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Brenton O'Brien

Brenton metal detecting

Brenton has been with Minelab for three years and is based in Adelaide, Australia. Brenton is part of Minelab's marketing team and after finding his first piece of gold in less than 15 minutes using a GPX-4500, he's warming to the idea of purchasing his own. Beginners luck, natural talent or an amazing detector...


Evan Granger - Introduction to Treasure Talk

February 12, 2013 04:20pm

I’d like to introduce Evan Granger as our newest member to Minelab’s Treasure Talk blog. Evan has been detecting since he was 12. Accompanied by his father and mentor, his first major find was a Mason jar cache of Morgan Dollars and other coins left in a post-hole bank. After that, he was hooked and has been metal detecting for over 28 years.

Evan has experience with several types of metal detectors and enjoys using new technology. His ability to quickly pick up a metal detector and understand it has been a key factor to his success. He loves the aspect of recovering and saving lost history.

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on February 12, 2013 04:20pm | 6 Comments

CTX 3030 audio options

May 30, 2012 05:27pm

Different types of detecting call for different ways to hear targets, so the CTX 3030 has just about every imaginable option to hear your next great find.

For general detecting, or a bit of family fun, the internal speaker in the control panel is a great option...

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on May 30, 2012 05:27pm | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 go detecting anywhere!

May 22, 2012 12:50pm

In our latest CTX 3030 video, Nenad Lonic explains the waterproof features of the CTX 3030 and provides some tips about how to prepare the detector for use in water.

This video should answer a lot of questions and discussions on the forums about the CTX 3030 and its waterproof features.

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on May 22, 2012 12:50pm | 3 Comments

CTX 3030 Full details released!

May 11, 2012 09:59am

Discussion of the new CTX 3030 metal detector has been lighting up detecting forums across the world. Many questions have been asked and much has been speculated. Today Minelab is releasing full product details on the CTX 3030!

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on May 11, 2012 09:59am | 2 Comments

Mark Williams - Introduction to Treasure Talk

January 05, 2012 03:10pm

Mark Williams as far back as he can remember has always been fascinated with old bric a brac from bygone eras. He grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, but his ancestors were some of the first people to settle in the far north of the state. He spent much of his young life visiting his grandparents in the country and it was not unusual to find Mark at some old dump site or ruin full of old relics that he could spend hours rummaging through and trying to work out what they were used for.

At the age of 25 Mark bought his first Minelab Eldorado MkII and with grand visions of great riches to be found he was hooked well and truly on metal detecting.

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on January 05, 2012 03:10pm | 0 Comments

Gary Drayton - Introduction to Treasure Talk

November 01, 2011 10:22am

Gary Drayton is a successful beach and shallow water treasure hunter from sunny South Florida. Over many years spent searching Florida beaches with his trusty Minelab Sovereign GT metal detector, Gary has managed to do what many other beach hunters cannot do, to find Spanish treasure coins and artifacts on a consistent basis. Spanish treasure finds that have made him one of the most successful and well known beach treasure hunters in Florida.

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on November 01, 2011 10:22am | 0 Comments

David Shackleton - Introduction to Treasure Talk

October 21, 2011 03:34pm

David enjoys reading about US History and loves to spend time conducting research. He is an avid Civil War enthusiast and loves to visit the battlefields around his home in Virginia. He started metal detecting in 2005 and actually enjoys knocking on doors to ask for permission to hunt for relics on private property. David says “it only takes one land owner to give you permission to hunt. Put a Minelab in their hands, and you’ve made a friend for life. Just be sure to get your Minelab back when you leave!”

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on October 21, 2011 03:34pm | 0 Comments

Sausage Sizzle at Reeds Prospecting

September 09, 2011 09:12am

Saturday the 27th of August was a fine and warm spring day, perfect for a Sausage Sizzle. Although there is a busy prospecting season well underway in the Western Australian goldfields, there were enough prospectors and detectorists around to make the Sausage Sizzle at Reeds Prospecting Supplies a highly entertaining and enjoyable event.

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on September 09, 2011 09:12am | 0 Comments

Chris Ralph - Introduction to Treasure Talk

May 20, 2011 04:33pm

Chris hails from Nevada, a state with a rich history of gold mining in the western USA. He has more than 35 years of prospecting experience, panning his first little 3/16 inch flake from the historic mother lode country of California way back in 1975. He’s been staking mining claims and digging for gold all over the western USA ever since. Chris followed his interests on a more formal level and obtained a degree in Mine Engineering from the Mackey School of Mines in Reno, Nevada and then worked in the gold mining industry.

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on May 20, 2011 04:33pm | 0 Comments

Trevor Ferraresso - Introduction to Treasure Talk

May 13, 2011 05:04pm

Trevor has been working in the prospecting industry since 1996 when he was first employed by Minelab in Adelaide. Working with the warehouse team he quickly became hooked on the hobby of metal detecting and was soon trying out the latest machine at the time, the SD2100.

He developed a sound knowledge of how the detectors worked, however he was not able to find his first piece of gold until the year 2000 when...

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on May 13, 2011 05:04pm | 0 Comments
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