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  1. Availability? Don’t ask. But pricing looks reasonable, coils especially. Minelab GPX 6000 Lithium-Ion Battery part # 3011-0432 US$165.00 Minelab GPX17 17″ Mono Coil part # 3011-0427 US$369.00 Minelab GPX14 14″ Double D Coil part # 3011-0426 AUS$499.00 Minelab GPX11 11″ Mono Coil part # 3011-0425 AUS$449.00 Minelab ML100 Wireless/Wired Headphones part # 3011-0435 US$139.95 Minelab GPX 6000 User Manual Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories & Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Video Training Series
  2. Made it out for a day at the beach. It seems like ages since I been out. The crowds were starting to gather since the weather was perfect that day. I was able to hit my favorite stretch of the beach for the most part. I started out trying for silver but decided to concentrate on low conductors, hoping for some gold. Total of 40 nickels that hunt, counting the war nickel. I ended the afternoon digging for high conductors as well, and was rewarded with yet another half dollar. Using a PI, you cannot get away from digging the deep, rounder shaped big iron since it could be a deep half, so I dig it. Some of longer iron items and shallow smaller nails, I could have avoided if I wanted to. I did manage to find a nice 10K tiny gold ring, so that made for a great day. Average depth was about 14” on most items. The ring was fairly shallow, probably around 7”. Total coins I believe was 100, so a high coin count. The usual copper and lead bits also found. Most items were resting on the clay layer or near it. Great to get out and enjoy the day.
  3. Hi Guys Just thought I would share my first trip with the GPX 6000 out near home. About an hour and a half in an old spot on the NSW Far South Coast AU. Settings on manual about 12 o"clock position in difficult. Hot ground but with a steady threashold. Down @ 6 - 8 inches. Cheers Jack
  4. Hello gentlemen, finally someone from the Australian guys made an honest comparison
  5. My personal observations only, quick testing with no appreciable methodology. Make no conclusions based on my limited time with the machine. I had Steve's 6000 for a couple hours this morning. At sunup I detected up a swale where Jason had found a couple nuggets yesterday. I gridded a section 6 ft wide and about 25 yds long. I marked 7 undug targets, 4 definite dig me signals and 3 iffy threshold warbles with the 6000 and 11" coil. I then covered the same ground with my 7000 and 15x10 Xcoil. The 7000 had no trouble with any of the 4 dig me targets and found no new targets. Nothing but Ground and Salt noise over the questionable targets. I dug the clear targets, first 2 were micro nuggets in the .2 gram range. Third was a shallow hot rock and the 4th was surface trash. I ran the 6000 back over the questionable targets and couldn't get anything repeatable. I wish I had known JP's thing about the speaker/EMI because I was noise cancelling often, especially if I set the machine down for any length of time. Jason's summary from yesterday sums up our limited joint testing quite well. My feeling after this limited time is that if I were 5 years younger, I would stick to the 7000 with the array of X-Coils to suit the conditions. But, I'll turn 67 years young next month and my detecting shoulder has been nagging me for several years. I have fashioned a hipstick that transfers the detector weight into the frame of an archery fanny pack with shoulder straps. I thought it was great until I swung the 6000 with 11" coil. Regrettably, I decided to run the 6000 with the 17" coil with no bungee this morning. 45 minutes and I was done, hence my abbreviated time on the 6000. I'm gonna want a bungee for the 14" DD or the 17" coils. N. Nevada at this time of year is tough to hunt. The weather is great, but the ground has enough moisture to make the salt darn near unbearable in many places. The 6000 with 11" coil tames it some, but there's no magic absent the DD coil. Hot rocks are about the same as the 7000, although I found the Auto + with nearly silent threshold chops the tailing edge of a hotrock signal. You'd still have to dig them, but without enthusiasm. Am I buying one, probably. But I'm not rich and doubt I can justify $13k worth of detectors. I'm going to need to make an either or decision.
