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Steve Herschbach

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  1. Well Steve, sometimes haste makes waste.......We will see

    When I ran the TDI in 2007 even then I told White's what was needed was a waterproof version. The forums are full of posts by others ever since suggesting the same thing. First it is on, then it is off, then it is on again, then it is off. Five years later, nothing. Definitely no haste involved but it does seem a waste.

  2. I hope I have one in my hands before too soon. I will let you all know what I think. I have been wanting a ground balancing PI I can dunk in the water and have been holding out for something newer than the Infinium. I thought White's would do it first but Garret beat them to it so Garret it is. Obviously not going to replace my GPX 5000 but may complement it well.

  3. Looks brand new; it is the newer DD version. Regular retail $249 so $99 is a deal if it went for that, which I doubt. I will never forget the 1.9 oz nugget I found at Ganes Creek with the old white concentric version of the Sierra Gold Max. But overall a tad heavy for my preferences.

  4. Thanks everyone. I am going to shoot a ton of photos as always and this year shoot a bunch of video also. I will drop in and catch up when I roll into civilization for supplies now and then.

    Nome is on the list for fall but in between the options are too numerous to mention. I have a lot of places I have been putting off visiting for a long time to finally head off to.

    I hope you all have fun, adventure, and gold waiting for you also.

    The best part - hanging with friends, Ganes Creek, 2012

  5. Winter is finally starting to go away in Alaska. I head off prospecting June 15th for the summer. Good old fashioned stuff, just shovel, pick, sluice, and rocker box. Plus some 21st century technology. I will be relying on my detectors a lot this summer. I traded my mule for a Toyota 4-Runner and will be living out of the back of my truck and a tent.

    I have decided what to take and got it down to four units. Four units that shade from one end to the other with a little overlap just in case. From top to bottom:

    1. Gold Bug 2 with 6.5" coil. This will be for detecting bedrock cleaning up the tiny bits.

    2. Gold Bug Pro with 10" x 5" DD coil, 11" x 8" DD coil and 5" round DD coil. General purpose tailing and bedrock detecting.

    3. F75 Special Edition with 13" DD coil, 11 x 8" DD coil and 6.5" elliptical concentric coil. Tailing pile detecting.

    4. Minelab GPX 5000 with 8 round mono", 10" x 5" DD, 14 x 8" mono, 16 round mono" and 18" round mono coils. The "big gun"! For use anywhere there is not too much junk, including some blue-sky patch hunting


    The Gold Bug Pro and F75 are redundant. For most people the Gold Bug Pro is the way to go. But I get a tiny edge with the F75 on larger gold in tailing piles and I like the large target id that pops up on the screen while in all metal mode compared to the tiny indicator on the Gold Bug Pro. The Pro on the other hand is a tad hotter on small gold than the F75. The bottom line is I could narrow it down to three machines by leaving the F75 behind but can't quite bring myself to do that. The machine has been too good to me so it goes along and I will be using it for much of my detecting. I could do with a few less coils also but they do not take much room and it is a long way to go to get a replacement if something fails, so a little redundancy is a good thing.

    I have a lot to wrap up at my last week at work, selling house, and moving to Reno. Then on the plane back to Alaska June 15th and off for adventure. Only a few more weeks to go!

    Steve Herschbach


    True story, I sold my GPX 5000 last year thinking a new unit would be out by now - not! So I had to get another 5000, hope it is a lucky one.

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  6. I used the Gray Ghosts for very many years, and still use them. I did get the Sun Ray Pro Gold a few years ago also. And I am surprised you desert rats did not mention one thing. The Sun Ray units use a soft leather ear muff, which I prefer over vinyl when it gets hot and sweaty out. In fact, I just bought a new set of Pro Golds yesterday. They have a new model specially wired to also work with the CTX 3030 so I picked up a pair of those. They look and act just like the regular Pro Gold but cost like $10 more.

    Good phones.

