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How Loud Do You Play At Home?

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So, I assume most of us play a little every day. When you plug in at home, how loud do you play? Considering most amps sound best at high volume. Do you play full out and risk having a visit by the cops, or are lucky enough to live out where that's not a problem? Do you play quietly like I do most of the time? When nobody's home I'll crank up the Pro Jr, but mostly, I use the Vox AC4TV8 on the 10th watt setting. Meanwhile, my 2-12 HR DeVille sits in the basement.

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well i dont really play loud at home, cause my parents are always here. but when everyones out of the house, you can bet i switch from the micro cube to JX30 and crank up the volume and pull out the rat distortion....mwhahahaha [biggrin]

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At home, I usually play through my Valve Jr with the volume just a smidge above turned all the way down. I use a distortion/overdrive pedal to get a decent sound. I don't really need to crank my amp when I'm practicing by myself.

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I've been playing quietly through a crummy 40W amp that I can't seem to get any decent tone out of. I recently purchased a Kustom 5W head and 1X12 cab that I am hoping will sound good at low volume. I have a Tube Screamer to experiment with, and hopefully I'll be able to use it to get some distorion without cranking the volume up on the amp. I'm a little too self concious at this point to play super loud. My neighbors are probably getting pretty tired of the various G-C-D and power chord songs I am learning on. My guess is the volume will increase with skill and confidence to the point that I don't care what the neigbors think anymore.

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Reasonably quietly, but a bit too loud to be able to hold a conversation at a civilised volume...

 

My neighbour, who's in his 70's, can hear the racket when he's in his front room but, as he used to gig 5 nights a week until fairly recently, he doesn't mind at all.

 

He's actually very keen to get back out on the pubs'n'clubs circuit as a duet with me - we had a decent and friendly jam session shortly after I moved in to my house last autumn - but our repertoires don't match up too well...

 

Fortunately my amp sounds wonderful even at a very low volume level.

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I don't play very loudly at home when I do plug in. My Fender Deluxe Reverb actually sounds better at lower volumes (plan to fix that in the near future with a better speaker). Also have a 5 watt Silvertone 1448 that I jam out on from time to time. Most of my at home playing is on acoustic to get my fretting hand in shape.

 

Do I miss the volume? Not much since I get to crank my Silvertone 1484 twice a week at Church of the Sonic Guitar service, aka band rehearsal.

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With a wife and two kids, I tend to play quietly for the most part. When I'm by myself, I'll crank it up. To hell with the neighbors and their incessantly barking dogs.

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Not very loud at all; I live in an apartment so there's never really an opportunity to get loud at home. I have two amps there, a Fender Blues Junior (15w) (with a few modifications) and an old 1966 Fender Champ (~5w), and both of them are too loud to crank up in an apartment - not that the Champ is a distortion or volume monster even when it's cranked up. Fortunately, I get to crank up my 100w Mesa Stiletto w/ 2x12 cab with my band, not crazy loud but certainly loud enough. \m/

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We have a practice pad at a band co-op so my amp stays there. At home my little 40 Crate doesn't go above 2 or 3. Apartment living is limiting. I do have cool neighbors though. Just don't want to push my luck. They don't seem to mind the acoustic and my singing.

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usually just through a micro cube,so not too loud.But I do play my old vinatge Marshall 1987X at near full volume in my basement from time to time.Its loud in the house,but outside it is not too loud actually.

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On my 100w Peavey Classic VT, my optimum setting on the master volume is right at 3. This is the point where the tone is perfect and probably where I would have it set for live performances, if not louder, depending on the environment. However, with the wife and daugter upstairs, playing at that level at home usually gets a "turn that down" scream. So, my usual playing level is around 2 on the knob, which still sounds good.

 

Now when I'm jamming with my sons', that is a different story. Usually set it at three for those occasions and turn down from there when the wife or daughter yells. The problem is getting my sons' to turn down also. Eventually I creep back up to 3 when the wife goes upstairs to the second floor, or out to the pool.

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I have a residential studio in my home and soundproofed the upstairs from the downstairs so noise disturbing others is not a problem, but my ears are. So after many years of bands and studios I got wise and I usually play through small amps like Epiphone Juniors, Fender Champs or a Hot Rod Deluxe with a master and keep it low and reasonable. I put the amp in an isolation booth when I want it cranked and mic it and listen in headphones, much healthier. For those who want a simple fix fill a small closet at home with carpet and foam and run a small combo in there with a mic (Shure SM57) run under the door into a small mixer, home recorder etc.. into the headphones and your off and away without a headache later.

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Depends on the song but that's why they make soundproofing and small amps you can play a cranked amp and not piss off the neighbor. I just wish I would have learned this a decade or so earlier than my most common phrase would not be " I'm sorry I couldn't hear you, could you please repeat that ? ." or the more simple and casual "What did you say ?"

 

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but it goes up to 11

 

Must be one of those pansy British amps - my Fender goes to 12!! [tongue]

 

 

But since I'm in an apartment I never get to use it that high - headphones or an acoustic (or the Ric or Casino either way).

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