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  1. I posted this last month on an old thread in the Metal Detector Advice about the Vallon mine detectors. The consensus was that as nugget hunters they might not be so great. While I have no data on that, I suspect that they might be pretty good except on extreme OZ ground - probably equal to or Better than a TDI. As a beach machine however, they present a really interesting possibility. I have now checked out the 2 I bought on eBay from Poland and they both work fine. Here’s what I posted, followed by a bit of an update....They are a good bit lighter than an ATX - about like a TDI. 3 D cells, but you can use AA to D adapters and lighten that up - the power consumption is quite low and so that works, but get the ones which take 2 AA’s pr adapter so you can use 4 or 5 for longer run time, the machine runs on 3 - 4.5 volts - pretty remarkable engineering for a PI. Blast from the past on this 2 year old thread.  I just ordered two of them from Poland. I took the plunge after tracking the ongoing (67 pages now) thread on Geotec. The thread was started by Eric Foster - noted PI detector designer - and is clearly showing that the Vallon VHM3CS is a very capable and interesting beach and relic machine - and may be useful for native gold as well. http://www.geotech1.com/forums/showthread.php?23169-Vallon-VMH3CS-Mine-Detector - the pics below are from Eric. The top ones shows a transformer box for conventional headset - see below. So, now I have them, I have done some simple functional checks. They detect a nickel buried in a wash here in AZ 13” down - about what a TDI will do. The interesting news is the the Vallon agent in the US will update the software to the latest version - free. If the units are sent postpaid both ways! So $199 on eBay, $67 shipping, and you have a useful non-discriminating beach PI for under $300. They come with the case which is really nice, heavy-duty canvas with shoulder straps and a “one-ear” headset. The headset connector is a milspec item but the wiring diagram is published and the mating plug is $8 surplus online - Piezo phones only unless you build a transformer in the circuit. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Army-metal-detector-VALLON-VMH3CS-Working-condition-BROKEN-ARMREST/282998790673?hash=item41e40ada11%3Ag%3AOqoAAOSwAnhbGTdX&LH_BIN=1
  2. Couple of bits found with the QED & Detech 11" Ultra Sensing Mono. Hopefully the first of many!
  3. I stumbled across this Paper by Minelab discussing metal detecting basics and theory, I found it a very worthwhile and informative read, no doubt a lot of people have seen it before but like myself there are possibly many who have missed it. It holds a wealth of information about detectors and how they work. https://www.minelab.com/__files/f/11043/KBA_METAL_DETECTOR_BASICS_&_THEORY.pdf Here is Minelab's speal about it The following paper is both informative and helpful for metal detector users with an interest in technology. This article offers an insight into the basic theory and electronics of metal detectors. Whilst a technical paper, this is not a formal “scientific paper” and the language used is deliberately more “reader friendly.” Additionally, some terms are used loosely. For example; the terms “magnetic soils” or “mineralised soils” indicates soil that contains materials with significant magnetic permeability (or susceptibility). Minelab spends a higher percentage of annual revenue in research and development than any of our competitors. We, as the engineering team, appreciate that our company supports this approach allowing the freedom to dream of what might be and act upon that vision. The result of this effort is demonstrated in the break-through technologies that Minelab has incorporated its world class detectors. A basic approach to creating a superior metal detector includes: 1. Products that offer the most useful features and best possible performance 2. Products that are highly reliable 3. Products that exceed expectations every time they are used. To achieve these goals we must know advanced detector theory intimately. A sound working knowledge of electronics, mathematics, and mechanical engineering are essential as is familiarity with government regulations. We also pride ourselves on our practical knowledge of hands-on detecting in the field. This paper will give you a basic overview of the subject and some insight into the way we at Minelab approach the challenges of creating the world’s finest metal detectors.
