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  1. A new video has popped up comparing various nuggets on the SDC, GPX 5000 and GPX 6000. Looks like they're in pretty bad soil judging by the depths they can get the nuggets at with all of the detectors. They only use the DD on the GPX 6000 for some reason.
  2. Considering the frequent mention of EMI troubles with the GPX6000 I thought it might be interesting to make a topic specifically for it as it may provide some answers/options for users. The poll might also give us an indication of what users think may be the biggest contributing factors to EMI for their locations or GPX6's. With a little feedback and data maybe it is something Minelab can update for us? I generally don't find EMI bad on my GPX6 in the locations I use it. I was within a few kilometres of the centre of Bendigo (about 100,000 people) last weekend and was able to run in Auto 1 with only a little mess to the Threshold. At another location not far from a tower (NBN or mobile - not sure) I pretty much had to use Sensitivity 1 the whole time if I wanted to use the Mono 11" coil. BUT, this allowed a really stable threshold and performance was still fine with gold found. I actually carry my phone (iPhone) with me and have it turned on. Always in my L) pocket. I have tried turning it off and turning it off and leaving it in the car but don't feel it made any difference at all. I do find the in-built speaker creates a noisier threshold and more frequent noise cancels are required. Since having the Bluetooth receiver and using my preferred out-of-ear ear buds I have found EMI much less of an issue. Be interested to hear others thoughts and work arounds. Cheers, N.E.
  3. I figured I'd start a post on my impressions of the 6000 as I learn how to apply it to limited relic hunting and beach hunting. I've put it here so I don't bore the prospector guys with coin/ relic hunting pictures 😄 Their pictures are much better than mine will ever be. So, today I paired the headphones. Took me a bit, but I have never been one to pair things quickly. Tried both the 11" mono and 14" DD coil in my back yard. Mono was noisy as expected in an area with a lot of close houses. Noise cancel did help but not for long. 14DD took care of most EMI, especially if you back down sensitivity a couple of notches. I tried burying a Mercury dime at 10" and the 14DD hit it just barely. A signal I could easily miss. I was running manual full sensitivity. Not bad for a freshly buried coin with fairly heavy EMI. I bought it for the beach, so I'm expecting more depth there. I did not try the mono on the dime. I did notice it hits every small wire from all the fences that were in the yard over the years. Headphones feel nice but sound a bit muddy to me. I'll need more time with them to see if I can get used to them. I like a little crisper defined tone and don't like muddy bottom end frequencies.Tomorrow I'm at the Native village. This is the first test for the 6000 for what I bought it for. If there are any minute scraps of brass there it should find them. The 5000 was able to only find a couple of 2x3mm brass beads, probably due to just getting the coil directly over them at the correct speed and them being shallow @2in. There should be more there. My reservations for the machine are still the same, lack of control of settings is my primary worry. In the fall will be the second reason for the 6000, deep coin hunting at the beach in EMI. I probably will never use this in a park or cellar hole. It loves iron. I'm still trying to figure out the tipping point where the signal changes from high to low - to low to high. On the 5000 it's around the zinc penny range. Getting excited to spend around 5-6 hours at the Village. Pictures to follow. Wish me luck 😄......😶
  4. My 1st customer of the new GPX-6000 is a very special man. We’ll call him Wade (because that’s his name) and he drove all the way from Texas (with 1 arm) for the Rye Patch training end of June. I am so glad and grateful this guy listened to me as he was eager to get a GPZ-7000 back in Spring and wanted to take my early class. But as a conscious dealer and one who knows the GPZ-7000, I just could not see him enjoying the extra weight, the chest harness, the swing arm (it takes 2 hands/arms to use a swing arm) and or bungee. The other issue I seemed to run through my mind… was how is a one armed guy going to use a pick and dig down 2 to 3 feet on occasion to find a beer can, an empty one at that? So I called this stranger back and begged of him to reconsider his choice and told him of an up and coming new detector, the GPX-6000. Now when you have you mind set on an $8000 GPZ-7000 and some guy you don’t know is trying to sell you down to a cheaper GPX-6000, some folks just take that wrong and walk, thinking this dealer has lost his marbles – which I have lost quite a few, but I do seem to find a couple now and then. Anyway, I was more focused on the customer and their lack of knowledge of what it really takes to properly use a detector, let alone a mammoth, heavy, awkward, robust, to many shafts, to much quirky harness which xo skeleton that can’t hold together properly to save my own life if