Re: Sparking behavior and a magnifier question

If the primary and extra coil oscillate at f, then the secondary should 
be quarter wave reseonant at a substantially higher frequency near BUT 
NOT EXACTLY EQUAL to 2f.  You do not want resonance effects from the 
secondary, only transformer action.

Hmmmm... Now I'm a little confused.  Is the extra coil the base fed 
coil that is producing the sparks?  That means to me that we have a situation
like this:

Tank circuit      driver coil        Final, sparking, extra(?) coil.
                  coupled to 
                  tank circuit

. (Previous stuff deleted)
The above will absolutely work.  The problem is the impedance of the 
primary circuit with component values we are used to is too low and 
would provide a bad match to the secondary. 

Ahhh.... That brings me to the one question that has bugged me for years:
What is impedance matching?  I kind of know the term, in that you need
the same impedance (ohms?) at a given frequency for maximum power transfer
in an AC circuit, but why?  Is it possible to explain in "layman's terms"?

Here's another question that occurs to me:  If I could create a tank circuit
that had standing waves in it, I should be able to connect the base of 
an extra coil to an anti-node on the wave and, assuming that the extra coil
is tuned to the same frequency as the standing waves, get resonance/sparks
from the extra coil.  The question really is, does the primary/secondary
of a magnifier setup provide a fixed anti-node (maximum oscillation) to 
attach the base of the extra coil?  (All this totally ignores impedance 
matching, as I know little about it :-))