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Post  adrian ss on Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:21 am

How many detectors do you own?

I have 21 at last count and used 3 frequently.....Have not been out for a while now. Sad

The Infinium for beach and gold detecting.
The Safari for Beach work in the dry to damp sand.
The Sov XS for all types of detecting.
I can add the Gold Bug Pro as a fourth. Real nice little machine

The TDI, Sand Shark, Infinium and 2300 are starting to collect dust. pale pale Sad Sad Sad


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Post  Axtyr on Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:47 pm

Nowhere near as many as you Adrian.

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Post  Nightjar on Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:07 pm

One Adrian, only have two arms. 😂
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Post  adrian ss on Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:25 pm

I have owned 58 different detectors since 1960. All but two were second hand. One, the first metal detector that I ever used was a ww2 mine detector in the  Wedderburn gold fields in 1960 to early63.  Three were new from China and none of those worked well enough to bother keeping them. I have built 4  myself A BFO, A VLF and two PIs one of which (the BFO) ended up being tossed off a cliff into a gorge. I still  have the two PIs and sold the 4th.
Yes you can only use one at a time aye. My absolute tried and true fav was the GS 15000, not because it was a brilliant detector (it isn't but it is not bad either) but because it felt like it was part of me when using it and it returned excellent results in and out of the gold fields. Plus it located my lost wedding ring that I lost in Twofold Bay out in waist deep water. Went back at 3 am low tide and pinged it first try....Lucky me coz  the missus was a tad angry and when Filipinos get mad the sh..t really flies. affraid pale


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Post  boobook on Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:37 pm

Some years ago I was given an absolute mint condition GS 15000 which I still have.
But I don't think I would trust it in waist deep water however. Mad

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Post  adrian ss on Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:47 pm

Probably a good idea, but I had no choice. Low tide was about knee deep. It still works perfectly today after 33 years.
I purchased it from Miners Den in Mitcham Vic in 1986. for 894 dollars Not cheap by any standards of the time.
It was shipped  from Minelab. to Miners den and from there to me. In total I paid 900 dollars.
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Post  Nightjar on Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:04 pm

Hey Adrian, Does your money tree grow from cuttings, if so, please send me a snip, 58 detectors???.. Shocked

Bought my first, Garrett Deepseeker …...1982
Second, Garret Groundhog
Third, Whites VSat
Fourth, Minelab SD 2000
Fifth, Minelab SD2100 (10 years with this one, the best until the 4500, wished I'd never sold it.)
Sixth, Minelab GPX 3500 (sold within 3months I got a lemon)
Seventh, Minelab GPX 4000
Eight, Minelab GPX 4500 (10 years again)
Ninth, Minelab GPZ 7000 (Current)






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Post  adrian ss on Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:53 pm

I reckon you might have paid more for those tectas than what I paid for my 58. Laughing....I should do a recount, might be more than 58. Laughing  
Will try and recall them and bung up a list later.
I was in the RAAF most of that time and didn't have much to spend my enormous RAAF wages on. Rolling Eyes
I left in 91 and was out of work for quite a while until I fired up my own watch n clock repair service plus obtained my Gemmology diploma, which has continued until about a week ago when my jewellers shut up shop because of the corona virus restrictions on retail outlets and public travel restrictions. Now I am twiddling my thumbs until all of this virus  garbage blows over.
   Am having a bit of fun playing with my old tectas, cleaning them up a bit and giving them a run at Pine Island now and again and bringing back a few memories.


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Post  PeterInSa on Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:43 pm

Detectors, 3 a Nox 800, a 7k, and a Garret 250 for the Grandkids

In the past
Minelab 15000
Tesoro Silver Sabre
Minelab 16000
Minelab Sovereign (sold in March)
Minelab Sterling
Minelab Eureka Ace
Minelab Quattro MP
Minelab X-Terra 700
Minelab, 2000, 2100,2200,3000,3500, 4500 ( SWMBO 2300 & 4500 & Garret GTA1000, in the past 15000,16000,2000,2100,2200,3000.)

We should have bought shares in Minelab (Codan), Detectors purchased new and traded up with Adelaide Dealers.

