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 Clarinet noise in concrete buildings...
Author: SoundofPraise 
Date:   2019-01-24 22:56

I am wondering if anyone has had experience playing and practising clarinet in a concrete building? I live in a newly built concrete apartment. I am worried about how sound would travel as far as neighbours. I never hear anyone else so I think it is fairly sound proof. I just can't get the uncomfortable feeling off that I might be bothering someone...

Post Edited (2019-01-25 09:03)

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 Re: Clarinet noise in concrete buildings...
Author: Michael E. Shultz 
Date:   2019-01-25 15:33

Back in the day, I practiced my alto saxophone in a concrete block dorm with solid heavy doors. I even added weatherstripping around the door. I was told not to practice too early in the morning.

Your neighbors will definitely hear you. Maybe they will like your clarinet playing.

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx

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 Re: Clarinet noise in concrete buildings...
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-01-25 18:12

The best solution to the question would be to get to know a few of your neighbors ....... and ask. There is always that old joke, that if you can't identify the crazy person on the bus, it's you. So you might be the noisy neighbor. Or you might not.

My experience in apartments with concrete floors is that there is great isolation from apartment to apartment, but as stated above, there is still some transmission. Keep in mind though that it is bass frequency notes that travel through solids easily (that's why you can hear the bass notes from the car next to you at the light). The worst thing you can do as a good neighbor is to blast your hip-hop music into the wee hours of the morning. So don't do that.

...................Paul Aviles

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 Re: Clarinet noise in concrete buildings...
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2019-01-25 18:57

I play in a trio with 2 friends. They play piano and tenor. We practice in the pianist's apartment. The neighbours say that they can only hear us if we leave the balcony doors open.

Tony F.

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 Re: Clarinet noise in concrete buildings...
Author: SoundofPraise 
Date:   2019-01-25 20:42

Thank you guys for the helpful tips and suggestions!

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 Re: Clarinet noise in concrete buildings...
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2019-01-26 21:21

I wish I could FIND an concrete apartment! What city are you in? (I'm moving soon, and everything here is very poorly built with wood. Moldy when new....)

I had a piano in my apartment many years ago, and asked the neighbors if they could hear it. They all said no. Then I found out later that they could in fact hear it and WANTED to (and I did not play during very early or late hours just because.) But it was not a, um, saxophone. I played a lot of moderate level classical music on it.

Same thing happened with a brass quintet later in a house. When I was selling the house a neighbor came over and lamented that the neighborhood would no longer "be filled with music on Friday afternoons." So you never know.

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 Re: Clarinet noise in concrete buildings...
Author: SoundofPraise 
Date:   2019-01-27 00:14

I am in Calgary, Canada. Most of the newer large apartment complexes are built with concrete. It feels very solid here. I have never ever heard anyone. Still I am learning Clarinet so I think I will be very careful what times I play for now like you say. I am just wondering if air-borne sound of clarinet is exactly like a sound of TV as far as noise type? I can have TV loud as much as I want so if that is the case I should be good with clarinet.

I think I kind of scored! Yesterday I found a very good condition Leblanc LL 1971 Clarinet for $400 (CAD) from a local lady. I am taking it today to tune up but it is feels very loud. Feels louder than the E11 Crampon rental I was trying and I think it might be trickier for a beginner to use. Hopefully all the years of classical guitar playing will translate a little bit over to woodwind...

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 Re: Clarinet noise in concrete buildings...
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-01-27 02:44

Yeah I guess the noise type in general is more like TV in a way. Still a bit more prominent, but not enough to worry about though. The boomy stereo is MUCH worse (transmits through walls and floors).

Congratulations on the LL find. A decent clarinet.

...................Paul Aviles

P.S. Go Oilers!

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