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Fender power to the people!
Jun 19th, 2016 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As to volume, I am a bass player and really like having my pant legs flapping around.
Look for outdoor gigs at the lake or private partys in the middle of nowhere.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Jun 25th, 2016 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The venue owner who wanted the level no higher than 95dB said his license depended on it. He has been threatened before. It's his venue, you do what he says.

I was a longtime pants flapping bass player...until I learned that that ringing after a loud gig indicated PERMANENT hearing damage. Later, due to an accident at work (subjected to 140-160dB 140Hz horn blast in a stainless enclosure for 10 seconds) I have permanent tinnitus. I don't do loud bands. I need the hearing I still have.

Every time your ears ring, you have damaged your hearing. Some comes back, but not all. The damage is permanent, and it is cumulative.

Sure high volume is exciting, but deafness is not. If you lose your hearing, or high end, remember, hearing aids do not restore your hearing. They only amplify mid frequencies to help understand speech. They don't improve the sound of music.

High volume is exciting. It also covers a lot of bad playing. I far more enjoy reasonable volumes, where we can hear what everyone is playing clearly, and understand every word sung. So do the audiences.

Contributing Member

Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Jun 25th, 2016 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think most concertgoers are interested in the total experience--rather than merely 'hearing' a band play. Actually feeling the air shwack you makes it way more fun.

The same applies to watching a drag race, etc., on TV, compared to being near the track as the cars zoom by, or feeling (as opposed to hearing) the roar of the crowd at a ball game.

Fast Lane Pablo


Oct 10th, 2016 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been gigging a four piece band at Farmer's Markets lately. We have to be quiet enough that the vendors can talk to their customers. There's no one with a meter, but at one market, there's one booth that we rely on to tell us when we're too loud. And when we aren't, they tip us, so we've made friends after getting off to a rough start. I'm just glad that our drummer can play softly.

I use a little Peavey Backstage Plus, the steel player has a Vibro Champ and the bass player uses a modeler. The PA is a single Bose stick with a bass module and a Mackie 1202 mixer and a DBX Go-Rack for EQ and anti-feedback. I also play acoustic through the PA.

The Bose is a great rig for those kinds of gigs. It carries real well. I thought they were a joke until the bass player brought one to the gig. Now I'm a fan.

Coral Head

Sunshine State

Groupies needed
Oct 16th, 2016 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"He has a dress code for customers. Despite all this the place is successful." Probably because of all this, it is successful.

I play in a band and have done for a long time but there are a couple of places around here where I cannot stand to be. The volume is ridiculous when you can only talk to someone by screaming in their ear from about 4" away. When we play, we look at the audience and watch to see if they can hold a conversation without being forced to yell. And usually they can. I have never been in a situation where a band has been asked to play louder! In Florida, there are lots of outdoor venues and the constabulary sometimes checks with a dB meter. The standard is 85dB at the curb outside the bar in one town near me. Some venues have given up on bands and switched to solo acoustic acts.


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Oct 17th, 2016 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I WATCH THE PATRONS. If they have to lean across the table and yell, we're probably too loud. I have never been a fan of Marshall half stacks or louder. My 2 x12 TR has seldom been as high as "5". Nor has my HRD. lately I've been using a modeling amp (vox or Fender) or a 22W Bugera. A friend of mine uses a Princeton almost exclusively. If he needs to be louder, he mics it.
I think too many sound techs crank the low end so that the bass and drums will be physically felt. I see no reason for that level of volume.
I have a 50% loss in the upper register. I can't play electric with hearing aids as they make the highs sound too shrill an amplify every little squeak.

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