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  1. Excellent review by Nenad at Phase Technical http://phasetechnical.com.au/putting-minelab-gpz-7000-gold-test/
  2. Instead of everyone getting all cranky, waiting for the new GPZ 7000. Let's make the wait more tolerable. Guess the new Price!!! The winner gets??? Well half of nothing. Unless Steve H or anyone has some Minelab swag to sweeten the pot. Closest to the MAP without going over. I guess $ 8450.00.
  3. Minelab GPZ 7000 and CTX 3030 The Minelab GPZ 7000 weighs 7.32 lbs and the Minelab CTX 3030 weighs 5.2 lbs. Both are almost perfectly balanced. Where is the weight difference? The Minelab GPZ 14 coil comes complete with lower rod attached. I assume if you buy one new it will also come with a scuff cover like all Minelab coils but I do not know this for sure. A scuff cover does come on the coil when you purchase the GPZ 7000. The coil assembly with scuff cover and lower rod weighs exactly 3.0 lbs as weighed on my digital postal scale. The lower rod assembly with nuts and washers weighs 4.8 ounces. The scuff cover weighs 4.3 ounces. The coil alone without rod and scuff cover is 2 lbs 6.9 oz. Compare this to the stock 11" DD coil on the Minelab CTX 3030 at 1 lb 6.2 oz with scuff cover and you can begin to see why the GPZ 7000 weighs what it does. To get proper balance for that 3 lb coil there has to be offsetting weight behind the handle. Even the 17" coil for the CTX 3030 only weighs 1 lb 15.8 oz. Now lets look at the detector bodies: The GPZ body is obviously longer than the CTX body. The GPZ body with battery weighs 4 lbs 0.3 oz and the CTX body with battery weighs 3 lbs 6.2 oz. The GPZ battery is larger and at 72 Wh has nearly twice the capacity of the 34 Wh CTX battery. The GPZ battery weighs 13.0 oz. versus 9.0 oz for the CTX battery so you are getting twice the power for only 50% more weight. The batteries are interchangeable so you can use your CTX battery as a backup on the GPZ 7000 or buy a GPZ battery to get extra running time on a CTX 3030. The smaller battery and a smaller coil option have the potential to easily shave over a pound off the total weight GPZ 7000. I can imagine say something like a 8" x 11" semi-elliptical coil and the smaller battery making a nice balanced combo. The longer 38" two piece rod from the GPZ 7000 will plug into the CTX 3030 for a gain of 6" over the 32" single piece CTX rod. However, the way the coils mount is totally different though in theory they could be made to work. GPZ 7000 coil and rod plugged onto CTX 3030 14" x 13" GPZ 14 Coil for GPZ 7000 with Lower Rod and Scuff Cover
  4. Hi Steve, To start off, you have a great informational site here. I have always liked your posts from around the different forums and now you have it all right here and you are sending out info double time. Very nice. Since this thread has an SDC component to it I would like to ask the question I been wondering about. I have read JP's analysis that he can run GPZ head to head with the SDC except for very small surface gold. I have both a 5000 and SDC and quite honestly I love the stealthy little detector and use it 90% of the time. It just work in the steep manzanita choked hills that I frequent much of the time here in Shasta Co. I would like to get your take on the small/med gold performance difference between these two here in our local soil conditions of Northern Cal and Nevada? Thanks Jeff
  5. Here it is, good stuff as always http://www.minelab.com/aus/treasure-talk/introducing-the-gpz-7000 The only major note I will add is that the High Yield/Normal ground combination can be even more effective in our low mineral ground conditions in the US than the High Yield/Difficult ground combination that JP recommends for most Australian ground. Not all ground here tolerates it but where it works it really works.
  6. Hi Steve, will the 7000 fit in a large airline approved suitcase...the specs mention a size in the packed position, I am not sure what that means... What I really want to know is how to get this on the plane to Oz when I go again? fred
  7. I would like to know the weight of the 14x13" Super D Search Coil with a Coil Cover? Has any one tried the GPZ 7000 for hunting wet sand at one of the California beaches?
  8. This is it folks - most of your questions answered, and fodder for forum controversy for sure! Official Minelab GPX 7000 Sales Brochure Full pdf Version
  9. http://www.minelab.com/treasure-talk And the official Minelab press release http://www.minelab.com/usa/consumer/knowledge-base/news Note detector availability at dealers February 23rd
  10. This is the official Minelab GPZ 7000 Owners Manual 12/2018 updated (4901-0176 Rev 3) https://www.detectorprospector.com/files/file/35-minelab-gpz-7000-user-guide/ And the simple Getting Started Guide https://www.detectorprospector.com/files/file/36-minelab-gpz-7000-getting-started-guide/
  11. A lot of people have talked about the coil comparisons in the GPZ video with regards to the larger deeper stuff. What about the fact that the GPZ is being said to go deeper than an SDC on small gold – 14" coil compared to 8" coil. If that's the case I'm impressed. I also hope there will be an 8" coil option in the GPZ's future. Imagine how much better it could do on sub gram nuggets if it had that coil! My question is; Does the GPZ really beat an SDC on small nuggets even with a 14" Coil? Is that number coming from that 5 gram mark or sub grammars too? With the detector reaching buyers this Friday and that one website doing a countdown to Wednesday, I suspect the gag will be lifted off Steve and JP Wednesday as well. Whenever they get to talk, I look forward to hearing their conclusions. I look forward to seeing the gold they've found with it as well!
