Your premise wasn't wrong, just secret.How is my entire premise wrong exactly? I have a bunch of old parts and I like to build stuff the old fashioned way even if it isn't the most efficient way of doing things. I also wanted to use a neon bulb because I have a bunch of them and I think it kinda looks cool.
For a hobby, next to nothing is pointless, especially if the whole point is to make a bit of a Rube Goldberg-ish circuit work Sure, if you need an oscillator in a consumer or other mass-made product, it's probably a silly idea to use a neon oscillator. But for one-off boutique products or just a hobby exploration, it's not the worst thing to devote time to!The idea of adding a relay - completely pointless - neon oscillators are extremely old (and crude) circuits, no on has added a relay during the last 100+ years.