Treasure Talk

Treasure Talk

Treasure Diving with the Excalibur II (Part 1)

March 28, 2015 12:27am

Minelab’s Excalibur II metal detector is indisputably one of the best beach and water hunting detectors on the market. However, from the beginning this detector was designed for going underwater and finding treasure.  Being a keen SCUBA diver I couldn’t wait to take my Excalibur II for a dive when I bought it, and it didn’t disappoint! 

Posted by Mark Gerlach on March 28, 2015 12:27am | 0 Comments

Examining the GPZ 7000 Menu and Display system

March 21, 2015 12:17am

The GPZ 7000 comes with a menu and control system which is something very new for Minelab’s gold oriented metal detectors. In looking at it initially, it is clearly a close relative of the system used on the CTX 3030 – Minelab’s flagship treasure hunting detector. Some prospectors who do quite a bit of treasure hunting will already be thoroughly familiar with the menu system of the CTX 3030, but for me, although I do my share of coin, jewelry and treasure hunting, my passion is really in the area of gold prospecting so previously I had only spent a short time examining the menu system of the CTX. However, from the first time I saw the CTX 3030, I admired it’s easy to operate menu and display system. I have to say that I have long wished for an easily viewed menu screen system while running my GPX 5000. The new handle mounted menu controls on the GPZ 7000 makes this all possible and it is just as easy to use as I had hoped for.

Posted by Chris Ralph on March 21, 2015 12:17am | 0 Comments

Putting the Minelab GPZ 7000 to the GOLD test

March 03, 2015 02:16am

By Nenad “Gone Beepin” Lonic

Well, the much anticipated GPZ 7000 has finally been released, and while some users put their name down for one before they really knew any info, others have been waiting patiently for more info to emerge, mainly performance reports from the field. In my opinion, a gold detector should be judged by its ability to find the gold that is still in the ground, so that’s what I did; just put my harness on, switched on the GPZ and went swinging in spots where I have found gold previously. Now, if you are hoping to hear about all the ounce plus pieces I found to date, well then you can stop reading now. It is still early days, and South Australia is generally gold poor, and the Adelaide Hills even more so. With only 3 public areas available to swing a gold detector, you can imagine they’ve copped a fair hammering, so in saying that, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of finds with the GPZ 7000. Fingers crossed that larger nugget with my name on it is waiting for me across the border. But before I get onto the field results, I just want to say a few words about the new Search Modes and the audio.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on March 03, 2015 02:16am | 0 Comments

Transition of a Golden Kind (Part 2)

February 21, 2015 12:48am

Within a couple of weeks I was on my way back to Victoria with hopes of finding ‘the big one’.  A couple of mates put me on to an area where they had done exceptionally well, so I was pretty excited and couldn’t wait to get there.

Posted by Mark Williams on February 21, 2015 12:48am | 0 Comments

Transition of a Golden Kind (Part 1)

February 19, 2015 08:23pm

I am probably better known for my coin and relic hunting, having had some fairly reasonable success over the years but I just hadn’t been able to master the gold side of things. After a couple of attempts, firstly swinging a GPX 4000 in Victoria a few times and then a few more attempts with the GPX 5000, I was over it and  pretty much ready to throw in the towel.

Posted by Mark Williams on February 19, 2015 08:23pm | 0 Comments

My Take on the GPZ 7000

February 19, 2015 08:42am

This is my attempt to explain my own personal opinion of the GPZ 7000 based on what I know so far. The very real problem is I do not know everything and in fact still consider myself a novice with the detector. I have a lot to learn yet, so those thinking I know everything and can answer everything definitively are going to be disappointed. Some things I flat out do not know, other things all I can do is offer a qualified guess.

What I can promise is I am not out to talk anyone into getting one. Not my job. I did not get my GPZ 7000 for free although I did get a great deal on it. Despite what people may think being a field tester does not obligate me to post about the GPZ 7000 and it certainly does not make me a salesperson. I am however more than happy to offer my opinion for those that are interested. Here goes with where I am right this minute 2/18/2015.

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to field test the new Minelab GPZ 7000 detector. It has allowed me time to make decisions regarding my own use of detectors this season earlier than most people. It also gave me a place first in line and I now have a brand new GPZ 7000 of my own.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on February 19, 2015 08:42am | 2 Comments

Introducing the GPZ 7000

February 18, 2015 10:37pm

In 1987 I bought my first VLF metal detector, a Minelab GT 16000. In its day it was very innovative thanks to automatic ground balance; because I live in a country where the gold field soils are extremely variable, even in the quieter areas, an auto ground balance feature along with a circuit designed from the ‘ground up’ to work well in mineralised soils was a real boon.  

Posted by Jonathan Porter on February 18, 2015 10:37pm | 7 Comments

GPZ 7000 – First Impressions

February 18, 2015 07:10am

After years of waiting, it is finally here, the new Minelab GPZ 7000!

Like many people I got used to Minelab introducing a new flagship gold detector every couple years. However, with the Minelab GPX 5000 I began to question just what could be done to make the detector find gold better. It appeared to me the technology had been taken as far as it could go. So much so that back in October 2012 I posted this on several Internet forums titled "Minelab CTX 5000" -

"I am a firm believer at this point that the GPX 5000 has taken PI nugget detecting technology about as far as it can go, with only better ferrous discrimination the only thing to offer me. And I am not holding my breath for that. So where to go from here? Pretty obvious I would say. Cram the GPX 5000 into the CTX 3030 package. I see no reason why it can't be done."

I based that comment on observing many people trying to turn their GPX into an integrated unit by strapping batteries and speakers onto the housing. People were craving a pick up and go all in one unit that eliminated cords and cables. I had a new CTX 3030 and really liked its design.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on February 18, 2015 07:10am | 3 Comments

Testing the GPZ 7000 in Nevada and California

February 18, 2015 07:00am

Recently, I had the opportunity to test Minelab’s new flagship detector, the GPZ 7000 and found it to be an amazing piece of equipment. Earlier in the summer I had been successfully using both my GPX 5000 and Minelab’s new SDC 2300.  Both of these detectors have their strengths and are great at finding gold, but in many ways the new GPZ 7000 is like swinging both the GPX and the SDC 2300 at the same time, only better. I found the GPZ 7000 to be surprisingly sensitive to small gold much like the SDC 2300, yet retaining all the depth, power and punch of the GPX 5000 on larger and deeper nuggets, with even greater depth on the largest chunks of gold.

Posted by Chris Ralph on February 18, 2015 07:00am | 0 Comments

Scrape and Detect – with the SDC 2300

February 13, 2015 01:43am

The Minelab SDC 2300 is a remarkable metal detector, and more people are finally realizing it. The SDC 2300 has exceptional sensitivity to very small gold and even larger gold that other pulse induction detectors have difficulty with. Porous specimen gold is being found that is surprisingly large in mass but which due to the spongy nature of the gold has been missed by other detectors.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on February 13, 2015 01:43am | 0 Comments
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