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The great Equinox conspiracy.
Posted by: Beyonder
Date: December 14, 2017 10:07AM
The great Equinox conspiracy.

Late July 2017: An advertisement of a person parachuting with a large Minelab banner and the headline stating, "Get the drop on Minelab's sensational new metal detector", begins to circulate the forums. There is an advertised date of September 16, 2017 for the release of information at the metal detecting festival called "detectival". Some speculation as to what this may be is discussed, but nothing concrete appears.

September 16th, 2017: As the event known as "Detectival" is going on, a man parachutes out of an airplane and lands on the ground with a metal detector in hand. The crowd gasps and begins to photograph the event. The parachutist hands the detector to a man known as Brandon Neice, AKA "Dr. Tones". He begins to speak, in detail, about this new VLF Multi-frequency detector that will render "all other VLFs obsolete" called the Equinox. A multi-Frequency, selectable frequency, low priced metal detector. Video's are release with the Equinox being used at Detectival and during one of these videos, a hint of a release date of "early December" by a credible source.

Aftermath of Detectival and the next few months: Suddenly, there begins a flow of speculation throughout the internet forums as to what this new machines capabilities are. Local and large dealers begin taking pre-orders as a frenzy of questions and news hungry buyers assault the web. Various articles and videos are released over the next few months. At this point, pre-orders are most likely in the thousands with some waiting lists alone, for a single dealer, being 200+ deep.

Beginning of December 2017: Most information has come to a small trickle. By this time, release dates given by dealers, buyers and others, range from early December to March 2018, to summer 2018. Huge verbal wars arise on most forums as to the machine being release with a "I want it now" vs "Too bad! You have to wait for it" type feuds. However, in the vast metal detecting community only one thing really matters at this point: Where is the Equinox?

December 12th-14th, 2017: A well known forum officially posts a release date for Europe being "December 17th, 2017". Investigated by a few, there doesn't seem to be any credible source behind this information and in fact, people begin to "call them out" asking what his source is. No response was given. On the 14th, this same site posts another article about the Equinox(although it is the truck) stating "Am I the one who creates Minelab news? Of course not, the manufacturer does everything by itself. I am the one who just tells detectorists and distributors some piece of news." This to me is an almost direct, pointed response to being "called out". Are they "in the know" or drawing hits to the web site?

What ABOUT, Minelab?: The now tattered and frayed relationships that inhabit the forums are the direct fault of Minelab not releasing any information, or so says the consensus. Why all the secrecy? Are there glaring issues? Is this a stunt to force the hand of the competition? This large "silent gap" is not only causing strife, but is hurting Minelabs reputation. It's a lose/lose all the way around. This gap as well as a possible missed release date(they still have a few weeks left) gives the competition like Nokta/Makro, Fisher, Whites, XP and whomever else the chance to catch-up and possibly surpass with an early release of their own cancelling Equinox pre-orders. After all, would you rather wait 200 deep or get something much sooner?

Conclusion: "The very word 'secret' in our society is repugnant" said John F. Kennedy. With the possible release date 17th fast approaching in 3 days, will it be release in December or will the veil of secrecy continue?

Re: The great Equinox conspiracy.
Posted by: unearth
Date: December 14, 2017 10:19AM
Great summation Beyonder:clapping:

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Re: The great Equinox conspiracy.
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: December 14, 2017 10:20AM
good synopsis, up until the last paragraph which I disagree with some points.

I do think they must have hit a snag somewhere, but exactly what we will probably never know. Minelab spokespeople DID once say they EXPECTED sales to begin in December, and while we still have 2 more weeks it is looking less and less likely. Regardless of what the snafu is, I would rather they delay sales and send out a problem free detector than send out possibly flawed unit just to satisfy the impatient.

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Re: The great Equinox conspiracy.
Posted by: Architex
Date: December 14, 2017 11:05AM
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unearth
Great summation Beyonder:clapping:

+1



The real treasure is in the marketing.

XP Deus / Simplex+ / Equinox 800

Re: The great Equinox conspiracy.
Posted by: goodmore
Date: December 14, 2017 12:35PM
It is ready when it is ready. Why would anyone want a defective or inferior product? Let detector people do their job. If you bought into the hype or advertising then that is on you. We will sell no wine before if is time.

Re: The great Equinox conspiracy.
Posted by: jim tn
Date: December 14, 2017 02:29PM
Hey goodmore, I am ready for a good glass, let me know when the time is right. :cheers: HH jim tn

Re: The great Equinox conspiracy.
Posted by: Trashfinder
Date: December 14, 2017 03:49PM
Wheres the beef????????

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How does the delay compare to the release of past detectors?
Posted by: Greg (E.Tn)
Date: December 14, 2017 05:23PM
I'm asking, because I don't really know.

How long did it take the AT Maxx to come out after it was rumored to be in the works? Months, if I remember correctly.

The difference is the hype. Minelab REALLY hyped this machine up with that line about making all other single frequency detectors obsolete.

And guess what? That hype will sell a TON of machines. I'm on a waiting list, just like many others are, HOPING that the hype is truth. :drinking:

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Re: The great Equinox conspiracy.
Posted by: razerback408
Date: December 14, 2017 06:41PM
Re: How does the delay compare to the release of past detectors?
Posted by: jim tn
Date: December 14, 2017 06:41PM
I'm not sure it is delayed, yet. I was always under the impression Feb or Mar.???? HH jim tn

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I guess I meant to say time between the announcement and actual release.N/T
Posted by: Greg (E.Tn)
Date: December 14, 2017 07:04PM

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Re: I guess I meant to say time between the announcement and actual release.
Posted by: jim tn
Date: December 14, 2017 07:13PM
:thumbup: HH jim tn

You have too much time on your hands.
Posted by: bugg
Date: December 14, 2017 07:43PM
Yes?

Re: You have too much time on your hands.
Posted by: Beyonder
Date: December 14, 2017 08:01PM
Are you asking me if I have too much time on my hands?

Re: The great Equinox conspiracy.
Posted by: xwyokid
Date: December 14, 2017 08:16PM
Good thing you weren't waiting for the now infamous Tesoro El Cazador!!