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  1. Reset my password and now I have something to look at this winter. Good to be back. Gus Ruhnke
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  2. Cheers John. Your views are always well received my friend. I rely on you more than you know.. Trust in a person's word is priceless, especially when that person knows a lot more on a specific subject than I do.. For me, it helps to makes me wiser, quicker..... So many pretentious twots over here will 'flock' and go buy a D2 just for BS. To 'keep in with the in mass- crowd rallyists' that they go out with': and to attempt promote themselves as 'Really serious metal detectorists'....that find next to nothing of any great value .. I've had to sell hammered coins etc, to invest in Iron age gold coins, because unless I hit on an Iron Age site ( in my dreams ), I'm never going to get to own or invest in them...I'm honest about what I find, and what I cannot.. Many people over here 'discover' gold staters/sovereigns/nobles etc,with their hugely priced machines....because they tell lies, buy them in, and pretend to find them just to justify the expense of their machines, and groom their weird egos. The men and women that've made most of the U.K's top finds hunt alone; rarely in pairs. They do not run with the flock...." There's nowt as strange as folk"
    2 points
  3. I have the MGC 9'x13" and the 11' DD and the 5x10. all work well .You get a little more depth with the big coil, but it does get a little heavy. The 5x10 gets time on my minute man as a brush beater with that solid coil. Although the concentric for the MM gets a deeper air test. The F19 is such a nice machine ! got my 11' coil as a sleeper on ebay and my opinion is that it would do well for you.
    2 points
  4. quick hour hunt in a park I've hit a ton .. 1868 shield nickel, shield side is in poor shape .. old flat button
    2 points
  5. It's a stupid name...let's be honest. However, if it can be "close enough" to a Nox it will sell like crazy. If by some miracle it can surpass a Nox in performance - it will be the most popular detector ever made and earn its name in short fashion. I would be shocked if it had some sort of build quality issue with NoktaMakros track record. If for some reason it did - I see them taking care of it quickly as they have some of the best customer service there is. I don't see it as a copy of the Nox as far as build, which is almost certain to be better. Buttons are like Anfibio/Kruzer...not 80's microwave flat buttons like Nox has. The modes "Field,Park,Gold" have been used by other companies (especially Chinese) long before the Nox arrived. The Deteknix Quest started the elongated housing style trend first...or it can be argued the XP Deus did. The tones are the same unfortunately...they ditched the VCO and beeps for the flute tones of the Nox. They call it polyphonic, but anybody with a music poly synth will argue otherwise. I am looking forward to the Deus 2 the most...it has me excited from its sound demo, looks, and expected performance. High price is a limiting factor for many though. If it does not trounce a Nox in performance, there is not much of a reason to own one past ergonomics - which is a tough sell alone. Like I said in the other post...I don't think we see a new FTP machine until 2023 or later. Hope I am wrong, but the Impulse AQ is still not fully released. It has been a slow painful launch in my opinion. A disaster it could be argued. I love the company and have a personal friend that works there...but that does not cloud the fact they are well behind in the race right now. I am done holding my breath for anything new anytime soon. When it finally comes it will be more of an "about time" feeling than anything else. Their tight-lipped secretive nature doesn't help. Even 1/10th of the transparency that NoktaMakro provides their customers would be something. /rant
    2 points
  6. @ScoTTT2 I have zero information on them...no data or sell sheet yet. Only official Fisher emails of 2021 have been price changes - a Gold Bug 2 refresh - and a few cuts of older items like headphones. They were supposed to send me one to check out - but I don't have an F75 on hand. @Tim Kernowek 59 My take = Not a fan of the name. I agree you earn the title of Legend. Seems the face and housing on it is a bit bigger than the Simplex...from pics anyways. I'd have been ok with the Anfibio housing for the menu alone. Impact/Kruzer/Anfibio have the best menus of any detectors in my opinion. Simplex was well built, so I don't have much concern this will be cheaply made. The buttons on it seem similar to the Anfibio/Kruzer again instead of the Simplex. The Simplex buttons were good, but could be a tough press at times. Smart move to switch back. The Deus is expensive at $1599 MAP price. If it cannot dominate a Nox in testing (and real world)...I don't see it selling well in the US. Maybe EU and UK for small hammered stuff. If the Legend can come "close enough" to a Nox...I think it sells like crazy. I personally am looking forward to the Deus 2 VERY much. I am a huge fan of their ergo and removable housings that slip in a pocket. I hope it is awesome. As far as a FTP machine in 2022...I would not hold my breath.