  12. “This revolutionary new ZVT technology far surpasses GPX detectors for detecting deep large nuggets AND finding gold at any depth. The GPZ 7000 will open up the gold fields again.” -Bruce Candy, GPZ Inventor Back early on with the SDC 2300 I pointed to a quote from Bruce Candy http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/302-minelab-sdc-2300-my-detector-would-have-found-that/ “You will find more small nuggets and fine-threaded specimen gold in mineralised soils with the SDC 2300 than any other gold detector, including the GPX 5000.” - Bruce Candy (Chief Scientist Minelab Electronics, GPX & SDC Inventor) I figured out finally that Bruce does not seem to be a person prone to exaggeration. Nuts and bolts engineer all the way - just the facts, nothing more. I think when we all look back in a year the above quote from Bruce Candy about the GPZ will have said it all.
  13. This ad image is being circulated widely on the internet. Through the magic of zoom, cut, and paste, here are some close up shots. More information on the Minelab GPZ 7000 here as available. Close Up of Minelab GPZ 7000 Armrest and Battery Close Up of Minelab GPZ 7000 LCD Display and Controls Close Up of Minelab GPZ 7000 GPZ 14 Waterproof Coil
  14. So a few minutes ago I read - on an Aussie gold forum no less - Many of you know that I am the associate editor of the ICMJ magazine - AKA - The Prospecting and Mining Journal. We've been printing issues since 1931. However, while I write a lot of the articles, I don't normally see the ads (just not my job), and I've not got my issue in the mail yet. However some folks have got theirs and apparently this gent who lives in Arizona has his copy for this month. I'm looking forward to seeing it! The photo image version of the magazine is not yet on the internet either, but it should be in a few days. ICMJ Prospecting & Mining Journal February 2015 (Vol. 84, No. 6)
  15. Forgive me for scoffing but this sounds like some B.S. advertising claim that a desk jockey at Codan has come up with. There is plenty of info on the web that details the extreme amounts of battery power it would take to realize even modest gains in depth using current PI technology. So they have much better battery tech or new timings maybe. I can see where they may possibly achieve that claim only in a certain timing or certain conditions but? Is that 40% in all timings on all types of gold in all types of ground? Does that claim take into account coil size? I truly hope I am the one full of B.S. and this is not just advertising hype as I know where to go if it is the truth Merton
  16. Codan's original FCC filing for approval request confidentiality for the users manual till 28 Dec. 2014. Well, I have some time in the evenings to poke around looking for stuff online and no manual yet. I just checked on the FCC website and the date has been extended till 28 March 2015. Guess we have to wait a while. Edit 1/4/2018 - Latest official version of Minelab GPZ 7000 Instruction Manual
  17. From the Codan 10/23/13 report at http://www.codan.com.au/Portals/0/investorpubs/Chairman's%20&%20CEO's%20Addresses%202013.pdf : Quote - "We have a number of exciting new product releases planned during the next two years," And - "Our next flagship gold detector will be based on new technology that we have developed and verified; technology that will dramatically improve detector performance." And from http://golddetecting.4umer.net/t17104-new-machine-rumours on November 1, 2013: "The fact of the matter is that Minelab are looking into new technologies in gold detection, but a new top end product release is certainly significantly further than 12 months away." Codan also showed a graphic promising four new detectors upcoming in 2014 and 2015. A new mine detector. A new low end detector (X-Terra?). A mid-range gold detector (the SDC 2300, slated for mid-2014). And a new "Super Gold Machine". All the above seems to me to put 2014 off the table but sets 2015 up as a likely time-frame for Minelab's new flagship gold detector. It is a break from the GPX series so who knows what it will look like and what capabilities it may have. What I personally hope for is a detector that clearly and without question will hit a quarter ounce or larger gold nugget deeper than a GPX. Maybe by just an inch, but that single inch could be magic in the right locations. Better yet would be some kind of breakthrough in ferrous/non-ferrous discrimination but I am less hopeful on that front. Only time will tell but 2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year in metal detectors, not just from Minelab but possibly from the other major players in the industry.
  18. Did my "Dawn Patrol" of Forums just now and this popped up. http://golddetecting.4umer.net/t20225-no-new-gold-detector-from-minelab-any-time-soon The page that they linked to seems to be on-again-off-again, but I got this screenshot of most of it. My screenshot didn't get the whole page, so I have copied a pic of the rest from the Aus. Site here. A couple of interesting things. No discrimination and not waterproof, even though it looks like the CTX. UPDATE EDIT - It looks like putting that info on the comparison page as a machine you could run a comparison on was an error on ML's part. It has now been removed. Oh well. IMPORTANT NOTE FROM STEVE HERSCHBACH - This is an unusual situation. In case you have not figured it out, Minelab has a new flagship detector in the works. A mistake was made that put the specs up live on the Minelab website, where screenshots were captured and posted online, including here. Minelab has requested that the information be deleted as it is not vetted for public release at this time, and out of respect for their wishes I have complied with this request. However, the deletion of the screenshot and spec list from the other website is as far as this editing goes. Those that have seen the information may feel free to continue to post about it or speculate on it. You saw what you saw and I am not going to play whack-a-mole or do anything else by way of dealing with the information leak. My sincere apologies to Rick Kempf for modifying the post as I do really appreciate seeing it! However, it does appear to have been an honest mistake by somebody and I have no wish to cause them any grief beyond whatever they are already suffering.
  19. In the four years since the GPX-5000 was introduced, the eventual question of "what next" has come up. Minelab's parent Codan is a publicly traded company, so it's leadership,has to answer to stockholders. The Annual General Meeting is where management sets out how they are doing and where they are going. This year's meeting was tomorrow (that is to say morning of 29 October, which is today there but tomorrow here - funny thing the earth). For gold hunters, the big news was one slide. I don't know if this really means anything, but the outline doesn't look anything like the GPX series! It will be an exciting year!
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