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Steve Herschbach

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  1. Ah.... we get to the root of the matter. No Mike, I am not your representative at Minelab. I am not responsible for reporting your problems for you. As far as what I communicate or do not, it is none of your business. Your passive/aggressive commentary had me wondering and now I know it has been aimed at me personally. I am not sure what your problem is, but I take it you have a dim view of me. Good enough. I won't trouble you further.
  2. So you reported your problem to Minelab and they have ignored you?
  3. So if I get this right you guys prefer to get no more early information from people who have an inside track on such things? Just wait for regular purchasers to report? I have made the suggestion to at least one company that tester gag orders simply not get lifted in the future.
  4. Hey Ron, If you run the sensitivity at the proper level it will certainly run quietly on any ground I ran across, including alkali ground. The truth however is we need to wait for JPs commentary coming soon as to how the GM1000 performs in Australia to get the real scoops on your question.
  5. Hi Guys, been busy! Hope you all are doing great! http://www.minelab.c...rst-impressions
  6. The ATX is one of my core "must have" units. These days I use my GPZ 7000 almost exclusively. However, the ATX has one of the best ground balancing circuits available and it will run smooth in hot rocks (basalt cobbles in particular) that will challenge even a GPX let alone a GPZ. It will also fully balance to salt so perfect for alkali flats. So the ATX serves as my backup for my GPZ for oddball situations plus "just in case". It is also my number one beach hunting detector. I even coin hunt with it now and then when the mood strikes me. Just a great all around PI for me at least. It is a ver
  7. Hi Jim, sorry so long to reply but I have been (you guessed it) out prospecting. I am all surveyed out but you are right I am sure about desert gold and how most of it is near surface. People keep puzzling over why newer machines are not finding more big nuggets down deeper and the sad truth is in many cases they just are not there. Best wishes to you and your extended family!
  8. $3k will get you a brand new GPX 4500 with an 11" DD coil and 15" mono coil, three year warranty, and $300 cash left in your pocket. $2699 now. Or a GPX 4800 with an 11" DD coil plus a Eureka Gold and $350 cash in your pocket. Both with three year warranties and all for $2649. Sorry to say a used GPX 5000 just is not worth now what it was a couple months ago.
  9. It is by no way a comprehensive survey so no doubt you should avoid drawing too many conclusions regarding machines with only a few responses. And as you note some people may be only finding a couple dinks, others pounds. I think the obvious conclusion is the serious guys are not shy about investing in serious horsepower in the form of top end detectors and usually more than one. Lets face it. If all you expect to do is get out and detect a few times a year and find a few nuggets, investing over $10K in detectors makes no sense. For people that measure their gold in pounds it is just the oppos
  10. Apparently GPZ owners are hanging out more on other forums. Not one GPZ response here and in fact the responses on this forum were heavily weighted towards VLF detectors.
  11. A week ago I started an informal survey on seven US metal detecting oriented prospecting forums including this one. The survey was not meant to prove anything per se. I was basically just curious to see what the detectors were that were employed to actually find gold nuggets in the last year. The survey has many shortcomings. It only polls people who were on the US forums in the last week who cared to respond. The forums have tended as a whole to be Minelab oriented and so it is not surprising results might skew in that direction. Still, I got a large number of responses and so some conclusion
  12. This is an informal survey, just out of curiosity. For those of you who have been out prospecting in the last year (back to Sept 2014) and actually have found gold nuggets, what detector or detectors did you find the gold with? The poll is not mant to prove anything. I am just wondering what detectors are most commonly in use now for finding gold nuggets by those who are actually finding the gold. I am posting this on the most of the active US forums so please do not post your answer in more than one place. In a week I will compile all the answers from all the forums and post the results bac
  13. Thanks everyone and good luck Bill. Hope you all had a great 4th!
  14. You can read my two latest Treasure Talk blog posts on the Minelab website at http://www.minelab.com/usa/treasure-talk/a-little-gpz-gold-part-1 (Part One) and http://www.minelab.com/usa/treasure-talk/a-little-gpz-gold-part-2 (Part Two)
  15. Glad to hear the GPZ is working for you Bill. I find gold with mine almost every time I turn it on. Great detector and having used it myself early on one I knew would prove itself with time. Steve Herschbach DetectorProspector.com Fisher F75 & Gold Bug 2 - Garrett ATX - Makro Racer - Minelab CTX 3030 & GPZ 7000 - Nokta CoRe - White's V3i
  16. Indeed it was, somebody got a lucky machine, paid for itself many, many times over.
  17. Yup, I have a good photo of that 57 oz monster nestled in my hand I will find and post. Wouldn't that just give a guy a heart attack!
  18. Yeah Dave, we don't need no stinkin' new detectors! Thanks guys. Just another example of a blind squirrel at work.
  19. This is the final chapter in a long running tale with photos posted elsewhere - Steve's 2013 Alaska Gold Adventure but I wanted to make sure you guys saw this. From July 22 to July 28 six days of metal detecting had netted me only three gold nuggets. That is a lot of detecting and digging for just three happy moments! I was getting burned out plus missing my wife and new home. My wife had also let me know one of my dogs was not doing well. It all just added up to time to go home. Besides, I had about 5.5 ounces of gold, not bad at all and better than I had hoped for. Good weather, good gold,
  20. There are of course at least a couple ways of looking at these things. First, if what you have is working for you, then great! Unlike you however I have been metal detecting for 40 years. Now, I found a ton of stuff with my first detector, a White's Coinmaster IV, but I sure am glad I did not just stick with it. Despite what people may think the technology is getting better. But slowly. You can barely see it from model to model. GP 3000 to GP 3500, not much difference, right? Now sit a Minelab SD2000 next to a GPX 5000. World of difference, but it happened a little at a time. Every once in a r
  21. Well, I guess I got my wish. Here is a copy of my post from October 17, 2012 at http://www.findmall.com/read.php?27,1795744 "I have a Minelab GPX 5000 and a Minelab CTX 3030. 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. The only limitation would likely be battery time per charg
  22. I'm hoping to tag along with Chris if he can put up with me, so may finally get to meet you guys!
  23. Hi Jim, Hope you are well. I am bouncing around Nevada now and headed for Arizona later, was kind of hoping I might bump into Lunk at some point. Never met him but people I know have very nice things to say about the guy.
  24. Looks good. I sure would like to give that coil a go nugget detecting but the price is a bit steep for me.
  25. Here is a little more I picked up in the last few days at another location. Some extremely hot ground, serpentine bedrock with bright red soil. Looks to be 50% magnetite based on what my magnet dragged up. Worst stuff I have been in with the SDC and it handled it well. It would want to groan if moved too fast as the ground balance and autotune struggled to keep up. Answer - just slow down! I still had no problem running at sensitivity three. Anyway, long story short 11.2 grams or 7.1 pennyweight. Largest nugget about 3 grams.
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