#1
ok so i want to use the basic box of my old 15w MG and then put in a home-made amp thing. i've read in various places that amps can b leathal cos of built up voltages or sumthing. just like 2 no things that i could do that would mean i dont kill myself in the process that dont involve anything 2 complicated.

1) dont say "dont do it" thats just not helpful!

2) dont say "take it 2 a professional" cos thats nt possible where i live unfortunately. ]

so yeah any help on keeping me alive would much appreciated
#2
Solid state amps hold very little charge in comparison to tube amps as they're more efficient. Nothing should happen.
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#3
Much safer to take it apart than it is to actually listen to it.

after you unplug it, clear the current by turning the power switch on and then off. and make sure you touch something metal before you touch any internal components to discharge static electricity.
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Much safer to take it apart than it is to actually listen to it.

after you unplug it, clear the current by turning the power switch on and then off. and make sure you touch something metal before you touch any internal components to discharge static electricity.

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It's very important to properly power it down, because if you don't - very bad thing happen.
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#5
Quote by theoreticmusic
after you unplug it, clear the current by turning the power switch on and then off. and make sure you touch something metal before you touch any internal components to discharge static electricity.

Right, but turning the power switch off cuts the Live mains connection (or both the Live and Neutral mains wires in some amps) right before the fuse (which is before anything else, including the PT), so turning it off is just like unplugging it.

For safety reasons, I always just turn it on, then unplug it while it's still on to drain all charge, even though it's just like flipping off the power switch.

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It's very important to properly power it down, because if you don't - very bad thing happen.

Actually for SS amps, the worst that can happen is getting bit by the filter caps that come right after the recto.

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#6
Here's the best thing to do, when you have it open, look for anything that's shaped like a can (capacitors), and stay the eff away from that.

Generally speaking, unplug it for a few days, then crack her open, and you'll be fine.

You could probably tear into it right after you unplugged it and still be safe, but you get one life, why risk it?
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