  4. https://md-hunter.com/nokta-simplex-detector-price-starting-at-200-new-2019/
  5. Just curious if anyone has had an experience using a Fisher Gemini 3 or similar detector in prospecting trying to find an ore vein. Fisher Gemini-3 Two Box metal detector
  6. White's is finally getting serious about giving the other guys some decent competition in the low end of the marketplace. I think it is safe to say the Prizm series never had much impact. The new units are running in the classic coin detector frequency range of 7.8 kHz so they have no serious application as nugget detectors but will be of interest for those looking for a good entry level machine. Nice and light at only 3 lbs running off only two AA batteries and a big easy to see screen. And kind of fun that they resurrected the old Treasuremaster name. I am tired of detector names that are either three letters or something that sounds like a jet fighter. Looks like I personally have to wait for White's to do something to really get my attention but at least this is a start perhaps of a new direction for the company. Rumors of a PI/hybrid by year end? White's Electronics Treasuremaster White's Electronics Treasuremaster Pro Treasuremaster Specifications
  7. What about this Steve? http://www.vallon.de/
  8. http://www.dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/read.php?2,152652 NASA-Tom Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Here it comes...…… a bit of a paradigm-shift in te > chnology/technological-advancements. I want to giv > e you guys a (moderate) heads-up...… for something > that is on the horizon. It is built by a small com > pany (medium/small) that makes military-grade unde > rwater locating devices. One of those engineers is > a avid detectorist. He has convinced/steered the c > ompany into inventing/building a hobby-line detect > or. It's been in-the-works for about 18 years. All > of the prototyping had been completed 2 years ago. > It has been an "unreleased" completed product for > the past 2 years. (((We are at: "shoot the enginee > r" time-continuum))). It is not quite a VLF..... a > nd it's not quite a PI. Ergonomically..... it has > been 'pushed' to be in the shape of a detector...t > hat we would 'recognize' as a detector. It's been > some work..... to get the unit to 'sound' like a m > etal detector. . . . . . that we would 'understand > ' it's language/audio. It is "quirky". You will li > ke some of the quirks.....and can put some of them > to good use. Some things that I can share...… at t > his time: > > * Very specifically targets TWO INTENTS: > 1. Wet-Salt > 2. Bad Mineralization > This is to say...….. it does NOT target mega-trash > y areas...… does NOT target carpets of nails. > > * NOT for beginners/novice. Targeted for seasoned > detectorists. > > * IP-68 > > * 11" x 8" DD open coil (hydrodynamic) > > * Electronics designed TO/FOR the coil. ((( If you > want to change coils..... you must change the elec > tronics. This is a very specific/discrete platform > . ))) > > * Weight/Ergonomics: Very similar to F75/EQX/T2 > > * One rechargeable battery. 1-1/3 length of a C-Ce > ll. Diameter of a C-Cell. 6000mAh 3.7V. This is a > 'off the shelf'......easy to access/buy......and Y > OU can change it... in about 40-seconds. (Under th > e armcup). > > * Full VDI ID ….. with a 60-point span. > > * A very real/correct All-Metal Mode. Disc Mode. I > D Mode. > > * Iron span range is: -30 to 0. And for a very s > pecific/discrete electronic platform rationale/jus > tification. You DON'T want this changed. > > * Non-Ferrous span range is: 0-30. > > * In certain modes..... very responsive to high co > nductors. > > * Inches deeper than Excal/CZ/Sov for coins and go > ld rings..... in a wet-salt environment. ((( Almos > t exactly parallels the performance of my 'tuned/t > weaked' AquaStar-II..... in the wet-salt. . . . . > but. . . . . with FULL ID capabilities. ))) Resona > nt (great) for tiny gold rings, small, medium and > large gold rings. This is where the depth advancem > ents have taken place. > > * One of the paradigm-shifts: Ground Balance the u > nit in the dry sand FIRST. ((( And in a different > fashion: Hold coil about 10" above the ground. Pre > ss and hold GB button. Lower the coil to about 1" > off of ground. Release GB button. DONE. ))) Then. > ..…… walk down to the wet-salt. . . and manually z > eroize your local wet-salt content/volume. Now the > detector … no longer even sees the wet-salt. It is > not 'canceled'. It is not phase-shifted out. It is > not Ground Balanced out. The high conductivity of > the wet-salt is no longer seen. This is a fairly l > arge dramatic departure from all other detectors. > First time in history. A paradigm-shift. > > * This unit targets beach hunters.... and relic hu > nters in bad dirt. This unit loses depth/performan > ce in bad dirt …but at a SLOWER rate than other un > its. It 'holds on' to good target ID's at deeper d > epths.... in bad dirt..... at a better depth/ID ra > te than other units. > > * Trying to keep the cost below the CTX-3030 MSRP. > If we don't market/advertise it..... the cost may > be around $1600..... or slightly lower. The intent > may be to sell the unit on this web-site (forum) o > nly/exclusively. That way..... we can circumvent a > dvertisement costs (which can be very expensive). > > * For the most-part: K.I.S.S. theory has been empl > oyed. > > * Heavy gauge carbon fiber. > > More details to follow...… possibly.
