Trying to get my hands on a Tesoro Golden uMax

doggoneitdignit

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Oct 2, 2016
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Current: Vaquero,Compadre,T2,300i, ML 440V, and Simplex+
Past:Whites 4000 D Series 3, Radio Shack 3001 Micronta
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Metal Detecting
Does anybody still own a Golden uMax, and still hunt with it today? if I cannot locate one, which Analog detector comes close to this hard to get detector?
 

Kitz

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Nov 12, 2017
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Calgary, Alberta
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Tesoro Mojave, Golden Umax, Bandido II Umax, Sand Shark. DeepTech Vista X. Minelab Vanquish 540.
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Metal Detecting
I have an old tone model and love it for jewelry hunting. A friend also has one and it's become his primary detector. Those sweet analog multi-tones are hard to beat.

Goldens still come up from time to time on eBay, but tend to be pricey. Occasionally you can find one at a better price on Kijiji or other classifieds sites.

As for replacements, I'm not sure. Maybe some of the Fishers? The F5 is a digital/analog hybrid, and kind of reminds me of a DeLeon with multi-tones.

-Ken
 
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doggoneitdignit

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Oct 2, 2016
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Thanks for the tip Ken, will continue to keep an eye out for one.

Cheers!
 

Whimpster

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Jan 30, 2013
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Nova Scotia
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Fisher F75 LTD
Teknetics G2
E-Trac
Tesoro,Bandido II uMax,Silver uMax,Silver Sabre uMax
Tesoro,Eldorado small plastic box.
Compadre 8" coil ,Compadre 5.75"coil.
Tesoro Golden uMax new and old tone
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
Does anybody still own a Golden uMax, and still hunt with it today? if I cannot locate one, which Analog detector comes close to this hard to get detector?

I have two...old tone and new tone...great little detectors. I found my first gold coin US five dollar 1881 with my old tone Golden uMax.
I may consider selling the old tone Golden. Just not sure what a fair price is for one now. I'm in Nova Scotia.
 

FAT SEXY

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Sep 30, 2020
88
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Texas
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Tesoro Tejon
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All Treasure Hunting
I've been looking for one too.. Hard to find detector.
 

mjphoto54

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Jun 17, 2013
56
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Central Illinois
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AT Pro, Omega 8000, Etrac
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All Treasure Hunting
I know a shop that still has some Tesoros, new, for sale if anyone is looking. Not sure what models however.
 

eyemustdigtreasure

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Mar 2, 2013
3,082
4,637
California
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Fisher Gold Bug Pro
Tesoro Cibola
Nokta Pointer; Phillips SHS5200 phones
Nokta Macro SIMPLEX
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
Golden uMax is a super machine...! I was near torn between a Cibola and the uMax.
Some regrets not getting BOTH of those fine machine....!
signed,
a Happy Tesoro Owner................!
 

blauer

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Jun 17, 2014
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Pennsyltucky
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Elena. She is a Bounty Hunter Quick Draw II.
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Other
Does anybody still own a Golden uMax, and still hunt with it today? if I cannot locate one, which Analog detector comes close to this hard to get detector?

I used to be a Tesoro user (had a Golden Sabre and at some point a Golden uMax (among many other models)) and I found that the Bounty Hunter QuickDraw II has the same notch settings and tri-tone as the Golden. It's my Detector Prime and I just blasted a silver war nickel (1944 P) at 8 inches with it at a sight I've been hunting since the late 1980s. Operator competence is paramount with any detector!
 

HistoryStudent

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Feb 3, 2016
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Does anybody still own a Golden uMax, and still hunt with it today? if I cannot locate one, which Analog detector comes close to this hard to get detector?
The golden was a unique machine. It's ability to ignore pull tabs and aluminum bottle tops while seeing gold rings clearly was what made it so special. There's not any other machine that I know of that could do that. They've always been hard to find at any price. I have one that I'll never sell but if you can find one you will be amazed at what it can do. Definitely keep looking and I wish you luck.
 

HistoryStudent

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Feb 3, 2016
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If you want a really good new analog detector, look at the golden mask 4wd. I have one and I absolutely love it. It's what Tesoro should have made but never did.

It's multi tone. Wireless headphones. Rechargeable batteries and best of all, it's 12 volt. I cannot recommend this machine highly enough.
 

pinenut

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Mar 15, 2016
1,024
1,350
where bigfoot roams
Detector(s) used
Various Tesoro - mostly Bandido II μMAX
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
Just saw a super-nice factory high-tone Cibola on fleebay.. :)
 

FAT SEXY

Jr. Member
Sep 30, 2020
88
104
Texas
Detector(s) used
Tesoro Tejon
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
The golden was a unique machine. It's ability to ignore pull tabs and aluminum bottle tops while seeing gold rings clearly was what made it so special. There's not any other machine that I know of that could do that. They've always been hard to find at any price. I have one that I'll never sell but if you can find one you will be amazed at what it can do. Definitely keep looking and I wish you luck.

I've watched a few tutorials on YouTube about the Golden uMax.. with it's tones, notch and decent depth, I couldn't imagine a better everyday analog machine.
 

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