needed, cheap built headphones that the 90 degree plug breaks after you take it out of the wrapping, a semi worthless WM-12 half of us forget at home or totally lose altogether, the ultra-thin slice of baloney (that’s not even fair to baloney, I actual eat it on occasion) cheap skid plate that a quality condom has better protection, the glare off the LCD screen is so bad your favorite polarized sunglasses are worthless because you see so many waves, you get a headache. Yes you all who own a GPZ-7000 know exactly what I am talking about and you know I am not bull shitting one bit. Now to be fare those laser focused pencil sharpened Engineers and Einstein minded Physicists’ (yes Geek squad Minelab has them too), are some of the brightest at getting performance out of metal detector technology and boy does that 7000 do it well. Yes that GPZ-7000 was about to be in the 1 good hand of a stranger….all I had to do was say “yes you are right it’s the best at this time” and I would not have been lying one bit and would have scored an $8000 sale. But that’s not how this duck walks (actually I kind of do walk like duck, but that’s just crappy feet) so I felt the long term relationship with this customer and most all of mine for that matter, was to get him the proper detector for his capabilities and in reality a GPZ-7000 is not that detector. So we waited, waited some more and then waited even longer, until the day came and I was shipped a few of the GPX-6000’s. It was so long of a wait I actually had to have a Staff Member grab a couple on 6000 and boogie to Rye Patch showing up early Saturday morning just as the 2nd day of our 3 day class was about to begin. So lets get back to 1 armed Wade the Warrior and his new GPX-6000. Yes he was easily able to swing the detector and before long his coil control was smooth, slow and low, just like an Easy Rider… Warrior Wade was starting to get the hang of it and by afternoon of the 1st day him swinging the GPX-6000 he is digging targets. Just the 3rd target in of that afternoon and it turns to gold. Warrior Wade is swinging his arm in air and smiling as a kid does when tasting his favorite sour gummy bears, with a golden grin. After all, this guy drives 30 hours up the US to meet some guys in the middle of the desert and pick up a gold detector. After all what kind of people are we? Yes it’s the fever and many of us have it. Anyway, I was very impressed with Warrior Wade from TX and his desire to listen, learn and like…his new GPX-6000 and the 2 nuggets he recovered. So the moral of this story is: Even a 1 armed Warrior Wade who drove all the way from TX., can properly use a GPX-6000, can diligently dig his own target and willingly share his trip and experience of finding his first detected gold nuggets for the rest of his life and he had a couple more dreams come true. Yes the 6000 is that easy, light and usable. Minelab Geek Squad did it again.
  5. Yes I promised myself the old reliable GPZ-7000 was such a performance hog I would swing her until the end. Well folks, the 7 and I are about to split the sheets and I'll let her beat up on some other old guy. Sure she touched down in places I didn't know existed and had the sensitivity to blow my mind, but after a long workout with her, my pore old body ached for days. This new GPX-6000 (I promise you in the US) will rule the goldfields for a few years. The ergonomics on a PI is 2nd to none. The weight is not 2 ounces lighter than a 7000, but over 2 pounds lighter. But the compactness, the feel and lack of a harness and swing arm makes me feel naked again and I LOVE IT.. In fact, I might even take this sweetie to Burning Man (for those down under go to YouTube and watch a few Burning Man videos, watch out there might be A LOT OF NUDITY and some really weird shit. Anyway, this detector is the one we (most of us) have been asking for and patiently waiting for. After all, check out the pics and see for yourself. The GPZ-7000 in the pic is as short as I can get it and the new GPX-6000 is half as long. I even took a pic of my forearm next to the GPX-6000 and it literally i only a few inches longer, approx 30" with the coil flat out. It can get shorter if you lift the coil straight up but I imagine most of us will have the coil flat. The reports from my customers and 2 staff members are exactly what we heard as for performance and I am thrilled. I'm so excited, heck I'm even going to grab one and take it for a hunt to 2 different states I have never hunted for gold before in my life, just so I can say I found gold in those two. I won't mention the states right yet, but you'll hear about it and probably some pics of gold to share and show. Those of you at the Rye Patch NV training end of June, we had last month were able to see 2 of them in action and I even noticed a couple folks grab them just so they could find a nugget or 2. I'm not promising everyone will find gold, but from a guy who has been hunting and training at Rye Patch NV for 25 yrs, I sure know when something comes along that just turns the "gold switch" back on. I seriously think I could go there right now and find 10 to 20 nuggets a day, probably average 15 in a 3 day hunt. Now I know they may not