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  1. Hi Rick, At the last outing you and I talked about your new to you ride, and I showed you the nugget that is my Avatar...….. I guess that I have you to thank for getting me to consider a Polaris for the temporary ride while my Big bear sleeps in it's cave (storage). Hopefully the Polaris is able to do the scouting I had in mind at the time of the last outing. Having to unbury the big bear and move a ton of stuff for a week just to get it out and try to get it running again just to use it for a day or two will be a chore and a half (not to mention having to talk the person whose stuff is in the way and isn't getting subtle hints into moving it, just so I can get to my bike again). LOL Jody B
  2. Hi Bob, I do know the answer to your question. Unfortunately the answer is NO, Arizona titles for an ATV do not have the engine ID # on them. I just got back from titling and off road (OHV) registration of my latest acquisition. Before going to the DMV I jotted down all pertinent information off the old title about who sold it to me. As Rick mentioned the replacement title option is going to be the way for you to go on yours. I have a 2007 Big Bear 400 that has been in storage too long, If I can't locate it's title I will most likely be in for a lot of fun getting a new one. Hopefully AZ doesn't purge the DMV info after 7yrs like some states do. :-( Wish I had better news for you, Jody B
  3. Good job boulder dash, sounds like a few people got some gold at the outing.
  4. Well here is a few photo's that I took, Tom, you had to add the photo of the snake...… Just after I felt confident that with Max, Mike F.'s dog roaming around the main camp area that meant no rattlers was around. :( That's bad when you have to put on the snake chaps just to start the camp fire for the night. LOL Good job on the gold, most of us got skunked. Jody B.
  5. Here you go theace, You missed a great event put on by Bill S. and Debbie from minelab (said that she was out of Chicago) with Doc, Rick, and Shep present along with locals like Mike F., and Kevin Hoagland. Here is some of the photo's that I took of the outing.
  6. Hi Rick, It was good meeting you at the outing (good deal on the quad by the way, in my area it would have been about double what you said you got it for.) along with getting to put some faces to sign in names here on the forum. I also added some trash to my collection on Sunday while showing Art and his group from Pennsylvania the area . Shep showed us a neat way to put a practice target in the ground with a minimal amount of disturbance to the ground for depth testing targets. Shep also helped some of the guys running woody's modified GPX's with how to tune the modification side. Got to meet Doc, Mike F, along with others. I also learned a lot by sitting in on the talking that Bill S., Doc, Kevin H., and Debbie (the minelab Rep) did after the hands on for the Goldmonster 1000 and Exquinox training that Rick has as the second photo in his post. Hi Tom H. It was good meeting you and your dad at the outing also. Bill S. did a great job of putting on this years event, and I am sure that the ladies that attended also liked the porta potty being available. Photo of the raffle after Saturdays dinner, with a good comedy act by Bill S. and Kevin H. as they announced the winners. (Art is the guy standing in the green shirt and talking to the guy on the left, who is sitting in the middle of the two red chairs that is on the left side of Tom H.'s Toyota) The second photo of shep's camp with the us and yellow flags proudly flying on the right of the red truck. The third photo with Doc's camp on the left and Bill S.'s in the center with the US and Minelab flags proudly flying. Jody B out of the East side of the Phoenix, AZ area.
  7. Well if you haven't arrived yet, you might want too hurry the place is filling up fast.
  8. Hello, I got bored and made this quick video showing what a GPX5000 is capable of doing. If you are new to Detecting this video will give you an idea of what the machines manual is talking about, when it states a smooth and quiet threshold. This video was done in a house during a rain storm with 30+mph gusts and thunder and lightning. Lots of Electrical Interference (EMI) all around at the time. https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=1C4D6AFE708359FE!2223&authkey=!ALrOASrUeP3VenE&ithint=video%2cAVI
  9. Hi, I would be interested in learning more about Minelabs Arizona repair location and get contact info as my Dad has a GPX4000 that needs a new power switch and ribbon assembly for the rear cover. My dad would be happy if we can get it fixed locally cheaper than sending it into the main Minelab repair location in Chicago and hoping for the best and taking weeks. The original problem on his 4000 was a broken solder tab for the power switch due to the old plastic ribbon becoming brittle. While trying to see what was wrong, I got the machine to power on, but the brittle ribbon broke by the mainboard ending any chance of fixing with out replacing the assembly (which minelab will not sell by itself for a DIY repair). If the Arizona location can get the part and replace it in only a few minutes through an hour or two my dad might think that it was worth a day trip to get it fixed.
