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  1. I did not think I would get a chance to get out this week, but since yesterday opened up for me, I decided to hit my favorite spot. I had a couple of ideas on how I would work this same area, but in reality, it required a bit of trial and error to get these results. It was supposed to rain part of the day, so I figured I would use the Equinox for the morning. I wanted to get as close to the iron areas as possible, so I decided on the 6โ€ coil. If the rain stopped, I would use the GPX with the 18โ€ DD coil to get those deep dimes, in the other section of this spot. It worked, but I had to make a lot of adjustments to get each machine to do what I thought I wanted it to do. I think I have done all I can in this spot to get whatever remains within reach of my machines. If there is more there, I do not know how to get to it. Surprises of the day were the Barber half, Barber dime, and a decent amount of silver. It took a lot of digging, more than just the number of targets shown. The 18โ€ coil is a brute to swing, Lucky you have to swing it very slow to get the good stuff. I am not sure where the next stop will be, but it probably will not be anything like this place has been. Who knows, Tony just fixed my AQ headphones and made me one of his as a spare, so maybe some gold hunting is in the cards. A relic hunt may be in the works for next week also, looking for Native artifacts. I have to hit the woods before the yellow jackets and ticks wake up. ๐Ÿคฌ As always, it's good to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the day!
  2. Hello all. Iโ€™m new to this forum and am seeking advice on my detector. I recently acquired my dads gpx5000. Itโ€™s a big step up from my ML xterra 705. He gave me 2 commander coils. An 11โ€ mono and an 11โ€ DD as well as a coiltek 12x18 goldstalker mono. Previous to this, I was interested in the GM1000 because of its ability with smaller gold. My question is can I make this gpx as good or better for small gold as the GM1000 by using a smaller coil. As you can tell Iโ€™m relatively new to this. Lol Thank you Steve
  3. This new brochure version shows the detector, with the second coil being the 14" DD, and a single battery shipped with the detector. Click or double click images for larger versions. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 brochure page 1 Minelab GPX 6000 brochure page 2 Minelab GPX 6000 What's Included - U.S. Canada UK Australia
  4. I see the Minelab GPX 4500 is being discontinued. If the price goes down is it worth it to pick one up or has what replaced it that much better? Perhaps a premium will now be asked for the remaining new GPX 4500's? Is now the time to buy??
  5. So, I had a delayed start for yesterdays hunt. Between turning the clocks forward, and the cold temps, I did not make it to the beach until around 10 AM. It would have been 17 degrees out with a 20 MPH NNW wind, but lucky for me it warmed up to 23 degrees by the time I got there. ๐Ÿฅถ I did have a big cement wall that I was planning on hunting next to, using it as a wind shield - it worked well. This is also the wall that I can not get closer than 5 feet from, or my GPX goes nuts from the iron inside of it. So, I had a plan. Since there are so many targets in this area that are exposed, and I assumed that most detectorists would be annoyed by the iron in this wall as well, I would try something else. I took the worst detector I had and got close to the wall, dug a small 15โ€x15โ€ square, and layer by layer used my pin pointer to find targets. Yup, just the pin pointer as my detector. So, the 5-foot barrier turned into about 4โ€, any closer and the pin pointer would detect the wall. The first picture shows all the nonferrous dug with that pin pointer, (including 5 silvers and the gold partial plate). The iron I dug is mixed in with the other iron for the day. 2 Mercs, 2 Roosevelt and a Barber were found that way. I only a path about 10 feel long. I will be revisiting that system again this Thursday to see if the next 10 feet produces anything. The rest of the hunt I used the GPX, going over the same area as previous visits have. Still found a decent amount of silver, but it was much harder to hear. This area is going to die fast for silver unless I can come up with another way to find it. Even though it was cold, it turned out to be bearable. If you dig quickly, you warm up fast. Total silver from 2 different patches on this beach so far this season is 146 coins. It been a while since my luck has run this well this long. Looking forward to the next visit.
