stupid RA

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Cat, Nov 18, 2001.

  1. Cat


    Apr 5, 2000
    Penn State
    yesterday I was playing bass at a moderate level (1/3 way up on my hartke 3500, not all that loud), and my RA comes in and tells me to "turn down the bass". at first I was like "oh ok, my neighbor must be annoyed, no big problem". so I asked him if it was my neighbor who was complaining, and he said "no, it was someone outside of the building". so now I'm mad. he's basically telling me I have to turn it down soft so I don't bother people in the parking lot?? Besides, I occasionally play MUCH louder, only on friday/satarday nights around 11:00 though (when people are up and socializing anyway). so this was at 8:00 on friday, i.e. not quiet hours. our dorms are 24 hour courtesy hours, but this wasn't my neighbor asking me to turn it down so he could sleep or read or whatever. it was the RA telling me to turn it down from moderate to low for no reason! I feel like I've lost my freedom to play! :( :mad:
  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I have 3 things to say.

    1) You live kind of near me.

    2) That sucks about your RA.

    3) You're in the wrong forum, this should be in "Off Topic."
  3. There is one good thing i heard out of all of this....
    Your amp can be heard outside your dorms in the parking lot at 1/3 volume. Be proud my friend....Thats damn loud.
  4. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Dude i know your pain. I play through an R600 and a 210+18 stack. my RA doesnt care, but the RA's from other floors come and whine. i had one of them ask me to go to a practice room. when i asked him to help move my stack down with me he just shook his head and walked out. jut by chance do you ever get random people you dont know coming in your room out of curiosity about the loud bass, and then staying for like a half hour to watch you play? im at the University of Michigan btw.
  5. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    Penn State has/had an excellent acoustics program. I'm sure you could talk to some experts there on the issue of noise and annoyance. Freedom is relative. You are free to do whatever you want as long as it isn't adversely affecting anyone else. In your RA's opinion, it is, and you have to respect that. Someday you'll appreciate that someone else is looking out for your right to quiet when you're trying to sleep or study, etc.

    Practicing in apartments or dorms always has pitfalls. I used to use a practice room in the basement of my dorm when I was in college (playing saxophone, not bass). You might be able to use some in the college music dept., too. Otherwise, you'll probably have to learn to play very quietly or through headphones.
    - Mike
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Imagine some sound or music that really irritates the heck out of you.

    Now imagine someone playing or making that sound loud enough for you to hear, instead of what you want to hear.

    This is just a part of being a musician. You can get upset about it or get real and figure out an alternative way to accomplish what you want.

    I've never had a "problem" with anyone asking me to turn down, IMO it's rude to invade someone else's space. When I was in college, my roommate and I decided to put our amps in the window (third floor window, bass and guitar amps), connected to my stereo and play music out into the quad (seemed like a bright idea at the time) on a Saturday afternoon. About 30 minutes later there's a knock at the door... a town cop. People off campus in town had complained. Had to be at least a mile away from campus.

    Sound travels... deal with it;)
  7. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Them's fightin' words pard! [​IMG]

        ...psst psst...NOT Rob Allen? sure?

    Nevermind. Have a super day :)