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  1. I received this question via email, edited to remove any tips as to the source: "Steve- been reading your reviews of detectors from way, way back. Now I'm looking for a bit of advice. I've got a claim where I've pulled nice gold, but the biggest single nugget has been just about a gram, pretty small stuff (but it's pretty plentiful). My GB-2 has really shined in this environment - shallow bedrock, low mineralization, and plenty of small gold. The issue is that my son doesn't want to let me use the GB-2, as he wants to use it all the time. That puts me in the market for another VLF machine. I've tried the GB-Pro, and didn't really care for it. Your review of the Nokta AU Gold Finder, and the Makro Gold Racer, both look pretty good. Other than the display and control box itself, are these machines really the same, or would one do better (coil size being equal) than another on small gold with low mineralization? The reason why I just don't go get another GB-2 is that it would be a nice bonus to use the new detector close by my son, while still hopefully having it excel and finding small gold. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. If there really isn't anything else that comes close, then I'll certainly go for another GB-2, even at it being as old as it is, but if there is another one that would excel in the above environment, I'd certainly appreciate your opinion on it." Well, in my opinion the 71 kHz Gold Bug 2 with 6" coil has been and continues to be the top of the heap when it comes to finding the tiniest bits of gold. So the real question is whether you feel like giving up that little edge the unit has over all the rest in order to run a machine right next to your son without the two machines interfering. You also have the advantage of being very well versed in the use of the Bug. Let's assume you do want to get something else however. You have mentioned the 56 kHz AU Gold Finder and Gold Racer, and they are indeed the same circuit in two very different packages. Coils from one will work just as well on the other. Other current new model alternatives would be the 48 khz White's GMT and probably the very soon to be available 45 kHz Minelab GM1000. Finally, I should mention the XP Deus V4 high frequency coil options hitting the market now in case you might consider a more exotic option. There also have been hints of a dedicated gold machine from XP this year. I would assume a small coil as being a must have, and an advantage with the Gold Bug 2 is you can get it with the small coil as a stock variation. So let's compare internet prices. Fisher Gold Bug 2 with 3.25" x 6.5" coil = $764 Makro Gold Racer with 5.5" x 10" coil $699 plus 4" x 7.5" coil $119 = $818 or Pro Pack $899 Nokta AU Gold Finder with 5.5" x 10" and 5.5" round coils = $999 White's GMT with 6" x 10" coil $729 plus 4" x 6" coil $127 = $856 Minelab GM1000 with 6" x 10" coil and 5" round coil = $799 A Deus runs $1250 plus the 4.7" x 9.5" elliptical HF coil at $425 = $1675 so not a good fit here for price and no smaller coil option than the elliptical. The only hope of that improving is if the dedicated gold machine shows up with the HF coil as stock. I have to admit that the reports of warranty issues with early Gold Racer models have me concerned. This despite the fact I have what must be the oldest Gold Racer and AU Gold Finder units in the country, and both are going strong. I have to assume the issues, whatever they were, have been ironed out. I don't know that for a fact however. If you got one and still had a problem, Nokta/Makro is famous for resolving issues with customer satisfaction. The units carry a two year transferable warranty. The GMT is the safe tried and true made in the U.S. option, and as far as performance the 56 kHz Gold Racers and 48 kHz GMT run neck and neck. The big unknown at an attractive price is the 45 kHz Minelab Gold Monster 1000. My best advice - wait! The flood gates are just now opening as regards reports on the GM1000 and at $799 with two coils it looks on paper at least to be an option worth waiting to find out more about. If you have to do something this minute, the GMT is the safe option if the reports of problems with the Gold Racers worry you. Personally, I have been very happy with my Gold Racer and would not trade it for a GMT. I have to note I finally did get another Gold Bug 2 with 6" coil however. If you are the sort of person who can't live without having that last small edge of performance, it is still the machine to beat for tiny gold performance in milder ground like you are describing. Click picture for larger version.
  2. A very detailed review of the Gold Monster 1000 by Kevin Hoagland. Kevin is the Executive Director of Development for the GPAA and LDMA and a superb detectorist. Really well done - Kevin gets kudos from me on this effort and I think I will study it carefully for tips on how to improve my own reviews. "If you are in the market for your first detector, the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 should be on your short list. Minelab has created a simple to use detector that performs well above its claimed “entry level.” For the seasoned detectorist, it is worth a hard look. You may feel that it lacks some of the functionality that you are used to, yet I think that you will be completely surprised with the Gold Monster 1000’s overall performance." Full review at http://www.goldprospectors.org/News/News-Details/ArtMID/3269/ArticleID/201/A-Field-Test-MINELAB-GOLD-MONSTER-1000 Click images below for larger versions.
