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ColinD
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From: Ballarat, VIC
Joined: 15 April 2015
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01 May 2015 10:01 pm

My GC 1038 arrived today, $80 delivered via E-Bay... can't argue with the price if you're low on disposable income aka skint.

Never having touched a metal detector in my life, I found putting the GC 1038 together/finding my feet with the controls pretty easy. I put examples of all current coins on my brick floor as well as a nail, washer, bolt and beer bottle top and used them to figure the thing out.

The detector picked up each coin/target with a very clear beep as it passed each target on ALL METAL and was quiet at all other times. A small fiddle with the discrimination made the trash disappear, but not the bottle top, it lost also the 5c coin which was no big deal.

Up at my dam I found a small very nice teaspoon, stainless steel made in Japan, cleaned up very nice indeed and is good testimony to the quality of Japanese steel... maybe a Samurai spoon lol , as well as the Ninja Samurai teaspoon I found a fairly modern horse riding medal, 2 or 3 bottle tops, a modern toy car and even a bonnet from another toy car, time was limited but long enough to let me say the detector looks like being very good as a coin finder... I put a $1 coin under a big chunk of soil about 4/5" thick and it found it, was very quiet at all times between hits.

As a beginner, I can't compare it to anything else, so sorry for the limited review, I post it to encourage others in the same boat as me (kids eat my money) to have a purchase fairly cheap that at least you know works. The shaft length is very easily adjusted, so is great for letting the kids have a go at the correct length for them in no time at all.

Thanks to Ben78 for recommending it here on the forums cool
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Last edited by ColinD (01 May 2015 10:04 pm)


Minelab Gold Monster, Nokta Fors Gold, Nokta Simplex+

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Wally69
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From: Sydney
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01 May 2015 10:47 pm

Sounds like nothing is going to hold you back now.

Go get some treasure !!!!

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silver
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02 May 2015 12:39 am

work it out and get it working,.... that's the way Colin, once you under stand your machine and its responses to different targets you will be well and truly off on the adventure.


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

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ColinD
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From: Ballarat, VIC
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02 May 2015 01:01 am

Thanks guys, it's an addiction isn't it? Fantastic feeling when you hear that "ping" 8)
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JeffP
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02 May 2015 06:43 am

Wife and I have one and it does ok on the coins in the parks here . But I am going to upgrade when I can afford it , to something that has better discrimination . As you say though , for the money , at least it gets you out there having fun smile

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towelly
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02 May 2015 07:35 am

Gee Wiz Colin, a detector with ground balance and discrim for 80 bucks you can't go wrong. You'll have it paid off in no time. All of us fall into the more expensive the better trap from time to time. There's some real gems out there in the cheaper end of things. Looks like you got one.. Happy hunting.


Current detectors (like them all) : Explorer SE Pro, Sea Hunter #2, Compadre, Tracker iv, Whites TRX pointer, Garret Pro Pointer. Nokta forscore, AT Max

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golddiggerart
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From: Frankston , VIC
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19 January 2017 11:22 am

How does this go at the beach? I am thinking of buying one cheap for now until I can afford to buy the one I really want. Cheers,.


Never give up on your dreams.... They are all worthy of your focus.....

#8

Widget
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Joined: 16 May 2017
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19 May 2017 08:49 pm

How's your detector going ?

Noticed a couple of threads regarding the "GC 1038", so out of curiosity, I jumped onto ebay, but couldn't find anything... not available anymore ?

I came across these detectors, which were around the $80 mark,

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Are any of these the same as yours ?

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Goldpick
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From: Mount Gambier
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19 May 2017 09:27 pm

It's this one in the ebay link:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GC1038-Golfi … Sw44BYQyEG


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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Widget
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19 May 2017 10:19 pm

Goldpick wrote:

Oh, thanks Goldpick smile. Couldn't find it on AUS Ebay. The one linked is from Germany @ $217AUD + $165postage yikes

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Goldpick
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19 May 2017 10:52 pm

The second detector you have pictured is basically the same as the one sold by Aldi, just in a different format. Heatho found a fair bit with his Aldi detector, though I probably put that down to a good operator vs the actual detector. Still, if you can't afford much, the Aldi one which comes up for sale every now and again is better than nothing.

I know you don't have a big budget, but I really have to reitereate that buying a brand name detector is the best line of thinking, even if second hand. I started out using no name crap detectors as a teenager, and it did nothing but frustrate and gave me absolutely no confidence in finding anything. Funny thing is, the last detector you have pictured was around when I was young (30+ years ago), though under a different brand name - Micronta or Radioshack. After I got rid of that piece of junk, I just saved a few dollars from my part time job, and ended up buying a second hand Minelab XT17000 gold detector, best move I made.

Don't forget you can come across a gem buy off ebay from the states if you look hard enough - even with the extra cost of postage. Second hand Garretts Ace 250's are a dime a dozen over there, hence can be real cheap at times, especially now they are superceded by the Ace 300.


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#12

Widget
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20 May 2017 12:06 am

Thanks Goldpick, I thought the LCD looked similar to ALDIs tongue

I totally understand about buying an entry lvl name brand, Ill check out ebay, see what's out there. No money atm so have plenty of time to save I guess.

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