be big gold nuggets, but when was the last time you went there and found 10 in a day? Last fall I took the GPZ-7000 to RP and had 2 days of 7 each day, and I know I'll do better and find more this time. Now here is the funny thing though. I personally really don't care about the better performance on most gold and that's a fact for me. I care most about the new design, compactness, ease of use and less wear to my body. Yes folks, I got caught cheating and I really don't care. I'll be swinging a new girl on the dance floor and she's one hell of a looker. Yes the GPX-6000 is a serious game changer and please do not wait a year or two before you decide to get one, I promise anyone swinging a GPX-5000, an SDC-2300 and most certainly the GPZ-7000 will really enjoy this new GPX-6000.
  6. Approximately 12 to 14 hours swing time with the 6000 due to the heat.
  7. When will GPX 6000 17” Mono Coils be available? Will Minelab produce any other coils for the GPX 6000? Smaller Mono and Double D elliptical coils would be useful in gullies and brush. Minelab may again do a disservice to both their dealers and customers by preventing other coil builders from providing competitively priced custom coils for the GPX 6000. While at the same time they may again not provide additional Minelab coils that are desired by customers. Short time materials shortages or small ID-chip shortages may not be a valid excuse for not having relativity small numbers of coils to be manufactured by Minelab subcontractors. Minelab should provide the dealers and customers a reasonable path ahead for additional coils. If they don’t have a clear and timely path within the company then they should open the door for competitive coil manufactures to produce them. The fastest and most cost effective way to do this would be for Minelab to patch the software to not test for an ID chip within the coil. Instead only test for an existing Double D receive coil winding. If the Double D receive winding is not detected then it is a Mono coil. This software patch would allow coil manufactures to go into production quickly without additional wiring, ID-chip programming and testing and associated electronic equipment. This would also reduce production cost and reduce final cost to dealers and customers.
  8. Day one... I headed to the hills this morning to beat the heat and log a few hours behind the control pod of Minelabs' latest offering, the exciting new GPX 6000. Hiking up and down the hills with this featherweight P.I. nugget detector is pure bliss after lugging the GPZ 7000 around for the past 6 years...has it been so long?! Armed with the 11-inch GPX mono coil, I targeted an old nugget patch that I had carefully gridded many times in the past with several detectors, including the GPX-5000, Gold Monster and GPZ 7000. With nearby power lines, operating at a Manual Sensitivity of 10 or Auto+ proved a bit too chattery and required excessive Noise Cancel delays that became rather irksome after awhile. Backing the Sensitivity to 7 smoothed things out considerably without any noticeable loss of performance, and if I got an iffy target response, a quick jump to 10 would provide a definitive yes or no. After digging a few trash targets, the first “nugget” that the GPX 6000 hit was a 0.04 of a gram surface screamer, and the next couple of nuggets were small and shallow; nothing surprising. But how did the Gold Monster miss these? Must not have got that little 5-inch Monster coil directly over them.🤔 It was the next 3 targets that really blew my mind, however... By late afternoon, the temps were soaring into the mid-90's, and despite a nice breeze, it was becoming a tad uncomfortable, and I was thinking about calling it a day. That was when the GPX 6000 sounded off with a sweet, mellow and deep sounding target response. A few scrapes with the pick exposed the underlying bedrock, and somewhere - in a crevice, no doubt - a golden treasure awaited to be uncovered...or so I hoped...could just as easily be a bit of square nail, a bullet or boot tack.😒 Blasting a few inches into the bedrock with the pick got the target out - a nice little golden picker in the scoop. 🙂 After backfilling the dig hole, just one swing of the detector revealed another soft, mellow hit a mere foot away. Same scenario: a small golden goody a few inches deep in a bedrock crevice. Then, about another 4 feet away, a faint response. Quickly jacking the Sensitivity from 7 to 10 brightened the signal a bit, so I began digging about 6 inches through a layer of gravels before hitting bedrock and a rather thick tree root. A little more pick work and pinpointing with the edge of the coil located the target in a crevice right next to the root. This one was deep; nearing the 12-inch mark, the target was finally out, and it was screaming off of the coil edge! A quick sift with the scoop uncovered a hefty 1.34 gram nugget. How the GPZ 7000 missed this beauty, I'll never know...it's a head scratcher.😅 Time to call it quits for the day on that high note, for sure! I'll be at it again tomorrow, this time with the GPX 14 DD coil in EMI Cancel Mode; should be able to run flat out in Auto+ Sensitivity with the threshold as smooth as glass.
