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Steve Herschbach


Steve got his first metal detector in 1972 and has been metal detecting ever since. Steve and a friend started a mining supply business while in high school that turned into one of the largest in the country. They sold the business to their employees in 2010 and since then Steve has been a full-time prospector, writer, and metal detecting consultant. He also enjoys building websites and puts a lot of effort into as a resource for prospectors. 



Here there is a great amount of information freely available to help both beginners and experienced prospectors choose the right detector for their needs, such as Steve's Guide to Metal Detecting for Gold Nuggets and Steve's Guide to Differences of Minelab SD, GP, & GPX.

Steve is from Alaska and spent his life there prospecting and developing mining claims as a successful side business. His passion for metal detecting also lead to travels to the Lower 48, Australia, and the UK on various adventures. The long Alaskan winters interfered too much with Steve doing what he desired and in 2013 he moved to Reno, Nevada. Now the prospecting never stops!


Steve would be the first to admit his interest in metal detecting borders on obsession. He enjoys all metal detecting whether it is nugget detecting, or jewelry, coin, relic, or meteorite hunting. He relies on a wide range of detectors with an emphasis on high performance and cutting edge technology. Steve says he “steers clear of brand name preferences” due to his desire to use whatever works. Two detectors that work best for him currently are the Minelab GPX 5000 and CTX 3030, but he has used many other Minelab models over the years.


A Little GPZ Gold - Part 2

July 01, 2015 02:38pm

Following on from Part 1 of this blog which covered how I use a GPZ  with GPS to cover ground more effectively, I'd like to share some more techniques and detector settings I use for finding gold with my GPZ 7000.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on July 01, 2015 02:38pm | 1 Comment

A Little GPZ Gold - Part 1

July 01, 2015 02:05pm

This year has not been going exactly as I imagined it would. My stated goal for the year was to set a new record for days in the field detecting. So far however, it has been anything but that. No complaint - I have been devoting myself to visiting family and other things that took precedence over prospecting. Weather has also been a bit dodgy this spring leading me to sit out things a little waiting for better conditions.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on July 01, 2015 02:05pm | 0 Comments

My Take on the GPZ 7000

February 19, 2015 08:42am

This is my attempt to explain my own personal opinion of the GPZ 7000 based on what I know so far. The very real problem is I do not know everything and in fact still consider myself a novice with the detector. I have a lot to learn yet, so those thinking I know everything and can answer everything definitively are going to be disappointed. Some things I flat out do not know, other things all I can do is offer a qualified guess.

What I can promise is I am not out to talk anyone into getting one. Not my job. I did not get my GPZ 7000 for free although I did get a great deal on it. Despite what people may think being a field tester does not obligate me to post about the GPZ 7000 and it certainly does not make me a salesperson. I am however more than happy to offer my opinion for those that are interested. Here goes with where I am right this minute 2/18/2015.

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to field test the new Minelab GPZ 7000 detector. It has allowed me time to make decisions regarding my own use of detectors this season earlier than most people. It also gave me a place first in line and I now have a brand new GPZ 7000 of my own.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on February 19, 2015 08:42am | 2 Comments

GPZ 7000 – First Impressions

February 18, 2015 07:10am

After years of waiting, it is finally here, the new Minelab GPZ 7000!

Like many people I got used to Minelab introducing a new flagship gold detector every couple years. However, with the Minelab GPX 5000 I began to question just what could be done to make the detector find gold better. It appeared to me the technology had been taken as far as it could go. So much so that back in October 2012 I posted this on several Internet forums titled "Minelab CTX 5000" -

"I am a firm believer at this point that the GPX 5000 has taken PI nugget detecting technology about as far as it can go, with only better ferrous discrimination the only thing to offer me. And I am not holding my breath for that. So where to go from here? Pretty obvious I would say. Cram the GPX 5000 into the CTX 3030 package. I see no reason why it can't be done."

I based that comment on observing many people trying to turn their GPX into an integrated unit by strapping batteries and speakers onto the housing. People were craving a pick up and go all in one unit that eliminated cords and cables. I had a new CTX 3030 and really liked its design.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on February 18, 2015 07:10am | 3 Comments

Scrape and Detect – with the SDC 2300

February 13, 2015 01:43am

The Minelab SDC 2300 is a remarkable metal detector, and more people are finally realizing it. The SDC 2300 has exceptional sensitivity to very small gold and even larger gold that other pulse induction detectors have difficulty with. Porous specimen gold is being found that is surprisingly large in mass but which due to the spongy nature of the gold has been missed by other detectors.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on February 13, 2015 01:43am | 0 Comments

The Minelab SDC 2300 "Alaskan"

July 18, 2014 12:51am

I have been prospecting in Alaska for nearly 40 years and it is dramatically different than the prospecting I read about on the internet. Everyone else seems to be out detecting in desert locations, and I am always detecting in pouring down rain! Others are out detecting in wide open country, and I am detecting in brush so thick I can barely squeeze through it.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on July 18, 2014 12:51am | 1 Comment

The Minelab SDC 2300 – My First Impression

June 06, 2014 07:21pm

Great things come in small packages! When a box showed up from Minelab recently the first thing that struck me was how small the box was. Like a kid at Christmas I tore the box open and lifted out my new toy – a Minelab SDC 2300 detector. There is not a box full of parts to assemble, just this little detector all folded up, and nothing quite prepares a person for just how small the SDC 2300 is the first time you see it.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on June 06, 2014 07:21pm | 1 Comment
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