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A Gold Detector Sitting in a Closet Only Finds Dust—A Potpourri of Detector Tips

Over the past twenty-five years I have used specialized examples of the various units mentioned in the following article. They all can find gold. Using an expensive “high-end” gold machine does not guarantee success. Your choice should depend upon...

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