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  1. LOL on the title My better half has been wanting a Gold Monster as she is no fan of the drone of the threshold on the Gold Bug 2 (GB2). She often runs it silent and knows this can be risky with missing gold. So I bought her one (thanks Rob) and we decided to give it a few hour test run seeing it was such a beautiful day. It was very hard for me to leave the GPZ at home and just try and dial this thing in for her Our plan was to test the Monster in two areas.The first area is loaded with trash so we had the opportunity to test out the different modes. The second area has been pounded by numerous detectors over the years and you're lucky to ever hear a target. We also used both coils and liked them both. The little nugget was found with the 10x6 coil and I'm sure the 5' would have found the nugget as well. It was not very deep, maybe an inch. Now I've only used the Monster for one day so my opinion of it is still in the forming stages. Having used detectors for find gold for many, many years I can say that the Monster is an easy to use machine for me. And my better half finds it easier to use than the GB2. Why? She relates to the buttons and digital screen of the Monster far more than she does the knobs and switches of the GB2 and, she certainly enjoys the relative quietness of the Monster over the GB2. Seems like a fun, productive, and easy to use detector so far
  2. Keene 141 with Vac $700. Everything is in great shape. Ready to get the gold PM me if you're interested. If I have to ship it to you then the shipping cost is yours to pay. Flexible on delivery in the Phoenix and surrounding areas, happy to meet in the middle.
  3. Here's another nugget from a very recent trip that a friend and I took We both scored nicely I'm not posting our total take, but you'll appreciate this beauty. Found just a few inches deep with the GPZ, it was a screamer Only a gram and flat. Dropped it in my salad Life is good
  4. What a beautiful day to be out My friend Las and I were working an area where we (and our friend Dennis) have talked some gold out of the ground before. I decided to swing a hill that we had yet to cover. Have to take your time and do it right As I made my way up the hill about 15 feet I heard a screamer of a signal. Digging down a few inches I took a scoop of dirt and ran the coil over it. As I looked in the scoop the glint of gold caught my eye. A very nice piece of a small stringer was sitting right on top. 12.8 grams total. Nice and coarse. The close up are the best pics I’ve been able to take with my daughter's camera yet. Mine broke a while back and I’ve been putting off buying one until she insists There’s more to the story, but we’ll leave it at that. Ate some grub and headed home. It’s out there Life is good
  5. Its a lot of fun and a gold getter Rob
  6. My good friend Las and I headed out early to see if we could talk some nuggets out of the ground. We decided to hunt a wash that was not too remote but one where we had both found some great gold in the past. We’ve pounded but not yet “finished” this wash so there was some opportunity left. Crawling through some thick brush I trashed the headphone cord on my GPZ headphones. Easy enough to fix and having the WM12 wireless external speaker saved me time from a mile and a half hike back to the quads to grab the backup pair. Thanks Minelab I ended up with 3.1 grams for the day and my friend got a couple of nice quartz species with his Gold Bug I decided to use the Ground Smoothing option of Locate Patch on this wash (used the default Off previously) and these signals really stood out. Don’t have any pics of his finds but do have a pic of him with one in the scoop. Here pics are of my nugs in-situ. Both found on a inside bend bench. 9.2 grams for my week so far and now the weekend is here - hmmm First nugget in-situ Second nugget in-situ Good friend scores a specie on the flats Dang headphone cord Bird's nest
  7. Been meaning to post this for a few weeks...We've passed through this area a couple of times in the last few years. It’s kind of funny how much equipment we’ve found left in the deserts and mountains over the years. Seeing good equipment left to waste just always makes me wonder why people never go back for things? In just these pics there is over $1,000 in equipment: a drywasher and two vacuums. Not to mention the buckets, pans, shovels, knee pads, etc. Enough equipment for two people easily. Why did these guys never go back? Struck it rich, lazy, lost their way, knuckleheads? Regardless, no one has touched their stuff for a few years and at this point it's all rusty, dry rotted junk. No matter the why, it's this kind of thing gives prospectors and outdoors folk in general a bad reputation for trashing the public lands. If you leave crap laying around to rot - you’re part of the problem Don’t give the greenies cause. We named it the Junkyard Dog wash.
  8. What a beautiful day to hike a few miles in gold country The pre-dawn temps felt like they were in the 30’s and somehow that good crispy chill always makes your coffee taste better. I recently replaced the handle on my Apex pick and am very glad to have it done as the GPZ really hits some deep targets. Crazy how the Z can find both small and large nuggets at depth for the size. I don’t necessarily advocate for buying the latest and greatest technology but learning the Z (zvt) is certainly proving to be a lot of fun after many years of using vlf and pi detectors. There is the expected trash in this area and some very nice gold for anyone willing to work through the trash to find it. What you see is just a fraction of the bullets, must have been a shooting gallery Even found and iron toe There were some detector digs in the area where the nuggets were found that appear to be fairly recent. My guess is weekend warriors missed them Everyone misses gold now and then, no exceptions Maybe the Javelinas found some gold too after they had a snack 6.1 grams in the poke Life is good
