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    Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Well,
    I've owned 2 Gold Stingers for many years, possibly 20 or more. Difficult to remember. I also own a GTA500 ("out of print") an Impulse 8 (out of print), and other md's, some going back to the BFO days. The F4, I believe, was a mistake. But those all have their own stories. I have purchased a GB2 recently and have a GMT on the way. It's time to enter the 21st century! In style! No need to sing the praises of both machines again ... I have kept myself up on the posts. Of course, I am biased to certain detectors I have owned. I have kept notebooks on them during the learning curve period. Now I will keep books on both machines, side by side, to test one against the other. I'll find out. TTC
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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Quote Originally Posted by TerryC
    Well,
    I've owned 2 Gold Stingers for many years, possibly 20 or more. Difficult to remember. I also own a GTA500 ("out of print") an Impulse 8 (out of print), and other md's, some going back to the BFO days. The F4, I believe, was a mistake. But those all have their own stories. I have purchased a GB2 recently and have a GMT on the way. It's time to enter the 21st century! In style! No need to sing the praises of both machines again ... I have kept myself up on the posts. Of course, I am biased to certain detectors I have owned. I have kept notebooks on them during the learning curve period. Now I will keep books on both machines, side by side, to test one against the other. I'll find out. TTC
    Dear TerryC;
    I have the GMT and it's a wonderful VLF detector, however it's a bit complicated at first. I'd advise anyone who purchases a GMT to take a week or so and LEARN the machine in order to get maximum performance out of it. It's an incredible piece of VLF technology and deadly in the hands of someone who is skilled enough to know all of it's arcane settings.
    Your friend;
    LAMAR

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Hey Lamar,
    Thanks for the vote of confidence on the GMT. The nice thing about owning both models at the same time is the feedback on the features, and settings, will be immediate and recordable. I have spent hundreds of hours on most of my detectors. The idea that someone can learn enough about a machine in less than, say, 50 hours to become expert enough to sound like an authority, is nonsense. The shame is that most will quit before that 50 hours to put down a perfectly good machine just to buy another and find the same faults. Thanks again... I'll post results as I move along. TTC
    At home the ground was covered with snow, and I was covered with sweat. My younger brother called me a killer and my daddy called me a vet. Still in Saigon. Charlie Daniels Band

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Hi Terry Both are great detectors. I think ya might favor the Gmt.
    I'll just follow you with My E-trac, Sov GT,or GoldBug Pro.

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Quote Originally Posted by extractor
    Hi Terry Both are great detectors. I think ya might favor the Gmt.
    Extractor,
    Actually, I favor the Gold Stinger! But, I will swallow my pride and put the "Model T" down for awhile. It'll be close by, though, if the testing shows older is better. My aim is to go past the ad rhetoric and test them feature to feature... depth to depth... and then hopefully making an objective rather then subjective evaluation. I'm excited to be in this position. Thanks. TTC
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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    The Whityes GMT came in today. Now time for testing.. unit to unit. First. Kellyco. If the folding lockblade knife that came with the unit is your idea.... drop it...! It is a toy, not to be used in an emergency situation. The bad lock will give way when it is most needed. I threw mine away minutes after looking at it. Now: the info manual is thick and concise. It also looks like a special plastic piece has been added to hold the coil in a more secure angle. Nice. The shipping box is HEAVY DUTY. A handle was found inside to turn the box into a travel case. Nice. Note: I am not a professional tester and do not get paid for this or any other comments. More to come....... TTC
    At home the ground was covered with snow, and I was covered with sweat. My younger brother called me a killer and my daddy called me a vet. Still in Saigon. Charlie Daniels Band

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Hi there TC, Look forward to your comparisions & thank you in advance for doing this for all our benefits. I too have looked over many posts regarding the two detectors. You must know the Gold Stinger very well to speak so highly of it in todays choices of detectors.

    Good luck & happy hunting

    Regards

    JW

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    G'day Terry

    Mike from Australia, registered here today to search for exactly this topic! Thanks for the effort, any updates? Keen to hear your finds

    Cheers

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    hey terry, i too am learning the gmt i would love to hear about any little tricks you uncover. one thing i found that the little plastic piece that kellyco supplies to hold the coil in position is a pain in the you know what. when prospecting i have found that you want your coil to be able to be adjusted quickly. for example you are detecting a creek bed and want to move up the side of the creek and the terrain goes strait up with that piece on your coil you have to stop readjust then go on. i found it much easier to leave the plastic bolt not so tight then you can just lightly push the coil against any surface to get the proper angle. also ounce you find a target you can set the detector down and flip the coil over to check your dig with the old split the soil in half in your hand or scoop and run it past the coil. like i said i am no professional but this is what i found though trail and error. highdesertranger

