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    Is lead a good practice sample to memorize the tone of gold jewelry ?

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    Please see the title for my question.

    Thanks for reply.

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    Nope, lead has a totally different tone.... Find some can pull tabs and listen to them, that's the tone you're looking for.
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    gold jewelry has such a vast range of karats, mixed metals, sizes and shaped that there is NOTHING you can use to "mimic" a gold item. They respond everywhere from the very lowest of you conductive range (like a tiny piece of foil) all the way up to a copper cent. If you want gold, you have dig everything that isnt iron
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    maybe it depends on the machine
    not the same on mine
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    FWIW, nickles have a similar tone on my machine. Just a little more oomph. I used to practice with a gold ring, just toss it in the yard and go find it. I know the books say it's a clean tone, but not always especially when on the surface. And yes, many people who find gold say it sounded just like a pull tab. To answer you question, I think lead has got that same oomph.
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    I'd try gold jewelry to see what gold jewelry sounds like. Jason is right. I have found two gold items that hit high tone. They are 24k gold. The last one I dug, I thought for sure I had a nickel. A gold filigree earring will hit in the foil range.
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    It all depends on what detector you are using and how well you know it. If your using a Tesoro Beep and dig, keep your discrimination below nickel and dig till you drop! If your using a multi tone detector, dig all mid tone and higher signals until you drop!
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    Find a pop can tab and listen to the sound....that’s the sound of gold...and junk.
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    from a guy that has been detecting for over 40+ yrs - and has found over 1000 gold items
    #1 - lead on any machine does not sound like gold (yes you may get a piece of gold that sounds like a smaller piece of lead but nothing you can bet the house on) - lead is probably the best sounding metal out there and gold is only going to sound off "real" good if its a really good size
    #2 - gold is not gonna sound the same on every machine - some might be close some of the time
    #3 - if you are trying to "cherry" pick the gold from spots - not gonna happen
    many have tried and failed - I have hit many a spot where guys thought they got it all - only to find
    smaller gold they discriminated or deeper gold they missed
    I hunt in all metal most of the time and try to dig it all - if you dont dig it all or try to
    you are gonna leave stuff behind
    #4 I have found many gold items with or next to large junk that others have missed
    it was worth it to get the junk out
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