My post was a response-to a post by Tom Glenn, (although it did not show up under his post, as I wanted it to). He stated:
"In side by side field comparison the garret ATX smokes them all in both price and performance. 1900 in the regular package and about 2500 in the deluxe package, not 4000 to 7000 base price and it is made in AMERICA. Tom"
So, it was not my intention to imply that my GP3000 was, nor is superior -to the Minelabs: 3500, the 4000, the 4500, the 5000, nor the 7000. I was simply indicating that he is wrong about garret ATX smoking all other detectors in both price and performance. As my post states, even a GP3000 (which obviously does not have "all the bells and whistles" that the newer version Minelabs have from the 3500 up to the 7000 models) can be purchased for between $1200 to $1500. And my photos of freshly-found-nuggets should have indicated what is "Realistic" about the reliability and performance of this series of Minelab detector. QUESTION 2: I was using the Nugget Finder Evolution 14" Elliptical coil; and YES, I found "EACH-AND-EVERY-ONE" of the nuggets that I photo'd with that same coil. QUESTION 3: The three smaller nuggets where "each" down approx. 5" deep in "different"-bedrock cracks, which I had to dig out with a small icepick. This actually amazed me when I found the smallest nugget (about .14 of a gram wt.) --that this large of a coil would actually pick up a sub-gram nugget with a fairly noticeable signal at a depth of 5"!! Normally I would us a Coiltek Joey for open and exposed bedrock. The two large nuggets where laying (each one) deep in a "separate"-pocket where the ridge of one hill met up with the ridge of an adjacent hill forming a "V" at the bottom. They where both sunk deep in cracks in the bedrock bottom, which was roughly 18" to 24" deep (I didn't have a tape measure, so that's approx.). And it definitely took some hard-ass digging to get to them, but each signal was strong and definite. There was actually no sand in the wash at all; it was literally full of rocks of all shapes and sizes, some boulders, dark brown mud (dried) dirt, all of which had been "compacted" over time and due (I'm sure) to the mechanics of the many monsoon rains over time. If I wouldn't have had a good pick, I wouldn't have been able to even get close-to these. Hope this answers your questions. Gary