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Post  Reg Wilson on Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:04 am

Currently own QED PL2 and GPX 4000
Began detecting in 1979 with Whites Coinmaster
Bountyhunter Red Baron RB7
Garrett Deepseeker
Garrett Groundhog
Minelab GS15000
Minelab GT16000
Minelab SD2000
Minelab SD2200
Minelab GP3500
Minelab GPX4000
Minelab GPZ7000
QED PL2
This does not include a few prototypes both VLF and Pulse Induction.
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Post  moredeep on Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:54 am

I bought a second hand A2B,then a second hand 2000,then got me a brand neeeeeeeew 5000 Laughing

at present I've got 2 sd 2000 [my original and a hand me down]
old ground hog --hand me down [hanging on a wall]
minelab sovereign-- hand me down[ it found a 43 ozer What a Face]not me though Sad
and the gpx5000,thats it

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Post  Sharkbait on Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:09 am

Used to have but sold:
Minelab GPX5000
Minelab Quattro
Garrett Sea Hunter

Still have:
Garrett ADS Deepseeker (same as the one that Kev Hillier had) still works but can't afford the batteries  Shocked  Laughing  
Minelab X-Terra 505
Minelab SDC2300
Minelab GPX4500
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Post  mbasko on Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:22 am

Only own a GPX4500 now.

Have owned:
VLF
Whites GMT & Whites SST
Fisher Gold Bug DP
Minelab Equinox 600

PI/ZVT
Minelabs - SD2200D, GPX5000, SDC2300 x 2, GP3500, GPZ7000
QED - PL1/PL2

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Post  Nightjar on Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:51 pm

Well there you go, 40 years of detecting and I didn't know who invented the first one. Can't even begin to imagine how much gold would have been uncovered if he had followed up with his invention?


In 1881, Alexander Graham Bell invented the first metal detector.
As President James Garfield lay dying from an assassin's bullet, Bell hurriedly invented a crude metal detector in an unsuccessful attempt to locate the fatal slug.
Bell's metal detector was an electromagnetic device he called the induction balance.
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Post  Mike54 on Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:16 pm

G’day Peter,

I have read the same story and the reason why it failed was they didn’t allow for the metal springs in the mattress. Rolling Eyes Hence they couldn’t locate the bullet.

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Post  big fella on Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:10 pm

Gday. And they only realized it worked at a later date when they tested it in a horse that had been shot. It worked.
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Post  big fella on Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:19 pm

Gday. Oh yeah. Got a Gold Snoop and a 4500. Both find gold. Or used to.
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Post  adrian ss on Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:09 pm

These are what I can recall:
I still have 21 of these detectors

1 x Aussie built Pro Scan.....Still have....Works well.

Tesoro:
Wild Cat  C& G,.
LST,.....Still have.
Compadre,
Cutlass,
Mojave,....Still have
Sand Shark.....Still have

Whites.
BHID.,
6000 DI Pro,....Still have
6000 DI Series 3,....Still have
Vsat, ....Still have
Spectrum XLT,.....Still Have
Sierra Madre,
TDI OZ......Still have

Fisher.
551D,....Still Have
553D,.....Still have
555D,
Gold Bug Pro.....Still have.

3 x Gold Spears.

Garrett.
Scorpion Gold Stinger,
Sea Hunter MK2,.....Still have  
Infinium, ....Still have
CX 111.

Vallon VMH3CS  x 2.....Still have

CS4 PI
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Bounty Hunter.
Land Star,  
Quick Draw,
Time Ranger.

Gold Snoop.
3 x Chinese  junk tectas.  
Search Scan 650.

Minelab.
GS 15000,....Still have
Sov XS,....Still have  
X Terra 705,
SDC2300,.....Still have
Quattro ( I hated the Quattro)

4 x home built,  ...
Makro Racer,....Still have
1 x Radio Shack cheapie.

Midas 500 & 400.....Still have    
Gardiner 202A....Still have.


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Post  PeterInSa on Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:34 pm

As well as the detectors above, years ago ( Aka the Minelab 2100) I purchased Minelab's original Pin pointer for $189, what a waste of money for Gold Prospecting. At the time of using the 2100, I also had the control box for the Minelab 1600 on my hip and a small 6 inch coil for pin pointing in deep holes took the Pin Pointer in lieu of the 16000 to Vic one weekend. Never again

Ended up selling this pin pointer to a person who wanted a detector to show up nails in 3rd hand Railway sleepers prior to cutting with a saw, she rocked up with an 8x5 trailer and 2 sleepers for me to test the Pin Pointer out luckily it did the job.

