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  1. Hey AZ-Sourdough, Nice display of various rough gold - to wire gold. The only decent amount of wire I found over the years was in a small gulch up in the Northern Bradshaws from drywashing. A friend found a nice 2+ ounce "wire nugget ball" there on bedrock, which lead us to start placering the gulch. The wire nugget still had fragments of quartz inside the wires. I will see if I can dig up a picture of it. It was one of the most pristine gold nugget/specimens I have seen detecting. He had several offers from gold collectors at 3-4 times the spot value at that time, but didn't want to sell.
  2. Hey Guys, Hopefully for the ones that want it, a smaller coil might come around for the GPZ 7000. If Minelab continued this series, the GPZ for an extended time like the SD, GP or GPX, then I could see a benefit for them. It took a lot of time for the 19-inch GPZ coil to get released, way after the promised release date. If there is a smaller coil, my gut feeling is they want to get it right and not promise a release at some point and not get near that date. When it comes to the right conditions like AZ-Sourdough stated, I use the SDC. It's quite expensive to have a SDC 2300 and a GPZ 7000, but last winter I used the SDC on long hikes and exploration runs to see if "any" gold was at these locations. If I found something worthwhile and thought the GPZ would be beneficial there, I would hike back with the heavy monster. I haven't tried it on "small wires" so there is a good chance I could miss those, but pick up the small 1-2 grain flat or round pieces at or near bedrock with ease. It also handled the hotrocks and mineralization better than a GB2, plus the added depth from a super sensitive PI. That all being said, the VLF's are much lighter than even a backpack Pulse Induction SDC 2300.
  3. Hey Doc and Jen, Rod and I did a lot of "Horse Trading" on this GPZ deal. I'm not sure why he didn't get one, or why I didn't mention it. I think Rod has something else in mind, or maybe a custom one he was going to make. Either way, I'm sure Rod will make sure the $8000 metal detector is protected good in the field.
  4. Hello All, Here seems to be a nice day of dredging in New Zealand. Looks like a place called Moke Creek. If dredging was like this often I would never get out of the water. I still love dredging (preferably clear water), but the water is so seasonal here in Arizona.
  5. Hey Jen, Ya, no offends to Doc, the boots were nice and at the time they were the only No-Metal I could find. The last pair I had the entire sole ripped off like on the third hunt out. I ended up using Shoe Goop to fasten the sole back to the bottom. I also had problems like you shown along with the outer front sides ripping out. Bottom line, Doc has always treated his dealers and customers top notch, but the Bates Boots don't get my top approval anymore.
  6. Hey Rod and Doc, Rod - Like always, you wrote a very honest and accurate opinion on metal detecting and detector technology upgrades. I'm also one that don't get too wrapped up in technology know how, but rather using the detector to really well. I think the key with most detectors is threshold, accurate ground balance and paying attention to faint targets if you're chasing deeper stuff. I have re-visited many old patches that myself and many friends hunted for years. I pulled more nuggets and trash from these areas with the GPZ 7000 and stock 14x13 coil. Just working old patches that first Summer season in 2015 I scored over 9 ounces in old patches working on the weekends (roughly 3-4 months). I pretty much paid for the GPZ on old patches where guys worked with early VLF's to the current GPX series. I was pretty impressed, but never found anything over 1/2 ounce at depth. The big ones just seem to be far and few in-between in most locations. It's always been great knowing you Rod, from the early days of you helping me with the forums and even website. We have had a great friendship and hope it stays that way forever. Thanks for always being a loyal customer and friend. Wishing you great success with the GPZ 7000. Hope you keep us updated here on your success as you use it more. Doc - I think most agree with the Minelab PI's, they have gotten somewhat better each time out. I think in my opinion the greatest moment in time was the jump from the SD to the GP Extreme. I found a lot of gold during that time. I think the jump from the GPX to the GPZ might be close, but still give the edge to the SD-GP era for at least me. I like you Doc have re-visited many spots and continue to find more gold with the GPZ. This makes it very fun to detect these areas again.
  7. Hey Guys, Thanks for the great pictures and story. Sure are a lot of creatures roaming around the desert in the night hours. Wishing you much more success out there detecting. Stay hydrated and be aware of your surroundings at night!
  8. Hey AZ-sourdough, I agree with you 100%. Glad to see you on the forums. I was hoping to find some more pictures on T-Bone, but I don't have much of my pictures from back in the early 90's when I hunted up around Northern Nevada. Now with a family & business, it makes it very difficult to break away for more than a few days. If anyone has any stories, pictures or articles about Terry T-Bone I would love to pass them on to his Daughter. Thanks!
  9. Hey Guys, I remember hearing back when the GPZ first was released back in mid 2015 that there might be a 11-inch coil. I thought (I could be wrong) seeing the 11-inch, 14x13 and the 19-inch.
  10. Hey Doc, The last couple of Bates I got from you really tore out on the side. I have somewhat flat feet, so this is not uncommon over time with most boots I wear. However, the last couple really tore out quickly and one sole even came completely off. It just seemed in my opinion the quality of the Bates boots went downhill over the years. I should have sent the pairs back, but I just figured it was a hassle and decided to give a few other boots a try. In all honesty, it's hard to find a good quality No-Metal boot. Hope all is well on your end.
  11. Hey Doc and Adam, Doc - let us know how those new Bates work out. The last couple of pairs of Bates I purchased just fell apart too quickly. Adam - Same to you, let us know how those ones work. It's hard to find a good pair of boots anymore that are No Metal. Also, if we know what boot you're wearing, we can ID who was walking up the wash! I'm wearing sandals now, so it's hard to see the footprints.
  12. Hey Doc, I have to agree, I'm on my third order of the Gold Monsters and I still don't have one to play with yet. With the 15% Military Discount, you can't beat a top of the line Minelab VLF for $679.15. This price smashes all the competition in my opinion. I have a buddy that bought one from me, we played with it a bit together and I was amazed on the sensitivity to small gold. I wouldn't of thought the 45Khz could find such small gold. I have a bunch of spots that still has dinks, so this will be fun to re-visit with the Gold Monster! Good looking boots also.
  13. Hey Guys, I bumped this thread as I just got off a long talk with T-Bone's Daughter. She called me tonight and told me a lot of information on her Father. She is searching for information and pictures of her Father and even of the 27 ounce gold nugget. Any pictures you might have, or know someone, please let me know. She is also looking to find the original article about the nugget. I told her I couldn't remember what magazine it was in, but would search ICMJ, GPAA, Western Treasure and Lost Treasure to see if I could find it. Anyone know off hand or would happen to have a copy of this article I would love to get a copy to give to her. Thanks for all the information in advance.
  14. Hello All, A friend is selling a new Detacc Super Sound Signal Enhancer with an external speaker for a Minelab SD/GP series (4 Pin). This is a great signal enhancer and has never been used by the customer/friend. These units were selling for over $100 and $50 for the speaker. Make offer if you're interested. Contact Melody at - goldrushmelody@aol.com or 602-751-2982
  15. Hey Chuck, Will be waiting to hear some of your feedback on the Gold Monster once you hit the goldfields. Mike C. posted a good write up on how him and his wife found a small nugget under a grain with the new Gold Monster 1000. The Minelab SDC 2300 couldn't hear it, so that is even more interesting.