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Phil Beck interview with Jonathan Porter - Part 1

Uploaded: 14 Dec 2010
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The first in a two part series where Phil Beck, Minelab's Electronics Systems Manager is interviewed by Jonathan Porter about the GPX 4800 and GPX 5000.

Detector: GPX 5000, GPX 4800
Keywords: GPX 5000, GPX 4800, gold prospecting, Gold, GPX
Categories: GOLD


Good interview, showing that it is two different detectors and therefore should have 2 seperated instruction manuals to stop confusing old prospectors.
jhave (17 Dec 2010)
Thanks for your comment jhave. I find it difficult, when talking to the camera to make sure that I am making sense to an audience. The camera gives no feedback.

Regarding the manual, I’m afraid to disappoint you, but there is only a single manual shared for both the GPX 4800 and GPX 5000. The manual aims to clearly show settings or features that are specific to a single detector when this is applicable. Normally the GPX 5000 specific information for example is placed right next to the GPX 4800.

What you don’t see is that behind the scenes we make many different manuals, for different languages, for the web and for print. Combining the two manuals together, as the two detectors share more fundamental similarities than differences halves the number of documents. This means that we can concentrate more on those manuals, making them relevant and easy to understand as well as minimizing errors. I hope that this helps explaining the rationale.

If you have any questions or further comments please post them and I’ll try to answer as best I can.
Phil (17 Dec 2010)
Hello, between the GPX 5000 and GPX 4800 and earlier models which one is best suited for the UK type of detecting. From my own experience of usage with Minelab detectors Explorer range 7yrs, I would probably aim for the front end GPX 5000! But then when reading posts on other forums, some do state that the GPX 5000 is more for the gold prospecting countries. I would appreciate some feedback on your view as the purchase is a lot of money. David. H.
Hingley (06 Aug 2011)
David, Sorry about the taking so long to get back to you. The GPX range was originally designed for gold prospecting but many people are realising that they work well for other forms of metal detecting as well. A GPX detector will give you DEPTH first and foremost. It doesn't however have great discrimination in cluttered environments. The following comment was made to me by a customer in a relic hunting area of the US. “...I am thinking about trading it[GPX-4500] in on a GPX 5000. My hunting buddy is using a GPX 5000 and it is clear to me that it is a better machine. His finds are far more numerous than mine and I am a much more experienced user. It appears that the fine gold settings are far better for finding relics then any combination of settings on the GPX-4500.” If you search, you should find videos showing GPX usage in the UK. I think that the GPX 5000 excels at finding targets too deep for other detectors to find. Good Luck
Phil (12 Sep 2011)
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