AhContraire: Really, the point here is that we don't even need to do ANY soundproofing. Every sound level ever measured around Buffa's was well within the residential decibel levels stipulated in the city ordinance. We included soundproofing plans in our remodeling plans as a courtesy to our neighbor, not because it was required or necessary. Unfortunately, jt is a moot point for the foreseeable future as he has forced us to spend that money on legal fees instead.
Not if the architect you hire has sound engineers at his disposal and is known for his soundproof expertise in movie theaters. Which is the type we hired. ;)
Actually, I'd like to reply about "drums and bass." The only times our musicians typically use bass and/or drums is on Friday and Saturday nights, and Some Like It Hot! has a drummer for our Sunday morning jazz brunch. Other than that, it is mostly acoustic acts with a lot of emphasis on piano, guitar, and vocals.
So know - we don't "always" have drums and bass. In fact, most of the performers at Buffa's do not include drums and bass.
AhContraire: We have already done most of what you said. We hired an architect in April to address these issues, and various methods of soundproofing were all considered and a plan for moving forward was approved. Unfortunately, we have to choose wisely how we spend our money, and the money we were going to spend on those efforts while remodeling our bathrooms must now be spent on legal fees instead.
Again - the most frustrating thing for us is that we kept Sidney informed of our efforts every step of the way, and yet he still decided to sue. We have always been responsive to any requests from neighbors, and will continue to do so to the best of our ability in the future.
AhContraire - that is the total irony of this situation. Construction to remodel our bathrooms (whose outside wall abut Sidney's property) was to start on 7/15. We were going to do one bathroom in July and the other in August. Even though every measurement we have ever taken shows we are well within the levels demanded by the city's noise ordinance for residential neighborhoods, we were willing to go the extra mile and try to dampen the sound even more by installing additional soundproofing material and closing up a window well from which sound might the escaping. (We don't actually know where the sound is escaping from - if at all - since we have never been allowed to take a measurement on his property.) Now we have to use the money to pay legal fees and that project has been put indefinitely on hold.
Folks - I'd just like to throw my two cents in here with one simple fact: my family owns Buffa's and we have ALWAYS been very respectful of our neighbors. We have equipment on site to measure the decibel levels of both the live music in back and juke box in front. We are the first to tell either the musicians or the front bartender to turn it down if it is too loud. As a rule of thumb, we tell our bartenders to make sure you can speak across the table or bar without having to shout. If you have to shout, turn it down. That insures the volume is never above the city's noise ordinance levels. I can honestly tell you we have NEVER been visited by the N.O.P.D. as the result of someone complaining that either the live music or the jukebox is too loud. I respect the fact that Sidney has a right to protect his property rights. We also have a right to operate our business, as long as we do so legally, which we do.
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