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Quite correct. Of all the things I liked about them, the one thing that annoyed me with any Omega or Gamma was EMI. They were great for coin hunting, but that put you in urban areas most of the time, and urban areas are often EMI plagued locations.My only experiences with the Gamma 6000 (same as the Bounty Hunter Platinum) were that it was an EMI attracting detector especially with the 11X7" coil. I would stay away from it if I were you.
In response to Mr. Beard, I'll agree with you. I didn't have an F5 until I bought one a couple of weeks ago for my multi-model evaluation of detectors for $550 or less. I had considered getting one, but was pestered with questions of what I thought about the Omega 8000, and since I hadn't handled one of those, either, I bought one. I've now owned several Omega 8000's and had two of them a little over a year ago when I also had two F44's.. The Omega's wee just a wee-bit deeper, but the F44's were, by far, much quieter around EMI problem areas. I just liked the general performance of the F44. All are gone now but I got to use the last one in my evaluations.I don't think you would gain anything worthwhile by getting either one of these two models over your F5. I had the Omega 8000 V6 and the F44 at some point. I liked the Omega but not as much as my F5.
Using the same 7" Concentric coil that I like for a lot of urban Coin & Jewelry Hunting, the F44 was not deeper than the new F5 I just bought I had handled the F5 briefly a time or two when someone brought their F5 to one of my seminars, but I was really thinking about one anyway, and when I started acquiring a few for my evaluations, I also got the new F5. For 5¢ under $300, how could I pass that up! And of all the detectors I bought that I didn't have, all of them are going up for same now ... except for the F5. Three's a lot more to that detector and the adjust-ability than most would imagine.I did not like the F44. It's a little deeper than the F5 but it's a noisy bugger. If you like your F5 laid back style, you might not mesh with the F44. Mine was an early model though and maybe Fisher did something about the clipping tones and false signals since then but it annoyed the heck out of me.
You said you want to do some park and school Coin & Jewelry hunting. I have owned 4 F19's and I know how they work and what they're capable of. The F 19 and G2 Plus and Ti me Ranger Pro are all the same Electronics and should all be going for about the same low price now. They do have some potential in their design, but I would not take them to the F5. I still have my 10" elliptical in my accessory coil tote , it's a good coil, but for the trashy places where I hunt Coins and Jewelry, I prefer the 7" concentric coil. It keeps the F5 light and handy, and I find that it works quite well in and around the typically trashy areas.I got with my local dealer and asked him to check on the F19 that is presently on sale.
I already have a 10" DD coil and just ordered a Nel Snake 6.5X3.5 DD coil as they will work on both the F5 and a F19.The f19 is a great detector I have one myself but it only uses DD coils so you won't be able to use your concentrics on it.
I like it too. It won't equal the OP's Snake coil for separation but I think it has a good mix of ground coverage and depth in less contaminated areas. The coil is relatively light and balances well on these machines.I just gotta throw a bone to the 11x7 coil. I, for one, love it. Great on the T2 and on the 19khz stuff.
Was a bigtime disappointment on the Omega. Still my favorite shape coil. Was good on the Kruzer as well.