Peter W. wrote:
Peter W. wrote:So, can a dual-element fuse replace any fast-blow fuse at the same amperage rating for additional safety?
If an device is designed for a fast-blow fuse, use ONLY a fast-blow fuse in that device. Fast-blow fuses are a subset of standard single-element fuses inasmuch as they have a much more closely engineered failure point - put another way, a much lower overcurrent tolerance.
So Peter, were I to replace my slow-blows (5a rated) with dual elements, what rating should I be looking for? Like Kentley and others, I don't have anything but a Fluke for measuring purposes.
OK...... as we are being rude-and-crude, we need to look at the ancillary evidence. A conventional/stock Dynaco ST70 came with a 3A fuse back in the day. I am running mine today on a 1.25A D/E fuse with (so far) no ill effects. I DO NOT play it very loudly, and for the record, I am running into an AR Athena sub/sat system ( http://picclick.co.uk/AR-Acoustic-Research-Athena-Speaker-System-Subwoofer-Satellite-371728810729.html ), like this one. The original 70 was rated at 175 watts @ 120 Volts, or 1.46 A for round numbers. Meaning a 1.5A D/E would absolutely cover it.
So, we have "nameplate" of 175 watts. OEM of 3A, and a single operating point of 1.25A. This is our ancillary evidence.
Today, any device sold in the US with a UL listing must have a nameplate rating in watts or amps. Divide that by the line voltage, if in watts gets to the amps. So as to avoid excessive failures for those who do drive their amps hard, I would simply use the closest rated D/E fuse to the actual nameplate rating, -5%/+10%. Writing for myself, the only reason I am able to live dangerously is that I do have the means to hone in more closely than most.
OEM Dynaco power-transformers are, perhaps, their weakest links. Just keep that in mind. [/quote]
Well, here's my long and short of it: 3-amp fuses, whether off Radium Shack or of the double-type that Peter W recommends, will protect most parts of an M-125 just fine without blowing up upon start-up. Maybe this just pertains to tube rectifiers; I'm sure s/s rectification takes a far higher initial jolt.