Trans Bay Metal Detectors - 650-574-2012 - Metal detecting news and announcements
March 10 2018: FINALLY, Steve Howard of White's Electronics has announced the NEW 6" Concentric for the MX Series. As most of you know, I am a BIG Fan of those Concentric Coils between 5" and 8" and this coil is going to deliver superior performance in terms of Jewelry Sensitivity, Discrimination Characteristics, Pin Pointing and Deep Target Response. Afterall Folks, don't be sold a bunch of BS about BIG Coils going Deeper, well they certainly will on Man Hole Covers, but don't be fooled. Large Coils cover Larger Areas but confuse the detector in Trashy Areas. I'll give you a commentary when I receive my new MX 6" Search Coil.
2018 Current as of March: All the talk of the town is the New Minelab Equinox, available in limited supply. Like most Minelab Audio, it sounds Flutey and Smooth. It sports a Multi-Frequency Circuit but with one Major Difference.... it is FAST and rivals the Tesoro's and French Deus for Speed. Plenty of Youtube Videos. My Associate Dealer, Larry at Big Valley is currently using this Equinox in the field and reports numerous Nickels at depths approaching 10 inches and unlike other visual discriminators from other MFGs, the Equinox in his soil conditions reads out a consistent 12 on the Target ID with no apparent phase angle shifts. His Nickel count on average has surpassed everything he has used and you know what that means..... Gold Rings. Larry has yet to find a real nice one, just some recent Junk Ones that were deep, but remember, Larry just started using the Equinox for the last two weeks..... so far IMPRESSIVE! I can't wait to take my White's MX-7 up there and go head to head with the Citrus Heights Trapper.
2017: Tesoro introduced the Mojave Powerhouse which was developed by Nathan and Allan Cannon. The Mojave is based on the ever popular Compadre Circuit with changes in the Board, and a unique High Low Mineral Switch to maintain optimum performance over most every ground I tested the Prototypes at our Half Moon Bay Beaches and found it to be a Coin and Jewelry Delight finding most targets up to 10 inches. The Mojave also delivered my Deepest White Gold Ring at a Ball Park at over 7 inches under dry ground conditions. Tesoro owns the Lightweight and Speed Records of Recovery and Separation but Tesoro's biggest advantage is in their Analog Audio Circuits which the other MFGs can't touch. At a Retail of $279.00, I can see why it is hard to beat at that price point.
Minelab introduced their Gold MONSTER. A VLF Detector operating at higher frequencies without suffering high mineral lost of depth. Sounds very Smooth according to Master Detectorist Larry Manger of Big Valley Metal Detectors in Citris Heights; Gateway to the Mother Lode. A very smooth hunt and responsiveness on gold nuggets in difficult mineralization.
White's Electronics introduces the all new MX-7, a Weather Proof MX-Sport with a Concentric 950 Search Coil making it my current go to detector for the parks. It actually will detect deeper than the MXT Series and the New Options including a Back Light System and Iron Volume control are hard to beat along with the Ground Tracking to insure maximum depth in the worst soil conditions.
Apr 2016 Trans Bay Metal Detectors now has an Ebay Store where you can purchase your Tesoro Metal Detectors on Line!!!
Unfortunately, my White's Distributor, Jimmy Sierra is no longer the Western Regional Distributor for 5 States including California. Those White's Dealers that are still available in the West will be buying directly from the Factory. Jimmy's limited distribution SST, SGT and SPP will no longer be made by White's. I still have several SSTs and one SGT left... a Shame, as these are well thought out excellent detectors.
White's just announced the MX-Sport. This is a Water Submersible Metal Detector based on the MXT Foundation with a bit more Gain and Audio Sensitivity. Unlike the MXT All Pro, the MX-Sport is a fully Digital Detector loaded with features. I had the pleasure of working with Grand Master Detectorist, Jimmy Sierra along White's Engineering and Technical Staff in evaluating and suggesting how to improve the pre-production prototype.