    Steve Herschbach

    Steve's Mining Journal

  7. I apologize guys, I was not trying to start a this brand versus that brand thing. Just wanted to know people's personal experience with these three particular coils. Thanks for the responses.

    May 17 is my last day at work Ron. I load my wife and the wiener dogs up and drive to Reno late May. Get them settled, the back to Alaska to go detecting all summer. Back to Reno in August, and start detecting across western US.

    We got 6" of snow Friday and another 8" yesterday. People are out detecting, and I am shoveling snow. My last winter in Alaska is nearly at an end and I am not going to miss it. From now on Alaska is a summer only gig. For now I am going to focus prospecting and writing and see where life leads me.

    If you are into nice gold photos check out my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/detectorprospector I am digging through my photo archives and posting a mining related photo each week.

  8. You know, I really should know better than to pose a question like this. But I really am curious and so I am wondering if anyone has used any of these enough to be able to say if there really is any difference worth noting about them? I have minimal experience with all three, and the Nugget Finder does seem like the best compromise as far as size and shape. Lots of people swear by the Commander. Thoughts anyone?

    Steve Herschbach


  9. It drives me nuts when metal detector manufacturers of all people use confused terminology.

    Automatic ground balance has almost always meant automatic ground tracking. The detector automatically adjusts the ground balance as it goes.

    Or we have had manual ground balance, where the operator manipulates a control up or down to set the ground balance.

    Most detectors with automatic ground balance allow the tracking system to be "locked" leaving the ground balance wherever the automatic tracking last had it. It stays there until being "unlocked" back into tracking mode.

    So then came "Grab" buttons where detectors are locked but the tracking system is working in the background. Hitting the grab button updates the locked ground balance setting without having to switch to automatic and back again.

    The AT does not have a true automatic or ground tracking ground balance. You can manually set the ground balance, or you can enable a temporary automatic system and pump the coil at the ground. The system sets the ground balance for you, but it is then locked and stays there after you release the button. It does not track the ground as you go so is not what most people think of when referring to automatic ground balance.

    The main difference from a user standpoint is that automatic ground tracking can tune out very tiny or very deep targets since the circuit is constantly trying to eliminate ground signals. Manual, locked, or the AT so-called automatic all are adjusted momentarily but fixed wherever set until adjusted again, and you chose when that is.

    What this means is there is no difference with the AT between manual or the so-called automatic ground balance settings except where they end up. If the machine appears more sensitive after doing the auto ground balance routine it just means it is picking better settings then you are manually. Some auto systems do allow the detector to set a finer balance then manual controls. For instance a manual push button may adjust the GB number up or down one increment with each push. So you set it at 86 or 87 for instance. The auto may internally be setting at 86.5 which cannot be done manually. But it is unlikely that would make a difference discernable in the field.

    Ground balance not changing means the system is happy where it is at. The ground balance changes with different coils, so one coil may not need an adjustment while another might. From the manual "Note: If the AT Gold's Ground Balance setting does not change during the auto ground balancing process, the detector is either sufficiently ground balanced already or the current ground exhibits such neutral mineralization that the settings will not change."

    I am pointing this out just so you know you have a fixed ground balance setting that can be set two ways. You can set it yourself, or let the machine set it for you, but once set, it is not doing anything different. It locks at that chosen point and the only difference is how you get there.

    I guess now that Garrett is messing with us I will have to differentiate manual from automatic from tracking. The AT does not have automatic ground tracking.

    Steve Herschbach DetectorProspector.com

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  10. The stock coil will probably be the way to go on low mineral Florida beaches. Or the little shooter coil if hunting micro-jewelry.

    The stock coil versus 6" x 10" boils down to ground mineralization and target density. There are no pat answers on coils. What works depends on what you are doing. That is why they make so many.

    You do not need the little stand all that much but it will not hurt. I always use rechargeables but I detect a lot. Only worth investing in if you are really going to get in serious hours at this. If you do it get White's NiMH package not the older Nicad system. The NiMH setup has orange decals on the battery, NiCads have a green sticker.

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