  6. I totally understand that our Aussie brother's n sisters always get the jumpstart on the newest Minelab gold detector but our wait in the USA is getting totally ridiculous......
  7. Still very new to the gpx. I go through the routine of EMI reduction and then GB, but even when absolutely motion less, every 5 seconds I get a warbling sound that lasts for about a second or so. When I start to swing a bit, it still does that warbling at the same interval. This is with the 11 commander DD. I haven’t tried this with the mono yet. I do have a single phase 7200V line about 200’ away. All settings are at factory presets. I have tried adjusting RX gain and stabilizer without success. The only thing that smooths it out is the cancel switch. Is this a common occurrence? I’ve searched 25 pages of Minelab forum pages (here) to root out the answer, but no luck yet. Thank you
  8. If this has been posted here already I missed it, sorry. But, wow...
  9. Get a GPX 6000 to use on your old patches before someone else does! You will be glad you did.
  10. More on coils. The tops are just to shed debris and attach to detector. GPX11 mono, exactly 11" diameter, 562 grams coil and cable only (no scuff cover or coil bolt) Minelab GPX11 mono coil underside GPX14 DD, exactly 14" diameter, 892 grams coil and cable only Minelab GPX14 coil underside GPX17 mono, exactly 17" x 13", 802 grams coil and cable only Minelab GPX17 coil underside GPX 6000 lower rod 21.5" long, 17.7 mm (0.70 in) diameter tube, 1 mm wall thickness, end 0.90 in width, round washer part# 4005-0117 I've suggested to steveg that a 24" rod would be a nice option. Have to take care of the tall people! Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Owner’s Manual
  11. In southern Arizona I know of a few areas that have Black Sand as much as a foot deep, and it seems more conductive than average black sand as well, I also know of places where there are Small Very Hot Rocks in Mass. The Black Sands areas I have tested using every possible mode and setting available and with 6 and 11 inch coils with a Nox 800, and even something the size of a shotgun shell setting Right On The Surface is invisible, same using a Goldbug Pro, and just a slight signal using a TDI SL, Nothing at all even with the TDI if even level with the surface, the ground is not just noisy, the sand literally acts like an electromagnetic dampening field..! The Small Hot Rock Areas I tested with the same machines and with different sized coils, the larger rocks I can just move, but the small ones range from about 1/8th to 1/2", many hot enough to clear with a magnet, but that doesn't help with the rest still in the ground, these small rocks Mast non iron targets enough to limit a 1/4" target to just 1 to 2 inches depth. QUESTION -- I see many tout the new GPX 6000, and I have no doubt Minelab finally made an Ergonomic detector, BUT has anyone tried it on the worst ground of the type I just described? Any Suggestions? I believe these area have at least some good potential, but are almost Undetectable in the most promising spots.
  12. When it came to the Minelab GPX group of machines, it did not mention the GPX 4800. Can you comment on the 4800 giving us your perspective on that machine as a gold detector. I have noticed on Aussie Gold Prospectors that a few of the cast are using the 4800 with some success. What are the differences between the 4500, 4800 and the 5000. Thanks .
