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rockdev
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07 October 2018 08:55 pm

Looks like it could be the end of Tesoro Detectors...they have laid of there entire staff, sad news they have been around for such a long time.

http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/tesor … ost5951316


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Diablo
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08 October 2018 07:13 am

That is sad. I still use my Tesoro 'Diablo' and is great to use, very light, sensitive, and easy to handle in tight spots. Great unit to teach basic skills to beginners. Also a good back up for the 4500.
I was lucky to win mine through "Gold, gem and Treasure" magazine back in the 1980's
Cheers
Diablo


Tesoro Diablo mk1, 7" elliptical, GPX 4500 12" NF evo, homemade river sluice, pans and enthusiasm.

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rockdev
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08 October 2018 04:57 pm

Is that were you got your user name from Diablo, that would have been a ripper of a prize to win back then to mate.


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Diablo
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08 October 2018 06:51 pm

It certainly was, picked it up from David Bishop detectors in Wodonga. David took some photos for the publicity, gave me some directions for areas around Rushworth and detecting was never so easy. Especially after swinging a Goldseeker15000 all day. Sold the 15000 and the Diablo became attached to my right arm.
The ten inch elliptical is good for treasure hunting,,,,, it's the 7 inch that is the killer on small stuff and it is waterproof:the coil only.
I still love my 4500 though! But it is nice to have a good spare detector in the boot all the time,,just in case!
Cheers
Diablo


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rockdev
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08 October 2018 07:09 pm

Thanks for sharing your story Diablo thumbsup the little Tesoro Detectors will still be around for quite sometime I hope, they are very tough little beepers. pickshovel

cheers and happy hunting


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PhaseTech
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08 October 2018 10:50 pm

Diablo wrote:

It certainly was, picked it up from David Bishop detectors in Wodonga. David took some photos for the publicity, gave me some directions for areas around Rushworth and detecting was never so easy. Especially after swinging a Goldseeker15000 all day. Sold the 15000 and the Diablo became attached to my right arm.
The ten inch elliptical is good for treasure hunting,,,,, it's the 7 inch that is the killer on small stuff and it is waterproof:the coil only.
I still love my 4500 though! But it is nice to have a good spare detector in the boot all the time,,just in case!
Cheers
Diablo

David Bishop was one of the nicest guys in the industry. Sad I never got to meet him.


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Adrian ss
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14 December 2018 12:18 pm

Tesoro made very nice and practical detectors that worked great but they did not keep up with the times and the competition. I still have my Sand shark and LST that I purchased from David Bishop. He was a fantastic bloke and who kept Tesoro alive in Australia for many years but after his wife passed away he slowed down and handed the reigns to Paul Knee who did his best to keep the brand alive in here. Tesoro played a dirty trick on him and that was pretty much the end of Tesoro in Aust.
I met David Bishop once and that man had a handshake that could crush a brick. A very nice bloke who could repair any Tesoro fault and who was loaded with prospecting knowledge. The Industry lost a legend when David passed away.

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15 December 2018 08:32 am

I brought my first garret though david bishop gtx 350 then intoduce to another nice man of phill steirens of Adelaide both great men of the industry and very hard to replace , i had mates that used tesoro all of life i pretty lucky i think to be growing up in that kind of people , im always glad to competition around it keep others honest

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Goldpick
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15 December 2018 08:48 pm

Adrian ss wrote:

Tesoro made very nice and practical detectors that worked great but they did not keep up with the times and the competition. I still have my Sand shark and LST that I purchased from David Bishop. He was a fantastic bloke and who kept Tesoro alive in Australia for many years but after his wife passed away he slowed down and handed the reigns to Paul Knee who did his best to keep the brand alive in here. Tesoro played a dirty trick on him and that was pretty much the end of Tesoro in Aust.
I met David Bishop once and that man had a handshake that could crush a brick. A very nice bloke who could repair any Tesoro fault and who was loaded with prospecting knowledge. The Industry lost a legend when David passed away.

I was with Phil (former Garrett distributor) at his home repairing my Infinium when he recieved a call from Paul Knee, he didn't even know that he had lost the Tesoro distributorship until I informed him that another shop in Bendigo was claiming to be the new distributor. I guess that's business for you, though as you mentioned Tesoro never really recovered here after that little episode.

Pity, as my first half decent coin detector was the Vaquero, and the experience learnt from that detector has held me in good stead till this day, especially on deciphering information from tones. VDI screen based detectors really killed off the market for beep and dig detectors, along with a new generation of users preferring more user friendly and feature packed platforms. Tesoro did produce the Deleon and Cortes with screens and TID's, for some reason they were never really that successful. I suspect they simply weren't price competitive against other similar or higher specced platforms at the time.

The Cazador naming contest was probably one of the first indications that things weren't good at Tesoro, no new detector came to fruition and the death of founder Jack Gifford further complicated things.

I still have the Tejon though it rarely gets out these days - should really brush the cobwebs off and give it a run one day.

Here'a brief rundown of Tesoro's history if interested:
http://www.tesoro.com/info/about/

...and also a link for PDF's of the original flyers for most of their detectors:
https://www.treasurelinx.com/tesoro.html

At least there is one detector that can go down in history as being a bit of a collaborative effort between Tesoro US and Oz, and that was the rare Lobo derived Tesoro Dingo. Besides the naming, I think the only real differences were changes to the GB range to suit our more mineralised ground.

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