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The police told me to turn the bass down??

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bad Brains, Apr 12, 2004.


  1. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    I have been busy all weekend and i havn't touched the bass in like 3 days, so i picked it up tonight and started jamming out on my little practice amp in the living room. About 10 minuts later the cops were knocking on my door telling me the neighbors called on a noise complaint?

    This dose not making any sense because i don't have any neighbors, my apartment complex is empty because the landlord dosn't know how to run a business, the closest person is across the street at another complex. I had the practice amp on very low, i didn't even wake up the 3 roomates. And finally this is a college town, no one around here cares or would call the police. I have played a lot later and a lot louder pretty much all year, and this has never happened. To add insult to injury he cop asked if i was playing the "the electric guitar or something?".

    I just assume they were bored and probably just driving through my parking lot and needed something to do. Strange.
     
  2. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    At least nothing came of it. It there a certain time in your apartment building when you have to be quiet, if so I would follow that rule. Sometimes they are just bored, the police around here are always sleeping at the radar checkpoints or doing paper work. They probably heard you somehow and decided to kill some time.
     
  3. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    You can't be serious. You actually think the cops had nothing else to do so they stopped just to harass you for playing bass? Believe, me they had alot of other things to do, and they weren't any happier to be at your door than you were to have them there. Guess what..>SOMEONE was disturbed by your playing. There would be no other reason for them to call the police. Unfortunately for the Police, when someone calls, they have to come.
     
  4. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Police are way to busy with court dates, paper work and calls for help.

    The best case scenario is that they were there for something else and heard the playing.
     
  5. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    I'm well aware I can't speak for all officers, but I doubt that was even the case. If someone isn't complaining, there is no reason to stop even if you can hear bass playing, or music, or whatever. When I'm at work, I'm of the view that if you aren't breaking a law, and no one is complaining, you can do whatever you want. If that includes playing bass at 110 db, thats fine with me as long as you aren't disturbing someone else.
     
  6. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    Maybe they wanted to jam. Did you even ask if they wanted to? You know cops have feelings to.
     
  7. mr e

    mr e

    Nov 17, 2003
    nyc
    call your clerk of courts!

    do you fall into the jurisdiction of the city, or county?

    what are your local laws re:noise?
    1.what hours
    2.how loud
    3.what distance
    4.how measured

    does a complaint need to be filed, or just phoned?

    join your city/county planning and zoning board!
     
  8. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Back in my '70s 'Garage Band' daze-
    ...every so often the cops would show up.

    The garage door would start going up.
    First, we would see the shoes.
    Then the dark blue uniform pants.
    (Oh ****, here we go again).
    Then the officer's face.

    ...they seemed pretty cool; just told us they got a complaint & would we please turn it down.
     
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    "...I tried to play my music...they say my music's too loud"

    FIGHT THE POWER!
     
  10. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Hey, "FIGHT THE POWER' sounds a bit like a
    anti-establishment kind of slogan.

    As soon as I get rid of the TB CD announcement,
    can I use that in my sig ?
     
  11. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I believe "Fight the Power" is an Isley Brothers song, or...is it the Brothers Johnson?

    The song ROCKS, BTW. Found it:
    Artist: The Isley Brothers Lyrics
    Song: Fight The Power Lyrics

    Time is truly wastin'
    There's no guarantee
    Smile's in the makin'
    You gotta fight the powers that be
    Got so many forces
    Stayin' on the scene
    Givin' up all around me
    Faces full a' pain
    I can't play my music
    They say my music's too loud
    I kept talkin about it
    I got the big run around
    When I rolled with the punches
    I got knocked on the ground
    With all this bull@#$t going down

    Time is truly wastin'
    There's no guarantee
    Smile's in the makin'
    You gotta fight the powers that be
    I don't understand it
    People wanna see, ya
    Those that got the answers
    Red tape in the way
    I could take you in easy
    That's just half the fun, oh boy
    Seeking satisfaction
    Keeps me on the run
    I can't play my music
    They say my music's too loud
    I kept talkin about it
    I got the big run around
    When I rolled with the punches
    I got knocked on the ground
    With all this bull*@$t going down
    Time is truly wastin'
    There's no guarantee
    Smile's in the makin'
    You gotta fight the powers that be

    If you & I can - we got the power
    Fight it, got the power fight it........baby, baby
    Fight it, fight the power
     
  12. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Your SWR Megoliath with the SM-900 head is not a "practice amp."





    ;)
     
  13. If the Police showed up at my door, I'd let them in and gladly let Sting play my bass...

    ...Oh wait, you're talking about the OTHER police :)
     
  14. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada

    AHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!! :smug:
     
  15. tappel

    tappel

    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    Somebody must've called them. If the cops felt that you were too loud, they could've just told you so without making up a "neighbor complained" story. If they did make up a story like that, it sure is some strange police work.

    Back in the day when my friends and I would play anywhere we could plug in, visits from the cops were routine. We were long haired hippies and the cops were the bad guys to us... until one day one of the cops turned out to be a guitarist and he wound up BS'ing with us for 20 minutes. We still had to pack up.

    Tom
     
  16. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    The PHA-1 is a professional unit that can be used as a headphone practice amp, versatile preamp, or to create your own mix in the studio. The PHA-1 will allow up to two players to plug in and practice together while monitoring their sound via the dual stereo headphone jacks.

    http://www.raven-labs.com/mainframe.html

    :bassist: