Re: Big Neon Transformer
For what it's worth, I found used NSTs a bit cheaper. I just moved from
from a small city (pop 150k) where I called all the neon shops asking for
used transformers. I bought two 15kv, 030ma ones for $40 each.
I'm planning a trip to Reno this summer. I figure the only better place to
find used NSTs would be Las Vegas.
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From: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Monday, April 19, 1999 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: Big Neon Transformer
> Original Poster: "Choad" <choad69-at-geocities-dot-com>
> I got mine from just neon www.justneon-dot-com they are sold with a
> 1yr warranty. So I bet tesla coil service voids the warranty. Shipping was
> like $10-$15 I don't remember anymore. I thought it was a good deal
> considering that I was told 30mA ones sold for $200+ before.
> >Hi Choad and Grady,
> >Hey Choad, that's a good price on that new 12/60 NST. The price I quoted
> >Grady of "over $200" (I don't remember the exact price, as all my
> >catalogs are at the shop, and I'm at home) is the catalog "list" price,
> >which varies a few $$ between different American mfgs. There is a large
> >markup on NSTs between 'dealer cost' and 'list' price', probably because
> >the dealer (sign shop) usually has to pay shipping costs from a local
> >distributor. Also, because a neon transformer is not a "consumer"
> >product, and would normally only be installer by a licensed sign
> >electrician. I figure you paid 'cost' + 'shipping' + '15-20 % markup'
> >for your $125 Allanson, an excellent deal if you purchased it from a
> >sign shop. Did they include the warranty ? Have fun with those
> >transformers, guys, and remember three important words when dealing with
> >NSTs, "TRANSFORMER SAFETY GAPS" Start narrow (.2" between each HV
> >terminal and RF ground) and increase slowly and cautiously only after
> >the coil is in tune (proabably no more than .3" per gap).
> >Texas T-coiler Howdys from,
> >Tony Greer
> >Special Effects Neon