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Re: top-load size

Original poster: "davep by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <davep-at-quik-dot-com>

Any possibility the new top load is simply 'too good'?
That it has pushed the breakout point up above what the
system is capable of supplying?

I'd concur that a retune may be in order also...

Tesla list wrote:

> Original poster: "Terry Fritz" <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>
> Hi Adam,
> Sound like you need to lower the primary frequency.  If your transformers can
> do it, you could add more capacitance.  But adding inductance is probably the
> way to go.
> You can actually just make a helical coil out of tubing and just put it in
> series with the primary.  You may want two so things are "balanced".  You
> also just wrap a few turns of heavy wire around the base to add a few more
> turns easily.
> Cheers,
>         Terry
> At 10:12 PM 5/24/2002 -0400, you wrote: 
>>I built a big top load (8"pans with ducting im the middle) and when i put it
>>on my tesla coil, i could not tune my coil so that there would be actual
>>sparks coming out of it. Could it possible be that i don't have enough turns
>>of my primary? i have 15.  It would just sit there, no sparks, even in the
>>dark. Now, i am using a (3"?) door knob i found in my house and it works
>>fine. But, i would like to have a pie pan, ducting top load.