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RE: Why do bad things happen to good people, (another flop)

Without a topload, your coil's performance probably will be pathetic.  Just
add another couple of turns so that you can lower the system frequency with
a good topload.  Your clearance between the primary and secondary is way
more than you need, so you can probably add the turns to the inside using
any kind of heavy, insulated wire without worrying that you'd be able to tap
onto it.

Regards, Gary Lau
Waltham, MA USA
Original poster: "Tom Stathes" <newphreak_16-at-yahoo-dot-com> 

Hello all, 
Heres my problem, i just wound a new primary, its a
flat spiral, with a 11in inside diameter, #8ground
wire.  Fed with a .01uf cap, and a 10kv 133ma supply. 
My secondayr is 20in high and has a diameter of 4.5in.
I can only tune it with no topload, and the discharge
is pathetic, no more than 7in  I was able to get
doulbe that in corona discharge with #12 wire wraped
around a laundry detergent bucket.  What gives?  Do i
need to add more turns to the inside of the primary to
close in the gap?