  6. Version 4901-0060 Rev 1.1


    Minelab GPX 4000 Instruction Manual, 1.34 MB pdf file, 89 pages Minelab GPX 4000 Data & Reviews Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  7. I went back to my silver beach, as I had a fairly good feeling this part of the beach would not change much. It did not and I had a very good day. Spent 7 hours there with the GPX, dug all signals including iron and finally called it quits when my brain said GO HOME! The number of signals in a short span was unreal. I spent some of my time just detecting from my knees, since I could get 4 or 5 signals in very close proximity to the signal I was digging. Most of the time just inches away. Total coin count I believe was 150. 18 silvers, all copper pennies but 1 zinc, so I put that with the trash picture. It ruined my perfect copper penny day and I refuse to put it next to them. ๐Ÿ˜„ 4 Buffalo Nickels showed up, as well as 1 Indian Head Cent, a Standing Liberty Quarter, and a Barber Dime (a rarity on this beach). Also, a nice little locket which I am unsure if it's solid gold or gold filled. It has a 14 stamped on the inside with a makerโ€™s symbol that looks like a variation of Neptuneโ€™s 3-pronged spear (Trident). I saw no indication of peeling of the gold, so I am cautiously optimistic I found gold. Of course, with the type of hunting I do, there was lots of junk as well. Got my exercise in for the week and plan on hitting it again soon. Weather was rather nice and sunny, just shy of cold. No matter how old you are, the kid in us still has to play! ๐Ÿ™‚
  8. Greetings from the UK to all you fellow hunters from a newbie to the GPX 4500 and this site , i have a question i recently i acquired a Gpx 4500 and it has a modification on the control panel which i am not sure about could somebody tell me what this is ? as you can see in the picture it says Gain + and L.S.M three position switch what is this and how do you use it and who would have modified it if known ? my hunting will be 99% on wet beach sand had an SD 2200D way back which was awesome on the beach so GPX should be no exception. Any help and advice will be very much appreciated and any advice on a beach set up would be good as i not tried her out yet many thanks .
  9. I tripped over this by accident while looking for info. Looks like a simple brochure handout, and what is interesting is the GPX 4500/5000 is missing in action. This might be Africa only, as the old GPX models are now so commonly counterfeited there. The best way for Minelab to address counterfeiting is to not let old models exist for too long, and the GPX 5000 is an ancient design at this point in time. I also suspect that there are increasing issues surrounding the shipping of that massive Li-Ion battery. Long story short, I can see why Minelab would want to discontinue the old GPX models The U.S. is a bit unique in the number of GPX 5000 used by relic and beach hunters, which might keep it viable here for longer than might be the case elsewhere. The GPX 4500 has long been rumored to be on its last legs, but it continues to be listed for sale. Plus, issues surrounding counterfeit detectors are far less severe here than overseas. Still, in the long run it makes sense to discontinue the older GPX models eventually, since the GPX 6000 is a clean break from the earlier designs, with no carryover of coils or other accessory items. This little brochure hints at a probable future without the GPX 4500/5000.
  10. This is U.S. pricing, and MAP, which is the internet advertised discount price. The Minelab SDC 2300 (5.7 lbs) sells for $3299, and comes with one hard wired coil, and rechargeable batteries The Minelab GPX 5000 (7.0 lbs) sells for $3999, and comes with two coils, and one battery The Minelab GPX 6000 (4.6 lbs) sells for $5999, and comes with two coils, and one battery The Minelab GPZ 7000 (7.3 lbs) sells for $7999, and comes with one coil, and one battery No real point to this post except to keep things in perspective. Note that the GPX models come with two coils, the others a single coil. Obviously most of you also know the GPZ can be had for less than $7999.
  11. So I'm still trying to milk the same cow ๐Ÿ˜„ I figured until it stops spitting silver on me, I will continue to ask for it. Long day at the beach 8:30-5:00, but the weather was decent, as I dress well for the cold. I'm getting to be a delicate flower in my advancing years ๐Ÿค” I'm using the GPX all day for this hunt and digging select areas and removing all iron so I can hear the deep targets.I hit a patch that started producing exclusively wheat pennies, so I knew that the chance for silver was very possible. It did produce some silver but the ratio was mostly pennies. Moving over just a bit, the wheats turned into memorials and the clad followed as well. Not a bad day with 8 silvers, but I worked harder than usual for it.The beach is slowly sanding in and the easy stuff is gone. No gold again, but switching the timings on the GPX did start getting me a lot of nickels, including a handful of Buffalo. Jewelry was missing as usual, but the spoons sure weren't lacking ๐Ÿ™„ So here is everything I dug. Lots of junk too. It was great to get out and enjoy the hobby.