  13. I am starting this thread to ask the folks who have used both to give their thoughts, opinions, comparisons and experiences with both. I have only seen JP and Rob post on the Nugget Finder coil and have only seen it in action on the Outback Gold Fever Channel. We all know that the 6000 blows away any competition with weight and ergonomics, but would still like to know if it gets any closer to this with Z and the 12”. Performance wise is really what I am after and these two sizes are only an inch apart, but 2 different techs. I am on the fence, do I buy a new coil for my Z or sell/save for a 6000? I am truly in the middle on this based on my terrain, age and gold I am after. My terrain: is the woods and broad gulches. There is always overburden and vegetation so I need the power to bust through that to get to the start of the bedrock erosional surface and hopefully close bedrock. However, wearing a harness does not work and is cumbersome for detecting in this environment, its never flat so you never feel the help from a bungy, its pointless for this area. My age: is 45 and I can go about 5-6 hours max before being whipped, thats not just from detecting but digging and hiking in and out too, so I know as age goes on the hours will be less but new tech could come out too. My gold: is sub grammers, that is the majority. We have hit larger pieces but the bread and butter is sub grammers and the Z is getting them through all that overburden but I am not sure if the GPX6000 would. So my “dream” detector would be ZVT tech in a compactable SDC form with interchangable coils, light and ergonomic. Is that to hard to ask? 😂😂😂😂 So, in the interim, it’s either a lighter coil for the GPZ that supposedly is more sensitive and can get a little deeper and reduce the weight for non bungy users OR a new detector that is lighter, that is also more sensitive at least on surface gold, that we have seen so far, but has the possibility as more reviews come out to see if you can actually hit small gold at depth like a GPZ. Can’t have both, the coil I could afford, The GPX would require selling off the Z. I also don’t have the ability to drive to the closest dealer that would have both in AZ. Thats a two day drive one way. So please, if you may, would love feedback on this vs the two. In the end it sure helps me out and probably many others too. Thanks!
  14. Nenad speaks! https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=604239#p604239 and the first cover kit for the 6000: https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=36990 Reports coming in from various Australian users, seems the detector does find gold. Now if U.S. dealers could start making deliveries. I have to think that with machines delivered first in Africa, and now in Australia.... any day now? Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Owner’s Manual
  15. Hey guys. My name is Patrick, I'm new to detection, I'm from Brazil. Sorry for the google translation ,. I would like the help of the most experienced. I know that many have already upgraded their machines to 6000 and 7000. I have a GPX5000 with a 12x15 mono commander and a DD 11 "commander. My nugget hunting region is the most mineralized in Brazil with large companies that remove material. What are the best coils to handle such a hot soil? I am thinking of upgrading to DETECH coils of 15 "ultimate or DETECH 18" closed DD. Am I right with these coils or wrong to deal with high mineralization? Thank you all.
  16. Went to a different, flat beach for a change of pace. I was going to wrap the GPX in plastic and go into the water a bit but found out my Detech coil needs to be weighed down in order to not float. Not a big deal, as it is a great coil and my favorite. I will know better next time and will weigh it down. Because of how flat the beach is, I expected and was granted, lots of bits of aluminum 😆. The number of coins was in line with how things seen to go for me on my area beaches. Found a bit of silver as well. Also found a ring which is either nickel or white gold. It is not as clean as I would expect gold to be, but maybe it is a lower karat. Just somehow reminds me of how some clad quarters look when they are tumbled a lot, coming out looking clean and not that red/green/brown look. Reads a solid 8 on the Nox. I still feel there should be some deep gold and silver there due to the deep coins and deep lead that is still left behind. Also, the number of pull tabs could have been gold rings as well. I do have to say one thing about the GPX line. They are very durable machines. I just hope the GPX 6000 is as durable. My 5000 has done a lot of deep woods hunting as well as the beach hunts. Things do go wrong with it (like the cam locks), but it always powers up and performs well. So, nothing earth shattering, but a decent day at the beach.
  17. Fat Bastard Prospecting, all his videos are entertaining unless you're offended by common Aussie prospector language. He does a quick run with the new 6000, not a great deal of new information but entertaining none the less.