  3. With it's extra sensitive VLF performance, Minelab's new Gold Monster should make a superb meteorite detector: http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/3013-new-minelab-gold-monster-1000/
  4. I have bought the last three major releases from Minelab on the first day but I`m not jumping in on the first day with the Monster. When I first got the 2300 I used it almost exclusively for about 6 months and found over 1000 pieces of gold with it for an average weight of 0.1318 gram per piece. My biggest piece with the 2300 was a speci with 10.75 grams of gold. But the thing that finally wore me down with the 2300 was the amount of birdshot you get in Victoria. The first day I used the 2300 I got about 40 bird shot and I think five pieces of gold. The birdshot has taken all the enjoyment out of the 2300 for me. What I would really like to see in the Gold Monster 1000 is that the discrimination rejects most of the birdshot. I realize that`s probably a big ask, but with the amount of money Minelab throw at R&D maybe they have come up with someway to do it. This is a very small sample of the birdshot I have recovered. cheers Dave
  5. Chris G. on the Outback Forum said he got a email from Minelab and they told him that the US won't see GM 1000 maybe the end of May if not June. This no Joke and I don't know how many ways you can spell crap but this is crap. I don't think Chris would be saying if this wasn't true. To Minelab A lot of us have put their money down for a while and I'd like to hear the why. Chuck
  6. Hi mate, looking at a machine for my son that I reckon a switch on and detect would be a good starter. I have read you have done testing on the Gold monster 1000, did you have any chance to test it on fine gold in species? Say up against the gold bug2? Cheers Dave.
  7. I said I was going to give a review on the Gold Monster 1000. Well the first thing this morning here it was from Rob's Detectors and I guess because I've been blowing so hard about it he sent it over night. Just after putting it together and checking to be sure it worked I was in my van headed for Rich Hill being I have a claim on the east side. In no time I found my first nugget at about little less than half gram. It came in so loud even without the headphones that came with it. My next target was even smaller than the first. I drop it on my scales but it was so small I didn't get a reading of the weight. I didn't have much time to hunt so back in my van and home I went. My wife and had plan to go out for dinner but I will get back with everyone when can. The only thing I'll say right now is if you got a Gold Bug 2 give it to someone you don't like and do it quick before the price drops out the bottom on it. Chuck
  8. I was reading a article on Africa and how the people don't like a detector with too many settings. In keeping it simple and this is why Minelab stepped up with the Gold Monster 1000. Here we got a detector you just turn on and start detecting. The cost of the Monster is not a monster in this case that most can afford. I too was looking at a map that showed the area you can find gold. It all looks great but I don't think I'll go there like Chris R. did. I sure like me a lot so because of that I'll stay home. Chuck PS Minelab is still saying that the Gold Monster 1000 will be here soon. I just want to know how soon is soon ? I have turn the net upside down and can't find a word being said.
  9. From http://www.minelab.com/customer-care/product-notices?article=305146 We are pleased to announce that the GOLD MONSTER 1000 detector will be available soon. The GOLD MONSTER 1000 turns beginners into experts with fully automatic operation in an easy-to-use, high performance detector. Minelab GM1000 Color Product Brochure - PDF download GOLD MONSTER 1000 Getting Started Guide - PDF download The GOLD MONSTER 1000 comes with a choice of coils, battery options and shaft configurations. If you are looking for super sensitive gold performance at a great price, then this is the detector you've been waiting for! Features: Fully automatic operation Extra sensitive VLF performance Highly adaptable 2 search coils included Easy quick start From Minelabs Facebook page: "Thanks for your comments! For those people that have questions about the product name; Minelab’s new ENTRY-LEVEL specialist gold detector, the GOLD MONSTER 1000, has been designed to meet the needs of both consumer recreational enthusiasts and small-scale artisanal gold miners around the world. In order for this exciting new product to be distinctly recognisable to these diverse markets, Minelab has created a universal logo that reads left-to-right in English language script and right-to-left in stylised Arabic script. The Arabic pronunciation of GOLD MONSTER is “Wahesh Al Dahab”. Further to the dual logo, Minelab will be providing 5 languages on the product carton and 8 languages in the Getting Started Guide to make the GOLD MONSTER 1000 our most universal detector to date. From America to Australia to Africa, and everywhere in-between, the GOLD MONSTER 1000 offers the newcomer to gold detecting their best chance of success! [Note: The GOLD MONSTER 1000 supersedes Minelab’s Eureka Gold VLF detector.]"
  10. Minelab GM1000 Color Product Brochure - PDF download GOLD MONSTER 1000 Getting Started Guide - PDF download
  11. This is a previously posted screenshot from the Minelab introductory video of the GM1000. I did a little quick paste work to block out distractions in the screenshot. Its worth a little study as regards the rod assembly. The GM1000 here is sporting the 5" round coil.
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