They named it “Coup de Foudre” and this is the type of stuff being built at the shop in Los Angeles… just not by me personally. My only involvement in this project was lending these guys my oscilloscope, which, by some miracle, is still alive. This is a “solid state” Tesla coil - Meaning no weirdness with spark gaps and neon sign transformers, just pure hockey puck size transistors.. Actually, not transistors per se, but something known as an IGBT, which stands for Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor. These are the most bad-ass semiconductor switches currently available, and they enable this Tesla coil to vary it’s output frequency and duty cycle, which is all fine and good from a technical standpoint, but when you realize that you can use it as an absurdly dangerous MIDI instrument…Watch out. That’s RIGHT! Plug this bad boy in to your CASIO keyboard and play it like a lightning piano, or anything with a MIDI output.
The power supply for this monster is also quite impressive - 600V three phase, 15KVA, which comes up to around 700+ volts after rectification to DC. When it’s all said and done, the final output is about (at last guess) TWO MILLION VOLTS.
And of course they’re taking it to Burning Man to sing Karaoke out of it.