I've been mulling over different ways to possibly lesson the impact of my practicing on my family and neighborhood. I would love to spend the money and build a practice room in the basement, but not sure that I want to make that kind of investment just yet. My family is very understanding, but the house is rather porous when it comes to sound. Definitely not interested in using my practice mute.
Playing into the hanging clothes in the basement works a bit, but I'm wondering if anyone has tried this idea. When thinking about the "acoustic egg" at the place where I bought my hearing protection, I'm curious if an acoustic box would work.
I was thinking about building a 3 sided box (with bottom and top) with insulation and sound absorbing foam. At that point, I would sit facing the open end with my bell just inside the box. Maybe 2 1/2 to 3 feet square (thereabouts) and elevated off of the floor. It would provide some dampening... but how much, I wonder.
Has anyone attempted this? Or, is there an acoustics guru on the site that might be able to provide some sort of ball park idea as to how effective it might be? I'm of course looking for dampening. I understand that the dampening might be minimal to moderate. I just need something to take the edge off... well, that doesn't involve alcohol, anyway.