated just right to get a faint little gold hit. This is complicated by the need to keep my hand away from the coil since these hot detectors will pick up a person's hand because we are faintly conductive (blood saline and sweat salts). Anyway, the GB2 with 6" coil and GM1000 with 5" coil are really a match for detecting tiny gold in samples like this. The main difference is the Gold Bug 2 signal tends to fade away in a more linear fashion, whereas the Gold Monster 1000 tends to remain louder and then drop off very quickly. Click or double-click for larger photo size...
  19. So I rolled the dice and picked up a Monster even though I am well aware of the potential coil problems. I know Steve, Chris, and many others who are vastly more experienced than myself have reviewed the detector but I thought I'd document my first six hours of use here as I am more of a novice. Things I Like: Build quality - most of the photo's online make this almost look like a child's toy, fortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth and I really love the cam-lock system. Not quite as portable - or quickly deployed - as say the SDC, but I can break it down and fit it and the SDC in a 30L weekend pack. Very adaptable. Automatic ground tracking - As a fairly new prospector I love this for one reason - it eliminates the human element of error. I can use old standbys like the GB II fairly well, adjusting with my thumb as I go, and doubtless manual ground balancing is an edge under certain circumstances, but occasionally my mind wanders and needless to say I know personally I'm not getting optimal depth 100% of the time with manual ground balance. Speaker volume - love the adjustments here; I can dial it down when in the middle of nowhere or crank it when working near water (Headphones see below.) Iron/Gold Probability - I dug probably 200+ targets in six hours, the only time the discrimination was off initially was on a few square nail bits, and it pegs very strong gold on graphite hunks. All hot rocks I encountered swung to the iron probable side occasionally crossing over a little. Things I don't like: Lack of 1/4" headphone jack - I like using headphones and while I can get an adapter for the 3.5, my favorites are 1/4" and it's just one more cog in the works to bug out. Threshold - this is going to take some getting used to. I actually ran most of the time in auto+ just to get some noise. All in all I am happy - I'll probably honestly keep this as my sole gold VLF and sell off the others. It's still a new machine, but I have not experienced any of the falsing or bump issues that seem to be so prevalent here on the web. I have ZERO issues with tracking out targets - as long as you maintain a wide, slower, swing speed over the target it doesn't seem to be an issue.
  20. Having used the GM now for 2 months on the Eastern goldfields in oz I think I can give a fair assessment of its performance so far , The machine is always set up as per JP, s preffered method and in my areas the sensitivity is left in auto normal as auto plus is just a bit noisy. Auto normal allows those smaller signals to stand out without the background falsing. Some of the YouTube videos of prospectors in oz pitching the GM against the SD show the operators using the monster with full sensitivity and scrubbing the ground trying to compete on performance and understandably suffering accordingly . As has been stated on this forum don,t try and turn the detector into something it's not ,instead trust the manufacturers have designed the machine to reach its full potential in auto mode . let's face it we wouldn't, buy a new car then rip the computer out and replace it with points and distributor. The GM is a vlf machine and as such suffers the same joys and pitfalls of the family it was spawned from . luckily we can use that knowledge to trust that the charecteristics we have learnt on previous machines still hold true for the monster. This brings me to the addition of the probability meter, that on this machine is a left or right LCD bar graph that shows ferrous to the left and non ferrous to the right ( nail or gold bar ) As on any vlf we know that as the machine has to balance ground noise effectiveness of the discriminator diminishes , so operators in lightly mineralised areas can put more emphasis on the accuracy of their discriminators than those in heavily mineralised areas like those in some parts of oz. I have found recently while detecting over ground that could be described as ancient high plateau gold deposits ( cemented river sand and quartz pebbles ) that my machine could easily find and give a good clean signal on a 2 gram nugget buried at 16 centimetres ( (about 6 inches) , but the discriminator was showing always to the left on the meter telling me it was junk , only after the piece was dug up and placed on the surface and waved within a few centimetres of the nugget was it showing as gold , for those in the states that's about 1 inch . So once again use your knowledge on vlf sound identifying methods for discrimination if you have prior experience with one ,and if your a first time buyer dig everything and till you learn the art yourself. Generally good signals give a nice clean chirp while the rusty iron items give a multiple or yawn type noise . As I say dig all if uncertain . So to sum up trust the machine to run in auto the way it was designed and in Oz stay on the conservative sensitivity setting until your confident you can run it higher without falsing ,or your gridding a rich area and can put up with it. Don't trust the discrimination , if it sounds good "DIG". The rechargeable battery lasts for about 2 full days of detecting that's great for weekenders . The shaft does tend to turn loose and is the reason some just buy a wooden broom handle as a replacement , I have found in oz our wood weighs the same as the supplied shaft. some people have mentioned coil falsing when knocked , however I have found this happen only when using really high sensitivity levels or when hitting large rocks . don't put the battery in the wrong way as it would be easy to break the the catches on the battery compartment lid , Enjoy your Gold Monster and above all persevere , be realistic and above all have fun on the goldfields.
