LOL....indeed we are.But we're talking about Essex..
The saxophone shop where I go, has one of these:One other option I thought of was....if there's a walk-in type closet in the unit, those can be pretty easily 'soundproofed' with easily-available materials, so that would mitigate volume significantly, while allowing musician to play unencumbered by any additional apparatus slapped on the horn.
If you havent got any complains, you aint trying hard enough . practice more!I also have the Sax Mute One and use it in conjunction with the MMD Saxmute sponges, together, they reduce the sound to that of a quiet radio but there is a bit of a tradeoff in sound at the top and bottom ends of the range (I play alto) although that might be my poor playing ! Fortunately my neighbours are very nice and didn't complain even before I got the mutes but as a beginner then and now still learning slowly, It must be very annoying to hear someone play the same part (badly in my case but even very well) over and over again (I'm a slow learner) and I know I wouldn't like it although I fully agree your neighbour is being stupid as well as unpleasant. Bad neighbours can be hell so I wouldn't risk escalating it even though you're within your rights in all aspects. Wishing you the best of luck with this, David
I had a similar situation with a neighbour in Edinburgh when i lived there! (played a different instrument back then) but they would retaliate with an album on repeat for hours on end! I went to a second hand shop one day and bought 5 or 6 fairly decent albums, and taped them to his door in an envelope with a note!I can’t give too many details but this person has unfortunately got reasoning issues , if you get my meaning Halfers , Just unluckily, actually the person plays good music but plays the album on repeat many 100s of times . its bonkers ... really .
Weirdly for someone of that age it was radio 1, so you can imagine the utter tripe that was around in the early 2010s. And she would wait until she saw us outside and then turn It on full blast with the patio doors open, she never did it if we were in the house. She really was an odd cookie, she used to film us continuously if we worked outside, that didn’t bother me ( I doubt there is a website for ‘slightly sweaty man mows the garden) but when she started filming my young daughter in our garden I did get the Police to go and have a word. She also planted stuff in our front garden randomly. Generally we didn’t get too much trouble, the lady the other side got massive amounts of hassle and there were regular bust ups over the fence that the Police would intervene with. She also had her porch knocked down by the coppers when she was on holiday as the other neighbour reported that a strange smell was coming from the house. I stood with a bottle of old peculiar watching that (after telling them she was on holiday - they said they couldn’t chance it). It really is a quiet area but you just need one strange one..............Just out of interest. What sort of music did this particular unpleasant lady in her 70's play at high volume?