Key factors in what this thread is all about are 1) not playing in a band, and 2) not performing. I play purely for my own enjoyment: for practice, continued learning, and composing my music. When I was younger, playing loud was something I really enjoyed. And of course that involved playing in bands and performing. And, playing louder does allow getting tones and effects that don't happen at low volumes. As I've gotten older and not playing in bands, nor performing, I have really enjoyed playing at relatively quiet volumes. I'm talking volumes that might only slightly be heard in the next room, with the doors closed. The only amp that I use these days is my Yamaha THR10, which sits on the music desk beside me, close to ear-level. This is an amp that is able to give excellent tone, even at very low volumes. I do play a clean style, with little to no overdrive, which is easily done well at low volumes. Another element here is the style of music - pop, jazz, indie styles don't tend to rely on high volume as hard rock and metal styles might. I'm not into hard rock these days. One strange phenomenon in this scenario is that when I'm playing with a hollow body electric, I often hear as much of the sound coming off the guitar itself as from the amp. Kind of a weird effect, so I tend to bump the amp volume a bit higher when playing the hollow-bodies. Of course, that doesn't happen with my solid bodies and semi-hollow guitars, as they are not loud enough acoustically to be heard over my amps volume. Minding my hearing ability, as I age, is another factor. (Decades as a musician, firearms enthusiast, and motorcycle rider take some toll on the ears.) I've noticed some mild hearing loss at this stage in my life - sometimes harder to understand what people are saying, especially if they mumble softly - so I enjoy going easy on my ears. I'm guessing that there are a lot of us who play at home, without a band, for practice and composing music that might feel the same way about enjoying low volume-playing?