  21. This subject has been mentioned before here but it seems some people are having issues that may go beyond the "norm", whatever that is. See Bill Southern's forum at http://nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com/topic/30883-mike-c-falsing-fix/ My 5" coil starts to exhibit touch sensitivity at Manual Sensitivity level 9, becoming more pronounced at 10. I have had no issue of note with my 10" coil, which is the coil I use almost exclusively. My impression has been this touch sensitivity in the 5" coil is inherent in the High Gain/Audio Boosted design of the GM1000. For me the solution had been to either lower the Gain/Sensitivity or to just get down and dirty with coil control. See my post from May at http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/3614-understanding-the-sensitivity-control-on-the-gold-monster-1000/?do=findComment&comment=39955 as regards all this. Any experienced detectorist knows a loose coil cable near the coil can create problems, and Mike Conner has suggested affixing the coil cable on the 5" coil as firmly as possible to prevent movement in the cable, with what he reports as being good results. This has been a non-issue for me as I run the 10' coil almost exclusively and my sensitivity when in manual ranges between 6 - 8 with rare forays to higher levels as described in my recent thread here. My main concern is reports of 5" coil touch sensitivity at much lower Gain/Sensitivity levels than what I have experienced. So the big question for you Gold Monster owners (no second hand reports please) - what coil sensitivity are you experiencing and at what Gain/Sensitivity level does it start to exhibit with each coil? Have you tried more firmly affixing the lower cable to the rod, and has it helped?
  22. Steve I just bought the monster 1000 have you work AZ yet with your 1000
  23. We went up to an old wash site on a shape ridge and I got a good reading on a rock out crop. I dug down and found a nice picker about two inches in the dirt and rock. I went over the hole and got another reading. Another picker. I kept doing this until got about 6" down. I got 9 pieces that weighs 3.9 gram. It was at the end of the day and my battery was down. I will go back another day and tear that top of the ridge apart. There will be more gold in that area. I am about to put my Gold Bug II away for a while, but never sell it.
  24. Finally the GM has arrived up in the Yukon yesterday and I managed to get today off. Off to the claim I went. Skunked. First found a .22 Short casing under moss, then a shard of bullet about 4" in gravel. Both sounded off loud with consistent right readings. Also found a 1972 Canadian dime on way home at a river crossing on edge of the river and panned one solid signal and found three colours. Oh and a 1 1/4" rusted steel nut. I'm thinking I need a new pair of hiking boots. Pretty sure the "steel" toe boots I was wearing was screwing up the detector. Scanned the toes and it banged hard non ferrous. Steve, no graphite so far... And worthwhile visible gold. Ran it mainly in Auto plus and Iron reject with full volume on the external speaker. But at least I got out of town and had fun. Better luck next time I hope :)
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