First noise complaint

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  1. trxx

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    Never played a Reeves, but I have played some old Hiwatts. Damn good sounding amps. And the 100 watter with the matching old 412's was absolutely deafening when cranked up. That is coming from someone who likes loud amps. That thing was overboard. I don't know how J. Mascis does his thing with all that power. Two Marshall stacks and a Hiwatt stack surrounding himself in close quarters.

     
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    Back in the day my high school cover band played loud! Think Twin Reverb and a couple of K200 Kustoms into 4-15" each.
    One of the guys in the band lived on a ranch about seven miles outside of Corpus on the road to Kingsville. Think flat with humongous fields. It was pure bliss not having to move gear to a new place every practice.
    His dad fixed up and rewired an old house on his property for us to use as a permanent practice facility.
    You could hear us miles down the road where the local drag racers would come to compete. (Fun to watch the local hotshots race.)
    In the late '60s many bands played loud-loud-loud.

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    I make sure to orient speakers toward the empty lot and empty house after it on the east side of my house. The neighbor on the west sides house is only 12' away from mine. They haven't complained yet.

    My band in 2007 got drive by and walk by requests. One accused us of getting "that one whites stripes song" stuck in her head and wanted us to play it to fix that. We practiced in my dads garage in a residential neighborhood. I ran my fender 75.

    Only one guy ever complained about noise, we basically told him where he could stick his opinions. We never seen him before or since, think he was just driving by.

    I vaguely recall a drunk guy on a 4 wheeler saying something about needing to "keep practicing ". That was enlightenin ;)

    When we lived in a town house, I only played the 75 when the neighbors we talked to were at work, and just college kids were home. Played the Bugera dimed on 5w next to thier wall in the morning if they woke my kids up playing video games the night before.

    Now I play the Bugera dimed wherever and dont think about it. I would have to be responsible if I pushed the 75 ever, or the Supro at night. My wife thinks I want new windows to save on heating bills, I researched who had the best sound blocking rated windows in central Ohio, so I can switch my 75 off of low power mode again.....
     
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    In the summer I will sometimes drag the gear outside to the garage and we will have a rehearsal outside with the door open. I have the neighbors applauding and people from 3 blocks away walking over to see where the band is playing. Everyone loves it!
     
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    I, too, played a Super Reverb all through high school and college.....and I played it EVERYWHERE. Outdoor gigs, convention center arenas and exhibit halls, you name it......it was plenty loud.
    Nowadays, the only "biggish" amp I have left is my Sovtek Mig 50......and it is LOUD. But for gigging now, I just use a 15 watt Vox, either one with one 12" speaker or another with four 8"'s. I guess I could use both if I needed to, but I really don't want to be any louder than that. (and BTW.....I play pretty "clean")
     
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    My current home practice amp is a Princeton Reverb. Although it’s easy enough to set a comfortable room volume, that’s sometimes a bit too loud for MatchlessWoman while she’s watching TV downstairs. My practice room has no party walls to neighbours but I’m still pleasantly surprised that no-one in the next house has ever complained on those occasions when I’ve got carried away with the volume. When I need to I can use a headphone setup.

    It’s not about the watts by the way - I have a home-built amp that puts out less than a watt and it’s still capable of being obnoxiously loud!
     
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    Marshall Code25. Not a bedroom amp. Or a living room amp. Or an enclosed space amp.
     
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    Heck, I have an Epiphone Valve JR that I played through a 2x12 Avatar cabinet. No one was home, but my wife came in the door complaining how loud it was outside. No neighbors ever complained, just my family. Guess that destroys the idea of a garage band....
     
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    That is true mostly. I have been from 100 watts to 5 watts, various tube amps. 100 watts through a 412 is pushing everything loud, where your neighbors definitely will complain. I'm surprised it took this long for one of my neighbors to complain with a 50 watter, and I think they have just been being overly polite about it, in hindsight. 50 watts through a 412 is still just about as loud as a 100 watter but with considerably less headroom. Dropping down to ~20 watts, no neighbors are likely going to complain when playing the thing in your house, because it just isn't moving as much low end. It's still loud in the mids, but doesn't have the same amount of low end grunt that will carry as far. Playing it cranked indoors still isn't going to make the family happy though, unless they are musicians too. 5 watts cranked will likely still be annoyingly loud to family in the same house, unless your playing space is well separated from the rest of the house, but it's not going to shake the walls and make everyone in the house lose their minds, ending up killing you. :D

    In an apartment, forget any of it. Someone is likely going to complain if you crank up any amp.

    Someone should probably explain to me why I'm still trying to find the best quad of modern production greenback type speakers for a 412 for the money. I got it boiled down to the Weber 1225's, the Reissue's, and the Mojotone BV-25M's. Maybe I should just get one of each and a Heritage greenback. The volume thing just isn't registering with the logical side of my brain.
     
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    My Mesa mark v 25 is plenty loud on its 10 watt setting. The neighbors have said it sounds like I’m in their living room. So Imcant really crank it.
     
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    Think that quote was from MatchlessMan ^^..dont think i have anything under 15 these days.
    I am forced into the house due to full time caretaker role..built studio in my Master out of necessity to be able to play. I have come down in volume considerably last few years..but i do crank the 4 holers , DSL's up about once a week...kinda in the middle of day..look outside see who is not home..let it rip for about an hour..nothing like it huh..but back to reality..Supro Black Magick-PV Classic Blues- lil Superchamp XD-Bug V22..they just record so well & get them to break pretty quick..built an ISO room for recording..that really made the dif..whatever the amps need to be at for the sound. Mic placement has been the new game..did a reasonable level rhythm track today..pretty low in comparison to the norm. 1 inch here or there with a mic sure does make a big dif in capturing
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    Crap. That seems to happen too often on this forum for some reason. Something with the forum software configuration that makes it easy to do.
     
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    Princeton Reverb here. It suits me fine.

    I had a Music Man RD-50 that I bought new in the early 80's. I had that one for decades but sold it a few years ago. Built like a tank, 50 watts with a ten inch speaker. That little amp would crank. It was shockingly loud for a small amp.
     
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    Sometimes it grabs a few even at at a time. I look at my post & go what did i just do !
     
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    Nah. If the police can hear and understand your neighbor when they call to complain, you are not playing loud enough! :lol:
     
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    I guess I'm a wuss. I *never* crank any of my amps in my apartment, as much as I would like to.

    Some of it is out of consideration, and some of it is because I don't want anyone else to hear how badly I play!
     
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    I don't tend to play loud in the house much. Once a neighbour came to me and said, "I heard you playing yesterday", I thought ok here we go, "it sounded really good". They were talking about one of my Grade 3 students.

    Oh well..:(
     
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    I remember my first noise complaint. It was 45 years ago. It involved the police. Glory days!
     
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    My noise complaints come from upstairs. When my wife slams the bedroom door I know I can open 'er up.
     
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