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  1. Good choice! Start saving for a PI. The learning curve you're on will likely take you there eventually. Maybe sooner than you think.
  2. I may be sticking my neck out a little but I don't look at the GM 1000 as an entry level detector although I know that many folks have started out that way. I don't own one and haven't used one, but I have hunted with several guys that used them. They are gold getters without a doubt. But, I have only seen them used in conjunction with a PI or as a choice of alternative detectors to nugget hunt with, not as a solitary unit. It is often said that a single detector is a tool in the tool box that fills a niche for a specific purpose and at certain locations, not all. I have found that to be pretty much the case. IMO, the problem(s) that you most likely will run into in AZ while detecting for gold will be dealing with mineralization (hot ground), hot rocks, and, as you mentioned, perhaps, ground balance. You might consider a good used PI which, in general, could go a long way in solving these issues for you. Until I started using the Equinox, I found more old coins and relics by far with a PI, since that what I usually was hunting gold with.
  3. . . . hope it's a jackpot!
  4. There's got to be. And in places you might least expect . . . (Jungo's still a comparative sleeper I believe) I remember Dick Bailey telling me several times that most big gold hunters in the Eugene's concentrated on detecting too high on the slope. His find was way lower down than I would have thought. AZ Nugget Bob said that T-Bone's nugget was 10 feet off the road! (which kind of matches Bud Young's version, that they were detecting a couple of hundred yards from their truck when it started to sprinkle rain. T-Bone was jogging along back to the vehicle while swinging his coil when he got a booming hit that he expected to be a coke can or something similar) The nugget was flat and shallow, only a few inches down. Smokey Baird said he found a 6 oz nugget right on top of the ground with just a thin layer of dust covering it! He found it in the sagebrush flats by the side of a jeep trail when he stopped to take a leak! I am definitely convinced that, if there is life on other planets with all that random vastness and open space, surely there still has to be a few lunkers and nugget patches waiting to be discovered in the vastness of Pershing and Humboldt counties.
  5. Outstanding Slim! I just knew we would draw you in eventually . . .
  6. I think it's all pretty well picked clean by now Dan . . .
  7. Very sad and tragic event the way it played out. I was in JW's store one day when Bud Young came in with a film canister of nuggets he had just found, and after being introduced, Bud asked me if I wanted to go out detecting the next day. I had just bought an SD 2200d from JW and we all agreed to go together. Bud then invited me outside to to take a look at his new truck. It was a white Dodge with a green ATV in the back. He motioned for me to open the glove box and hand him the mason quart jar that was about 3/4 full of good sized nuggets which he proceeded to dump his canister gold into. We talked a few minutes and when I went back inside, JW told me he was surprised that Bud was going detecting since he had been spooked about what had happened to George, then T-Bone who was killed at Pronto crossing, and another member of the group who had been killed in a vehicle accident. Three out of five killed in a short time. He said Bud hadn't gone out hardly at all in over 2 years and another friend of theirs (I won't mention the name), hadn't left his ranch either, for the same reason. Many, if not most of the amazing Gold stories, where pounds of nuggets were picked up sometimes in minutes, never got written down, or recorded, and the locations mostly lost except to the those who were around to be a part of them. T-Bone's legacy continues to inspire though, mainly due to people like Jim Straight and web sites like this.
  8. Boy Steve, I can't help but getting fired up everytime these stories come back around again. I always found it interesting that the location where those monster nuggets were found, varied, depending on who you talked to. That's only natural I suppose, given the reluctance to pinpoint where something that valuable came from. The first story I heard was an "eyewitness" account that placed T-Bone's big find near Blue Mt., which I believe to be credible. Bud Young, who lived in Meyer told me he was hunting with a group of guys, including Terry near Blue Mt., when the find was made. The story was interesting, funny and instructive. But there are a few other accounts from reputable people that refer to, "The Eugene's" as the location. Again, I think that's understandable, not only due to secrecy, but between those two areas, as you know, is Jungo Rd., and depending on which side of the road you are on, there might be a slightly different reference point, IMO. I thought I would post some photographs of big nuggets from that area for anyone that hadn't already seen them. The first photo is a 23 oz nugget found by Richard (2lb Dick), Bailey, in 1999 The second photo is the famous 27 oz nugget found by Terry Bone (T-Bone) in 1996, I believe. I nugget hunted with Dick Bailey at the location where his nugget was found at the North end of the Eugene's and his dig hole (or someone's), was still visible. He gave me the photo of the nugget, which he sold for $15,000.00 and bought a mobile home which he was living in the last time I saw him, there in Imlay. He found quite a few other nice nuggets in that same area. I had pizza and beer with him at a friends house in Imlay the day before he hit the big one. I was supposed to have gone out with him the next day but I took off for Wyoming since it was starting to get hot in NV. I found gold in WY, but nothing like that.
  9. TAPS To Honor the 12 Marines, and Navy Corpsman KIA while serving in Afghanistan August 26, 2021, "So Others Might Live" TAPS is a Bugle call used to signal, "Lights Out" At a traditional military funeral it is the last sound heard by family members when a service member is laid to rest. This version is performed in the field, " With Echo" LYRICS: Day is Done, Gone the Sun, From the Lakes, from the Hills, from the Sky. All is Well, Safely Rest, God is Nigh.