  9. Very interesting Steve. I'm testing right now new polish metal detector RUTUS Alter 71: http://www.rutus.com.pl/en In this unit you can adjust frequency by 0.2kHz step from: 4.4kHz to 18kHz...
  10. Hi, I'm not trying to start any trouble here. A Quest Q40 pretty much fell in my lap for 1/4 of the retail price. I have had the former Deteknix pinpointer and the small ear cup wireless headphones with the plug in wireless module for several years. Both of those products have been trouble free and excellent in quality after loads of use. So, when this Q40 deal came about I thought: what the heck, FTP and Quest seem to have come to an agreement, Quest is partially an American company and I like their other products. Well, the Q40 is a very nice detector indeed. It feels and operates very well. It has plenty of adjustments and is customizable for discrimination and for tones. It really locks on to coins well so far. Most of all for me, it has a very comfortable hand grip, feels much lighter and better balanced than my Equinoxes, has wireless audio, Li-Po USB charging for the detector and has a very adjustable shaft system. It does not remind me of any particular company's detector but it does have many separate modern features that all of the other manufacturers have. Its like a combination of every company except maybe Tesoro. I would not feel hesitant about taking it anywhere to detect for coins, jewelry and relics. Until FTP and Nokta/Makro come out with their new models sometime soon (I hope,) the Quest 40 is a very viable option for someone looking to use a modern designed, single frequency 13kHZ VLF, with lots of features (the pinpointing is outstanding unlike my Nox) that the big boys have for a lower price and it can hunt. I can only imagine what the newly designed Quest Pro is like... Jeff
  11. Pictured below is a pic of the detector’s screen in the dark with intensity at full brightness setting. Notice the keys are lit as well. A very nicely built detector. I see no shortcuts. Not flimsy feeling at all. This model detector build quality when looking at it externally is compared to all detectors I have handled as the Rolls-Royce of Metal Detectors. The tones provided and volume are great. External speaker provides very ample volume and sound quality to use on those say hot days when headphones are just too uncomfortable. Once paired with the supplied wireless headphones, and you power off both headphones and detector, once you are again ready to detect, you power up headphones and detector and pairing in very quick. No waiting around to get to detecting. Buttons on control provide good feedback when used. Nice adjustable arm cuff. Internal battery provides very ample detecting use time and charging is a breeze. Connectors used to connect coils to control head are very user friendly (idiot proof). The unit supplied to me for testing only had stock coil. The stock coil is light for an 11”did coil. Coils does come with cover. Mounting hardware supplied does a great job securing coil and helps keep in position for actual detecting. Detector is very balanced, the best balanced detector I have handled with a stock sized 11” DD round Coil. Rod with its adjustments seems to offer good latitude for folks of different heights. I will measure and post with pics or video the exact measurements when rod is fully collapsed and fully extended (useable position). Notice there is no pinpoint switch but rather a pinpoint button on control. I should have additional coils (I purchased) for the detector come Monday so maybe I can share info about them as far as how the actual detector performs as far as enhanced separation/unmasking and see ballpark wise how deep they are in MY soil on various common items looked for by detectorist. Not a difficult detector to run. This detector with stock supplied coil is deeper than the Nokta Impact with stock coil in my soil. I suspect in even milder ground it will be deeper. In areas such as NE and Midwest areas of USA, this detector will be a very deep seeker. I look forward to hearing some reports of actual users of Anfibio Multi from these areas. I want to thank Dilek for giving me the chance to test and review this detector for Nokta Makro. I will try and get into some more detail tomorrow and hopefully get a video or 2 showing this very nice looking and built detector. For reference purposes need to post these. Brochure link for all Anfibio models. https://www.noktadetectors.com/wp-content/file-download/anfibio/anfibio-brochure-en.pdf User’s Manual all Anfibio models https://www.noktadetectors.com/wp-content/file-download/anfibio/anfibio-user-manual-en.pdf
  12. Saw this posted on another forum. http://www.dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/read.php?2,155115
  13. I will be ordering both the elliptical 4x7 and 5x9 in the morning. Already talked to dealer.
  14. Hi guys ! Yes, I am a beach hunter, but I was invited to metall detecing on a WW1 field... So the beach hunter I am was suddenly contemplating a huge corn field which has seen some ww1 Action... I chose to hunt before noon (2 hours) with the Equinox 800, and two hours in the afternoon with the Safari I happened to win at a detection rally two weeks ago. As you can tell from the posted pics, the Nox Found 18 targets, the Safari 32, but i felt the afternoon search was richer in targets...The best find of the day was a silver King Leopold II 1867 2 Francs (Belgium), a very rare coin, as it has only been minted from 1866-1868 The nox got more tiny targets (low conductors), but the Safari was able to find some tiny targets too. I don't know what to think about the results about both detectors, but they are very close in my opinion. Those are the pics of this outing (round bullets are belgian, the others are german). Happy hunting !
