Bedroom level playing, what the heck is that?

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Everyone seems to be concerned about playing to loud, the neighbors, the wife, the cops, the kid, the cat, the dog, whatever. The trend towards low watt amps and attenuators. The only time I thought just maybe I should have been cool with the volume is when I blew an $800 window out of the house. That is what a 300 watt 8×10 bass amp will do. Now when the glass starts to rattle or things fall off the wall I may turn down a little or open the window. I never hear anyone complaining. What do you consider too loud?
 

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When the wife's Fenton and the shotglasses in the dining room cabinet start dancing, Its too loud.

Our house has a neighbor on the west, 12' gap between houses. He's cool, never a problem. Eastward is vacant spot from house burning down before we moved in. Then ally before next house, so more that 70'. More than 100' from house to next street over past rear (northern face) ally.
The one guy close enough to be bothered isn't, and I'd turn down if he was. He's more likely to ask to come listen out of boredom.

So, if I had better windows I'd have to dime the 75w amp to get noticed.

Wife and kids complain sometimes, but I remind them I don't complain about thier crafts(which I get roped into helping with...)and video games so they can either grab a guitar or stop complaining.
 

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We're a family of 7 living in pretty typical suburban America. "Too loud" when my son or I are playing around the house is when others in the house can't carry a conversation, watch their stream, etc. It's also very dependent on time of day. We can get pretty rowdy at 2:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon but 8:30 pm on a school night needs to be pretty tame. So far we haven't had a complaint from a neighbor. My son's band has space at a friend's house to rehearse at volume which certainly helps alleviate the need to get too loud around here.
 

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A few years ago I got into it w/ the bass and ignored Mrs Deeve's complaint, but then saw the volume frightened my daughter and she cried. :cry:
Jeebus, I felt like a royal d#ck for that - never did that again.:oops:
 

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We're a family of 7 living in pretty typical suburban America. "Too loud" when my son or I are playing around the house is when others in the house can't carry a conversation, watch their stream, etc. It's also very dependent on time of day. We can get pretty rowdy at 2:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon but 8:30 pm on a school night needs to be pretty tame. So far we haven't had a complaint from a neighbor. My son's band has space at a friend's house to rehearse at volume which certainly helps alleviate the need to get too loud around here.
I grew up as the oldest in a family of 7 at my dad's, the band practiced in the garage. Saturdays after 1pm were always going to be loud. Designated time helped. Sometimes went until 10. We got the closest neighbor to drum with us a few times when the drummer went awol.
Siblings had mixed feelings. Stepbrother cranked his games happily without anyone noticing. Stepsister was mad at her friends telling her "you're brothers hot" and went elsewhere lots of Saturdays......
At my mom's, good windows and distant (older than 60) neighbors meant I never had problems. A well insulated house and modern windows are huge.

It is a pain when someone has a headache on music day in a big house though....
 

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I restrict my volume to what I can comfortably sing over without a mic. I developed that skill singing in college coffee houses in the late ‘60s singing without a PA over a Les Paul into a Gemini VI. Now my wife complains that I sing too loud.
 
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I restrict my volume to what I can comfortably sing over without a mic. I developed that skill singing in college coffee houses in the late ‘60s singing over a Les Paul into a Gemini VI. Now my wife complains that I sing too loud.
My wife was saying saying something the other day------ I don't know.
 

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Everyone seems to be concerned about playing to loud, the neighbors, the wife, the cops, the kid, the cat, the dog, whatever. The trend towards low watt amps and attenuators. The only time I thought just maybe I should have been cool with the volume is when I blew an $800 window out of the house. That is what a 300 watt 8×10 bass amp will do. Now when the glass starts to rattle or things fall off the wall I may turn down a little or open the window. I never hear anyone complaining. What do you consider too loud?
You are fortunate to have so much space around you... I live in a tiny 19th century stone-built terraced house with a party wall only one brick thick. I like my neighbours, we get on fine, and I am happy to don headphones if I want to play loud when recording... why would you want to play that loud anyway?
 

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I grew up as the oldest in a family of 7 at my dad's, the band practiced in the garage. Saturdays after 1pm were always going to be loud. Designated time helped. Sometimes went until 10. We got the closest neighbor to drum with us a few times when the drummer went awol.
Siblings had mixed feelings. Stepbrother cranked his games happily without anyone noticing. Stepsister was mad at her friends telling her "you're brothers hot" and went elsewhere lots of Saturdays......
At my mom's, good windows and distant (older than 60) neighbors meant I never had problems. A well insulated house and modern windows are huge.

It is a pain when someone has a headache on music day in a big house though....
Had a good ol boy come down to the farm one day while we were cooking on the smoker playing some Beach Boys. When he got out of the truck I could tell he was a little upset, so handed him a beer and started playing some Buck Owens. He joined the party.
 

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You are fortunate to have so much space around you... I live in a tiny 19th century stone-built terraced house with a party wall only one brick thick. I like my neighbours, we get on fine, and I am happy to don headphones if I want to play loud when recording... why would you want to play that loud anyway?
Don't do it all the time but there are those days when it just feels good. And sometimes we like to have a pasture party. Everyone's invited, there's plenty of food, drink, music and good times for everyone.
 

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It's too loud when my wife complains she can't hear Really Drunk Housewives on the downstairs TV when I'm playing upstairs.
That's great, I call them Big Boob Bimbos of Wherever. If you put your guitar down and go join her, she will soon grow tired of your smart#@s remarks and tell you to go back in your room and play your guitar. Works for me.
 

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I guess this question isn't really fair as I live 18miles from town in farm country. Sometimes I have to listen to the neighbors tractors and they have to listen to rock and roll, it equals out.
Yeah, it's a lot different when you live in an apartment. Anything over normal TV, or conversation volume is too loud.

I don't appreciate loud neighbors, so I try to not be one.
 

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I am fortunate. I have a dedicated room off of the garage, out in the back of the house for my loud playing and vintage audiophile listening. I did a quasi-sound proofing which keeps the majority of the sound in the room.
 

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Everyone seems to be concerned about playing to loud, the neighbors, the wife, the cops, the kid, the cat, the dog, whatever. The trend towards low watt amps and attenuators. The only time I thought just maybe I should have been cool with the volume is when I blew an $800 window out of the house. That is what a 300 watt 8×10 bass amp will do. Now when the glass starts to rattle or things fall off the wall I may turn down a little or open the window. I never hear anyone complaining. What do you consider too loud?
With that back story, no wonder no one complains, they're all deaf by now I would think. :D
 




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