mixing tubes and transistors

I'm considering getting a tube preamp in an otherwise all solid state system. The solid state gear is designed to be left on all the time. The tubes in the preamp wouldn't last very long if left powered up all the time. Here's my dilemma: the power amp owner's manual says to power down the components in sequence from the speakers "backward" to the source. The preamp is in the middle of this chain. If I turn off the preamp (to extend tube life) while leaving the amp and sources on (to keep the transistors thermo-electrically stable) am I creating any electrical hazards for my equipment? Please advise, and thanks.
the only electric hazzard you are creating is the possible transmission thumps/pops while the preamp is settling down. some of these could damage amps (unlikely but possible) or the speakers (quite possible). if your preamp has a mute switch that should take care of the problem - you would just activate it before shut down. as a practical matter, how long does it take your amp to warm up - most tube stuff takes from 20 minutes to an hour before you have optimal sound quality. unless you have an unusual amp, you could shut them both down and not lose much.
.......no problem with turning off just your tube pre and leaving the SS gear powered up. In fact, if you had a source playing, an "off" pre-amp would prevent a signal from reaching the amp and speakers. I have a similar setup, but can leave my tube pre-amp in standby-- in fact I leave everything in standby except SS amp, and only turn that off 'cuz it hums sometimes. Cheers. Craig
Maybe or maybe not a hazard; damage potential may indeed exist. It depends upon what the preamp does at its outputs when power is applied &/or removed. Some are safe & some are not; if it outputs any transient voltages then that would be coupled to the power amp & then amplified, possibly causing a blown amp fuse or even speaker damage. The safest way to find out is to use an oscilloscope to monitor the preamp's outputs, then turn power on & off while looking for DC component or significant (>100mV) transient activity. If you don't have access to a scope then a VOM might work, or else ask a dealer's service dept. to check this for you; it doesn't take very long & so shouldn't be very costly. Another way to test would be to wire up a cheap pair of speakers & live dangerously. Use some old 4X5 oval speakers etc, from junk.
Many tube pre-amps have no problem being left on all the time. In fact many recommend it. Tubes in many will last years depending on how much voltage the manufacturer runs them at. Some also have a standby mode. We never turn any of our tube pre's off. This is not the case with all of them and you should check with the selling dealer as to his experience.
A number of preamp tubes do well if left on (last and can perform well depending on time constants in design & warm up time). Without knowing yours I can't comment further, but your dealer and manufacturer can give some advice.

Even with mute activated, I have found (through a well-meaning visitor who decided to "help" me) that some preamps do give a pretty significant pop when turned off. As others have commented, I would worry about damage to the speakers. Bob_bundus' suggestion seems excellent to me...

Good luck,
If I am in a situation where I want to leave the SS amp on and turn off the Tube preamp, I shut the amp off first; then turn the amp back on after I turn off the preamp.

Then reverse the process turning the preamp back on; ie, shut the amp off first before turning on the preamp.

Leaving low level tubes turned on in standby mode is typically okay and recommended by several different manufacturers. My Father has been doing this for appr 15 years and only had to change tubes one time. Then again, if one uses "low grade" tubes or the component is not properly designed, you can expect significantly shorter lifespan than what he was been able to obtain with his. Sean
Guess I'll through this in for thought... I believe it puts more shock on the tube component (lowering tube life) to power off and on frequently vs. just leaving it on.

Depending on the history of your tubes (new or NOS or USED), one can expect upwards of 10,000 hours in a preamp sometimes more. Of course as JC Audio mentioned above - this is not the case with ALL preamps and you should ask the manufacturer what he/she considers to be the average tube life in their product.
Thanks to all who responded -- it was very educational. The preamp I'm considering does in fact have a standby mode, so I'm going to leave it powered up as several of you suggested.
10,000 hours is about 415 days. If you leave tube stuff on you're replacing tubes every 14 months by that estimate.