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Offline ZombieCake

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When you need a few more kilovolts
« on: February 04, 2021, 12:38:08 am »
This looks cool.  Stuff played just on Tesla coils and the sound essentially coming from the lightning.  Would be a laugh if you could get a caving lamp or two charged up....
I've an old van de Graaff generator kicking around and a large amount of insanity but I doubt could get anywhere near that.



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Re: When you need a few more kilovolts
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2021, 08:02:49 am »
I think that's a rather fine pair of speakers Mr ZombieCake. I'd consider purchasing a pair, but I suspect our dogs might be somewhat alarmed by them.
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Offline Ian Ball

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Re: When you need a few more kilovolts
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2021, 10:33:29 am »
This is just so cool!  :thumbsup:

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Re: When you need a few more kilovolts
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2021, 10:37:37 am »
I’m disappointed they didn’t choose a song by Sparks.

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Re: When you need a few more kilovolts
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2021, 12:35:22 pm »
Excellent! Could also be used for AC/DC's "Thunderstruck"...


In fact, it has:
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Re: When you need a few more kilovolts
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2021, 01:49:55 pm »
They could/should have gone for Tesla Girls by OMD

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Re: When you need a few more kilovolts
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2021, 02:49:54 pm »
I guess it's the work of the Van Der Graaf Generator.
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Re: When you need a few more kilovolts
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2021, 03:21:42 pm »
or OMD - Electricity - Maybe they have a thing about it?.

Why?

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Re: When you need a few more kilovolts
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2021, 09:18:27 pm »
Or tens of kV.

A really good performer on youtube is electroboom.  Lots of videos including:


Another fun contributor is stryopyro, as at:

including tips on what to do with any surplus MnO2.

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Re: When you need a few more kilovolts
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2021, 11:21:42 pm »
About thirty years ago in San Francisco I was fortunate to meet Mark Pauline, of Survival Research Laboratories, who build big dangerous machines with lots of fire and noise, and he told me about an electronic 'gun' he was constructing that could knock out the power of a specific building a long, long way away - if it was ever used, which he promised it wouldn't ever be! I went to a show the next week they were doing in the Mission district, and the police and  the fire department closed down the whole block - so they could do the piece uninterrupted. They do things differently over there. He did tell me about working with Tesla coils then, but on his site the only mention is of a 'guest machine' by Greg Leyh, which does link to a pretty spiffy video on his site.

The main SRL site (with archives of all their amazing machinery), and then the other one - Lightning on Demand (great name):

https://www.srl.org/about.html

http://www.lod.org/index.html

 

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