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Opinions on original Bandido..
Posted by: Dan-Pa.
Date: September 30, 2016 01:03PM
Feed back from someone who has used...

Re: Opinions on original Bandido..
Posted by: Reg
Date: October 23, 2016 01:38PM
I used one for years and liked it. It still is a good detector but can be modified to be a real killer.

Years ago, people used to "supertune" the Tesoro's when in the disc mode by turning the threshold to max and then adjusting the ground balance (GB) such that if you were in the all metal mode, the audio would decrease when you lowered the coil. This combination would add an inch or two to the depth.

I modified my unit so I didn't have to adjust the GB plus did something else and that was to modify the pc board so the disc channel was gated on by a few mv's. This added even more depth. I did this gating on mod to an old Lobo and made it a super discriminator when looking for small gold.


Re: Opinions on original Bandido..
Posted by: RogerP
Date: November 25, 2016 02:12PM
Hi, Reg.

I still have my original Bandido as well as the original El Dorado. If I have a chance to get to Arizona would I be wasting my time trying going nugget hunting with them.

Remember driving across northern New Mexico in a blizzard?

Re: Opinions on original Bandido..
Posted by: Joe(TX)
Date: December 05, 2016 08:59AM
...It is one of the few detectors that will work inside an old trash dump....most of the others will null out!!

Re: Opinions on original Bandido..
Posted by: Reg
Date: December 07, 2016 12:05PM
HI Roger,

I would recommend a newer detector if you go. Call me if you decide to head to AZ. I have plenty of detectors to chose from and will loan you one or two so give me a call or email me. My email address is easy to find, just click on my name on my post and the adddress will show in my profile.

Yes, I remember that trip. It was ijn 87 so it is somewhat fuzzy, but I remember the snow was blowing so bad I had to watch for posts along the highway to keep on the road. When I got to Las Vegas NM I found out the road had been closed, which explained I never saw another car for miles.

That was my first trip to look for gold in AZ. Ended up with one small 3 grain nugget. The cholla's there made me realize why so many people carried combs and why wearing tennis shoes wasn't a good idea.


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