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Hi,

Do any of you have acoustic pianos in homes with adjoining walls/rooms to your neighbours? How bad does the sound carry through party walls or adjacent rooms?

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I personally no longer share walls or floors with neighbors but it all depends on when the building was built and the amount of insulation used in the floors and walls. Newer apartments, townhouse, and condos typically have more sound isolation than stuff built in the 1950s to the 70’s.


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Originally Posted by j&j
I personally no longer share walls or floors with neighbors but it all depends on when the building was built and the amount of insulation used in the floors and walls. Newer apartments, townhouse, and condos typically have more sound isolation than stuff built in the 1950s to the 70’s.


Another factor other than age is the location of the construction; my condo in Florida had concrete walls between the units. No sound issues.


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A typical UK house will be semi-detached with the living rooms adjoining through a 9" brick party wall. The choices for piano location would be:
* Against the party wall
* Opposite the party wall but still in the same room
* In a room on the opposite side of the house away from the party wall (not possible if the house doesn't have this extra room).

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How bad the sound carries/transfers through common walls/floors/ceilings of apartments/condos is likely decided by the neighbors, I would think. smile

Not sure there are definitive answers on this issue, and it depends mostly on the individual piano and the specific building design/materials.

I think pianoloverus is currently dealing with this issue in his/her apartment in New York City. Maybe they will chime in with some good first-hand info...

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On top of all these variables there are building codes that also differ by country and state.


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I live in a row house and never asked my neighbours how much they hear when I play, but I'm 100% sure they do smile. I can hear them without effort when they speak loudly so no way they can't hear a grand fully resonating! Though they never complained, this kind of makes me restrict how loud I play after 8pm, and totally stop at 9pm. This feels inhibiting to me (though at the same time it forces me to practice much more effectively and make less mistakes wink ).

I'm moving to an apartment in February, and I'm actually happy it's a good old concrete building from the 50's smile


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My mother used to live in a condo building that was probably concrete construction, and the piano was in a center room, so nobody next door likely ever heard it being played. However, the neighbor in the unit below (one floor lower) did complain.

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we must have good neighbors there and that anything piano don't worry. be happy too,,,

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Originally Posted by danlightbulb
A typical UK house will be semi-detached with the living rooms adjoining through a 9" brick party wall. The choices for piano location would be:
* Against the party wall
* Opposite the party wall but still in the same room
* In a room on the opposite side of the house away from the party wall (not possible if the house doesn't have this extra room).

I have my piano against said 9" brick wall but with a hallway and another 9" wall between that and next door. In the hallway you can very clearly hear the piano, I imagine that it can also be clearly heard through both brick walls and the hallway as the neighbours have commented that there seem to be two pianists in the house, one (not me) a lot better than the other.

We just avoid playing before 8 in the morning or after 10 at night so that we don't disturb their sleep and there haven't been any complaints at all - but not everyone has the same tolerance for noise.


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