  12. Had a chance to get 2 beach hunts in with the GPX and AQ and was pleasantly surprised that the conditions at this beach had changed for the better. It was going to be a 50/50 split between both machines, so that I could get the benefits of both machines technologies. Started out great with the AQ, but unfortunately the headphones started making a loud clicking noise. I figured out the thin wire had finally given out. Then it completely stopped working. The conditions were perfect for trying out the AQ in Tone mode, since there was almost no trash, or small iron left in this spot. So high tones and grunts meant nickels/gold/ huge iron or silver/clad. The AQ scored a lot of nickels, paper thin worn coins and 8 silver dimes before it died. So the hunt continued with the GPX. That patch was on fire giving me the most silver in a single hunt ever, along with the greatest 2 day total as well. The area covered was about 20 x 30 feet, as I had 3 other detectorists around me on either side. This area was sand with packed cobbles beneath it, so I paid the price after digging in that for 2 days. The ring is 14K and was the only gold found, surprisingly. Now, I love my AQ, but honestly not being a durable machine kind of makes it take a back seat to my other machines. I have been gentle with this machine, but I did a lot of holes. Those two days I estimate digging almost 250 holes and I beach hunt generally once a week. I would love to get a new set of headphones (not stock), but if I remember the connector is hard to get??? If anyone has info on that, please let me know where I can get one. I would have Tony make me a set in a heartbeat. It's not often that the beach gives you those kind of conditions, so I was happy to be there at the right time. I can't wait to get back and see if the conditions are still good.
  13. That is a lot of money to spend where their are not to many nugget spots .Will it help relic hunters in hot ground over the other PI machines ?
  14. Thanks to James Beatty for mentioning this Russian site that shows pictures of the 6000"s internal circuit board. https://md-arena.com/razborka-minelab-gpx-6000-chto-vnutri-ochen-dorogoj-novinki/?fbclid=IwAR2q9Cll560LUXoC0arxPr8zDALHI-5LLDM0S5zCeLUJYs--_d9KraNCIq0 I was reading the comments (translated) and noticed that Steve and his comrads are held in high regards in Russia as well.๐Ÿ™‚ Quote: The circuitry of this device and me, too, "amazed to the core"! Made "very good" (really good, no kidding!), BUT why done - absolutely incomprehensible! (SIXTEEN (!) IMPAD / Pirates "In one bottle" !!! IT'S COOL !!!) It will be interesting to know what The "result" of using this technology in real search? I think that Steve Hershbach "and his comrades" will discuss this device and will experience "the full program" - this is their "theme".
  15. I've been a successful business person in my life, and so the business aspects of metal detecting are something I follow more than most. It's an interesting industry to watch as it is fairly small, and I know a lot of the players. Lots of people have various issues with Minelab and some of the things they do. Yet one thing should be obvious. When it comes to genuinely extending the technology, Minelab tends to be the only game in town now, while others try to keep up. A big problem with U.S. companies is they got into this 10 year product cycle, while Minelab sticks more to a two year cycle. So where a U.S. company will have one machine for ages, Minelab will crank out multiple generations. People denigrate this as drip feed, but the advances are genuine, and after so many cycles Minelab is only extending the lead. They patent prolifically also, which helps build a wall around the lead they have. This success leads to a huge cash flow, that can be used to advance both the technology, but also the actual design complexity and sophistication, which is reaching levels where I can't see how some of these other companies are going to be able to hang in there. The competition should be grateful for the high prices on most Minelabs, as it gives them space to compete. Witness what happens if Minelab decides to drop a tech bombshell at a lower price into a mature market just to disrupt it, as has occurred with Equinox. The CTX 3030 I think does a good job of showing off Minelab design prowess. Nothing is perfect, but that is one sophisticated metal detector, both in function and physical design. Then I saw this on the GPX 6000 Reveal thread (thanks to VicR): https://search.ipaustralia.gov.au/designs/search/result?s=b3cb780a-1ad5-4955-81d2-bf2ef2e9b166 Link to Australian design patents for the GPX6000 with the tech drawings just released. Looks like there are two design patents for the 6000 - 202014625 and 202013037 Minelab GPX 6000 engineering diagrams - click for larger version I don't know about you guys, but what I am seeing is levels of sophistication beyond what we normally think of when we think of metal detectors. geoff_junk added the names of the designers. Cosmo Luppino, Dominic Paul Gralton, and Simon Hill. I do not know who these blokes are, but I suspect these are names that should be known because of what they are contributing. Long story short, there may be issues, but thank you Minelab for doing what you do. Imagine if the company did not exist what the available options would be, and I am sure a lot of people would agree.
