I'm in a blues band in which I really enjoy playing. However, I've recently given them an ultimatum ( for the sake of my hearing ) that if they dont lower the volume then they are in the market for a new bassist. After a recent practice session my ears were still sore after two days even though I was wearing custom made ear plugs. It did not seem to bother the others. IMO blues above most types of music does not need excess volume as it started out as an acoustic music. Anyway, wheather it does or not, I need my hearing. Just thought I'd get this off my chest and see if any of you have had a similiar experience. If so were you able to find a band with a more sane attidude to volume levels. I only want to leave the band as a last resort, but leave I will, if necessary.