GOLD MONSTER 1000
Treasure Talk blog posts on the GOLD MONSTER 1000
It dawned on me very early on in my gold detecting days that relying on one detector was not going to give me the best chance to recover the majority of gold on offer from all the goldfields that I frequent. Using one detector was just not going to get the job done. I would say that most of us who are more serious in our quest to find gold will know this and will very likely have multiple detectors for multiple uses.
I am just back from a little detector outing and while I was at it I reflected on how once again I seem to do things a bit differently than other people. I am usually shy of talking about my specific settings because I am the last person to claim I know what's best when it comes to other people and how they detect. Ground conditions vary as do people's personal styles and preferences.
A few years back, I was remarking to some friends that it would be really great if Minelab made a high sensitivity VLF metal detector. The Eureka Gold was a fine machine but at the time I was saying this I knew the technology had advanced and there was an opportunity for a research and development oriented company like Minelab to make a state-of-the-art metal detector within this category.
It has certainly been a busy year for me so far, with not as much detecting time as I would like. Still I have been getting out a little and thought it was time to share a few photos.
My first couple of bits were found with the Minelab GOLD MONSTER 1000 (GM 1000) on some scouting runs. I am liking this detector as a grab and go unit for checking areas out quickly. I am not trying to hunt for max performance but instead looking to cover a lot of ground quickly to check things out. I have learned the GM 1000 auto sensitivity actually suits me well for this. I just fire up the detector in All Metal Mode, full volume, and start with auto sensitivity set at Auto+. Then I just start swinging. If noise intrudes (usually in salt areas), I will back down to Auto (there are just two Auto settings available Auto and Auto+).
Hi there fellow gold hunters. I was recently approached by Minelab about whether I would be interested in trialling the new Minelab GOLD MONSTER 1000 (GM 1000) in my New Zealand conditions and give a product review. For me that was a no brainer...absolutely, YES!
The GM 1000 is an entry level gold hunting detector to which Minelab have focused on simplicity in its set up and operation. Basically it’s a ‘switch-on-and-go’ detector with automatic settings to get the newbie up and running straight out of the blocks. Operating at 45kHz, it’s going to be very sensitive.
Before I go any further, I think it needs to be clarified exactly what the GOLD MONSTER 1000 (GM 1000) actually is and where it fits in the Minelab line up of gold-centric metal detectors. Before 1995 the only style of detector available for gold prospecting was a VLF-type detector of which there were several brands offering various detectors based around a common theme, namely single frequency machines ranging from 6kHz to up to 71kHz. Generally speaking, the higher the frequency the better the sensitivity to small gold, but proportionally the ground signal will also increase. Minelab were leaders in this field thanks to well-designed electronics but also lead the way with very well designed automatic ground balance systems which ‘ironed out’ ground signals significantly, allowing target signals to be readily heard.
With any gold detector, setting the Sensitivity correctly is critical to obtaining maximum detection depth on targets, finding smaller targets and ultimately recovering more gold in difficult soil conditions!
If you set the Sensitivity too low when reducing noise, then you will miss detecting the deeper targets, but if you set the Sensitivity too high, you may make the detector unstable and therefore unusable through detecting too much ground mineralisation or ‘noise’, ‘hot’ rocks and EMI.
I am fortunate to have been involved in the testing of the new Minelab GOLD MONSTER 1000 prior to its release. One benefit is that I have seen the questions that others have posed about the detector, and now I can answer a few of them...