Monthly Archives: April 2009

1 Win a free metal detector bag!

Thanks to Mike Scott and First Texas Products, you’ll have your choice of:

A Fisher detector bag or a Teknetics detector bag!

Fisher Detector Bag

Fisher Detector Bag

Teknetics Detector Bag

Teknetics Detector Bag

How to win: Simple!  I’m going to do this the “old-fashioned” way!  Post your name in the “Win a free metal detector bag!” post and I’ll have my 5 year old niece randomly draw one from a hat on June 1st!  I’ll contact the winner via the email in their registration (to keep emails hidden on the forum).  Follow the link below to visit the forum.  You MUST be a detectorstuff member to post.  Have fun, and good luck!

  • April 27, 2009

1 White’s Vision / V3 Circuit Board

Here are a few views of the interior of the new White’s Vision /V3  (there’s some kinda name issue with Vision from what I’ve picked up…so it may be known as the Spectra V3 in the future)  All the components and solders look very high quality!  For your viewing pleasure…. (yes…I imagine this would void your warranty!)  Full review of the Spectra V3 coming soon!


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1 Official! "Hot off the press"

Fisher’s World Treasure News 2009! wtn-front-page

Fisher was kind enough to send it our way for distribution…if our servers can take the downloads!  By the way, overlook the mediocre writer in there named “mark” 🙂

*Update* WTN is now posted for download on Fisher Labs Website…get it HERE!

  • April 13, 2009

Detector Stuff Contest!

Your choice of Fisher or Teknetics Detector Bags!

First of all, special thanks to First Texas and Mike Scott for lining up these great prizes!  For those that don’t know, First Texas is the parent company of the Fisher, Teknetics and Bounty Hunter brands.  Be sure to visit , and to show your support for nice folks like these who donate us prizes!

Contest details still being worked out, but here are the prizes!  Your choice of….

Teknetics Detector Bag

Teknetics Detector Bag


Fisher Detector Bag

Fisher Detector Bag

Follow our contests in the contests forum!

  • April 13, 2009

Have a happy and blessed Easter, from DetectorStuff!


  • April 9, 2009

DetectorStuff Member Reviews

As most members know, I did a poll on the “old” Detector Stuff site asking if you would like for us to do “Member Reviews” of metal detectors and accessories.  You folks responded “YES!”

This desire by our members to have the ability to post reviews, tips, etc. was one of my motivating factors for moving to this new style site software….So, let’s do it!

Member Reviews!


  • You MUST have owned and used the metal detector or accessory you’re writing about for at least 1 year.
  • Pointing out flaws is okay, but this is not a “bash-fest” (I’m sure y’all have seen what I’m talking about)
  • Write your review with the idea of “How can I describe this machine/accessory to someone who has never owned one”
  • Think of “helpful tips” that you’ve heard, learned or been taught by others.

You can submit your review/tutorial/tip list to me in two ways…

  1. Email it in any document format to:  [email protected]
  2. Post it in the “Users Submitted Reviews and Articles Discussion” forum.

I will take your work and post it on the front page under “Member Reviews” with credit going to you…it will always be here!  Archived forever (or until I’m too broke to pay the site host!) for thousands to read and learn from.  Remember, my goal with is to provide tons of cool information that is easy to find, helpful and good for the hobby.

One thing that may help you get started:  Pretend you are taking someone metal detecting with you who is using your same make/model metal detector.  Imagine it’s the first time they’ve ever used it and have a ton of questions for you since you’ve owned and used one for a long time…

Thanks!  I’m looking forward to posting your work and learning from all your experiences!


* reserves the right to NOT post inflammatory reviews that help no one*

  • April 4, 2009

Fisher Engineer Dave Johnson's talk with El Paso Chapter GPAA

*reprinted by permission of First Texas and Dave Johnson

File: El Paso Chapter GPAA talk 12 Feb 08 Dave Johnson minor update 25 march 09

The History of Metal Detectors, with Emphasis on Gold Prospecting

Dave Johnson, Chief Designer @ FTP & Fisher

Dave Johnson, Chief Designer @ FTP & Fisher

Good evening! My name is Dave Johnson, and I’m the Chief Design Engineer for the world’s largest manufacturer of hobby type metal detectors located right here in El Paso. The brand names we manufacture include Fisher Research Lab, Bounty Hunter, Teknetics, and a number of private labels. I’ve been designing metal detectors for 27 years for several different companies, so there’s half a chance that if you swing a metal detector, I had something to do with it.

My presentation this evening is on the history of metal detectors, with an emphasis on gold machines. I’m not here to sell my company’s products, but it’d be downright discourteous of me to show up and not bring some literature and a Gold Bug 2 to demo. So after the meeting if anyone is interested I’ll be happy to talk with you.

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  • April 1, 2009