  15. https://www.noktadetectors.com/wp-content/file-download/anfibio/anfibio-user-manual-en.pdf https://www.noktadetectors.com/wp-content/file-download/anfibio/anfibio-brochure-en.pdf
  16. calabash digger

    Rutus Alter 71

    Testing out my new rutus alter 71..
  17. There is a nice write up with lots of photos just posted by one of the Nokta Anfibio prototype testers. There is mention made of the Nokta Anfibio Multi Cache Mode, called Treasure Mode in the review. There are other tidbits also. Check it out at http://hobby-detecting.com/nokta-anfibio-our-review-of-the-new-detector-tips-thoughts-experience-finds/
  18. The Nokta Invenio appears to be a Nokta Impact combined with a visual mapping system. Nokta just released a set of fourteen videos covering all aspects of the detector in detail. Nokta Invenio Video Instruction Series Nokta Invenio Digital Imaging System
  19. Looks like an Impact in a Kruzer case: http://noktadetectors.com/index.asp?g=anfibio Nokta Anfibio waterproof metal detector Features: Warranty : 2 Year Limited Total Weight : 4 lbs (1.81437 kgs) Operating Frequencies : 5kHz / 14kHz / 20kHz IP68 Rating : Up to 16.4' (5 meters) Waterproof! Design : Telescopic Shaft, Slideable Armrest & Backlit Keypad Search Modes : 9 (Gen / 2 Tone / 3 Tone / 4 Tone / Beach / Deep / Etc.) Battery : 3700mAh Lithium Polymer; Offers up to 19 Hours of Operation Advanced Beach Mode : Very Stable Operation in Dry Sand, Wet Sand and Underwater E.U.D (Extra Underground Depth) Function : Detect Certain Metals Masked by Ground Conditions and / or at Fringe Depths Factory Included Accessories: 2.4 GHz Wireless Headphones - Green Edition AC Charger USB Cable Coil Cover
  20. Lanny, there is a super light weight PI built here in Australia, at a good price. I use one and love it. Unfortunately it is not yet available in the USA. It is called the QED. It is being constantly improved by the dedicated inventor. Hope one day you will be able to get one.
  21. Steve Herschbach

    White's MX 7 Video Series

    White's MX7 - A Short Introduction White's MX7 - Ruggedness and Frequency White's MX7 - Quick Start
  22. Well, strangely a midwife with a DHL shirt on, jut delivered Noxy's Baby brother. Weird 😉 Lame jokes aside, I Just want to acknowledge the great service iv'e received from Nexus metal detectors. Georgi (Owner and inventor of said machine) has answered tons of questions, gave great advice and got my detector here safely, and in good time. A full review will follow, but for now im taking these 2 kids out to play. No doubt there will be fun and tears. Andy. Brotherly Love already 😉
  23. http://www.dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/read.php?2,149502 This data below was posted by same gent who responded above on Apr 22 2018. LE.JAG Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Hello, > > some news on Fisher Manta > after using, the most powerful pulsepower > deepstar, SSV3, Aquastar, Goldscan 5c > > I can tell you that Fisher Manta is deeper > and more sensitive with its 7us delay > > the total weight should not exceed 1.5 kg > the Fisher team is currently working on the mechan > ical part > new box, cane, new coil.... > > the high sensitivity of the 7us requires materials > accordingly > solid disc with specific resin > winding and shielding of very high quality > high-end cable also for shielding .... > > all this add to a waterproof version > requires more time for mass production than a conv > entional detector > > once the mechanical part is fully operational > the first pre-series will not be long > and here I guarantee you the greatest depth > that you will never have seen on a ring at the be > ach > > if you hunt in the hard, look for a very solid gam > ate !!!! (:P) > > will follow the Terra version for the nugget > and this is just the beginning, Alexandre and the > research team > is already working on other technologies > who will revolutionize the world of gold diggers