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Re: spark gap muffler?

Original poster: "Barton B. Anderson by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <tesla123-at-pacbell-dot-net>

Hi John, Bill,

Just to add to John's post regarding gap noise and spark noise (I'll be brief):

When I first built my coil, the gap made most of the noise. As changes were
and knowledge was being soaked in and applied, the coil began running more
efficient including longer sparks. One day I noticed the spark was the main
of noise. If the gap is making most of the noise, then the coil is not
getting the
power to the spark and it is being lost elsewhere.

Bart A.

Tesla list wrote:

> Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> In a message dated 5/24/01 10:31:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> tesla-at-pupman-dot-com writes:
> > Has anyone invented such a thing?
> >
> >  Basically, I'm wondering if there's any way to make a silent or somewhat
> >  quiet spark gap for a medium to high power coil.  I'm currently using a
> >  static gap, but would consider other designs.
> >
> >   - Bill V.
> Bill,
> There exists so called true static quench gaps that are quiet, because
> the sparking chambers are sealed.  But most of the noise from
> a Tesla coil is from the output spark streamers anyway.  What
> real benefit would be gained by quieting the gap?  The overall
> coil would still be very loud.
> John Freau