Earplugs for rehearsals

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  1. ricardo1912

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    Can anyone recommend some decent earplugs that are available in the UK which I can wear for band rehearsals. Something comfortable that will protect against sound-induced harm but not spoil the actual music.
    I've never had any before but after many years of playing i think it's time, especially as our drummer is fairly loud. Thanks.
     
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    I like the ones called , Earasers. Best $40 I spent in a long time.
     
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    Wouldnt turning the volume down at rehearsal be a better idea?
     
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    I never needed them for our low-volume rehearsals, but I did use them at work. Mine were shooter's earplugs that let low volume through relatively unaffected, but had a diaphragm activated by high volumes. They were very effective.
     
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    I use Etymotic ETY Hi Fidelity ER 20 plugs. They reduce volume by 20Db but do not muffle or cut out any frequencies. What's more they are comfortable and, here in Aus a least, many Pharmacists stock them.
     
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    I have custom-molded musician's earplugs. I opted for the 15 decibel baffle. A drummer may be more comfortable with a 25 decibel baffle. I find I can hear the music better than earplugs but they really take the edge off the noise. Not cheap though. I paid $180 CAN back in 2005 from a hearing clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
     
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    When your eyes go bad you can buy glasses,,, ,, when you're deaf, will you wonder why? .. Find some earplugs or find the volume control,,, What?
     
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    If you need earplugs at rehearsal, you're way to loud. At high volume you can't hear anything.
     
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    Rant alert: I quit/broke up a band over this. The drummer couldn't get that if he was too loud for us, he was going to be too loud for any venue we'd be playing. "But that's how I play!" Then you're f-ing useless unless you have some arena dates lined up for us. Half the band walked out with me.

    Still gets me steamed...
     
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    Definitely hearing protection for certain, I'm in the process of dealing with hearing loss now. Next, if your drummer is a horses arse, put two big guitar cabs right behind him. Blow him off his "Throne". Most of them only need that treatment once and they learn very swiftly that they can adjust "the way they play" pretty quickly. Lots of ways you can lose hearing don't give it up to one that's completely preventable. Maybe get a different drummer too. Just Sayin'
     
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    I use Hearos when I go to concerts. They come in different sizes, don't muffle the sound much, and are offered in -10 dB, -12 dB, -18 dB, and -22 dB I believe.
     
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    Thanks guys, I have ordered some Etymotics. I'm not keen on loud rehearsals and find them counter-productive. But the drummer and rhythm guitarist both start at a decent volume then end up at number 11! I may have to try guitar gunman's method.
     
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    I take preference to the disposable Foam Earplugs.
    Look for a -32 or -33 db rating.

    As far as tone goes, set it before you put your ear protection in.
    No hearing protection will give you a perfect Volume reduction at every Frequency.

    ~ST
     
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    You should be practicing at stage volumes if you can get away with it.
     
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    I disagree. Most rehearsal rooms are smaller than the venues you're going to gig at. Stage levels are too loud for that situation.

    Rehearsal is about ironing out the details of the song and getting the vocals right. Lower volume helps everyone hear everybody else. Then kick it up a notch or two at the gig.
     
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    Common now...my drummer says that I'm too loud as he bangs away like nobody's business. Got to love drummers...but it's not that big of a deal to actually breakup a band. I suspect that there was more than loud drumming that caused the failure of your band.
     
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    Suspect whatever you want. Playing at a manageable volume is pretty high on the list of requirements. If you can't do that, you're wasting your time and everyone else's.
     
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    I don't care how good a band is otherwise.... if they play too loud? They are not a good band.
     
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    Drummers don't have a volume control!
     
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