  10. Hello, My Dad and I both own GPX5000's and I have all of Chris Golson and Johnatan Porters training video's from the Extreme (I used to have a GP3000 and kept them) to the GPX5000. The primary differences is the salt timming was improved on the 5000 (now called Salt/Gold on the 5000, and Salt-Coarse on the 4800 which is supposed to be a minor improvement on the old Salt on 4000 and older) over the 4500/4800 and older machines, along with the addition of both Fine Gold and Coin and Relic timmings (only available on the 5000). The 5000 also has an option to turn off the ground balance if soil conditions permit for extra depth, along with specific ground balance option for really difficult soil conditions. In JP's 5000 video he also explains the improved Ground balance, EMI and detector noise cancelling over the 4500 and older machines. Both the 4500 and the 5000 have the Enhance timming and sharp timming along with improved versions of the sensitive smooth from the 4000 and sensitive extra timmings (improved from the old sensitive on the GP machines). Which ever machine the buyer goes with, I highly recommend getting both Chris Golson and Johnathan Porter's (JP's 4000 video is optional yet very beneficial) 4500 and 5000 videos a lot of good info in each and all of the info about the 4000 and 4500 applies to the 5000(Just ask Bill Southern he can get them, along with Chris Golson, Rob Allison, and Doc). Looking back a few years when I decided to trade in my old faithfull GP3000 I was considering a used GPX4500, or a new 4800..... Boy am I glad that my Dad talked me into spending the few extra bucks to go with a new GPX5000 instead of the 4800 or a used 4500. The 5000 has all of the features of the 4500/4800 and a few more with implovements included. One last thought about the buyers options is Minelab having brought back sales of the GPX4500 in the USA with an attractive price around $3,000 for a new machine and only a few bucks more than a used 4500, just another option to consider. Just my own opinion both the 4500 and the 5000 are great detectors, but I see the 5000 as being the more versatile and flexible of the two (three if you count the 4800). I like the GPZ7000, but I just don't get out enough to justify the money and as of yet there is no additional coils or accessories to let that machine shine. So for the time being I will stick to my 5000 a little longer and enjoy getting to pick the coil selection for the terrain, and other accessories that I have chosen, and I am confident that a well chosen coil and the right settings for the conditions on a 5000 should be able to pace a newbie with a GPZ7000 in stock settings. Now if I wanted to keep up with old Billy and his 7000..... I might as well take an all day lunch and a few lessons if he'd teach me
  11. One day my dad an I was out at rich hill when I convinced him to put away his VLF and try his 4000. His 4000 did just as described above and would not power on at all, we thought maybe he just forgot to charge the battery. We packet up and drove down to the local dealer and asked some questions and let him test the 4000 with a known working (just powered a for sale unit). That's when the dealer told us about the 4000's power button issue and he showed us one that had been fixed with the 4500 type switch. I ended up trading in my 3000 for a new 5000 and after dad got his new 5000 I talked him into contacting mine lab about fixing the 4000 so he can sell it. The Long Story condenced is that Mine lab refused to sell and mail the switch to us for us to do the repair. Their e-mail reply gave only two options send the control box to them for the repair $125.00 (if only the switch needs replaced), or have a dealer requisition the $125.00 switch and do the repair for us locally. Needless to say dad was not happy that a similar switch at a hardware/ electronics store is $3-$15 bucks and Mine Lab wants $125 bucks because theirs came in a bag labeled Mine Lab.
  12. Steve, I just read the GPX5000 review that you did on your web site. With your comments about the ergonomics of the GPX5000 and how a waterproofed hybrid mix of the GPX5000 electronics in a CTX 3030 like housing would be nice, and with the way this post started, makes me wonder if minelab was listening to you. Should be interesting once they release the new machine (or at least more info about it).
