Tank setup with neon xfmr

Subject:  Tank setup with neon xfmr
  Date:   Thu, 17 Apr 1997 16:15:32 -0600
  From:   "Ben Hofmann" <bhofmann-at-ix-dot-netcom-dot-com>
    To:   tesla-at-pupman-dot-com

Hi Folks,

Been browsing through messages on the list for a few weeks now.  I'm 
a newbie to Tesla coils in a sense.  I have played around with them 
in the past with very little success, but I think it was due to lack 
of, and poor information resources.  This mailing list, as well as 
the FTP site has helped me to understand a lot.

My question is:
I have read before that when using a neon transformer to power a 
tesla coil, since the xfmr's secondary in grounded in the center, the 
CENTER of the primary for your coil also needs to be grounded, and 
tap the primary on either end with the HV lines.  Is this correct, to 
ground the CENTER of the primary of your coil?

I have read and browsed the information in rqdocs.zip on the FTP 
site, and could not find an answer to this.

I also remember that the tank circuit should have two capacitors in 
series with the primary (one on either side), and the gap across the 
power supply end of the caps.  Is this correct.

I would appreciate any input.  I have been itching to put together a 
coil, but my current status (college student living in the dorm) is a 


-Ben Hofmann