My Current Pinpoint the Model 15 was thrown in when I purchased the Nox 800, thats when I sold the used once $189 PP.

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Post  Mike54 on Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:36 pm

G’day All,

Detectors I had and still have

Dicksmith detector
Tandy detector

Garret ADS (baby ground hog)    still have
Garret  A2B Ground hog
Minelab FT 16000
Midas 500
Minelab SD 2000 x 2
Minelab GP 3000 x 2
Minelab GP 3500
Minelab GPX 4000
Minelab GPX 4500
Minelab GPX 5000.   still have
Minelab GPZ 7000    still have
Minelab SDC 2300    still have
Gold monster 1000.   still have

Found Gold with all, except the D/S & Tandy detectors.  


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Post  adrian ss on Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:56 pm

Looks like most of us have worked through some fairly decent detectors aye.

I have just been playing with the 15000 and it finds everything that my Gold Bug Pro can find and that is my most sensitive detector.
The only real difference being that the 15000 does not go quite as deep as the Bug. The 15 handles tough ground better than the Bug.
I never got round to putting an enhancer on the gold seeker but I reckon it would benefit quite well.
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Post  ivanll on Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:30 pm

A few retro detectors from back when.

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Post  PeterInSa on Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:36 pm

Ivan, are they yours or from a detector shop, If yours some great memories/treasures.

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Post  Sharkbait on Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:44 pm

What a great collection!

I remember when the wall at the old Miners Den store in Melbourne used to be like that..all the old second hand Garretts,Whites and Minelabs hangin' there Very Happy
That was a great shop for a browse around,before they went all up market and fancy and moved up the road Crying or Very sad
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Post  ivanll on Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:23 pm

PeterInSa wrote:Ivan, are they yours or from a detector shop, If yours some great memories/treasures.

All mine but they all came from detector shops except 2 that was kits which had to be assembled +4 more kits/coils not completed yet.
There are another 36 of later model detectors left someplace else in this building.

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Post  adrian ss on Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:07 pm

Sounds a bit like me Ivanll.
I find it difficult to part with them.

Decided to upgrade the battery pack in the Midas 500 today... Well that was fun. The original NiCad x 12 AAs (30 years old approx) was stuck to the cct board with silastic and to the inside of the bottom of the control box and was definitely not intended to be replaced. Anyway I made up a NiMh set and finally managed to fit them in place without the need for an entire tube of silastic. Rolling Eyes Is on charge now and coming up nicely....After discovering one shorted battery. Surprising how hot the bugger got. pale Rolling Eyes bom

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Post  adrian ss on Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:48 pm

Just fired the Midas up and man o man I had forgotten how good this machine is.
Utterly kills my Gold bug and 2300 on small gold chains. Where the Bug gives a good response on one particular gold chain, the Midas blows my eardrums out on the same chain and at at least 2 to 3 times the depth. Using a gold bug 5 x 10 DD coil. The Midas also uses the older minelab DDs. I have not tried any of the later GPX coils. Yet. Also noticed that the EMI in my back yard that is fairly nasty does not seem to phase the Midas at all?
Anyhoo I am so happy that the machine is still in perfect working order.....And the new battery pack I made did not explode. Very Happy

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Post  TWO BOB on Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:00 pm

Hi All,Detectors that I have had over the years.
1979 Whites 5000
1980 Whites 6DB Found Heaps of pre decimal coins & a little gold.

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Whites PI 1000
Whites PI 2000
Whites PI 3000 Found heaps of rings & coins


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Minelab  15000
Minelab SD 2100
Minelab SD 2200 This was a great unit & found its share of gold.
Minelab GPX3000 an average unit
Minelab GPX 4500  A great unit and found it,s share of gold.
Minelab GPX 4500  one of the later models a great unit . Current.
Minelab X-tera 70
Minelab X-tera 705 . Current.

As the prophet Kahlil  Gibran said
                 "TO YOU THE EARTH YIELDS HER FRUIT AND YOU SHALL NOT WANT IF YOU KNOW HOW TO FILL YOUR HANDS."
Stay safe and well.
          Cheers
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Post  adrian ss on Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:13 pm

Nice finds Bob and great detectors.
Stay safe And well.
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Post  goldnomad on Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:17 pm

One 4000 going rusty at the moment.
We can walk across the road and detect on a goldfield but we won't break the curfew.
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