I really enjoyed the presentation that Peter gave and I am very interested in making the 'Mini Beast' but some details are missing. What wire was used on the coils and how many feet was needed. I know he mentioned to make this an open source project but then things changed with the passing of a great person, John Bedini and his brother. It was interesting to see that he started in electronics about the same time I did and was interested in audio as I was with designing audio equipment, but he did better than I did in producing excellent designs. I do have one of John's early audio amplifiers that was found in an audio collectors collection and has one blown channel. I plan on figuring out what transistor was used in the output stage by using National Instruments Multisim to figure that out since any markings on the transistors were erased. With this piece of software, you can design circuits before the bread board version. Cool software!
I may be missing something somewhere, but it would be nice to see what information was used to start making the 'Mini Beast' because this is a great project! I and some friends would like to continue this project and everything that John was trying to do. What was used to make the coils, how many wires and what size. I see that this project has opened a whole new world to making a coil for the SSG. The larger area to catch the radiant energy is the next step to improve the basic design as I see it and the possibilities are limitless to the imagination.
Remember what Albert Einstein stated, "Imagination is more important than knowledge!"