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Rod

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I’ve been enjoying using the Gold Monster for the last month or so to help dial it in for my better half. It’s kind of been tough to do this and not swing the 7000 but doing so has really helped her and that’s cool. We’ve been out traveling all over the place with the GM. My opinion of the GM is still forming but I have made some observations that I’ll share here. Time may change my positions (observations). 

Hot Ground
The GM is not a panacea for hot ground. I know a few areas that are very hot and simply no detector does well in the them. My friends and I have swung every PI made from the SD 2100 to the 7000, SDC, TDI, etc. in these areas and it’s just the way it is. Some areas are simply extremely hot ground. 

The GM does handle hot ground better than the other vlfs (I’ve used) such as the Gold Bug 2 (GB2), White’s GMT, Minelab Eureka, or the Tesoro Lobo Super Traq. 

Sensitivity compared to other vlfs
The GM is not as sensitive as the GB2 on the smallest pieces of gold. Close but not quite. Noting due to the difference in kHZ. I believe the fact that the GM handles the ground better does level the playing field here somewhat. 

Coils
So far no crazy falsing from either coil. Was kind of wondering after reading the experiences of others with the small coil. Would really like to see a small 5 or 6 inch elliptical coil for the GM.

Sounds
My gut tells me whoever engineered the sounds of this unit played on an original Atari game console as a kid. Really enjoy the sounds this unit makes and the lack of a threshold is a nice change. At first I (and she) had to get used to the lack of a threshold “Is this thing working?” 

Battery Life
Great battery life. 8-10 hours of use you and you’re still going. This is true for both the stock battery and when using the AAs in the adapter. 

Here are a few pics of the smallest and largest gold the GM has found for me. One sub 1/10th of a gram piece and a 1.16 ounce specimen (gold weight after specific gravity test) although it only has a little gold showing. There are plenty of other size nuggets and species that we’ve found in between these weights. Putting the large specie aside, we’ve found just under 2 ounces with the GM so far - with the specie added into the mix, it brings the total gold weight to over 3 ounces. It's a fun and capable unit - we'll be taking the GM along on our summer adventures to cooler areas of the U.S.

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Changed Atari until to Atari game console 
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Wondered where you had run off to Rod, missed ya... Thanks for your great and as usual brutally honest evaluation. I always look forward to your input and funny you showed up here today as I was reminiscing about our first hunt together many many years back. I get what you are saying and I got a big selection to hunt with, but find the GM 1000 in my hands often and Tammy got number 6 today and broke her first gram. I just broke a half ounce with over 100 bits :head:

To sum up what I feel about this Minelab 24 bit processing gem can be done in 3 letters FUN and that is what this little beast is. It is my shallow soil and mine dump "go to" now.

 

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19 hours ago, Bill Southern said:

Wondered where you had run off to Rod, missed ya... Thanks for your great and as usual brutally honest evaluation. I always look forward to your input and funny you showed up here today as I was reminiscing about our first hunt together many many years back. I get what you are saying and I got a big selection to hunt with, but find the GM 1000 in my hands often and Tammy got number 6 today and broke her first gram. I just broke a half ounce with over 100 bits :head:

To sum up what I feel about this Minelab 24 bit processing gem can be done in 3 letters FUN and that is what this little beast is. It is my shallow soil and mine dump "go to" now.

 

Thanks Bill. Last year when the girls and I stopped by your place you mentioned having a hunt and burning some cow meat together, we'll have to do that one of these days :head: We've been out exploring all over the place and we're looking forward to getting back to Cali and spending some more time with my cousin and his family in the mother lode country. 

Here's a few the GM cleaned up from the pavement patch too. Still surprised that no one else has found this spot as it's less than 3 miles off a paved and well traveled road. Totally agree, the GM is a lot of FUN :black_knight_standing:And at the end of the day having fun is what it's all about.

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Very cool, Rod.  Thanks for sharing all of your finds.  Beautiful gold and I enjoy your take on the GM 1000.  I also have problems putting my 7000 down and don't get much time to run my GM 1000.  But as Bill mentioned, I am starting to get into hunting those mine dumps and the monster seems made for this.

I will say that you definitely have to stay on the correct ground balance procedure or you will get bump sensitivity.  I am not used to keeping it to the  ground so I frequently have to corrrect it.   But other than that, it seems to do what it was meant to...make hunting easy.

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Yeah I had to help a 20 year veteran detectorist yesterday that had bought a GM 1000 online with no one to explain just how the Ground Balance works with a 24 bit single frequency VLF. He was having the same issue, bump sensitivity and what seemed to him to be falsing. Took all of about 15 minutes and he looked at me with a big grin and said "so all this time I was trying to run it like a normal VLF and that is just plain using it wrong eh?"

I said "yup"

One more happy camper and when John was ready to head home he said "wish I wasn't so dang stubborn thinking I could run any detector with no help because a few minutes with you sure fixed me up" 

I had to admit that I had the same trouble at first, but soon figured out it was simply me using it wrong since I had never used a VLF gold detector that had a 24 bit processor that never stops working. I learned quickly that after holding it still or lifting it above the ground it MUST be re-ground balanced and even when hunting it is always good to give it a couple pumps whenever you hear a tad extra noise.

I am up for a couple steaks Rod and would enjoy hunting with you again, been too long.

 

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