  9. Here is a pic of it in my daughter's hands. Wish we found it - next time!
  10. Very cool. I've detected up in the forty-mile district just "over the hill" in Alaska (big nuggets and fines) but never in Dawson. From a few folks I spoke with in Alaska there is still good gold to be found in near Dawson in the right areas. Good luck, it's beautiful country in the north. If you get bored just take the Top of the World Highway over to Jack Wade. Jack Wade has several miles of area open to the public for prospecting. Big gold still there for those who work hard and have a bit of luck I saw a 5 pounder taken from less than a foot below the surface
  11. After purchasing the GPZ I read the brochure and did the recent software update. Easy, awesome, thank you. Being a Linux user I opted to borrow my better half’s Windows PC to download and transfer the file via USB. Now, my Linux system could have accomplished that simple task no problem. The brochure simply states to facilitate the update via a “computer”. The term “computer” is ambiguous. The main reason (assumption) for using my better half’s Windows system was warranty. My understanding of the legal definition of computer is essentially the following: ”A computer is a device that computes, often a programmable machine, which can perform a programmed list of instructions and respond to new instructions given to it. An electronic computer accepts data, manipulates data, produces results, and stores results.” (U.S. Legal) Many legal eagles have weighed in that definition covers any of the following: Linux, Mac, Windows, Chromebooks (Linux). tablets, phones (Android (Linux) and iPhone (MAC), etc. Quoting the Minelab brochure steps: “Begin the download by clicking on the new GPZ 7000 software update in the ‘Software Updates (Detector Firmware)' section. It will automatically save to your computer.” “Connect the GPZ 7000 to your computer via the USB cable and turn on the detector.” “Once the software update file is transferred to your detector, disconnect it from the computer by ejecting the drive and then unplugging the USB cable.” These directions never specify using Windows, Mac, Linux or anything. Just “computer”. That said, downloading and transferring a file could be accomplished with all kinds of “computers”. Again, kudos to Minelab for not making the update required to use some special software, just a file transfer. My main question: Has anyone posed this type of question to Minelab? The question being: "Can you use any "computer" (Linux, Mac, Windows, etc.) to initiate file transfers for GPZ 7000 updates via USB and not void your warranty?" If no one has posed the question to Minelab, I am happy to do so. If yes, someone did pose the question to Minelab,, what did ML say?
  12. The Golden Fox and I hit the LSD area yesterday. Sure were a lot of people out and about, prospectors, hunters, four wheelers, shooters, etc.. Love it...America! Finally broke the ferrite ring for the GPZ, knew it was just a matter of time We picked up the broken pieces and with a little super glue and duct tape we’ll see if it still works. Beautiful day! Time to get ready to for a multi day camp out and hunt next week after the holiday weekend is behind us.
  13. JP, my curiosity is the why, why that particular frequency and permeability? And I'm not looking for a bs answer like "minelab tested and said so". Something concrete. Maybe its a trade secret, no idea. All I know is the results that I experienced. Time will tell for sure. I've avoided the forums for years for other reasons (just now posting again recently) but understand where you are coming from. Gotta have a thick skin and learn to deal with the opinions of others (and trolls), right or wrong.
  14. This is what your tips sheet actually says JP. "In order to artificially add extra data for improved ground balance calibration, you can use a dust iron toroid, commonly referred to as an electronics 'ferrite'. The electronics industry uses these magnetic cores extensively in computers, televisions, and mobile phones." You can use a dust iron torroid, commonly referred to as an electronics 'ferrite'." It says "a" ferrite. It further says: "A ‘dust iron’ toroid suitable for the HF frequency band (e.g.1–30MHz with an initial permeability of between 6 and 10) has been carefully selected. It is recommended to use this specific Minelab accessory, only. Alternate ferrites may significantly degrade ground balance quality." The Minelab ferrite is recommend. Not required. Maybe I'm splitting hairs but again, my aftermarket iron dust ferrite seems to work fine. Your truck manufacturer probably suggests using their headlights, oil, tranny fluid, etc.; however any will do the job in most cases. That said, if I'm not understanding something, I'm certainly open to learning.
  15. Appreciate the link and info JP. Don't know what to tell ya, only know what Minelab stated to me. I used an aftermarket ferrite (dust iron) with my GPZ and saw no performance changes.
  16. And 6 months later Minelab provides an answer: “Hello Rod, From one of our engineers: "The nature of the device that is used does not affect the warranty. A Linux box can be used without issue. A phone with a USB adapter has been used in the past. The mechanism that is used to perform updates was specifically chosen to be a Mass Storage Device so that it could be most generic." I hope that helps! Tracy Customer Care & BDM Administrator Minelab Americas”
  17. Minelab just confirmed that any ferrite ring is ok to use with the GPZ via email. I also used this opportunity to get an answer to a 6 month old question, you can see the thread here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hello Rod, After speaking with our technician he feels that an aftermarket ferrite ring should be ok to use. Thank you, Tracy Customer Care & BDM Administrator Minelab Americas >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
  18. No idea. The last person I heard of doing repairs and mods on the older units was Ishmael from OZ @
  19. Sounds steep imho, especially for an older detector that is no longer serviced/repaired by Minelab ref:
  20. A friend had a TDI, it certainly was a capable gold finding unit and a lightweight machine, tried it out on several occasions. Between the TDI and the 3000, the 3000 would be my choice and that's likely due to the fact that I've used Minelab PIs, etc. for a long time. Last year I sold my GP Extreme for $750 with 4 coils and the lightweight pocket rocket l-ion battery system so there are some dang good deals out there.
