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Golden mask detectors
Posted by: dirt lizard
Date: July 09, 2017 05:16AM
These detectors are made in Bulgaria. Does any one know more about them?



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Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: Tom_in_CA
Date: July 09, 2017 08:13PM
I've looked at a few videos of tests/usages. I don't see any reason to risk something from over-seas. I don't see any added benefit over what's available on domestically available normal-fair machines here. Did you see something that seems to hint they are more able than the normally used USA popular machines ? Eg.: Whites, Minelab, Fisher, Garret, Tesoro, etc.... If you saw some test purporting to show they have some "better mousetrap", link to that claim or video.

Be aware that often time videos can be made to show awesome results, yet .... its often in just pumping a machine to be over-hot just over a single-spot-target. Such that a person is not going to be able to replicate the same results in normal hunting. Or to the extent someone can be coming on with awesome show & tell results, well .... perhaps they're just working awesome historic sites ?

Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: azsh07
Date: July 10, 2017 09:11AM
Then there are people who own them.....

I have the Golden Mask 5. I have used it this past season quite a bit.

Does it work well...yes it does...is it better than anything else you can buy state side..not really. But the converse of that can be said overseas..plenty of good European made units that perform as well if not better than most US made machines...I mean Minelab, Nokta and XP are on top of the list of detectors used worldwide. So...you know...the Golden Mask is a nice detector but not something you cant equal locally.

I got it because it collapses down to a size I can fit in a back pack without taking the lower rods apart. I liked that. It is very quick for recovery time about as fast as most any detector I have used...suppose on some test bench others may be technically quicker but in the field it is fast in trash which I need. Depth is probably average for a detector in it's [price range...not going to match an Dues or maybe a 3030 in depth but it is not made for raw depth. So depth is on par for what you would expect from a detector between $600 to $800 with a fast recovery time.

I also like the meter that uses bar graph similar to Whites signograph....helps with pieces of rusty roof tin that give a fairly solid VDI but smears the graph.

Comes with wireless headphones that actually work well and rechargeable batteries for both detector and headphones....plus two coils.

Could I match the performance at price point with an American made unit...sure...it would have to be a Fisher or a Teknetics since Whites and Garrets to me still do not have really fast units like Tek or The Fish in that $600 range or so..thats just my experience trying them.

But the one thing was the ability to collapse to a backpack machine without tearing it apart. So I had a singular need and it fit.

However would I order one just to see if it did something better than I could source from a local dealer...nope. If I wanted something unique that isn't really a clone of something here I would probably try the New Rutus...I liked my older Rutus.

Thats just my personal experience...and I have used many machines over the past 35 years.

Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: Tom_in_CA
Date: July 10, 2017 10:13AM
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azsh07
....plenty of good European made units that perform as well if not better than most US made machines...I mean Minelab, ......

Thanx for chiming in. Good post.

When I made my post Re.: USA machines vs these new generation odd-ball machines popping up in Europe lately, I included "minelab" in the list of examples of USA machines. But I was painfully aware that Minelab did not originate in the USA. Doh! But I include it on the list of example USA machines since .... in the past 20-ish years, it's risen to practically be a USA machine.

Eg.: It's sold at brick & mortar dealers routinely now (well.... for whenever brick & mortar stores still exist, that have survived the onslaught of the computer catalog era competition). So you routinely see minelabs being swung everywhere here in the USA now. But yes, technically, it's not an american made like fisher, garrett, whites, tesoro..



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Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: BR549
Date: July 11, 2017 09:49PM
I also have the 5 and 5+.Love the straight shaft on both.I even have a sorex pro mounted on one of the shafts. They are very good machines for me.

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Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: Dang
Date: July 13, 2017 03:54PM
I almost traded for one but chickened out at the last minute.

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Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: Mudwhale
Date: July 13, 2017 05:49PM
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azsh07
Then there are people who own them.....

I have the Golden Mask 5. I have used it this past season quite a bit.

Does it work well...yes it does...is it better than anything else you can buy state side..not really. But the converse of that can be said overseas..plenty of good European made units that perform as well if not better than most US made machines...I mean Minelab, Nokta and XP are on top of the list of detectors used worldwide. So...you know...the Golden Mask is a nice detector but not something you cant equal locally.

I got it because it collapses down to a size I can fit in a back pack without taking the lower rods apart. I liked that. It is very quick for recovery time about as fast as most any detector I have used...suppose on some test bench others may be technically quicker but in the field it is fast in trash which I need. Depth is probably average for a detector in it's [price range...not going to match an Dues or maybe a 3030 in depth but it is not made for raw depth. So depth is on par for what you would expect from a detector between $600 to $800 with a fast recovery time.