  16. One of my customers in AZ forwarded this pic to me. Looks to be the end of the box from a GPX-6000. Interesting to read what Geo Sensing Technology is. I realize this does not go into detail, but it's a start. I'm quite impressed with the about statements - detect in different environments once thought undetectable. - suppresses unwanted signals via 3 overlapping feedback systems. - super fast detecting of all gold pieces. - GPX-6000 is in tune with you and the earth Best for last- ALL GOLD, ALL SOILS, ALL THE TIME. Your thoughts please? PS. Thanks Ray for sharing the pic. If you are thinking about the GPX-6000, www.gerrysdetectors.com has been been around selling/using Minelabs for 20+ yrs.
  17. As revealed in this thread the new Minelab GPX 6000 has been submitted to the FCC website for Bluetooth compliance testing. The pdf file showing the label location offers up the picture below as a teaser. JANUARY 2021 UPDATE - Minelab GPX 6000 Revealed! From the Confidentiality Letter: "We are requesting the commission to grant short-term confidentiality request on the following attachments until 19 October 2020. External Photos, Internal Photos, Test Setup Photos, User Manual" So in theory by October 19th we could have photos and a user manual available for download. However, the website has availability notes now appended to those document listings, and they are now "requesting the Commission to withhold the following attachments as confidential document from public disclosure indefinitely". It should be obvious the machine itself will not be available until sometime in 2021. Since the FCC listing confirms there really is a GPX 6000 on the way I have added a Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews page in the detector database, where I will add any reliable information the moment it becomes available. Minelab GPX 6000 metal detector
  18. Okay, I hit the Minelab booth at the Quartzsite gold show this morning, and got to swing the GPX 6000 over a couple of targets that I brought along, asked Debbie some questions about the machine and its tech, as well as snapped some photos of the box. So one of the targets I brought is a tiny flake of a nugget that is invisible to the Zed, but a VLF will hit on it all day long. The GPX 6000 with the 14โ€ DD coil in EMI cancel mode had no trouble seeing it, which is quite impressive; the detector was set up this way because there was too much EMI present to operate the 11โ€ mono coil. I also brought along a small, 1 gram chondrite meteorite, and waving it over the coil produced a significant response from the detector. So the GPX 6K is definitely super sensitive. Debbie showed me that, while the pitch of the threshold tone is not adjustable, the threshold tone can be turned on and off by a long press of the normal/difficult ground type button. The threshold pitch to me seems to be preset to around the default pitch of the GPZ 7000, about halfway between the highest and lowest pitches. I asked about the price and availability of any accessories, like the 17โ€ mono coil, and the reply was that there is no information yet. I also asked if she knew what GeoSense is and how it works, to which she answered that the machine is continuously adjusting to the ground and EMI. When I asked if the 6000's normal and difficult timings are blends of the soil timings that are used in the GPX 5000, the answer was no. I didn't see any kind of port on the detector that would enable a connection to a computer for a software update, and Debbie doesn't think it is updatable. You'll notice on the box that the weight of the detector is 5.1 pounds, and I'm assuming that is with the 14โ€DD coil attached, as it is noticeably heavier than both the 11โ€ and 17โ€ mono coils. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews
  19. You can download the draft GPX 6000 user manual at the FCC website (user manual 2 of 2) and a set of internal photos at this link. These are filings required ahead of release by the FCC, with the manual as existed at time of filing. It is a draft and missing various sections, so should not be relied on 100%. Revisions are sure to happen in the final version. The internal photo pdf has notes about the document remaining intact (no photo excerpts), so please download and view it if you want a peek at that circuit board. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories & Spare Parts
  20. I have a GPX 5000 that needs a new circuit board. Cost is $2100. So my question is pay the $2100 or apply that towards a 6000? Then I go back and forth if I go for the 6000 why not get a 7000 I know I can get a new 7000 for $6000 or less. I bought the 5000 from a pawn shop for $450.00 yes $450.00 I knew it had an issue but never thought that board would be 2100 bucks. It had been repaired once before for the same issue that I was having. Minelab replaced a few components for the previous owner but now they have to replace the board. So basically I would have a brand new 5000 for $2550 per the Minelab tech.