    2 points
  7. Well done Scott. A 1868'er is a real cool find. I 'spect you will already know, but with some coins that seem 'crusty' letting them soak in virgin olive oil for a few months can sometimes help. In the past I've dug copper coins from the early 1700's......... that looked 'less than impressive' ( Roman 'grots', too), but after six months or more submerged in virgin olive oil, and using a 'fibre coin pencil'. e...ver so gently, they've been significantly enhanced. After a gentle clean with the pencil, and a wash-off in warm de-ionised water, I let them dry in a place out of the direct sun. Once dry I give them a coat of Treborius Coin Wax. Many's the time I've been well surprised by some of the results: " Faces come out of the rain".... Even crusty cupro-nickle sixpences and florins etc have come out fine. If you can't find any virgins, then refined olive oil will do
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  8. Yep, I go with most of your observations Scott. minelab has the SMF pedigree for sure, and Nokta Makro do build strong tools that perform very well indeed. I stupidly wandered off at a tangent on my reply to you on your 'New Coil' topic..... A lot of the time the pain I suffer 'clouds me out' to some extent, and I have to type my thoughts 'there and then', or fore-go them. I have my morphine meds down to a bare minimum now, at last, as at one time I did not. I'm clear of my addiction to it, and I now control IT, however it is difficult for me to concentrate because although I have won my battle with the drug, I lose out to pain and the fatigue that comes with reduced amounts of it, especially as the day wears on. Not a whinge my friend,just a bloody pain . If you check out my reply on the 'New Coil' topic end I explain a bit better why I'd prefer Nokta Makro to have followed a slightly different 'take'. It's only my opinions, and as such they are irrelevant in as much as the 'Legend' is a finished article. This forum is so good because I can speak freely without my opinions causing a furore. Like you, I hope FT 'nail it' with their SMF, however it is their new 'flag-ship' Single Frequency metal detector that I'm particularly interested in... A very fine SMF would be a 'treat' for me, however my criteria for buying one must really impress me. That's why I hope FT meet them. It's not 'brand loyalty' as such, simply what meets my needs, and FT machines really do.... A ruined shoulder and more especially my ruined fingers make FT a more sensible option operator friendly wise, apart from the obvious facts regarding their most excellent machines. ....I sure miss those lovely hot summer suns! Times past I longed for autumn and winter!
    2 points
  9. the tech part has minelab in the lead .. present releases aside .. but the build quality at minelab is so hit and miss, you either hope you get a good one built on Tuesday or don't mind making friends with the guys at the repair shop .. nokta builds tanks .. so that's a trade off from the beginning .. and at least in my mind the tech needs to be close enough in performance, not actually better .. I'm guessing that a bunch of detectors are so close to the limit of physics that personal preference (brand loyalty) is mostly the better deciding factor in a purchase, followed closely by price .. I'm still trying to make the simplex into the something special it has been touted as since it's introduction, I try real hard .. and keep coming up with, "well it didn't cost a lot" .... even with the most recent developments in detector tech we are still at a point where around 90% of the goods remain in the ground ... either masked or at a depth beyond detection or both. .. which is kind of a different take on all this (in my mind) .. my great new detector can now get 10% of the goodies. .. also meaning, my great new detector only misses 90% of the goodies. .. it's a better machine because your old tech detector is missing 91% of the goodies .. simply put, maybe not exact on the percentages but close enough to be a true statement .. you won't hear any of this coming from marketing. I'm still hoping that FT is about to stun the detecting world (I was in on a conversation that has me worried) .. but right now I have my eye on the other American made company (not Garrett) .. I have put off any new purchase at least for a bit longer.
    2 points
  10. Fair play Scott, 'The Ledge'. That tickled me. Aye, a 'short walk off a long drop', if it doesn't out-perform the 800 for actual finding ability...far more depth, being to overwhelming issue for most...I replied to your post re: the new FT 12DD, and added a wee bit on the Legend ,too. To be brutally honest the Simplex housing puts me off from the get-go, my friend......I also firmly believe that FT will bring out the better machine. FT have the pedigree, they have engineers 'par excellence', and they have a record of setting bench marks for others to wince about. FT don't 'spout off', they simply get on with things in their own fashion and invariably deliver superb tools...Scrimping here and there to out-do competitors sales pitches, "ain't their way," in my op. I'd rather pay extra for top quality every time, if possible.