  10. Very Cool Dan! Looks like you've been sandbagging us on the story telling!
  11. Good Times for sure Max! Hopefully again someday . . .
  12. Hey Max, Last I heard, maybe 3 years ago, NV Chris was still up in the Rye Patch area and had been working at First Gold's relief canyon mine. He may be living in the Lovelock area. Reno Chris (Chris Ralph,) Bill's compadre, would likely know where he is these days if anybody does, since they used to connect on the forums and by telephone. Just FYI, Hard to say how old the information is. Good luck.
  13. De Nada, Senior. Looking forward to that cold cerveza 'round the campfire . . .
  14. Los Lobos CanciĆ³n de la Treinta y Treinta 30-30 Saddle Carbine
  15. Actually Jeff, I wasn't trying to yank Bill's chain at all, nor would I ever presume to do so. I was commenting on the GB2 in a sarcastic and facetious manner, in response to what I considered to be bombastic comments and offensive, unjust, and insulting insinuations, (IM0), that were being hurled at Bill. If anyone got the impression that I was attacking Minelab or Bill's presentation, I assure you that was not the case. We communicated on the subject and both got a chuckle out of it. Criticizing Minelab is one thing. But if someone obviously doesn't know what they are talking about, has never used the GPX 6000, and appears to have an axe to grind on top of the personal disrespect that was shown, I may have a bit of a hard time sitting still for it without saying something. Personally, I thought the video was informative and thought provoking. It's the first one I've seen that showed both an increase in depth of detection and a significant increase in the size of the gold. I believe that this type of information is what a lot of people are looking for. Myself included.
  16. That looks pretty impressive for a Minelab, but it's been said that any 'ol Radio Shack detector or even a GB2 with a 9 Volt battery, could go deeper and give you back 8 Volts change!
  17. Sir, I am sorry to have to say that your obvious personal bias and flat out factual errors in your tirade, is what stands out most in your rant, not your imaginary contribution to, "leveling the information being cast" It takes very little effort to search the internet and find videos and reviews of nugget hunters who are having successful experiences with the GPX 6000. Look at the Aussie users who are on U-Tube and other venues. These are not salesmen, but people who make a living with detectors. There are many of us out here that love the GB2 also. I used a GB2 exclusively before my first PI but I don't solely depend on it anymore in places where I know that there is a better tool for the job. Whether you agree or disagree, I believe that there is a very good reason that the GPX 6000 came out with the improvements that it has, and it would seem that a bit of reflection on your part could answer the question without your being overtly offensive and appearing to go out of your way to insult the host . . .
  18. "Any other machine than the one we were swinging initially?" Years ago, I might have agreed with you, (kinda) I do believe it might be a bit of a strech though to just say, "Any" There are so many variables nowadays in how different machines and settings react to ground conditions. Missing a nugget because you missed it is quite different than missing a nugget because your detector missed it, But of course you're right. Nobody get's it all.
  19. Great detector in certain areas but, . . . What does staticky chattering iron mineralization in hot ground sound like? Unmistakable indeed . . .
  20. Thanks for clearing that up Clay. In the fundamental reading I did of the link you posted, I didn't see any reference pertaining to your statement: "That's a conflict of interest and is not ethical. GIA is very clear on this point in their training. So I was wondering where you got that, and what training you were referring to. Since I didn't find the reference, I realize now that you were apparently generalizing about the issue of appraisals in the abstract.
  21. Interesting site dealing with rampant problems and fraud issues in the Appraisal Industry, including GIA appraisals. https://www.gemologyonline.com/Forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=2613
  22. I would stay far away from scammers charging for gem appraisals based on the appraised value. That's a conflict of interest and is not ethical. GIA is very clear on this point in their training. What training? "GIA does not do appraisals or offer appraisal courses (nor do they recommend any particular Appraiser) However, GIA programs provide the skills needed to identify and grade gems, understand jewelry manufacturing techniques and recognize quality in jewelry pieces. Once you have these skills, you will need additional training from another organization or school to become a qualified appraiser"
  23. I'm sure there are many ethical jewelers out there. The Diamond/Jewelry Districts are full of them And, I'm quite positive that there's no conflict of interest anywhere in the business . . Meanwhile, back in the real world: Verbal "assessments" and "Freebie" appraisals may or may not be worth what you pay for them, depending on why you want the valuation of the item, certainly good PR for the establishment I would think. But seriously, (on the subject of value), what does "insurance appraisal" mean? And how is "appraised value" determined? Is it based on the training and experience behind a GIA appraisal? If you insure jewelry for the appraised amount, is that the value you will receive if it is insured and, God forbid, a claim has to be made? An appraisal is still an opinion and at best, may be a baseline starting point to establish "value", or "worth", whatever that means. (Yes, I know appraisals are sometimes required for insurance purposes) but that is a whole 'nuther can of worms. A long detailed dissertation can be made of the above issues involving terms like, Fair Market Value, Actual Cash Value, Replacement Value, Like, Kind and Quality and so on. You can Google this stuff for days, but knowing what it really means in practice can be a little more complicated. Although dwelling on the obvious, staying away from scammers normally would be a good thing. Unless, of course, you get paid to deal with them, then it can be both lucrative and enlightening . . .
  24. The problem with using expert/GIA certified type folks, in my experience, has been that they normally, (but not always), try to get paid a percentage of the value that they "certify" That's their business and one of the ways that they make money. Naturally, the value of the item can tend to be artificially increased and inflated because of the various standards associated with valuation. Ultimately, it usually comes down to the willing seller/buyer standard at which time a GIA certificate or appraisal could be helpful.
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