Agreed. Smaller buildings are easier to accomodate. I lived in the lower apartment (tri-plex), had no tennants left or right, so I just had to deal with my upstairs neighbours who did go out in the evenings. I also used the Conservatory practise rooms in the evenings as well (I was taking instruction then). But concrete highrises can also work. One apartment I had, was at the top of a 13th floor building. No one left or right heard me practising an alto in the evenings. Surprising, the next highrise was the same, except I had neighbours top, bottom, left, and right, being on the 7th floor in a 17 floor building.
With a bit of resourcefulness ‘most’ of this can be accommodated.
Mainly French & English baroque repertoire on an A403 Bressan, and an A415 DeBey. Recorder enthusiast since 1971. Early Music program at York University, French baroque instruction at Royal Conservatory in Toronto.