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I have big hands, and I have worked in construction since, for ever.

I find the Conn horns fit my hands just right and could never get comfortable with a Mk VI. I even don't get the complaint of the left hand pinky tables.
The Conn new wonder, Tenor and alto have got to be near perfect for my size hands and the G# is so easy and impossible to miss.
The only old horn that seems to be built for un-natural hands is my 31 Buescher Bari. The Conn side keys and palm keys are fine. The only thing I would have changed was a movable thumb hook as after time the angle digs into my thumb.

I can see why some old timers weren't that impressed with more modern pinky tables.
 

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I wear a 4X glove when I can find them, and I also like the feel of my 10M and NW bari. When I pick up a VI tenor, the G and G# keys are just too close for comfort (my pinkies are somewhat offset to boot). Funny, before I got the 10M, I had played a VII tenor since the late 70's. Never understood the gripe about the keywork there either...
 

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I am the opposite. My Chu Tenor is just too big. Although I am not picky about key placement on anything, I find I miss the G# key and can't reach the bis.
 

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I like the RH side on a 10M, C / Eb and RH side keys feel nice and close together (for my hands) and are easy to hit. Side Bb is directly under my hand and just a small move with the wrist and you're on the side Eb.
I prefer my Crats left hand pinky though.
 

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I have got to try out some Bueschers too.
There is a whole uncharted world for me out there as I see it.
I only have the one Bari from 31 and its weird for my hands but if I play it in front of me its good. That horn has a great thick growl.
 

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bruce bailey said:
I am the opposite. My Chu Tenor is just too big. Although I am not picky about key placement on anything, I find I miss the G# key and can't reach the bis.
That is what the Conn Bass was like when I started playing that. It is also rounded off in every direction, so in the summer, on a hot sweaty day, its a risky shot to hit it. This is a case I have to open my hands up like I'm grabbing something and extend my pinkie.

Some of the guys in our quartet echoed your sympathies as their hands are Selmerized.

I have to take a look at some Aristocrats next.
 

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As the horns get smaller, the fingering gets easier. For instance, while some complain that the Conn soprano has very tight fingering, it fits me and my smallish hands just fine.

I haven't really had a huge issue with Conns. I had the bis key on my Chu modified to take the larger 10M pearl, which makes Bis a lot easier to facilitate.

I find the Aristocrat very comfortable to play. The action is typical vintage American, but my hands fit the 'crat very well.
 
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