  18. I’ve been detecting for gold for a VERY long time and have seen a lot of crazy things happen over the years but this recent experience takes the cake. On the same day but prior to when I filmed my son Joshua digging some gold with the GPX 6000 I heard Josh calling out to me to come take a look at what he was holding. I was perplexed to say the least because it looked like a big dead stick, so I just assumed he had some sort of interesting critter sitting on the stick and wanted to show me. When he got closer I couldn’t see anything that might have attracted his attention but he was looking at the stick very closely, so I just assumed it must be a tiny critter. Then he started mumbling something about getting a signal and how he had kicked the stick away and the signal had disappeared so he went and waved over the stick again and pow a signal coming off the stick!! At this stage I’m thinking a 22 Bullet or a slug gun pellet wedged in the wood. Then I saw what it was that had got him so excited!! 😝 Yep thats a small nugget wedged into the wood, how the dickens it got in there is anyone’s guess. I’m thinking it was in the gravelly wash around the trees root bowl and the tree had been blown over during a rain event (it’s obviously very old) and maybe a nugget had come up with the root bowl and then been washed across the trunk with the nugget then wedging itself into the crack!! Anyway it seems the GPX6000 can find gold in all sorts of strange places. 😂
  19. Are JP et al trading in their Z7000s in favor of the 6000? Is this the "Go To" machine for everyday prospectors? From initial reports it would appear the 6000 excels at sub half gram nuggets in OZ soils, but isn't expected to compete with the 7000 on bigger/deeper gold. Here in the US, will I have to sell a kidney for the luxury of having both detectors? It may be some time before us CONUS prospectors even see the availability of such a machine, do I sell the 7000 before the market is flooded? Does anybody know what the recovery time is for a kidney donor?
  20. Do you think that the GPX6000 should have been classified as a GPX? Steve mentions in his review that it was "like" the SDC he always wanted. So maybe this should have been called the SD6000 (gotta keep the price in the name 🤣) Or maybe this should be the GS6000 for Geo Sense, a new line of detectors. I do not know the the history of the SD vs GP vs GPX in technology but I think Minelab might have gotten a better response if they named it different and showed it off as a "different new" detector vs an upgrade in the GPX lineup. Unless of course it really does belong in the GPX line up. I have never used a GPX so I am just guessing here, I started detecting when the SDC came out, my first detector. Would love to hear some philosophical technical input here.
  21. If you haven't read Steve's 'Novel' then do yourself a favour - thanks Steve for taking the time 😉 Spent the day with the 6000. Coil on the ground from about 9.30 until 5 p.m. with a half hour break. Over 2 small areas at different locations that we have totally flogged with GPZ's, a QED, a 5000, an Equinox 800 and a Gold Monster. Areas are probably 5 metres X 15 metres each. Quite a few targets today that just shouldn't be there!! 11 of them lead shot too 🤔 At some stage this morning I had a fleeting thought of disappointment that what I had spent 8K on was not big and heavy and gave the impression that I've really 'got something' for my money. And then I quickly realised that the light and nimble (yet well built and sturdy) 6000 was precisely why I forked out the cash on this new model instead of saving 3K and going for a heavy, harnessed, battery attached, need to work out something to make the audio wireless, GPX 5000. Or even a 4500. Seriously considered both. I'm glad now, and my body will thank me long term, that the 6000 was the final choice. With the 11" attached the balance point of the shaft is about 6 inches closer to the control box than what the Equinox 800 is with its 11" DD and extended to the exact same length. Hence, the 6000 is not quite as nose heavy and just feels really balanced. All day today with no harness, no guide stick, no soreness at all. Nice! The manual says the 14" DD loses some depth but is essentially still as sensitive on shallower pieces. The manual is correct! The 2 smaller pieces in the photo were found with the 14" DD coil - ridiculous!! 😲 They add up to .07 gram together and to be honest I'm not sure how accurate that is - they may be lighter. I read where people said to throw away the DD and buy the 17" - based on the experiences of what a traditional DD offered I guess? I'm not so sure about that. Not a bad patch hunter I would have thought. For a person that has never used a DD though - it is a bitch to pinpoint with 🤣 More time is needed get a feel for it but Steve pretty much confirmed what I was thinking from today re: performance. It doesn't quite have the extreme mineralisation handling characteristics I've found the SDC to have. I did find about 4 hot rocks and did dig some ground noise. Those are rare events with an SDC in the areas I went today. Huge improvement on the hot rocks compared to the QED though. Small gold sensitivity? Well, I think it pretty much equals the SDC in that regard. But, if I already had an SDC and a Coiltek 14X9 I don't know that I would be racing out to buy a 6000 if my main local gold was small and shallow. Big, deep gold? I don't know unfortunately, but hope to find out sooner rather than later 😜 It did find a few deep targets and it obviously 'lights up' targets differently to a GPZ and an SDC as some of these targets were right where they should not be. Today I was fossicking but purely to get some confidence on ground I know well. There are a few other local spots that the 6000 will get a run to, as Reg Wilson would say, pick the last crumbs off the carcass. However, I now feel I've got that light weight yet high performing prospecting machine that I can take out in the field with confidence. Almost forgot. Played with the Threshold On and Off. On for me. Off was just weird. Off is great on the Equinox when coin hunting but I can't see it getting a run on the 6K. Cheers, N.E.