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    "High"desert and "Hi" Zior. The raw footage for my video is done....yes. Now I have to edit out the "goofs" I made. I have not put the small "angle" plastic on either. For the same reason as you explained. The GMT is a great machine, but Whites (I believe) shot themselves in the foot on this one. On page 17 of the included manual they say go to manual ground balancing for the "ultimate control" for the tiniest flakes. Now I've gotten nuggets up to 1.5 grams out of a sluice and some flakes but larger pieces are rare indeed! Since flakes and pickers will probably grace my pan more often than nuggets, I must go for the manual balance idea and find the flakes. The GB2 and GMT will both detect a PIECE of staple but the weak signal will probably get lost in the ground chatter expected in highly mineralized ground. Now, except for the time I have on my Scorpion, I am not all that versed in electronic prospecting. The GMT and GB2 are both amazing me with what I must learn! I have about 10 hours total on both machines and I am nowhere near ready to "hit the creek" with them. Iron trash, yeah, I'm digging my share of BB's. But, if I was in a park, it would be pulltabs. I've picked up two horse shoes and a (burro?) shoe. Them's not trash to ME! I'll keep ya posted. TNX TTC
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    At home the ground was covered with snow, and I was covered with sweat. My younger brother called me a killer and my daddy called me a vet. Still in Saigon. Charlie Daniels Band

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Great stuff Terry

    I'm moving house atm, will be looking for one of these 2 detectors in about 3 or so months. Looking forward to your future reports

    Take care

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    YOU SAID,....The GB2 and GMT will both detect a PIECE of staple but the weak signal will probably get lost in the ground chatter expected in highly mineralized ground.


    Don't bet on it. .........As you learn each machine you will tweek the manual settings better and better. I have found gold so small you would get disgusted trying to separate it in a scoop full of material.
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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Quote Originally Posted by frank
    YOU SAID,....The GB2 and GMT will both detect a PIECE of staple but the weak signal will probably get lost in the ground chatter expected in highly mineralized ground.


    Don't bet on it. .........As you learn each machine you will tweek the manual settings better and better. I have found gold so small you would get disgusted trying to separate it in a scoop full of material.
    WOO HOO!! Thanks Frank. That's the kind of shot in the arm I need. Very encouraging. Question: Will the GMT balance need to be re-done when dunking in the creek? My PI machine "goes quiet" when submersed in salt and needs to be re-set, even if just the coil hits the wet sand. How about the GMT in a shallow creek? Tnx TTC
    At home the ground was covered with snow, and I was covered with sweat. My younger brother called me a killer and my daddy called me a vet. Still in Saigon. Charlie Daniels Band

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.


    WOO HOO!! Thanks Frank. That's the kind of shot in the arm I need. Very encouraging. Question: Will the GMT balance need to be re-done when dunking in the creek? My PI machine "goes quiet" when submersed in salt and needs to be re-set, even if just the coil hits the wet sand. How about the GMT in a shallow creek? Tnx TTC


    I have never had the oppertunity to use the GMT around water. You had better check with the manufacturer and find out about that before you dunk the coil to be safe.
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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Frank,
    I have no doubt the coil is waterproof. I will soon find out if the Ground balance or threshold is affected by the wet environment. Tnx. TTC
    At home the ground was covered with snow, and I was covered with sweat. My younger brother called me a killer and my daddy called me a vet. Still in Saigon. Charlie Daniels Band

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Terry, Any more discovery on the gold machines?

    Fred

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Fred
    Terry, Any more discovery on the gold machines?

    Fred
    Hi Cap'n. No resonable "finds" yet, except some clad while "training" and recording the results. Tomorrow morning I start out for the big "Bunk" roundup in AZ (Gold Basin) this weekend. I will give it my best to be able to report a good find. I will then hit Stanton, AZ and from there, Duisenburg, CA., both LDMA patented claims. Then back home in about two weeks. I've found tiny nuggets and flour at Stanton before so I don't think I'll get skunked. I'll post the results. Tnx. TTC
    At home the ground was covered with snow, and I was covered with sweat. My younger brother called me a killer and my daddy called me a vet. Still in Saigon. Charlie Daniels Band

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Hello, its been awhile, how are things going with the comparison. I am looking at the gold bug. didn't your profile read Murphys CA.

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Quote Originally Posted by joedog
    Hello, its been awhile, how are things going with the comparison. I am looking at the gold bug. didn't your profile read Murphys CA.
    Yes, joedog, my profile DID say Murphys, CA! It's refreshing to find some are paying attention to detail! But I am now on the road in my RV. My shakedown druise. Busy. Came up from Quartzsite to get my dog and buy a trailer. The comparison period is over. I have chosen the GB2 as my gold getter. I gave the other to my brother, TimC, another Tnetter. My choice, of course, has absolutely no bearing on the abilities of both machines. BOTH are killer machines for recovering the tiniest of gold nuggets. I have yet to find my first nuggy with my machine. All my testing has been with nuggies already in the poke. So, now go out there and pick your machine. Start moving dirt and find that gold! TTC
    At home the ground was covered with snow, and I was covered with sweat. My younger brother called me a killer and my daddy called me a vet. Still in Saigon. Charlie Daniels Band

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    Re: Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs. Whites GMT. I'll find out.

    Hi Terry,
    Good to hear you are out and about! Have fun on your journey and I hope the GB2 treats you well, even really well!!

    I had a job interview Tuesday of this week and it went well at least as far as I'm concerned. Will something come of it? I've a large handyman job going on right now but it should be complete by next week. The weather has been so beautiful that I've been thinking about heading into the mountains to do some research work mostly with the detector, GPS unit, Map, hand saw and the like. We will see what time and mother nature deals each of us.

    63bkpkr
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