  21. This video goes over each of the controls and initial setup for the new GPX 6000. It's in English so no translation required. My thanks to Luis for posting this video on the other thread. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories & Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Controls (see chart below for control ranges)
  22. Has anyone experienced a GPX detector turning on of itโ€™s own accord? My detecting mate has a GPX4500 which turns on while he is travelling slowly on his quad bike. Yet he cannot make it do the same by bumping or tapping the detector. It was sent to Minelab to try and correct the problem but without success. If you have experienced the same phenomena and found the cause he would love to be enlightened.
  23. One nice thing about the GPZ was it being relatively rain proof. The GPX 6000 addresses one thing many of us had to deal with.... rain. And lots of it in Alaska. I spent weeks in the rain, and as anyone knows, you do not want to get water in those little toggle switches. No more of this... but instead this....
  24. Based on Jasong's report that a GPX 6000 was on display in Quartzsite, Beatup and I drove up there this morning from sunny Yuma. We did indeed see and touch the machine. There will apparently be other opportunities in the near future including the Quartzite gold show in Feb. Everything is up in the air, so don't count on anything I say as gospel as far as a schedule. Nothing is firm, make your own plans accordingly. The US release is still uncertain but it was suggested perhaps late spring or early summer. I think mid Feb might be overly optimistic. However; we saw and ran the machine albeit in the gravel parking lot of the RV show. Only the DD coil could be run because of the EMI. As of now, the US sales will include the DD coil and an 11" mono coil. There will be a 17" Mono available as an accessory for the machine, but it's US availability upon release of the machine is still in question. The African market has a corner on the market at this point. My observations are this: As stated elsewhere, the machine is an ergonomic dream. Well balanced when fully extended with really nice carbon fiber shafts. The battery pack is detachable and has heavy duty rubber coating on the bottom to absorb shock plus the machine balances perfectly upright when setting it down to dig. The Minelab spiel is no different than the star chart shown previously, so I can't really comment on the accuracy of those claims. We ran the machine in the DD mode to eliminate EMI. We detected .1 and a .2 gram nuggets in the parking lot at a height of about 4 inches. All of that is meaningless as far as it's actual performance in real world conditions, especially as it pertains to the Mono coil. This sneak preview was never intended as actual testing and it started raining while we were there. From my perspective, I would seriously consider a trade down from the GPZ7000 purely from the ergonomics and portability. I would hesitate if the 17" Mono was not immediately available. I'll hit 67 yrs old this summer and just don't get up and down the rough terrain as well, especially with the weight and balance of the GPZ hanging off my shoulder. That's about all I can tell you from a 30 minute preview in a gravel parking lot.
  25. Hi, my first post, from a long time lurker. I'm from the UK, so obviously gold is pretty scarce here, although there's some in Scotland, and Wales?. Anyway in the past I've owned a Garrett ATX, while my detecting buddy has owned a Gpx 5000. We used these for relics, mostly in hunted out pasture, here in England. We are both very interested in getting our hands on a new gpx 6000, but the prices for previous minelab machines are way above what you pay in the USA for example. the gpz 7000 is around ยฃ8000 here which equates to more or less $11000 ! If the new gpx 6000 is roughly $6000. that's ยฃ4500 . im sure that the retail price in the UK is going to be above ยฃ6000. ! I was wondering does anyone know of anybody who has imported a machine from the USA to the UK, and what costs are involved? Many Thanks
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