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    Minelab Tones

    Hello Friends,
    You might know I'm a T2 user. I really want to buy the new Equinox 800. I'd like to ask a question of you Minelab users (assuming the etrac and Equinox have the same sounds). The T2 has a great tone choice called 2+. It allows you to hear depth, strength, whether iron or not etc BUT- you hear only one tone per pass over the target. The tone has an infinite amount of sounds, but it's always one tone. The Minelab, on the other hand, seems to produce multiple sounds going over a single target. Something like
    blup BLUP BEEP BLUPE blupe My question- why are there multiple sounds over a single target? Do they give you more info when you learn the language?? Thank you!!
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    It depends on how much junk and/or iron surrounds the target. If the target rests in clean, unmineralized soil with no junk or iron around it, the E-trac will give you a very clean, consistent tone.

    If there is junk or iron next to the target you will hear those different bleeps and bloops, with the "good" sound of the target mixed in.

    It does take some getting used to, but you will get used to it. I did!
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    blup BLUP BEEP BLUPE blupe
    Gotta give you props for being able to put into words what cannot be put into words!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyDigger View Post
    Gotta give you props for being able to put into words what cannot be put into words!!
    Like someone on "Cartalk"

    Thanks Tony! Here is an example...at the 1:27 mark the guy passes a coin and sometimes there is one tone but other times there is more...and he is just bench testing....no iron nearby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGVZ9qH79dU

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    Pretty sure I heard a blurp in there.
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    Each number has its own sound Drew. If you notice the conductive numbers change on the target ID, and at the same time, the sounds are changing. That's the "blup BLUP BEEP BLUPE blup" that your talking about. For a moment your hearing both numbers. And then a single number. And when the ferris number change that creates a mixture of both sounds also. But like Tony said, you'll learn it pretty quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OxShoeDrew View Post
    Like someone on "Cartalk"

    Thanks Tony! Here is an example...at the 1:27 mark the guy passes a coin and sometimes there is one tone but other times there is more...and he is just bench testing....no iron nearby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGVZ9qH79dU
    I watched that video. One thing to note is that he has the sensitivity on "Manual" rather than "Auto". This will often cause less stable tones on the E-Trac. Nevertheless, what you hear there are fairly typical tones for the E-Trac.

    You can watch this video of mine for another example. The video rambles on too long, but you can hear what a silver quarter at 6"-7" deep sounds like at the 10:13 mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ugdrWtMnE&t=613s

    I have the headphones plugged in but I think you can still hear the tones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Two-Cent View Post
    I watched that video. One thing to note is that he has the sensitivity on "Manual" rather than "Auto". This will often cause less stable tones on the E-Trac. Nevertheless, what you hear there are fairly typical tones for the E-Trac.

    You can watch this video of mine for another example. The video rambles on too long, but you can hear what a silver quarter at 6"-7" deep sounds like at the 10:13 mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ugdrWtMnE&t=613s

    I have the headphones plugged in but I think you can still hear the tones.
    What you have your tone length set to also dictates how it sounds. If I remember correctly ,Tony, you have yours set to NORMAL right? I run in LONG. They sound a lot different if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ill Digger View Post
    What you have your tone length set to also dictates how it sounds. If I remember correctly ,Tony, you have yours set to NORMAL right? I run in LONG. They sound a lot different if you ask me.

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    Good point. Yes, I have mine set at "Normal".
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    Yep, I heard it Tony....thanks Tim and at Joe! You know....I posted this same question on other forums (I usually never do this but thought I'd get more answers) and you guys provided far and away the best discourse and answers....thanks!! AD has the best info on the web!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyDigger View Post
    Gotta give you props for being able to put into words what cannot be put into words!!
    LOL, agree. He did a good job.
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