Garrett Electronics has just announced three new models, the Ace 200, 300 and 400. These will replace the Ace 150, 250, and 350. The new units offer higher frequencies and Dual Digit numerical read outs on the Targets.
Feb 2016 Just Out; Tesoro is making the Cibola, Vaquero and Tejon available with the NEW RSD Coils when ordered with the new Black Base Color. The Looks are very striking......
2016; Jimmy Sierra is no longer going to be my White's Distributor as Jimmy and White's came to an understanding. This is unfortunate as Jimmy has always been a Guiding Light in terms of White's Direction. White's came under new Management about two years ago and the then CEO had other plans which were in conflict with White's of California. One week after that decision was made to part company, their CEO quit and White's has been under the direction of several loyal employees like Steve Howard.
Jan 2016: Tesoro is on the move with a newly designed RSD Coil. Responsive Signal Design means LESS Ground Effect with enhanced Sensitivity on smaller Jewelry and Gold Nuggets. Trans Bay and Big Valley have tested this Coil and found it to deliver a much quieter hunt over difficult ground conditions whether it is prospecting or beach hunting. The weight of the RSD Coil is very lightweight compared to the other Brands.
Also... Tesoro has now hired Master Detectorist Alan Cannon. Alan was responsible for me becoming a Dealer back in 1983 when he was marketing manager of Compass Electronics. I was so impressed with the performance of the Challenger X-70 it encouraged me to get into the Dealer-Sales starting with Compass, White's and Tesoro Electronics.
May 2015: Tesoro announces the availability of their HOT Outlaw with a Single 8" Search Head which reduces the price down to $515.00 making it a Top Competitor in their price range. This unit is also an excellent Cache Hunter when mated with their new 12x10 Concentric Spoked Coil which provides over 25% increase in depth on Larger Targets.
March 2015: Minelab has made available its new GPZ 7000, but at $12000.00 it's way beyond the range of affordibility for most. Minelab also came out with the SDC 2300 with 8" Mono Coil which is significantly lighter by Minelab Standards and is equal in performance on the smaller gold nuggets like the GPZ 7000, and better than the GPX 5000 replaced by the 7000. For more information, BIG Valley Metal Detectors... Larry has the inside scoop!
January 2015: Jimmy Sierra has just come out with the SPP, a TDI Super Pulse with Two Coils for a package price under $1000.00 !!!! making it the Best Performance and Price Package in the Industry Today.
September 2013: Garrett Electronics announces a new PI unit for Beach and Prospecting, the ATX to compete with the Minelab and White's Variants. This will be in a Military Style Look with advanced Pulse Detecting, Ferrous Descrimination and enhanced Sensitivity on small Grain Nuggets. Looks like Garretts got a winner with this new model, scheduled for release in October of 2013. Some Youtube videos available.
At $3000, its not affordable for most like the TDI PRO and SL by White's Electronics, but it does have some interesting configurations and is submersible down to 10 feet. Heavy Feel.
June 2013: Its here!!!! The new White's Sierra Gold Trac. This 48 kHz power house has JUST TWO Controls with no loss of depth. Utilizing the Same Circuit has White's Flag Ship, the GMT, the Sierra Gold Trac retails for just 599.95. Like the SST, the Sierra Gold Trac will have an introductory $100.00 off its retail price, and with its Advanced Ground Tracking system, the competition does not stand a chance with this UNDER $500.00 Gold Detecting BEAST. This is only available to Local Professional Dealers on a limited basis. You cannot believe the light weight and balance of White's NEWEST unit.
March 2013: OK, the secret is out. New unit is White's SST. This unit was the collaboration of Grand Master Jimmy Sierra with Master Detectorist Greg Moscini who developed this unit which is a Lighter Weight Power House based on the MXT Platform. Must come in for a demonstration over 'our board of pain' and to see what this unit can do on West Coast Black Sand which can mask gold rings from competitor models.