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Old 02-24-2011, 06:38 AM
 
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My family is getting stationed at Ft. McNair this summer and we want to live as close to DC as possible.

Financially, it looks like we'll need to live in a townhouse. We've been looking at Cameron Station and Kingstowne but also older ones around Old Town.

The biggest hitch is that my husband plays the piano in the evening and I'm wondering how soundproof the new townhouses are? How about the older ones?

Thanks in advance for your insight.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Vienna, NoVA
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Our townhouse was build in ~1995 and soundproof is good. Our neighbors never complained when I play the piano (although I never play after 9pm). We have a few friends in the same TH community who also play the piano and I have not heard any comments from them about their neighbors being disturbed, either.

Also, there are other possible noises around in any community – barking dogs, crying children, loud volume on TV, neighbors partying late. So I think that as long as you are a caring neighbor, who makes an effort to keep any noise down, you should be fine.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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Our TH in Kingstowne is very sound proof. Our landlord had a piano in the basement and I gather played it all the time. As long as you aren't playing on the same floor as the bedrooms I imagine it won't be too bad. Or with the windows open.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Reston
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Unless he's really bad, or plays really late, I don't imagine most people would complain.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:16 AM
 
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Are we talking an upright or baby grand piano? If it's a nice eletric piano he could always just turn down. I hear my neighbors all the time, but it's not enough to be an issue. We're probably much louder with our music and movies, and I would imagine they might hear quite a bit. It's one of the downfalls of living in a townhouse with shoddy construction and poor materials.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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After you move in I would suggest introducing yourself to the neighbor on either side, tell them your husband will be playing the piano in the evening and ask them to let you know if there is a specific time that it would disturb them. Chances are they will have their television on and it won't be a problem.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I am currently renting a townhouse and my neighbor plays piano sometimes. it drives me nuts! I guess the insulation between units is not up to snuff and I can clearly hear it. I wouldnt mind it so much, but she plays fairly early in the morning and it often wakes me. She is a great neighbor so I wont mention it to her, and it doesnt happen every day..but still, it can be annoying.

As others have said, I suggest you meet your new neighbors and give them a heads up.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Maine
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bhandhh, the fact that you are asking if piano playing in a townhome might be a problem means you are a considerate person and would probably make a great neighbor. You should be fine.

I would be happy to have piano music be the only thing I hear from our neighbors.
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for your input. We currently live in a very small house w/ a toddler and my husband's basically been playing on mute for the last two years. We're trying to avoid that for the next four years and maybe we should even try and talk to neighbors before we would move in.
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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Pianos can be quite loud, so it depends on what your husband plays. A lot of classical piano music is vigorous and not placid, soothing pieces.

So does he just "tickle the ivories", play some jazz standards, or really get down to business with serious concert pieces with a wide dynamic range?
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