You guys are totally right (this is why I like peer review). The gap
do a thing for tuning at all. I was just going through all of the basic
major variables in a coil setup and lumped that in with the rest. I
borked it. Thankfully, it's a easy video to reshoot.
I am surprised that nobody noticed it took me over 40 seconds to draw the
schematic...the exact count is in the credits as an Easter egg.
I shall re-shoot the video and a new version will post within a week.
you for the critique.
Btw, the "I've built more coils than most" was not intended to start a
pissing contest (my ego is fine, thank you). It was meant to hush the 200
people who email me having just read an article on coiling and half-built
some contraption to channel free energy from the planet goatbreath to
their perpetual-motion machine. Understand that the people on this list
(as a rule) the most elite coilers on Earth. Most of the *very* beginners
(and the overwhelming majority of people who have a 2 week passing fancy
with coils) never even get as far as the TCML.
Though, I would reasonably imagine (and by all means correct me if I'm
wrong) that most people who get into coiling build, over their lives, less
than a half dozen finished coils in total. A nontrivial number may build a
My numbers are a bit inflated given I build them with students for
I believe, with the exceptions of the Big Dog coilers (the other guys who
work with this stuff every day as part of their job like TTR, LOD, etc)
I would have to be in the top 5 or 6 (by volume) coilerbuilders in the
There simply aren't that many people who DO this stuff in large numbers,
I'm hoping to get us a few hundred more every year by helping kids (of all
ages) learn the basics and build their first coil. My goal isn't to get
doing this (I don't think there's any danger of that happening). My goal
to introduce a new generation to the wonders of science and technology, to
make it fun and exciting without dumbing it down and treating them like
Anyone who's interested in being a part of that, in teaching classes,
videos, etc, is welcome to join us.
Come and be a member. :)
and to the guy who remarked on my hair, don't hate me because I'm pretty
I wear a Mohawk because it's super low maintenance, cool in the summer,
me ride my motorcycle to work and not have to screw with my hair to be on
camera, and most importantly
the women *really* dig it.
Chris "don't hate me because I'm beautiful" Boden
From: tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Tom Blitch
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 17:45
Subject: RE: [TCML] New Geek Group Video - How to Wire A Tesla Coil
Ive built over 70 coils myself ;)
Subject: Re: [TCML] New Geek Group Video - How to Wire A Tesla Coil
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 08:57:45 -0700
The mohawk and sunglasses create an "aura" that's just, well,
Technically, the content is off-base in several areas. Changing the
of the primary spark gap does NOT affect the resonant frequency of the
system, and there ARE important differences between locating the tank
capacitor or the spark gap across the secondary of the HV power
Perhaps some thoughtful scripting, with pre-production review by a
technically competent editor, would help improve the overall quality of
As for the claim that you have built more Tesla coils than all but three
four coilers worldwide, surely you're joking?
I guess the plea for money at the end is just SOP ...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Boden" <cboden@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "'Tesla Coil Mailing List'" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:13 PM
Subject: [TCML] New Geek Group Video - How to Wire A Tesla Coil
> Thought I'd share this with the list.
> Btw, we're in production on a ton of new videos right now so I thought
> What Coiling-Specific videos would you like to see?
> We're interested in making a whole series of how-to and explanation
> on all things coiling related, and I certainly welcome any ideas for
> Also, if anyone is interested in coming and participating in a video
> TCML members are welcome to come and talk and show off their work! :)
> Have fun guys!
> Christopher A. Boden
> President / Founder
> The Geek Group
> Because the Geek shall inherit the Earth!
> Tesla mailing list
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