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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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 14” 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 11” 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 17” 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 14”DD coil attached, as it is noticeably heavier than both the 11” and 17” mono coils. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. Has anyone experienced a GPX detector turning on of it’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.
  9. 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....
  10. 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.
  11. 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 £8000 here which equates to more or less $11000 ! If the new gpx 6000 is roughly $6000. that's £4500 . im sure that the retail price in the UK is going to be above £6000. ! 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
  12. Hi guys! Well, I just this couple minutes ago on Facebook! Looks awesome!
  13. Hi everyone, I've been lurking and reading a while, and ended up purchasing a well-used GPX 5000 recently. After taking it out a few times, I have a question that feeds into a few other questions. Is the detector supposed to react very loudly if it's tapped/bumped against bushes, rocks, etc? My assumption is "no," but I wanted to make sure I wasn't just experiencing something that's normal. By "react," I mean it beeps as if I've swung over something HUGE and metallic. Assuming this is not normal - what are likely causes? 1. I've used two different coils with the same result. 2. I have the coil wire wrapped pretty tightly and secured with velcro wraps. Could the problem be a loose/faulting coil connector into the control box? Thanks for the help, and looking forward to learning more!
  14. My second hunt this past week was at my favorite EMI beach. Besides getting a new scoop I also decided to try a Coiltek 14" anti-interference coil for my GPX. I need every advantage when hunting this beach, so I decided to give it a go. I was hoping I could still use the coin/relic setting with this coil as it is the deepest, but it was not going to happen. So I changed timings and it worked well. Now all that was left was to see how much depth I lost. Honestly, at first I did not like the coil since I really wanted the most depth I could get, as the coins tend to be deep. But I kept at it and eventually did get 2 silvers that were around 12" deep. Not bad, but a bit short of the depth I wanted. Then something strange happened. I got another deep sounding signal and dug down around 12". Still no target with the pinpointer, so I scraped another 2 inches out, and finally I heard the target, I carefully removed 1 more inch and I flipped out a small copper ring. I measured the hole and it was 15". I couldn't believe I heard that ring that deep. I'm pretty careful with my measuring and I saw the ring flip over when I was pulling sand away, so I'm confident that it was not falling back into the hole. I use a spade to get the bulk of the sand away and then use my hand to finish finding the target. Although it's just a junk ring, I like the enamel design that the 40's through 50's era produces. I've found a couple religious medals before and they were enameled the same way. A couple more trinkets and lots of junk I didn't photograph, and that was it. I'm always happy to get any silver at this beach, so 2 silvers this time of year is a good hunt for me. Just happy to get out twice in one week.
  15. There is a Minelab rep from Chicago in Quartzsite right now with a GPX 6000 exhibiting it. Tomorrow is the last day, I can't make it down there though soon enough to see it. Anyone else in the area and curious to see might go to the Miner's Depot booth at the RV show though.
  16. I've managed to get a hold of a second hand GPX 5000 with 4 coils for AU$ 4400.. Now I'm really ready to go out where the Big Boys play.. Can anyone recommend any areas in North Queensland where I could go to learn how to use it? It's going to be a steep learning curve but I've got this year set aside to finally find that nugget with my name on it!
  17. Back in July we were speculating on a new Minelab trademark filing for Geo Sense PI. Looks like now we have an inkling what that was about and that it is related to the upcoming GPX 6000 model. Here are a couple tidbits gleaned from the full Codan 2020 Annual Report: JANUARY 2021 UPDATE - Minelab GPX 6000 Revealed! page 6: "Minelab will soon release an exciting new GPX® gold detector which will draw upon the best features of the GPX 5000™ and SDC 2300®." page 14: "Minelab will soon release a new GPX® detector which introduces an ease of use technology, GeoSense Pulse Induction, and will sit within the premium end of our gold detector product portfolio." Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts
  18. https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/for/d/glendale-minelab-gpx-4000-gold-metal/7230946968.html
  19. I currently use a Equinox 800 and I consider myself to know absolutely everything about it. There really isnt anything that anyone can tell me about that machine that i havent mastered and completely already know. Its probably the most simple machine to use on the planet. I understand all the settings and I even know how to exploit the machine to get the results that i want when i want and i know how to get the maximum depth possible on the machine. I can even get a 22 inch air test on a silver quarter. Not too many people know how to do that and it is very relevant when you hunt in places with fill dirt and sand. So I have been completely cleaning out all double beeps, every single piece of trash, every sliver of aluminum foil, every rusty nail, Every single pull tab, piece of a pull tab, tip of a pull tab, chocolate coin discarded foil etc etc etc. Some of these places i have been electronically sifting wont even give a double beep on ANYTHING anymore with the Equinox 800. I dont care about VDI i just dig it all at this point. I try to force out double beeps. It just doesnt happen anymore in these places ive been pounding. Ive used all 8 modes with several different settings and I now consider these places PRIME PROPERTY for a Pulse Induction Machine in order to find more targets. These places are so