  9. Recouped from the 4th of July BBQ Party under the new Pergola. I loaded up my truck in the hot driveway and set my sights Eastbound I-80 to the Rye Patch area. Leaving at 1530 hrs (3:30 pm) and looking at my Thermometer on trucks dash bouncing from 99 to 101 for the 1 1/2 drive. I wasn’t smiling but, but eager! I wanted to put my thoughts to the information I received from a couple of my partners who hunted Rye Patch the week before finding 13 nuggets in a day and half, before the heat sent them home. The first spot I hit, was in the shade of the Eugene Mountain, I just hit the area we did best at with the 2300 and 7000’s. No Joy, but a few trash targets! Loaded up and off to the next spot to hunt till dark. This spot we killed the little patch with 2300 and 7000’s. Again, I hunted the heart of the patch! No Joy, with same results! Oh, by now you might be asking what settings was I using. Normal ground, Auto Plus w/Threshold and headphones. Machine was running great with mid day EMI’s down to minimal. I hunted till past dark with no Joy, same results with small trash targets! Putting my partners information together with my current results, I drove off in the Moonless darkness of the high desert to my next location. I’ve been to this area countless times and still missed my turn. I parked on a Patch we camp for the evening. Had some left over Baby Back’s from the party and was enjoying the cool breeze in my face! Up at 0500, boots on and geared up, I hit this patches best spots with no Joy! OK, now to a hottest dirt patch to put our thoughts together! This patch the ground is hot and we never could run the 2300’s on 5, and ran kind of ragged on 4. 7000’s High Yield/Normal was tiresome to your ears and mind to listen for targets! Again, I set my sight to the hot spots of this patch to see the power of the new 6000. I was surprised it would run in the same setting as I was using in the prior milder patches. Running great, in the still cool morning. I swung over to one of the sweet spots of this patch and Bam. Amongst, dozens of old dug holes a nice loud signal. There wasn’t hardly any trash on this patch, but it still had me thinking maybe we dropped something from out trash pouches? A couple boots scraps and looking at the family soil told me it’s not trash. Clearing off the area with my boot so the coil would cover the target. I tested it in different sensitivity setting. Seemed the highest Manual setting was louder than Auto Plus? But, it heard the target down to the lowest setting! Well, time to see what it is, 7 inches down and out, it’s in my hand! A little .549 gram nugget in a sea of dig holes that we pounded. I was impressed! Swung the area well with no other Joy. I swung over to another hot spot of the 2 acres patch. Seeing all the old dig holes, I wondered! I didn’t have to wonder much any longer and I heard a nice sweet little tone familiar to my ears! Couple boot scraps of the fluffy ground cover dirt and down to hard pack dirt! It sounded shallow. A couple more hard boots scraps and the target was out and into my hands a little .152 gram dink. Wow! This 6000 in my mind would be a fresh patch Destroyer! Mild or hot ground, it wouldn’t take long to empty the vault, just keep digging! Ok, the cool morning was evaporating with the Sun well above the Mountains shade lines. I wanted to swing some deep nugget spots on some old patches at Rye Patch that my Partners didn’t have time for. On the Move again, to beat the heat. Donned my gear and swinging on deep nugget ground with 1 bar left on my battery. Machine, still in Max setting and running well with the expected retuning of the rapped rising temperature. No Joy at either of the two different deep patches, I chose at Rye Patch. I didn’t swing the Burn Barrel, but my Partners did and pulled 5 off it the week prior, which they ended their sweat feast 1 1/2 day