Bedroom level playing, what the heck is that?

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Bedroom level is the volume required to get feedback.
Barroom level may be higher or lower depending how how fru fru the clientele may be.
Plus of course meat bags absorb sound so amp volume and room volume are only adjacent, not the same.
 

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I play mostly clean these days and I was never into distortion, we live in a small bungalow and I’m proud of the fact that my hearing is still intact so my rule of thumb is that you can still speak in a normal tone of voice and be heard over it.

Of course when I’m jamming with my friends all bets are off.
 
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Bedroom level is the volume required to get feedback.
Barroom level may be higher or lower depending how how fru fru the clientele may be.
Plus of course meat bags absorb sound so amp volume and room volume are only adjacent, not the same.
Meat bags, that's funny. I have this vision of everyone in the saloon with bags of cheeseburgers from Mac Ds.
 

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"Bedroom volume" is a concept I get. I live in a tri-level house with a wife and older son who both go to work during the day, not to mention neighbors who I could watch drown, so as long as it's light out, I crank it up if I feel like it. But a lot of people work regular 9-5 jobs and don't have "alone time" to get their ya-yas out, either that or they live in an apartment with thin walls or their mother's basement or a combination of the above.

I just let go of a Roland Blues Cube Stage amp that would work for these situations. It has a power selector switch (NOT an attenuator, but works the same way) that quiets it down to less than a Watt that can be scaled all the way up to the full 60 Watts (and you don't want to be in the same room with that). Similarly, my Quilter Aviator Cub has a knob that does the same thing up to 50 really LOUD Watts. Very handy, and probably more amps will come with this feature in the near future, especially with as the industry moves toward SS amps overall (plus they're indestructible and lots lighter than tube amps).

What mystifies me is all of the PHOTOS of guitars on beds. Am I the only person who doesn't play in bed? Or is there something even weirder I don't get? Guitars, like vehicles and boats, are commonly referred to as female, so maybe that's it - these bedroom shots might be some form of guitar porn ("gitty porn"?).
 

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I don’t actually play in my bedroom very often. But lately I use a tube preamp pedal that’s supposedly a Matchless clone with a 12AX7. I can get a fairly “loud” driven amp tone at “inside voice” volume. I’m sure my wife appreciates that. Out of the house at a rehearsal or gig or jam I don’t do inside voice.
 

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Most of my playing at home these days is after the family retires. I put my Spark on the coffee table in front of me and have a go. It’s nice to be able to get bedroom level dirt that doesn’t disrupt whatever the rest of the family is doing.
 

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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?

Bedroom level? A misnomer. I have a PR and a 57 Deluxe, both are roughly the same wattage. Most of the time, I don't play it past talking volume. Meaning if you're talking to me, I can hear you, and I can reply. The 57 in particular can get really loud, and I do dime it from time to time. No one is home when I do that, and I don't do it for long. My neighbours tolerate me because I don't do it late, or for prolonged periods. I must be getting old as I don't crank my stereo either.
 

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Going back to common law, there is a basic right of "quiet enjoyment" in one's property. It's actually much broader than the literal sense - it includes the right to be free of all sorts of nuisances - but it includes a right to be free of unreasonable outside noise such as a constantly barking dog, unscheduled construction, loud parties, and electric guitar at volumes necessary to get tubes cooking. I suspect it reflects a fundamental human need. When somebody outside the home is disturbing my "quiet enjoyment" of the property, I know I get strong feelings about it. It's like road rage.

If you have some space between you and your neighbors, good for you. I envy you, as I have upstairs neighbors. One occasionally runs into people who don't give a $h** about anyone else but, thankfully, for the most part people moderate their behavior to avoid making others miserable. In this house I don't turn things up unless I know nobody outside the family's around.

What gets me is people referring to a Champ as a bedroom amp. That MFer is loud! Doesn't take a lot of watts to be heard through a bunch of walls.
 

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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?
Maybe you never hear anyone complaining because your hearing is shot from cranking a 300 watt bass amp in a closed room. Just saying, that is something to consider. Also - do you possibly live alone, and / or way out in the sticks? That might be a factor as well.
 

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Meat bags, that's funny. I have this vision of everyone in the saloon with bags of cheeseburgers from Mac Ds.

I have this vision of everyone in the saloon as bags of cheeseburgers from MacD's.

Well yeah, we are all bags of meat as viewed by the machines that took our jobs!
(In Matt Groening speak, ish)

But if you can take some weight off that picture window with loud music, the same can be done for any fat meat bags!
Or, if your Rock fails to separate the meats from their seats, maybe it's time to send the tunes to the gym for some strength training?
OSHA and conservatives may have forced the volume down, but the drive can still move the meats!

Even suckers for Ving Rhames voice of the meats, can be made to jump around, jump around, jump around...
 

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Meat bags, that's funny. I have this vision of everyone in the saloon with bags of cheeseburgers from Mac Ds.

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My Amigo Scott has a unique bedroom
amp - a complete Vox Super Beatle w/
the rolling stand ...bedroom amp.

Scott's wife is a wonderful understanding Lady.

Bedroom Amp...

Only in New Hampshire.
 




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