Re: Wives and Tesla coils

Hi man!  A RQ static gap is pretty quiet compared to a simple
2-bolt approach.  More of a loud hissing/high pitched buzzing.
Build one and give it a try...but if she complains about the static
gap noise, what does she think of the secondary discharges?  Just
be sure not to run it during her favorite shows ;)

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To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Date: Monday, May 15, 2000 9:55 PM
Subject: Wives and Tesla coils

>Original Poster: spam_proof-at-worldnet.att-dot-net
>I've been trying to design a relatively high voltage coil (500kv)
>doesn't have a loud spark gap.  I'm not a very advanced builder,
>typically resort to crude equipment such as salt water capacitors,
and two
>bolts for a spark gap.  I've tried various solid-state or tube
>but I never can quite get both the power and the frequency for
>The problem is my wife doesn't like some of the blasting sounds of
>tesla coil, and as a result hates Tesla along with anyone and
>associated with him.  At one point in time, I tried to introduce
her to
>some of the Tesla's works, but she really isn't interested.  She's
>it as a given that I'm a nut, but would prefer if the tesla coil
>make so much noise.
>Any assistance in building quiet (audio) but simple spark gaps
would be
>appreciated.  Thanks in advance.
>                            - A. Banerjee