clean that I wont even have to tug around the 800 to cross check the beeps because the 800 cant hit anything else there anyway. So i need advice on a purchase. We all know Whites has ended production. But ive always been interested in the TDI pulse machine. Right now you can pick up the Whites TDI Metal Detector with 12” Waterproof Spider Search Coil & Bundle for about 999.95 plus tax and shipping. I have read some old reviews of this machine and some people claim that this thing is an absolute beast at the beach. Ive seen videos of people making water proof boxes and tying it to there body just so they tug this thing along the water and get that unbeatable depth with it. Some of these guys are claiming they get about 3 foot of depth with it while wearing ear phones. I find that very interesting but i dont plan on using it at the beach. I need a machine strictly for coin/relic and jewelry hunting AT THE PARKS and other places on Dry land That the equinox 800 just cant find any more targets at, even after 2 weeks of straight rain. I think my max in depth dig on the ground with the 800 was about a 12 inch Large Cent, and it was basically on a hillside. So i cant find any information about the depth of coins that the WHites TDI can detect. I have Trimes in neighborhood and half dimes too. The equinox will struggle to find those targets that have been in the ground for over a 100 years at about 6 to 7 inches. Can a TDI pull those targets at 12 inches if they have been in the ground for over a hundred years? Whites has taken down their forums and i cant find any relevant information about coin hunting with the machine. Why is TDI cheaper than a V3I? I know that my 800 is superior to the V3I because i used to own one. The V3I is just a VLF machine. If the TDI is a Pulse machine should'nt the detectable depth for coins/jewelry/relics be better and deeper than a VLF? I dont want to dump a grand on a machine with 10 year old technology if my VLF is going to be superior to it. I really don't want to buy a Garret ATX with its 8 year old technology for 2 grand, when i can probably wait until Minelab releases this GPX 6000 specs information. Thats probably when you can get a good deal on a used GPX 5000 for 2 grand or less on ebay. USED GPX 5000 > Garret ATX at that price point. But if a TDI is all need, THat would save me a grand. I dont care about going to gold fields and looking for gold flakes or nuggets. I care about digging up the history where i live at. I could get just as lucky in my village and dig up a silver coin worth $50,000 or more as you could get lucky finding a gold nugget of the same value in the dessert or mountains, RISKING YOUR LIFE FOR IT... Ive read that a Garret ATX and the Whites TDI perform about the same as far as depth of coins is concerned. So I guess i have 2 options, A whites TDI for 1 grand, or wait and try to get a USED GPX 5000 when they go on sale after the GPX 6000 specs release. Is a TDI going to be sufficient for my needs? THanks!
  20. The GPX used for most of the hunt today on a beach where the coins are deep. All these coins seem to be dropped from the same time frame. The 2 Buffalo nickels and the Standing Liberty Quarter all have no dates. The rest of the coins are from the 40's to the early 50's. It's safe to assume the dateless coins were dropped in that time frame too. Why do I care? Because these coins were from 15" to 20" deep. I can barely get some of that layer. There is plenty of sand below them. That is where the earlier coins rest. Beaches are not empty, we just skim the surface of them. I'm too tired from digging to post all the junk and the more modern coins found. I'm just glad that I could get that many good hits, with all the beach people that were there getting in my way I want the temps to drop so they will stay home and keep warm!!!!!
  21. Greetings" to All, from 32f Idaho! Need a replacement 1 of these for a GPX4500, and cant find the name of the piece to search for a replacement...don't need and endshaft w/ eye attached, just looking for a "universal eye" or oem minelab eye to mount to a custom shaft. What's this called in detector lingo??? Any help w/ the name or where to get one would be much appreciated!!! Thanks!!! Ig
  22. Had the day to work a beach with the GPX and the AQ. I used the GPX for 5.5 hours and dug every target in the dry sand. I know there is deep silver at this particular beach, and it did not disappoint me today. The Standing Liberty quarter was measured at 18” and the Walking Liberty half was at 20” This is the maximum I have found silver with the GPX. You do not always get those depth, depending on EMI in the area. I can regularly get 15” on most coins. Another good target was a gold grill, probably 9 or 10K. You do not see those every day on the beach.😄 Partials sometimes, but grills never. It was nice to get out and dig like crazy. Beaches are very trashy, but I need the exercise, so I dig it all.
  23. how do i find out the birth day of my 4500? Thanks for the help.
  24. Abenson - “As you'll soon see in the video, The Tarsacci, Equinox and GPX can hold there own against each other. The only loser in the video is the Deus but it's out of it's element. Deus thrives in surface trash in my dirt not, deeper targets in trash. There's really no magic bullet when it comes to deeper iron masked targets.“ Tarsacci vs Vista X vs Equinox for Park Hunting Tarsacci vs GPX vs TDI
  25. Going back out to a place I've been to a lot but with a twist. Finally talked my buddy into flying me out with his helicopter. We went last week but only got on the ground for a few minutes before we had to leave because of weather. In 5mins I had a little nugget (pictured, soaked in muriatic acid). I mined in this area last year running a test for hard rock. On out days off we went out with the detectors, GPX5000, GPZ7000, SDC2300, and two gold bugs (not sure the models). The gold bugs crushed it and the SDC2300 next and then the 7000. The 5000 was last. Non of us really are proficient with any of these. I maybe have 50hrs on the 5000 over the past 4 years. A lot of the pieces are small and kinda wiry. So im going back up with the 5000 and would like some help on recommended settings to start with. I have 3 coils. The two that came with it and a small 8" mono. What would you guys recommend? Thanks!
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