  22. I picked up my 6000 on Monday and have had 3 days of trying out the new toy. First day - i took it to a local prospecting area well known for EMI and tried the 11" mono - the closer i came to the EMI area the less stable it became till it was unusable so i switched to no threshold and lowered the sensitivity - which seemed to work as it was a lot quieter but was capable of sounding off on buckshot. The second day - in same area i tried the 14" DD which totally tamed the EMI so i could run it on manual 10 sensitivity with a threshold. So i am wondering which is better - 11" mono with no threshold and low sensitivity or 14" DD with high sensitivity and a threshold? Also on the second day a friend had his GPZ7000 and we tested a sub gram nugget and a 3 gram nugget. Both machines achieved very similar results - for example on the 3 gram nugget both detectors gave a iffy signal at 24cm but very clear signals at 23cms. Not a real scientific test i know but left us thinking both machines were very similar performance wise. Today i went to the beach to see how the DD coil performed in wet and dry sand - while there was occasional background warbles (i used no threshold) there was no problem in hearing targets loud and clear. Not sure i would use it for my beach work because of the lack of discrimination but for people who like digging everything, are hunting chains or need a bit more depth - it worked. Note - this was not a black sand beach. Likes - With the 11" coil its a breeze to swing - a bit heavier with the 14" but still good. No Sore Shoulder - & with no cords easier to be ambidextrous Set up time and tuning time is minimal. No cords , no battery back pack, no bungy cords - i did not get caught up in thick scrub. Headphones are comfy. Headphones paired easily (better than the Equinox). Confidence in performance tuning. Option of having threshold or no threshold. (switched to no threshold when pin pointing - made it easier sometimes with the 14" coil). Did i mention how light it is? Dislikes - None so far. Could do better (no deal breakers)- A case for the headphones would have been nice (like Equinox). Also a car cigarette lighter charger is not included. Wires on Headphones look pretty flimsy - time will tell if they are up to the job. A few times the rubber headphone socket protector unintentionally opened - its not a real firm fit. In summary - I have a smile on the dial - just need to get to some decent gold fields - maybe will be able to do that this weekend.
  23. The first video I've seen by somebody that knows stuff. 4/18/2021 Digging with PhaseTech - Well, it is finally out, and finding plenty of gold already! The Minelab GPX6000 was a fun project to be involved in. Here's the first of many videos where I will showcase finds, tips and techniques, comparisons and just having fun with it in the field.
  24. I had a chance to meet up with Jim in ma for a beach hunt. Always nice to detect with a fellow forum member. 🙂 Hit me favorite beach for about 6 hours and had to adjust my thinking, since the bulldozers had mostly buried my silver area. Thanks Guys! 😡 So, I moved over to the clad section to at least get to dig some coins. The ratio of silver to clad leans heavily towards the clad. But there was some silver to be found, including the big silver. 71 coins in all (including silvers). Oddly enough, there was not a single zinc to ruin my day. ❤️ Average depth of targets was about 14”. Some different finds of the day were 2 round ball, one being a 69 caliber, the pistol brooch, a chain which looks too thin to be a pull for a light, but still may be. If it ends up testing positive for silver, then it is a neat design for a piece of jewelry. It was really nice to get out, and I was pleasantly surprised that it did not rain as predicted. Today we are covered with a bit more snow than the dusting I thought we were supposed to get. New England weather! 🙄
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