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How much drumming and trumpeting is reasonable ...

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katiestar Wed 30-Sep-09 11:38:19

from a semi-detached neighbour do you think and what times of day bearing in mind baby and 2 yrold in house ?

Stigaloid Wed 30-Sep-09 11:39:48

any noise up until 11pm is allowable by enivronmental health.


PeedOffWithNits Wed 30-Sep-09 11:43:56

legal and reasonable are not the same thing though

legally noise may not be a problem till 11pm, but if you live next door to young kids, then you should be more considerate

not everyone is though!

keep a diary and speak to environmental health - could be classed as antisocial behaviour??

MerlinsBeard Wed 30-Sep-09 11:48:27

ANy noise below a certain amount of decibels is acceptable until 11pm regardless of how old the neighbours are.

You could request that your neighbours don't play/rehearse after say 7pm.

DH has a home studio and is very aware that the sound can travel so is mindful of the fact that our neighbours are elderly and if there is a likelihood of him working loudly after tea time he will let them know.

Stigaloid Wed 30-Sep-09 12:04:01

Again - why?

I have a 2 yo DS. My neighbours have their TVs on the chimney breasts that can be heard through the walls all day and night (they fall asleep with the tv on). They allow their children to practise their violins and pianos at 10pm at night and it is louder than our TV in our living room - drives me nuts, but there is not much i can do about it without turning it into a dispute so i just grumble at the walls.


katiestar Wed 30-Sep-09 12:06:59

Sorry it's the other way round.I have one child who learns the drums and another who learns the trumpet and soon we are to have a little saxophonist too.
I am always very concious of disturbing the neighbourses who have 2 little childrem.I have put the drumkit as far as possible from the party wall (about 30')
The older ones leave for school at 8.00 am and don't return til 5.00 or sometimes an hour later if they have to go to afterschool bands or sports teams (and they do HAVE to go if they are asked to).

They both get a lot of homework too Y7 about 60mins and Y10 often 2 hours) so they really need to get at least some of that out of the way before they get too tired.So its udually 20 mins or so between 7 and 8 that they practiceI did buy some practice pads but the drum teacher says they are no good.
Next door haven't said anything but I know they put their DC to bed around 6 pm and I feel really guilty.

LilyBolero Wed 30-Sep-09 12:07:50

My kids are allowed to practise up to 9pm, but not after. Any earlier than that and we can't get the practice done regularly because of their activities and my teaching.

kitbit Wed 30-Sep-09 12:08:59

Are you the drummer/trumpeter,or are you the neighbour? Either way can you just talk to them? If you're the listening neighbour it's worth a chat as they may not realise they are diisturbing you. If you are the musicians and your neighbours have asked you to keep it down, then a compromise needs to be reached.

Stigaloid Wed 30-Sep-09 12:09:46

As someone who suffers at the hands of neighbours i wish they had more consideration to the fact that with a baby and a 2 year old i am putting them to bed between 7-8pm and that making lots of noise is not helpful.

kitbit Wed 30-Sep-09 12:11:28

Ah, crossed posts! In that case why not pop round and talk to them before it becomes an issue? Strike an agreement? I play the piano, and when we move in I had a chat with the neighbours about it. They said that because they knew I was thinking of them, they don't mind if occasionally I play later on or at weird times, because they know I am mindful of our arrangement. If they put their kids to bed at 6 then I bet they will be extremely glad that you are trying to take the initiative and work out an agreement.

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