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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.


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 | 0 Comments
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