A few months ago i decided to do my first tube amp build, read up (actually still reading up and there will probably be lots more reading) and what started to be a 5e3 build has become a scratch build from an electromatic tube chassis. This chassis is pretty much a bogen db-110 chassis which in all actuality is still a 5e3 build of sorts but with the different cap and resistor values, suspecting it to be a dirtier cousin. Once i learn the affects of caps and resistors i'll let you know if my suspicions are correct. Anyways, turns out the PT was bad (maybe...the rectifier burned bright red so i shut it off and proclaimed the PT bad) and ended up buying a philco PT with a 800vct and a choke to hopefully drop the B+ to 370v, followed by two 180uf/450v caps in series. I'll run the light bulb test at my first warm up to see where i need to be with my currents at the tubes. To my question (actually questions but isn't it always), the power rail calls 3 power resistors, 2 i can find, the third calls for a 18k/3w resistor. I've read that you should always replace resistors with the same values but with it be on the power rail and also different voltages, will this still be a factor. I know what my variables are with caps so i know i'm good (but maybe with altered tone) there if i need to sub any of those out. 1) Can i sub the 18k/3w with a 10k/5w or 2w resistor on the power rail? 2) Can i sub a 330ohm/7w cathode resister (power tube) with a 300ohm/7w? 3) This question is about filter caps on the power rail. it's asking for three 20uf/450v and one 16uf/500v filter caps. Can i sub with four 22uf/500v caps? The basis for these questions are typical, will i burn anything if i sub these out and how will it affect the amps characteristics? Please remeber i'm a newbie when it comes to all this jargon. to give you an example i learned what the hell was the B+ maybe 2 weeks ago even after a couple of months of researching tube builds. 90% of my parts have arrived and i'm almost to the point to start soldering. i'm still drawing up my layout but i have the schematic which i will attach (though you may have to save to see the small print). you can see where i added the new components so let me know if i'm wrong anywhere. (don't pay attention to the tube pin voltages in the bottom left, they haven't been altered yet). And of course, thanks in advance for the replies. PS. A lot that i know now i learned from the guy that i bought the philco PT from. and no he's not a local guy, i bought it off of ebay ,gobble75 is his username, and has helped me immensly and i feel i need to give him a good plug.