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New York Saxophonist Could Be Evicted for Practicing

A news story that must be making many apartment-dwelling musicians nervous has been making the rounds in recent weeks: New York-based saxophonist David Schnitter, 59, has been warned by a judge that if he keeps bothering neighbors with his practicing, he’ll find himself out on the street.

Schnitter is a resident of the Manhattan Plaza apartment complex in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan. The law, says Schnitter, allows him to practice until 10 PM, for up to three hours, but the musician says that he is being singled out by being warned not to practice at all. Tenants have complained that Schnitter regularly practices all day long, and is driving them crazy by playing the same note or the same scale for up to 40 minutes at a time.

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