  13. What my guess is: A GPX4800 like up-graded and Waterproofed consumer F3/F3L variation. once the new model is released it will be like a few years back when the GP2100v2 & GP2200v2 where offered as the reduced priced PI models, but this time sounds like they are intentionally going after some of the ATX's market share(an even cheaper alternative to the GPX4800). Seems like a likely conclusion both the F3/F3 Compact (although I think that the F3/F3L looks the most like the garret design) and the GPX4800/GPX5000 are all current production models. It would be relatively easier to mix the F3/F3L's platform with some of the features of the GPX4800 than completely R&D a new model from scratch. Chris' comment last week(That the new model is also a PI machine) and this latest insight having said the new model has MPS, and SETA (like the GPX line of models) and built in disposable batteries instead of the current Battery system (which replacement ones cost $440+). Makes me think also that a few timing options (the first four that come to mind that would make the lower price new machine well rounded would be: Enhance, Normal, Salt-Coarse, and Coin and Relic.) and audio profiles from the GPX4800 would most likely also be included. Any of the afore mentioned options (even if only an Auto tune button, one three position switch to toggle from the GPX type Enhance, Normal, and Salt-Coarse timings and a coil mode switch like the old GP series) should give the ATX a run for it's money, sense all that I have ever seen in the ATX video's posted on the forums only show it having a gain/ sensitivity adjustment (which the factory recommended preset is darn near maxed out) and currently only two or three coils offered the stock DD, and an optional mono or two. The F3/F3 compact platform (although I personally think that the F3L looks the most like Minelabs already existing version of the garret ATX design) + modifications adding GPX4800 features (Most likely a modified to fit the F3 exterior GPX4800 main board or even simply a GPX4800 like up-grade to the existing F3 main board, with any display, switch's and knobs facing up like a whites control box with the software limited to the four above mentioned timings stuffed into the F3/F3L or F3 Compact housing/ shell) - current Battery system( to save $) = fast track to market (to compete with the ATX and TDI for buyer's wanting to stay in that price range). A machine with the looks of the Minelab F3/F3L, Garrett ATX, and Whites TDI all rolled into one with a slimmed down version of the GPX4800 features and sold in about the $2,500-$3,500 price bracket I would think it would be competitive indeed. (I personally would not trade in my GPX5000 for this conceptual idea, but for those who cannot justify spending $5500-$6000 for a GPX5000, this idea could be a compelling option) (Sorry Chris, Hope I haven't let too much of the cat outta the bag at this point. Hmm, wonder if Minelab has any R&D Engineering consultant positions that I could do by e-mail and phone in my spare time. Although it is going to be interesting to see how close to right my guess turns out to be.) I personally think that the F3L looks the most like Minelabs already existing version of the garret ATX design: http://www.minelab.com/usa/products/countermine/mine-detectors/f3 http://www.minelab.com/usa/products/countermine/mine-detectors/f3-compact Now if I could only get my hands on an F3's exterior and the guts from a GPX4800 so I can make the concepts display mock up. (Now if they don't care about the ATX's look, an even faster and easier way, would be to take a GPX control box from the assembly line and instead mark it as a GPX2300 or GPX3800 for example (I personally like the GPX3800 idea because it quickly gives the impression of offering more than the GP3500 did, and less than the GPX4800 does now) , put GPX4800 components in, assemble, go into and down grade the software as above. As all components are already in production, Time to complete a new working and all ready proven prototype about 1-2 days or so. I would expect any in field product testing before release would be practically non existent or minimal at best, as that had already been done with those options on the GPX4800 and GPX5000. This version of the concept theoretically should be able to be brought to market in about 30-90 days or so. Basically only requiring the advertisements, packaging, and manuals of the new product line to be made. And once again most of that is already done thanks to the GPX4800, just re-label and switch photo's of the new unit, and remove the parts in the adds and manuals that are not included in the new lower cost version. For Minelab practically no additional new R&D costs, practically no additional new production costs, minimal new advertising and packaging costs which all spells low additional overhead costs to make = more profit margin per unit. And with any luck the consumers get a lower retail price for a quality already proven machine. Sounds like a win-win for every one.) Don, As with all secret projects it was most likely some thing like X2300 . Calling the new model something like the GPX2300 would make alot of sense with Minelabs current numbering system for consumer products. Opps Sorry Don, lIke you said "Shhhhhhh, it's a secret!!!"
  14. Hey mike, You are mostly right but the AMF due's are now $44.00(went up about two years ago). The rest is spot on, have to be a member in good standing and the $250.00 transfer fee.
  15. Looks identical to the one on my GMT right now (also have the white gold max coil)
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