Join Date: Feb 2007
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i also have a neighbor that complained a lot. i don't blame them because the bass was jumping the 14ft gap to their house and knocking things off of shelves (i moved to get away from them, and i've used a milder setup since moving back). they'd had the cops come by, who did a walk around my house before knocking on my door. they said it could be heard outside, but was hardly what they'd call "loud." they told me just to be respectful of the time of day.
this led me to talking to one of the sergeants at my local PD about my rights. i confirmed that i'm a dj for a living and often build my own equipment. i was told that i would be fine as long as i observe the time of day and honor any official complaints filed. he likened it to someone moving next to a racetrack or airport and then complaining about noise.
one day i was in my garage, doing some editing and this neighbor went storming across my driveway past my open door to yell at the neighbors on the other side of me about the music. she got at least ten feet past my door before realizing it was coming from me and then came in to yell at me. i pulled out my phone and offered to call the cops for her. that's when her demeanor changed. she told me it wasn't necessary and then began to reason with me.
once she cooled off a bit, i explained to her about room gain and why it's going to sound louder inside her house no matter what level i have it at outside. i explained to her that square rooms make it even worse. i told her that the insulation put on under her siding a couple years prior was worthless and pointed out that her window was open while the air conditioning was on. i reminded her how many times her a/c unit used to keep me awake all the time, even on 50 degree (Fahrenheit) nights when i used to have to get up for work at 4:30am.
she then admitted to not even knowing what direction it was coming from when she got out of the door to yell at somebody because it wasn't even loud outside. she also admitted that the walls are so thin that she can hear people talking from a few driveways over.
anyway, the moral of the story- enjoy the fruits of your labor until there's a ticket to pay. just don't be disrespectful on purpose.