Hi there. Noise regulations in Germany state that during the day I can be somewhat noisy (within reason) and at night everything must be "whisper quiet". From what I found online, this translates to noise levels of around 55 - 60 db during the day and 35 db at night (measured from inside a neighbor's apartment). The apartment building I live in is pretty well insulated, I can barely hear my neighbors. On the other hand, they're all pretty cool with music and some of them actually play (bass, piano, even drums!). What I've been wondering is how much volume I can get away with without upsetting them. Mostly during the day, at night everything is SO quiet I simply use headphones. I THINK a regular conversation is somewhere between 65-68 db, and an acoustic guitar played with fingers, around 80 db. One time my former neighbor had a "Wohnzimmerkonzert" (small living room gig) that could easily be heard throughout the building, but it involved 2 acoustic guitars, 2 voices and in some songs a mandolin, all played very loudly with picks. Very likely more than 80 db! This same guy used to play country and jazz loudly on his Tele + tube combo (sometimes it was louder than our TV!) but noone really cared, I think music sounds are always welcome. Have you had any experiences playing guitar in an apartment or a quiet area? With decent house insulation, what amount of noise reduction can I expect? Eg. play at around 85 db, and the floor and walls will soak up to ... 20 - 25 db? The inner and outer walls in my apartment building are THICK. I suppose I could go and talk to everybody but I suspect they won't care much as long as the walls and windows don't start shaking. There's one complicated neighbor who's a bit... unstable, and I'd just rather avoid them. So go ahead and share your stories and tips.