hunt there! Burn Barrel, will always produce! Well, I agreed with my partners assessments of their hunt to mine! 6000 is not a 7000 killer which Minelab says! But, it’s light weight and deadly and really is sensitive as the amount of little trash pieces I picked up in the heart of several whirlwind patches in this Beat The Heat hunt. I know there is gold left on every patch I stopped at, but I wasn’t there for extended amount of time! So, the patches we want to hit are the ones that gave our 7000’s the most difficult settings problems. My Partners in California, are having a blast in the hot difficult grounds of many Hydraulic Pits where running the 7000 in High Yield/Normal was impossible. So, no your ground with the 6000 for best results. Until the next Hunt! LuckyLundy
  10. This is on the Minelab website, not much there now, but I am sure this is where the official release info will appear. They have the page up so it will embed into Google searches, and since it is Minelab, the page should get top ranking soon. https://www.minelab.com/usa/metal-detectors/gpx-6000 Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Owner’s Manual The Fastest, Lightest, and Simplest Way to Find More Gold New Minelab GPX 6000 makes any prospector an expert gold detector, employing new technology to find all gold in all soils all the time. Source: Minelab Electronics Adelaide, Australia, April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Finding gold beneath the ground isn’t easy, even for the most experienced detectorists. Why? Because challenging and diverse soil conditions can create a variety of complex ground signals that often confuse current gold-detecting technologies… as well as the detectorists interpreting them. MinelabTM, the global leader in metal-detecting technology, repeatedly stakes its reputation on delivering solutions to the complex problems that get in the way of making more discoveries. Within the realm of gold hunting – from the tiniest flakes to the heaviest nuggets – the search just got faster, lighter, and simpler than ever, with the announcement of the all-new Minelab GPX 6000TM smart, all-gold detector, powered by new Geo-Sense-PITM technology. GeoSense-PI (Pulse Induction) technology precisely analyzes gold signals while eliminating ground signals, allowing both beginning and expert nugget hunters to hear all gold pieces clearly. GeoSense-PI technology responds to ground signals with great clarity and precision, accurately isolating and reporting gold signals in the most difficult environments – even those once considered undetectable. It rapidly suppresses unwanted signals via three overlapping feedback systems for superfast detection of all gold pieces, placing anyone swinging the GPX 6000 completely in tune with the piece of Earth they’re hunting. The new Minelab GPX 6000 is the fastest, lightest, and simplest way to find all types of gold in one machine. With automatic features and an easy-to-use interface, the GPX 6000 is ready to find gold from the moment it’s switched on. And because GeoSense-PI continuously adapts to changing soil conditions during use, there’s no need to adjust any settings; simply swing the detector and find gold. Detect longer and remain more comfortable with premium ergonomics that contribute to a lighter swing. Weighing a feathery 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs), the new Minelab GPX 6000 incorporates serious features like carbon fiber shafts, a streamlined and intuitive control box, signature U Flex™ armrest, and a new Li-Ion quick-release rechargeable battery. Delivering up to eight hours of operation on a single charge, the new, lightweight battery design ensures the GPX 6000 won’t give up the hunt before you do. The GPX 6000 includes a versatile 11″ Monoloop coil for an ideal balance between ground coverage and pinpointing small gold pieces, as