Bad acoustics and noise put off older potential clientel from visiting restaurants. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Geoff Menzer
    • 09.02.11 | 12:13 (IST)

    As a musician who is sensitive to noise,I have noticed that ,generally speaking,most places to eat expect to cater for people below 30 or 40 years of age.Thethen have acousics which make you feel as if you're in an indoor swimming pool(maybe you dont have them here,but it causes all sound to 'swim around')so that there is difficulty in hearing focused sound from your own table.Many add to the problem by playing 'unsuitable'music ,under the misapprension that all their customers would prefer loud thumping bass and no discernable tune.Well,all of this has created a status quo,where older people will not go,so this untapped source of revenue is absent from the equation.Your quotation regarding TAMARA is however correct,also CAFE YAFO in Jaffa.In both of these places it is not only possibler,but expected, to hold a quiet conversation comfortably,whilst I sing/play to entertain the customers at a low volume,that can be listened to,or,indeed ignored!

    from the article: Can you hear what I'm saying?
    First published 00:50 08.02.11 | Last updated 00:50 08.02.11
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