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  1. When stacking components, always place amplifier/receiver on top for proper ventilation.  A multi tiered equipment rack is recommended.

  2. Do not place turntables, tape decks, cd players, or any devices of a mechanical nature on top of a receiver as the heat will cause the motors to mechanisms to malfunction.

  3. When transporting any electronic equipment, not place in the trunk as the rear end bounces up and down courtesy of our wonderful Massachusetts roads.  Best place is the back seat.

  4. Do not leave any electronics in a cold car.  If unsure do not plug until unit reaches room temperature.  When going from a cold environment to a warm environment moisture will form and short circuit components.

  5. When not using a particular piece of equipment, do not store it in attics or cellars as temperature and humidity change constantly.  I've opened lots of equipment with obvious signs of mold and mildew.  I'm not sure this is the reason that equipment fails, but I do know I repair a lot of equipment that was working fine before being stored in an attic or cellar.

  6. When hooking up speakers to amps, always do so with the power off, preferably not plugged in.  Trim the ends of the wires and expose 1/2" or less of bare metal.  Twist the ends and secure to the speaker terminals and amp terminals in a snug hand-tight manner.

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