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Re: [TCML] Pole Pig Question -size obsession

Hi Peter,

Being relatively new to coiling, at least to the change in applied technologies since the mid 70's when I last built a TC, I was suprised folks are lugging such beasts around their garages and backyards, so I asked the experts for their experienced opinions; thank you for yours.   I've never made more than a corona bush of about 8 inches, so once I have made something big I too may lose interest like you.  You have a nice web site and are creating very interesting art with your talents.  I wish you well.

Happy coiling!

From: Peter Terren <pterren@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Tesla Coil Mailing List <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sat, March 6, 2010 6:05:13 PM
Subject: Re: [TCML] Pole Pig Question -size obsession

Miles, what is with the size obsession? My smallest TC's have now been on TV programs 4 or 5 times. One of these runs on the remaining half of a burnt out NST.
My other coils have also had a wide TV/magazine/newspaper/book and internet coverage.
I long ago stopped worrying about spark length (preferring the Rolls Royce engine power terminology - "adequate") and am focussed on what happens after.
There is a huge amount to do artistically yet that I have hardly touched on.
I have never used or had interest in a pole pig. No-one cares less whether I have a 6 or 12 foot spark and my longest spark of 11 feet is 27 photos down on my index page. My best effects have a spark range from 2 inches to about 5 or 6 feet.

Peter www.tesladownunder.com

>> From: Miles Mauldin<teslamiles@xxxxxxx>
>> Subject: [TCML] Pole Pig Question
>> What size is optium?  10kVA, 50,
>> 75?  12.5kV or 14.4kV?  Seems to be a very large
>> difference in physical size and weight; I am seeing 10kVA at
>> 32" height and 280lbs up to 75kVA at 58" height and
>> 675lbs.  Do you just man handle these around, or you guys
>> have personal forklifts?  I eventually want to use a pig
>> but didn't realize I'd have to become a weight lifter.
>> Should I really be looking at Potential Transformers
>> instead?  Or Plate Transformers?
>> Thanks,
>> Miles
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