Re: ?? tesla for sale??

Subject:  Re: ?? tesla for sale??
  Date:   Wed, 11 Jun 1997 18:38:03 -0500
  From:   "Robert W. Stephens" <rwstephens-at-headwaters-dot-com>
    To:   Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>

> Date:          Mon, 26 May 1997 23:06:28 -0500
> To:            tesla-at-poodle.pupman-dot-com
> Subject:       Re: ?? tesla for sale??
> From:          Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>

> Subject:  Re: ?? tesla for sale??
>   Date:   Mon, 26 May 1997 06:39:37 -0700 (PDT)
>   From:   gweaver <gweaver-at-earthlink-dot-net>
>     To:   Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> >
> >William Noble you wrote:
> >
> >> I am not in the market, just curious.  Nor do I have any intention of
> selling 
> >> such things
> >> 
> >> but, since you noted that you do, I am curious.  If you like, copy your
> answer 
> >> to the list 
> >> 
> >>  I at least have always found your response helpful, and I (even as one who 
> >> hasn't made a fantastic coil) can understand the anoyance at someone who
> asks 
> >> lots of questions that could easily be answered from the refs on the web.
> >
> >William, All,
> >
> >Thanx. I've always tried to be helpful, and not too secretive about
> >stuff in 
> >general, but there are the odd projects (my projects are ALWAYS odd)
> >which I
> >have the lid on because they represent proprietary notions of some
> >market share
> >(like maybe I'll actually sell one!).   Gary
> >Weaver's post was asking me for what amounted to a complete set of 
> >instruction plans to duplicate a high performance coil that I spent a 
> >lot of effort designing.  I don't mind sharing a few good tips now 
> >and then, but dammit, aren't Tesla coilers supposed to figure out 
> >some things by themselves?  If I'm gonna spend major time to prepare a 
> >technical manual decribing exactly how to build a high-performance 
> >coil which is represented by a costly successful personal prototype,
> >then 
> >asking $20 for it doesn't seem out of line to me.  It would seem that
> >such a
> >notion was taken as politically incorrect by one list member in
> >particular.
> I was not trying to steel your design or evey copy it.  I am building my
> own
> Tesla Coil and am trying to gather all the information I can to help me
> in
> the design process.  I already have specs of several very successful
> large
> coils and could copy them if I wanted to.  To copy someone elses Tesla
> Coil
> is not my idea of building my own.  No one every learns anything by
> copying.
> I have already built several sucessful coils including a 6" that
> produces 8'
> sparks from 5KW.  So I don't think I will have any trouble building a
> coil
> that produces 20' sparks either.  Thomas Edison once said an invention
> is
> 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.  I invent things and build things
> all
> the time and know for a fact that Thomas Edison is 100% correct.  I was
> only
> asking about your coil so I could do some calculation on it and compair
> it
> to other sucessful coils to see if they have anything in common.  The
> information I have just provided you with could be very useful to anyone
> wanting to profit from Tesla Coils if they are wise enough to no how to
> use
> it.  Thomas Edison also said, never invent something that the public
> doesn't
> want or need.  Tesla Coils have a very limited market.  I am not
> interested
> in getting rich from Tesla Coil, I am only interested in having FUN. At
> my
> age live is more than half over and I intend to enjoy every last minute
> having fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.  I don't need or want money.  Good luck.
Gary, (with a cc: to All),

I'm sure you will make a great TC any time you want to without my 
technical assistance.  I've seen by your posts in general that you 
are an outstandingly active experimenter, someone who really isn't 
afraid to get their hands dirty in a number of electrical and 
scientific related disciplines.  Your inquiry came to me at a bad time
and my 
reply was one born of annoyance.  I just barely have time to read all 
the list mail, and my other chores are actually suffering from this, 
even if I don't take the time for reply's.  As I tried to explain, I 
don't have the time to write a technical manual about my projects 
each and every time someone inquires, and I'm thinking that I 
shouldn't have to, at least not if I'm not receiving compensation for 
my original design effort and materials investment, let alone the 
effort to document and distribute my hard won secrets once the 
succesful design has attracted interest.

This whole unfortunate episode however has given me some thought that
perhaps I should keep my ideas closer to the chest.  That is a bad thing
in a way,
but I got bit real hard by a rabid Alfred Skrocki who has some incorrect
that I am trying to market my wares here on this list, and that it is 
somehow wrong for me to do so.   

As a result everyone will now lose.  Send your 'thank you' notes to Mr. 
Skrocki (please forgive me if I am mispelling his name, but dammit, 
I don't have time to go searching my mail to look it up, and after 
the way he has acted,  I shouldn't have to waste my time). 

And Gary, just because someone like me gets exasperated once in a 
while, while you happen to be in their line of sight, don't let it
disway your 
apparent hunger and curiosity for knowledge.  Keep up the good work.