well as a larger 14″ Double-D coil to detect gold accurately in the saltiest of environments. Both included coils are waterproof to 1 m/3 ft. For even more versatility, the new GPX 6000 is also compatible with Minelab’s GPX 17TM, 17” x 13” elliptical Monoloop coil (not included). The Minelab GPX 6000’s rainproof LCD user interface is backlit for high-contrast viewing in a variety of conditions and allows easy control of user-selectable functions and modes. Like other proven and trusted Minelab detectors, the new GPX 6000 is both durable and reliable. Tested in the harsh environments of gold fields worldwide, the GPX 6000 can withstand both extreme heat and heavy rains. Evidence of such comes in the form of a 3-year warranty backed by Minelab’s global support. MINELAB GPX 6000 FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS Key Technologies: GeoSense-PITM / Bluetooth® / aptXTM Low Latency User-Selectable Difficult (default) and Normal Search Modes User-Selectable EMI Cancel (default) and Conductive Ground Cancel Double-D Modes User-Selectable Auto and Manual (Quick-Trak) Ground Balance User-Selectable Auto (on start-up) and Manual (as needed – 5 s duration) Noise Cancel User-Selectable Manual (levels 1-10), Auto (level 11) and Auto+ (level 12) Sensitivity On/Off Threshold Tone Setting 5 Volume Levels Operating Frequency: 1.225 kHz Operating Temperature Range: −10°C to +50°C (+14°F to +122°F) Storage Temperature Range: −20°C to +70°C (−4°F to +158°F) Length: 155 cm/61 in Extended and 67 cm/26.5 in collapsed Weight: 2.1kg (4.6 lbs) Display: Monochrome LCD with Backlight Audio Output: Built-in Loudspeaker, Wired 3.5 mm (1/8”) Headphone, or Bluetooth® Wireless (aptXTM Low Latency) Splash / Rain Proof MINELAB GPX 6000: INCLUDED IN THE BOX GPX 6000, Smart, All-Gold Detector GPX 11™ 11″ Round Monoloop Coil (waterproof to 1 m/3 ft) GPX 14™ 14″ Round Double-D Coil (waterproof to 1 m/3 ft) Quick-Release, Rechargeable 5833 mAh Li-Ion Battery Charger — AC Mains Plug Pack Charger Battery Charging Cable — Crocodile Clip Cable for Vehicles ML 100 Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones with Detachable Cable and USB Charging Cable “Put simply, the new GPX 6000 turns everyone into a gold-detecting expert,” says Philip Beck, Minelab General Manager Engineering and Operations. “Minelab’s GeoSense-PI technology does the hard work of eliminating ground noise and highlighting targets, allowing the prospector to swing, listen, and find gold. We’ve also made sure that the GPX 6000 is a joy to use; it’s an incredibly lightweight gold detector that helps gold hunters spend more time pursuing their passion with less fatigue.” The new Minelab GPX 6000 smart, all-gold detector will be available at Minelab dealers worldwide beginning in April of 2021. MSRP is $5,999 USD. Join the conversation on social media at @minelabdetecting and @minelabmetaldetectors, or learn more at minelab.com. ABOUT MINELAB: Minelab is an Australian, multi-award-winning business that has successfully scaled world markets to command global leadership in its key areas of operation. Based in Mawson Lakes, South Australia, with regional offices in Cork, Ireland, Dubai, UAE, Chicago, U.S., and Itajai, Brazil the company specializes in advanced electronic technologies. Since its origins in 1985, Minelab has been the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for gold prospecting, treasure hunting and landmine clearance. Through devotion to research and development and innovative design, Minelab is today the major world manufacturer of handheld metal detector products. Over the past 30 years, Minelab has introduced more innovative and practical technology than any of its competitors and has taken the metal detecting industry to new levels of excellence. Minelab is a Codan Limited company (ASX: “CDA”). To learn more about Minelab, visit minelab.com.
