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Maybe you could just put an antivibration mat between the typewriter and the desk, that would help keep noise down.
Personally, I'd be super excited if I heard my neighbour using a typewriter. But I don't think most people would, haha. I try not to use mine too late at night, but that's more for my boyfriend's sake than anyone else's. My neighbour listens to loud music and so do I, there's sort of an unspoken agreement that no one complains. In fact, sometimes he comes over to borrow cds.
I think a note in the mail room is a good idea.
Putting a typewriter on a thick wad of newspapers really helps to cut down on noise too
I think your neighbor has a legitimate beef if you're pounding away on that thing at 3 AM. Is it an old manual typewriter? I've got one, and it sounds like a machine gun when it gets rolling.
Maybe you could replace your typewriter with a quieter model, like a Selectric. Or do your first drafts at 3 AM on a computer, and type your second drafts in the early evening.
OR, just ignore the pounding. You expect them to ignore YOUR noise, so what's the diff? Wait for the landlord to say something about it.
Yeah, a friend suggested a pillow [duh!], so I'm going to try that. What's an antivibration mat?
Stephanos said:Maybe you could just put an antivibration mat between the typewriter and the desk, that would help keep noise down.
I would be so tempted to leave a note for them saying something along the lines of, "I'm a writer! I do my best writing at night! Deal with it!" but I can't imagine that would go over too well. I'm living with my mom right now, and thankfully she doesn't mind me using my manual typewriter after she's gone to bed, but once I move out again, I'll have to learn how to use it more during the day than at night because I don't think my potential future roommates will appreciate the noise, unless they happen to be night-time typists too.
Glad to see there are some suggestions for cutting down on the noise factor, though.