Not sure if this is the right forum for this, feel free to move.. Can anyone give any advice on the best order to plug in/turn on my bass, effects and amp (in order to avoid damage to the speaker from pops and the like). At the moment in an ideal home/studio situation I: 1) Plug bass into effects (volume on bass turned down) 2) Plug effects (turned off) into amp (turned off) 3) Turn on amp (with volume turned down) 4) Turn on effects 5) Turn up volume on bass and amp I was mostly curious as to: 1) How many of these stages can I safely skip? 2) If I need to change something mid set (i.e. an effect or cable fails), can I change cable/remove effect safely with the amp switched on? 3) If was was running bass->amp directly, and I needed to change the cable between them, should I unplug the end connected to the amp first, or the end connected to the bass first? I'll (hopefully) be playing live for the first time soon, and the last thing I want to do is damage the venue's PA or the audience's ears with needless speaker pops..