I finally got it squared away today. It took three trips to WW Grainger
before I had the 120 volt DPST relay in my hot little hand. I stopped
at Home Depot on the way home and bought a blue plastic work box along
with an AC outlet and a face plate.
I actually soldered the spade lugs onto the wires (scavenged from the
garage)and stuffed everything into the box. It makes quite a neat
package with the two cords coming through a grommeted 1/2" hole in the
back of the box.
I plugged the high powered amp into one side of the outlet and the CD
player into the other. I plugged the relayed plug directly into the
wall and the cord to the coil into the back of the receiver.
Et voila! It works perfectly. Now I turn on the receiver and
everything turns on at the same time. I should have done this long ago.
Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas to the thread. This is the
relay I ended up using:
Mortimer Schnerd, RN
mschnerd at carolina.rr.com