  11. Hi all, just found on Gumtree Aust a Minelab GPX 6000 for sale. Only the box in the picture. Listed yesterday by Shawn Gib from Sydney. Asking $9000. Says your beating the que price is firm. Does anyone know who this is? I take it is a fake so be aware, or someone has one from a dealer? cheers sturt
  12. Six Thousand dollars to put out on anything is a large investment to make . I just wonder how many of you have committed yourself to buying the 6000 already? I’ve had a long talk with one Minelab dealer and he has been told that the 6000 may slow in coming to the US because of the high volume going to other countries. That’s due to the gold rush is there not here. For you that live in gold country it may be a easy discussion but for those of us that don’t we may have to think about it a while. I myself don’t have a bass boat parked in my drive with a big motor and trailer so this year I’m going to be good to me . I will have a 6000 as soon as I can get my hot little hands on one. How about you is Santa going to come early? The Best! Chuck
  13. Hello All, I haven't had much time to post, but did manage to get about 4-5 hours on the new Minelab GPX 6000 metal detector. I didn't download and read the manual, just charged the battery and headed out with it. I figured it was so simple to use, didn't need to really read about it. It was pretty simple to set up, about 10-15 seconds and I was off detecting. A few things I noticed right away was the super lightweight and the fact it can compact down very small with the 3 piece carbon fiber shaft. I took it back over a few spots I worked with the GPZ 7000 in the past. There was still targets left behind, as it was originally a very trashy placer area. I was finding small pieces of wire, bits of iron and tiny pieces of lead and birdshot. There is no question, it's a bit more sensitive vs. the GPZ 7000 with the NF 12" Z Searchcoil. After about 4-5 hours of detecting and digging probably a hundred small targets, I managed to pull 6 small nuggets out. I didn't even get to weigh them, one is super tiny (far right on the coil), maybe a grain in size. All the nuggets combined might be a 1 to 1 1/2 Gram total. I didn't do any side by side comparison for anyone wanted to know how it does vs. other GPX detectors or the GPZ 7000. I can see this unit being very useful for prospecting & exploring due to the high sensitivity, lightweight and how it can compact down very small to fit into a backpack or even a quad box. I was fortunate to get a good batch of them, all pre-sold prior to the arrival. I'm expecting another batch soon, so if anyone is interested in one of these great new Minelab detectors, give us a call. I'm sure there will be many great reports on them, hopefully more when it cools off a bit. Wishing you all the best of success and stay safe out there! Rob
  14. At Rye Patch Nevada training customers and 15 minutes into it Lunk scores 1st gold. Yes we compared signal to GPZ-7000 and the 6000 heard it better. A trained ear on 7 could have heard it, but much easier on 6000.
  15. Hope this thread seems like a good idea. One thing I noticed yesterday using the 14" DD. I put it on and set it to Conductive Ground Cancel. At some point I turned off the GPX, had a break and turned it on again. After ?? mins/hours I noticed the GPX was in EMI Cancel mode. I tested this a couple of times. When the GPX 6000 is turned off in Conductive Ground Cancel mode and then back on again it does not remember that it was in CGC mode - it returns to the Default of EMI Cancel mode. Hot tip - check what mode it is in when turning on with the 14" DD attached and set it accordingly. At least that is what mine does - I assume everyones is the same? 🤔
  16. 8 grammer found at 11 inches. Nothing special as most detectors PIs should see something that big at that depth, but at least we get to see a big one finally found on film.
  17. Firstly my thanks to the guys at Coiltek. After dreadful weather here in central Victoria, and recovering from surgery, this morning dawned clear and sunny. Nice hot coffee and before the dew was off the ground I had the 6000 cranked up. Rudimentary reading of the manual the previous day saw the new detector humming sweetly after a short warm up. JP had been most helpful with a few tips on the local Finders forum, so it was quite easy to feel a certain amount of confidence as I ground balanced and paired up the headphones, which are surprisingly good compared to some of Minelab's previous offerings. There is a shallow but substantial lead running west to east across my fifty acre property which yielded a small amount of gold to my GPZ a few years back. I had gridded out the most promising area at the time, so it seemed obvious that this would be a good place to test my new toy. Not bothering to take a pick I headed off towards the east end of the block. Where on earth did these signals come from? A number were I am sure just shotgun pellets, but a few were at a reasonable depth as I tilted the coil to get some idea of just how deep. The more interesting signals I marked with boot scuffs and will check out within the next few days. I did not get to go back for my pick as a visitor turned up to have me check his detector. Initial impressions; Pretty damned good.
  18. Just got an email from Serious Detecting saying they have GPX 6000, but follow link to website, sold out. No surprise. Scuttlebutt is nearly all dealers are getting single digit quantities on this first go, with more coming later. I won't pretend to know what that means, except that a few people will have these in hand by next week or sooner. A person might find a dealer with unspoken for units if they are very fast about it. Once this first batch is gone, it's the waiting game again.
  19. Dear brothers, I did not find any clear review comments regarding the Minelab GPX 6000 detector My question is, has anyone tried the GPX 6000 and it turns out that it is able to find more gold better than others?
