1 Welcome to DetectorStuff.com!


Thanks for visiting…since the launch of DetectorStuff I’ve worked to improve the hobby of metal detecting by seeking out interviews, metal detector reviews, interesting stories, etc.

Not to brag, or anything (okay…maybe a little!) this was one of the first sites on the Web to interview industry insiders and put their unique perspectives on the written page for hobby enthusiasts.  I’ve had conversations with legends at Fisher, White’s, Detectorpro, Teknetics and more.  The “brains” behind some of the coolest detectors on the planet!

Drop by the forums at www.detectorstuff.com/forum for discussions and fun.

Please enjoy the content of this site and feel free to drop me an email or message with ideas, suggestions or just to say hello.

-Mark Ellington

Manufacturers heading into the sunset…

Word on the various forums is that some long-lived metal detector manufacturers are either out of business or very close.  The ones I’m currently hearing about are Tesoro and Nautilus…both of which hold a special place in my heart.  I used a Toltec 100 for quite a while.  I loved the accurate visual ID and excellent iron discrimination. I also owned a Cortes and a Tejon.

Then there’s Nautilus.  A North Carolina company that focused on machines that were relic killers.  For years, they reigned supreme at civil war battle sites for ferreting out deep lead and brass.  Both companies began seeing dire straits after the passing of their respective founders.  Jerry Tyndall was the originator of Nautilus and a heckuva nice guy.  You could call them during business hours and get personal pointers from “the man” himself.  I did so a couple of times, the first being when trying to configure the DMC-2b for salt water use.  He walked me right through it happily.

On the Tesoro side, Jack Gifford helmed the business and kept things interesting with multiple models and an unheard of promotion…Lifetime warranty!  They would even honor warranties after machines were sold or traded (unofficially, of course).

If either of these companies is actually not going out of business or already out, please let me know and I’ll update this post.

Is there any interest in me putting up a forum for supporting  defunct metal detectors?  Most of the “big” sites won’t do it because there’s no one to pay.  I don’t do this for profit…just purely out of love of the hobby.  Let me know what you think.



Vintage detector gallery

Awesome vintage detectors…credit for photos to various sources.  Have an old machine?  Send me a pic and I’d love to add it.  Feel free to comment on these if you have more info.

Stuff like this hurts the hobby!

I DO NOT agree with the current rules, laws and regs related to metal detecting in the the US…especially when it comes to finding historically valuable relics.  HOWEVER…sneaking around and doing this kind of thing makes it even worse for those of us who follow rules and try to help the hobby be seen in a good light.



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