Grubstake - Ya, I seen them. Pretty good demo of a Garrett ATX, but then again it don't show the sound on the original target, which I would of liked to seen or heard. The target was partially already dug when the video started from what I seen.
Steve H. - First, I would agree the ATX is not going to contend against the GPX 5000. I'm not sure it's even going to run against a GP series, but I also believe Garrett knows this. I firmly believe they designed this unit to catch the nitch market PI price range of $2000-$2500, which Minelab gave up when they discontinued the Minelab SD2100V2. I'm not going to talk for Minelab, but believe they lost a lot of business in that range for several years when they dropped this unit. I believe Garrett seen it, heard about the demand for a unit in this range and jumped on it.
I have a least a dozen potential customers right now waiting for me to test this unit. They have told me if I think it's a decent PI for entry level nugget hunting, they want one. This business would have went to a Minelab detector if it was available. I'm sure overall there are hundreds of customers just waiting to hear some solid field reports on this unit and they are going to purchase the ATX.
Secondly, I agree the Infinium LS wasn't a bit hit for nugget hunting. Many of the guys that I knew that purchased them, sold them within months of owning them. The lack of sensitivity to small gold with the stock DD, the flimsiness of the lower shaft and unreliable "reverse discrimination" got many discouraged. I know several guys that were conviced they were going to take the Infinium LS, run through the goldfields, leave all the iron rubbish with the "reverse discrimination" and pluck all the gold among the trash just didn't work!!
I still remember a member of this forum digging a large target buried deep and the Infinium was saying it was a good target. They were convinced it was a large gold nugget at depth, but it turned out to be a large piece of iron rubbish .... The member was pretty damn discouraged with the performance at that point.
Overall, I'm excited to see the Garrett ATX in the goldfield of Arizona. I think there will be a good market for the unit, especially since the Holiday season is right around the corner and many are ready to make a purchase.
Just my thoughts,