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1:05 PM
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Strange circuit... <100k across "probe" will cause slow clicks to emit from speaker.
If a speaker is chosen with inductance >100µH and parasitic capacitance >50pF, it will resonate in the MHz range at nearly a hundred volts - creating a wonderfully demonic noise generator.
And likely damaging the PNP, or at least causing avalanche breakdown of it.
 
1:44 PM
(By "noise generator" I mean electrical noise, not audible noise.)
 
1:58 PM
I think it's a good example of a circuit designer being clever... and that's why a lot of these "novelty minimalist" circuits are pretty awful for learning electronics.
 
2:19 PM
Totally agree... circuit operation depends heavily on the parasitic elements of chosen loudspeaker, and electrical properties of the "probe", whatever that is. Something as simple-looking as some inter-digitated PCB traces incorporates parasitic capacitance and inductance, which creates a dependency on the physical dimensions and properties of the PCB used.
 

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