This thread is an extension of a thread I had started in the "Amps Forum". I am in a 5 piece classic rock/blues band. They are just too loud when we rehearse. It's at the point where I'm getting pain, etc. Original thread under "Amps": http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/what-am-i-doing-wrong-setup-900663/ My question is are there any legitimate online or published sources that someone can refer me to as to how we should be rehearsing? I keep telling them we are all too loud and I've suggested things from turning down to literally turning our amps towards the wall for a bit just to see what happens along with asking the drummer if there's any possible way for him to 'tone' it down. They continue to responded this is the way they've always done it and the past bassist had no issues and they always insist that he knew EVERYTHING about music. I just roll my eyes. I hear their recordings with him and all you heard was the bass. I like to hear the bass but seriously. If you cannot hear much else then theirs something going on. FYI - their bassist left because of 'creative differences'. I'm now starting to wonder if I'm experiencing the same issue as he. I'm thinking perhaps it's time to find a new group of guys that will turn their sh## off and just listen to reason and then turn it down. Our versions of some motown tunes sound like punk bands doing a cover. You gotta get that bass out there but not kill the people with it. Know what I mean? I was in two previous bands (played guitar in one) and never had this issue. Sometimes we were too loud, but if someone mentioned it we'd spend quite a bit of time trying to figure it out. In fact, one group of guys I was with spent an entire reherasal just arranging. It was one of the best things we did and actually got us all thinking alike. Oh well. too bad. I'll continue to turn it down and start looking for something else out there. But ... I think if I could point a couple of the guys to a published/legitimate source then they would be more than willing to further discuss and try something.