Re: Noise control for late-night practicing
solid body emando still works for me... one of the features i liked when i bought the epi was late night practise. I went for months without an amp - I even used up a set of ballend accoustic strings someone had given me.
While my VIII feels and plays like a regular mandolin, my Tuccerelli has a bigger feel to the FB layout (scale, fretsize neckwidth etc) which is great for training and practising...
Hereby & forthwith, any instrument with an odd number of strings shall be considered broken. With regard to mix levels, usually the best approach is treating the mandolin the same as a cowbell.