  20. Ok have spent 12 hours behind the 6000, on old patches (our wet will not let me go further) Like all ML detectors the 6000 is Magic, but then I say that about any detector or coil that puts weight in my pocket, thus I give my review because history is in the past and we are looking forward if you don`t agree stop reading and bug off. At this early stage I list the great features, tis light, no menu just a simple matter to press a button say go from normal to difficult, to change sensitivity, to switch from no threshold to threshold, to change operation channel etc top time saving features. Does it get gold? You bet it does, remarkable sensitivity/depth on "micrograms" and stability and it has found its first patch, in amongst the high grass on a 45deg slope on the bank of a small wash. Am I impressed..... you bet but that is normal for each ML new detector for me since year dot. Only thing at this early stage I miss is no manual GB to give the final cleanup of patches. Does it compete with my ZX combos...... no way it complements it.
  21. I’m wondering if the double D coil on the 6000 discriminates on metal like the 5000 does?
  22. I've read a few posts from those who have both and their input is pretty much what I expected. Having fun (especially with others) is the majority of why I enjoy detecting. Only a select few actually do it for a living and do well. The rest of us (me included), enjoy the hunt, adventures, comradery with like minded friends, and getting some gold on occasion. It's looking like the GPX-6000 is getting the majority of gold better than the GPZ-7000. So, is the extra weight worth the rare occasional big nugget? Lets go a step farther. Say the ZED hits a 4 ounce nugget at 34". Will the 6000 hit that same nugget at 30", 32" 33" or 34". Say it's 2" less and only gets the chunk at 32". It's still near 3' deep which is deeper than most folks enjoy digging and or most other detectors out there. So the reality for most folks, the GPX-6000 at a cost savings of $2000 and over 2 pounds lighter, better ergonomics, no more tethered into a harness, more user friendly, real wireless Bluetooth phones, is the best option for most. Like I said in another post. There should be a convoy of GPZ users heading down the highway to get the new GPX-6000 and having more fun, more gold more often. I can help make that smile happen. Anyone have a point I am missing or totally off, please chime in. Pic of the nugget will probably only be a few inches in depth difference between the 6 and 7. But the majority of us would probably hear if with both machines at 30 or more.
  23. I went out to what may be my last visit to my silver beach before opening day. It is a lot busier with preparations going on for Memorial Day, but If I am lucky, I may sneak in one more visit. I only need a couple more silvers to make 200. Lucky my wife went along as the heat was starting to get to me. It was nice to have someone be able to go back to the car and take some of the heavy targets and bring me back drinks. Hunted from around 8:30 to 3:30. I was toast after that. I started out again looking for low conductors and on my second hole I found the 10K Class ring. Hopefully, an easy return since the full name was engraved in the ring. Because of that I ended up digging a lot more iron than I wanted to. I was not planning on clearing areas of iron, but finding the ring made me change my plans. I did not get a lot of good targets this time around by clearing iron. Almost all of the silver found was not near any iron. Weather definitely played a part in how fast I dug targets. Full sun all day and hotter than they said it would be, probably around 70, with almost no breeze. So that beach still has good targets for me, but much harder to get in quantity. I guess I will be doing parks or cellar holes on my days off from now on. Time to put away the GPX and pull out the Equinox and learn some new tricks for the parks.
  24. I’ve been following the battle between the old dog (GPZ-7000) and young dog (GPX-6000) with keen interest.. From what I can make of it, the young dog’s winning its battles in the USA and the old dog in Australia.. So far it seems the old dog can handle a scruff on heavily mineralized and ‘hot rock’ infested grounds better than the young dog, who prefers milder grounds.. But it’s too early in the day to scorn the young dog, it’s only just finding its feet in the world.. The old dog might’ve fought it out with other GPXs and always come out on top, but this young dog seems to have more sense of geology than its cousins.. Maybe a few more dust-ups in the old dog’s yard might do the young dog some good.. Or maybe the old dog won’t let the young dog anywhere near its yard no more? Maybe they should flog it out on neutral grounds somewhere, another 'Rumble in the Jungle'? Only time will tell who emerges Top Dog of the World , as with most other dog fights.. Hackles come up and fur starts to fly..
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