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Old 06-30-2006, 03:50 PM
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Default Vintage 1965 White's Gold Master

I forgot that I had this thing, a friend gave it to me & it's been in the basement for years.

It's a "White's Gold Master Metal & Mineral Detector", Model GM63 with a manufacture date of 7/65.

It has knob type switch controls for:
Metal/Null/Mineral
Batt check (off/1.5/9/67.5)
Power On/Off

and knobs for:
Speaker Control
Radio Tuner

The "Radio Tuner" is intriguing, it has a small inner knob that turns a lot while the big outer knob goes slow. It tunes from 0-100.

Oh yeah, and a 3-scale "DC Voltage" meter:
Top scale: 0-100
Middle scale: 0-10
Bottom scale: 1-2
(Seems like that might come into use when operating the battery check feature)

It has a small (appx 4") solid coil & a large (maybe 12-16") ring coil. Both look like plywood.

It had some interesting Eveready cardboard box type batteries in it, one for 67.5 volts, and another for 1.5 volts (each a little bigger then a pack of cigarettes), in addition to a standard 9 volt battery.

My questions are:

1) Is the thing of any value?
2) Where on earth could one get batteries for it & would they be prohibitively expensive?
3) Being a tunable Mineral detector, could it be tuned to find say, arrowheads in loose sand?

The guy I got it from said that at one time, you could send these older units back to Whites & get them upgraded to use a more modern power source. Dunno now.

Any info would be appreciated

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Old 06-30-2006, 04:12 PM
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Default Re: Vintage 1965 White's Gold Master

Duh, I got an answer for question #2 with a quick Google search for "67.5 volt battery", they are available all over the place for $19.99 - $29.99.

The ones that came out of the unit are tagged $4.55 (for the 1.5 volt) & $11.67 (for the 67.5 volt).

Seems that it'll be 30-40 bucks to energize this thing, & those $$ could go a long way towards a sniper coil for my new ACE250. Need to know if it's worth the expense to put it into operation or not.

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Old 06-30-2006, 05:00 PM
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Default Re: Vintage 1965 White's Gold Master

Nice old detector but in my opinuion not worth getting the battery for. Good conversation piece though

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Old 06-30-2006, 06:10 PM
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Default Re: Vintage 1965 White's Gold Master

Donate it to the Metal Detecting Hall of Fame and write it off your taxes as a valuable antique worth $1000!!

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Old 06-30-2006, 08:56 PM
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Default Re: Vintage 1965 White's Gold Master

My friend got an old tube type radio once, it needed a high voltage battery also. We used a bunch of 9 volt batteries to get it to work. I can imagine that you would have be pretty strong to swing that detector. The weight of the batteries alone would be a killer.
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