  21. I've used both a GMT and Eureka (both being vlfs) and side with the GMT, especially with a small coil. Just seems to have an edge with sensitivity, depth, and ground balance. I'm sure you'll hear a lot of different opinions. For the money, I'd go with a Gold Bug on the vlf side or a used SD 2100 or GP Extreme for nugget hunting on the PI side. I've heard a lot of good things about the Gold Monster too (price range note). The vlfs do best in talings piles and smaller, shallow gold on bedrock, the PIs will outshine with ground balance and depth. If you can get a used PI with an 8 inch round mono coil or a Joey coil, you'll also be in good shape for the small stuff. I've found pieces less than 1/10th of a gram with PI units using 8 and 14 inch mono coils. No matter what you decide the detector is only part of the success equation: Operator, experience, location, etc. All of the detectors you mentioned (V-SAT, GMT, and Eureka are proven gold finders). You're doing the right thing by asking questions, don't think you can make a wrong decision in buying any proven gold finder. Once you decide on a unit the fun begins Hope this helps.
  22. Thanks bro, glad you got some nice chunks out of that spot too We're not done there yet Yep, let's get together as soon as we can. I'm sure we won't have to twist Las's arm to join us
  23. Sharing some of my thoughts and observations on the GPZ after a few months. The pic is just a small portion of the gold that I’ve found with it so far. The GPZ is heavy compared to many of the other Minelab’s I’ve swung in the last 16 years or so and I’ve swung them all at one point or another. Recently, on a five day hunt with friends I swung the GPZ the usual 8-10 hours a day. On the sixth day my shoulder was getting stiff and sore, so much so that I was glad to have a day of rest from detecting. Did not want to even swing the lightweight gold bug at that point. Just to give some perspective here I’m no weakling but not Hercules either, just a very thin and fit guy. 6 foot 1 inch and 180 lbs. I’ll mention this next piece for everyone’s potential benefit...I highly recommend going paleo if you’ve struggled with weight gain that often comes with age. I began eating paleo a few years ago (am over 50 now) and am as thin as I was at 25. And have almost endless energy. Enough about crap like health and nutrition ...the good news is that the GPZ comes with a harness to reduce the weight on your shoulder, I just don’t like it (nor do I use it). In speaking with other prospectors, opinions on the harness are a mixed bag just like every other topic in life. Some swear by the harness, some swear at it. I’m in the latter crowd. A bungee on the old backpack seems to work well for my purposes, don’t try and convert me The shaft’s extended length is great for jolly green 6+ footers and if you’re more dwarfish, the fact that the shaft is telescopic will make you happier than a pint of grog Plus at the end of the day you can collapse the GPZ and load it up easily into your rig. Ergonomically, the GPZ is fairly balanced. Even after months of use the ergonomic design is still weird to me, just because I swung the older style Minelabs for so long. If a GPZ is your first unit, you’ll never know the difference. Performance wise, the GPZ is impressive. With a little experimentation and practice you can run it just about anywhere, even in basalt. The depth and sensitivity of the GPZ are beyond my expectations. It's so sensitive that I had to change my knee pads to a new brand just to avoid hearing the little rivets when swinging the coil. Have I broke any personal records with the GPZ? Nope. Still trying to break my 7 ounce nugget record. Maybe next summer in Alaska In taking the GPZ back to a few old patches I was surprised at the gold it recovered. Nothing big, just nuggets that made me scratch my head and wonder how multiple detectors missed them. It almost seemed like the gold gods put the nuggets in those old patches just to mess with me The GPZ has also proven to be a great new patch/area finder as well, the depth and sensitivity really make it a formidable all around unit. The stock coil cover is really like a donut tire. Made for temporary use only. If you buy one of the aftermarket coil covers put it on carefully. They are a bear to get off if you get them on right. If you get them on wrong, you’ll work in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. When the job is done, profanity will be your true medium; you’ll be a master I highly recommend filing the little tabs/ears on them down a little and finding the balance between “bear to get off when put on right” and “reasonable to get off when put on right” so the fit is more practical. This way you can keep your coil clean and free from black sands and other little nasties “floating” between the coil and the coil cover. One day I might post more about settings, target response, and a dozen other things but it's time for dinner now. Be safe and keep on swinging.
  24. I have a new SDC Adapter Headphone Lead for sale (SDC 2300 to 1/4 Jack). It might have been used once but I doubt it as it was still in my spare gear bag. I bought two of these when I bought my SDC and only used one of them a few times. The other lead went with the detector when I sold it. I no longer need this cord. They are $95.00 new. First $55.00 takes it and that includes shipping anywhere in the lower 48.