Golden Mask 1+Price: $350
Based on 2 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 5.00
The david of detectors .
I have always used machines with manual ground balance, being cautious of machines that claim to auto ground balance. Recently I took a punt on a gm1+ after reading a few reviews, and I'm glad I did. All four test coins in my garden, were banging out loud with the std 10.5" coil, so I dropped down to the 7". Wow still nice loud two way signals. So I have been out three times now with it. First time one hour and I dug quite a few pieces of iron. Second time about 2hrs, 20 percent iron but a lot of small non ferrous at good depth and a silver penny at 5". Third time out I pegged 55 targets with BBQ sticks, correct way up for signals I was confident of, and upside down for ones that sounded a bit iffy/good. So 47 non ferrous pulled inc tiny air gun pellets and another silver penny, and seven iron objects all where I had pegged as iffy.
Looks like after just seven hours I have got my ear tuned to this fantastic machine. Again the hammy was about five inches down and other non ferrous were as deep as nine inches. I'm told the gm4s will give me more depth using manual ground balance set slightly positive, so that's gonna be on order very soon.
For £200 there can be no better beginner option, other than spending the extra £40 and buying gm4s, and to be honest this machine even used by a novice should hit 9/10 targets a deus would used by a pro.
Max Depth: 9 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
Nigel Westwood from Windsor, Berkshire
Let me be the first then.
Having used the GM1+ for over a half year now I feel confident enough to write a good review.
Before the GM1+ I have used a Fisher F2, and also have had a few outings with the XP Goldmaxx Power.
Compared to my Fisher F2 the GM1+ is quite heavy but also more sturdy build.
Balance is different as the coil is quite heavy due to the fact that it is filled with raisin.
But this works really well with me.
The stem is strong and stiff, there is no 'swing' or movement when you search.
It's a "turn on and go" machine, no frills.
At first I was kinda afraid I would miss the digital VDI numbers I was used to with my Fisher F2, but I really don't.
Set up is easy: Turn it on, set the threshold to a slight buzz or just below it, and set the disc.
I normally set the threshold to around 8 to 9, and the disc I keep between 2 and 3 for just discriminating iron. At the default 4 you also discriminate foil, but then might miss the small hammies and small gold.
The response time and iron recovery is lightning fast! Comparable to the XP GMP and clearly faster than my mate's White's DFX which costs over 3 times more!
Depth from this machine is impressive, in the soil I mostly search on (river clay) it penetrates 30-50 percent better than my F2 on average sized targets, up to over 100 percent on really small stuff like those tiny paperthin hammered silvers.
In air tests the difference is a lot less, maybe only 20 percent . But who ever searches in air!??
When I used my F2 my findings were on average around 20-40 percent less than my mates who are using top end machines.
Since I have my GM1+ this is history.
True, it's a spartan machine, only one tone and analogue.
But after some training, your ears and brains will prove to give a better judgment (to dig or not to dig) than what a digital chip tells you on a screen.
For its prize, best value you can get.
Vince from Holland