I also like the meter that uses bar graph similar to Whites signograph....helps with pieces of rusty roof tin that give a fairly solid VDI but smears the graph.

Comes with wireless headphones that actually work well and rechargeable batteries for both detector and headphones....plus two coils.

Could I match the performance at price point with an American made unit...sure...it would have to be a Fisher or a Teknetics since Whites and Garrets to me still do not have really fast units like Tek or The Fish in that $600 range or so..thats just my experience trying them.

But the one thing was the ability to collapse to a backpack machine without tearing it apart. So I had a singular need and it fit.

However would I order one just to see if it did something better than I could source from a local dealer...nope. If I wanted something unique that isn't really a clone of something here I would probably try the New Rutus...I liked my older Rutus.

Thats just my personal experience...and I have used many machines over the past 35 years.



Nokta IMPACT,Garret GTAX-550, Garret Pro Pointer, Garret digger, Predator Tools Piranha shovel and 100% DEET!!

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Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: Mudwhale
Date: July 13, 2017 05:50PM
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azsh07
Then there are people who own them.....

I have the Golden Mask 5. I have used it this past season quite a bit.

Does it work well...yes it does...is it better than anything else you can buy state side..not really. But the converse of that can be said overseas..plenty of good European made units that perform as well if not better than most US made machines...I mean Minelab, Nokta and XP are on top of the list of detectors used worldwide. So...you know...the Golden Mask is a nice detector but not something you cant equal locally.

I got it because it collapses down to a size I can fit in a back pack without taking the lower rods apart. I liked that. It is very quick for recovery time about as fast as most any detector I have used...suppose on some test bench others may be technically quicker but in the field it is fast in trash which I need. Depth is probably average for a detector in it's [price range...not going to match an Dues or maybe a 3030 in depth but it is not made for raw depth. So depth is on par for what you would expect from a detector between $600 to $800 with a fast recovery time.

I also like the meter that uses bar graph similar to Whites signograph....helps with pieces of rusty roof tin that give a fairly solid VDI but smears the graph.

Comes with wireless headphones that actually work well and rechargeable batteries for both detector and headphones....plus two coils.

Could I match the performance at price point with an American made unit...sure...it would have to be a Fisher or a Teknetics since Whites and Garrets to me still do not have really fast units like Tek or The Fish in that $600 range or so..thats just my experience trying them.

But the one thing was the ability to collapse to a backpack machine without tearing it apart. So I had a singular need and it fit.

However would I order one just to see if it did something better than I could source from a local dealer...nope. If I wanted something unique that isn't really a clone of something here I would probably try the New Rutus...I liked my older Rutus.

Thats just my personal experience...and I have used many machines over the past 35 years.
Great post!!! Thanks for the info!!



Nokta IMPACT,Garret GTAX-550, Garret Pro Pointer, Garret digger, Predator Tools Piranha shovel and 100% DEET!!

Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: hairymonsterman
Date: July 21, 2017 09:59AM
I've had the GM5 and later GM5+
The 5+ is a good machine but i had issues and had to return it for warranty work, then the headphones had to go back, the lower stem broke, then the top stem collar came loose, it's threaded but the shaft isn't so they are just glued on.
I sold it and bought a Rutus Alter 71, far better built and all the bells and whistles you'll need for 99% of your hunting, it's very similar to my deus in how it operates, but it's far better than the deus in modern rubbish ground, and it takes dd and cc coils, bonus!

Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: dirt lizard
Date: July 23, 2017 01:30PM
I heard that they are bad with hot rocks. Is this true?



Minelab Safari, Golden mask 5, Oldest coins, 1749 King George II half pence, 1783 Nova Constalatio, 1772 Spanish half Reale

Re: Golden mask detectors
Posted by: Zinc Penny
Date: July 23, 2017 06:52PM
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hairymonsterman
I've had the GM5 and later GM5+
The 5+ is a good machine but i had issues and had to return it for warranty work, then the headphones had to go back, the lower stem broke, then the top stem collar came loose, it's threaded but the shaft isn't so they are just glued on.
I sold it and bought a Rutus Alter 71, far better built and all the bells and whistles you'll need for 99% of your hunting, it's very similar to my deus in how it operates, but it's far better than the deus in modern rubbish ground, and it takes dd and cc coils, bonus!

I loved the Alter but I'm too tall for it and they don't offer any shaft extenders so I had to let mine go. But it was a fantastic machine.

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