TCBA founder, Harry Goldman and the TCBA logo

TCBA - Tesla Coil Builders Association

Devoted to the construction, operation and theoretical analysis of the Tesla coil

TCBA Volume 11 - Issue 1

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WANTED: Demonstration apparatus for educational and entertainment lectures for schools. Please give cost of apparatus you have for sale. Also, your ideas for demonstrations appreciated. Needed are high voltage devices, magnetic and resonance effects to be used with 240 volt mains supply. Pip Proud, RSD 931, Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia 7304

SALE: Transmitting micas with capacitances of .0001 to .0002 mfd at 5 kv AC @ $.50 each. Dorrknob ceramics at .003 mfd, 30 kv @ $6 each. I also have several old (possibly 1920's) Tesla secondaries, $10-15 ea. depending on size. May have more after this adv. appears. Wrtie for list. Dan Smith, 655 Enterprise #41, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 (707) 584-4838

TUBES: Bought, sold, rebuilt. If you are looking for a vacuum tube, have some to sell, or want to have a dud rebuilt, write to Vacuum Tube Industries, 506 N. Warren Ave., Brockton, MA 02401. (tip by Ed Aronson)