Quack Medical Tesla Coil
Good Morning Gentlemen,
I was referred to you by a Mr. Mark Napier who said that
you may be able to help me.
I am trying to repair an old Quack Medical device that
has a tesla coil in it. The foil and glass capacitor bank
inside is shorted and is heavily embedded into the case.
I can't get it out without damaging both it and the case.
The tesla coil comes alive for a few seconds when I put low
breakdown capacitors in, (until they explode), and so I
now need to find some more modern capacitors to use instead.
I have heard that the old HV television "doorknob" capacitors
might work. Any help or source would be appreciated.
I really need to get this working. This device has a gas filled tube
on the end of a wire that glows when working.
Also, the wire has decayed. It was a rubber HV wire inside of
a cloth covering. Any Ideas on this? I have some line cord
that is cloth covered but I think 10s of KVs will probably be
Thanks in advance for any advice.
By the way, I specialize in old telephones and I do find
quack medical stuff like this fairly often.