I got up WAY too early Friday and hit the road to meet Chris to pick up my new GP3500. About 5 min ahead of me a semi lost it's trailer which scooted along the hiway at 75 mpg spaying it's cargo all over the road and shutting everything down to a one-lane crawl. By the time I cleared the scene at the Carefree Hiway and 17, Northbound traffic was backed up all the way to the 101 interchange!
Anyway, it was good to see Chris and I both arrived a little early at the rendezvous point. We made our way to an area in the Bradshaws and he went over the differences between my GP Extreme (Which I bought new from him a few years ago ) and my new GP3500 and pointed me to an area where Gold has been found. With my GP Extreme I found Gold my second trip out, with my GP3500 I had my first Gold within the first 2 hours of swinging it.
I noticed several diffrences that I like in the GP3500 over the Extreme - First off is the ground-Balance button on the handle. This makes re-balancing a WHOLE lot easier - and one handed. The second thing I like about the GP3500 is the audio is loud enough that I don't need the Super Sound amp that I had on my Extreme. When I hit a target - I knew it.
The most obvious difference I noticed by not noticing. Airplanes overhead. I usually wear one earcuff cocked off of my ear so I can hear sounds around me. At one point I noticed the engine of a plane overhead and looked up to see two directly above me. That's when it hit me - - I hadn't heard any PINGs or BOINGs on the detector! All day I had only heard a faint Ping one time when there was a plane overhead, but I heard many planes overhead and heard no Pings on my detector, so I think Minelab has made enormous progress towards addressing this painfully pesky issue.
Others on the forums have suggested not running in Sensative mode, but I found it to be helpful and here's why. At one point I heard a slight disturbance in the threshold - not even close to being a signal, but definately a slight difference. I was running in Normal and clicked it over to Sensative and it became a definate signal. It turned out to be a small staple wedged way down in some cracks in the bedrock, but I ran in Sensative for the rest of the day and will probably continue to do so.
Overall I'm pretty impressed with the GP3500 and will now have to put together a package to sell my old Extreme. She'll be hard to part with since we've found so much Gold together, but I think I'm gonna find even more with this new machine.
Oh yes - By the time Chris left I had scored a tiny little piece, and finished up the day with three nuggets for a total of 3 grams even.