    2 points
  11. yea...the name 'Legend' is kind of hard to be use to describe something not yet proven, best left for others to decide that moniker ... and the only place to go from there is 'Legend II' or if there is a problem then maybe 'the ledge' would become a nickname ... but for someone set on buying their first SMF machine, this seems right now to be the best bang for the buck ... as long as performance is along side the others(minelab) ... the apex sales just about ended with this release, I would guess.
    2 points
  12. .....baffles me Scott. a year or two backalong, a guy over here 'found' an Iron Age bronze socketed spear-point. An absolute beauty....His YT video shows him getting a long, sweet signal on his CTX, digging down no more than six inches in pasture, and pulling out the pristine grade ancient arfefact, with lots of loud repetitive, "Oh my God's!", and hugely shaking hands..A few days later he 'found' a hoard of scattered immaculate silver hammered coins, and a gold Noble in with them! Again with his CTX, again no deeper than six or seven inches max...more " OMG's and tremens.......his hauls continue to 'impress'...I'm not saying everyone reacts the same for one second, however I will say that when I found that early Bronze Age flat axe-head; flat mind you, not on edge of vertical, it was down a good 14"'s. I too, was hunting on pasture permission, using AM....When I eventually got to it, and saw what it was, I literally sat down hard, looked away, looked back into the hole, and looked around again to see if anyone was about before prising it up. I was on both knees, with my butt on my heels. My hands didn't shake: I was simply 'gob-smacked' speechless, as I gently lifted it out. I just put it down on the grass and looked at it for a good while before wrapping it in grass and putting it in a big coat pocket, quietly, before ever so carefully back-filling the hole and fluffing the grass up after...I remember my mouth being very dry indeed, and me having to drink several flask-tops of tea. Only then did I notice a slight shake of my fingers... I took it home and said Nothing to anyone. Two weeks went by at least, before I phoned Graeme Rushton at Unearthed Uk ( a home based metal detector dealer, and long time hunter) for his advice. I sent him photos of it, and he verified it. I also sent photos to John and one other person. I was allowed to keep it as the British Museum's portable antiquities department said I could. They have numerous same -type axe-heads already, thank goodness!....inside I was doing the 'Cornish Jig' and singing out loud, but never once did I do a pantomime act for all to see and hear. As I remarked earlier Scott,, we all of us are individuals, we all react in our own ways to things, however, as my beautiful Mum used to impress upon me; quote: " People generally know where they stand with thieves, Timothy..... Nobody knows where they are with a liar"... Praps if John reads this and still has those photos he might post them up...As far as I remember they haven't been on the forum.
    1 point
  13. In the last video, I saw the coil on a T2 ... Tim, there are so many utube videos that are faked, and obviously so .. 'dug down 10 inches and pulled out a flying eagle cent...which came out in such good condition, clean like nothing I've ever pulled from the ground.. then the rest of the finds are similarly clean(ed), no years worth of stuck on dirt, etc .. surely bought and placed as to make it look like they were found.' .. I don't understand why people do that. .. except to get the pat on the back from those they've fooled.
    1 point
  14. Nice job Scott. I have yet to dig one of those nickels. Dug 3 silver war nickels - 4-5 Buffs - 4V's....but not that bastard yet. Sweet button as well...hard to date those flat ones. Guessing as old as the nickel at least.
    1 point
  15. Welcome back Gus! Good to see ya here my friend.
    1 point
  16. Welcome back Gus .. join on in, share some finds, knowledge etc.
    1 point
  17. Hi Gus, I've 'seen' you on John's live stream in the 'live-chat' at times, but as I'm over t'other side of the Pond, it's too late/early in the morn for me. There's quite a few things on here for you to catch up on and have a look at, including some finds from over here in the mid-lands of the U.K, plus some pics from my people's Cornish Museum, as well as lots of U.S finds that I find really interesting indeed.
    1 point
  18. Aye. For £900, the Nox 800 build quality is....a couple of really rude words. Glad I didn't run with the flock. Yeh... The, "Rush out and buy me in a hurry", Equinox 800..."Flockin' Pooey", for the munny?
    1 point
  19. the price point seems perfect if hitting the minelab guys was a consideration ... not much more than the 540 vanquish, but less than the 600 Nox ... not sure a clock, or time tracking, or even the flash light is something I would use ... I don't use the light on the simplex ... and I don't care about the similarities to the Nox, even if it worked the exact same, the build quality is so much better ... almost no one using a Nox for any length of time hasn't already spent another buck fifty fixing the build.
    1 point
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