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What of models the Lightest in your opinion?
Age, back problem... Saxophone Weight too it is not a little important.
How you think?
 

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Others may give better advice re your specific question but I think posture will be more significant than the actual weight of the sax if you have back problems etc, All the best.
 

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I think the lightest tenor I have tried is a Keilwerth shadow. I use a harness so the weight is off the neck. The weight is centered with my body mass using a Codera, instead of leaning in to the weight of the sax and putting pressure on the lower back. I play the Buffet Dynaction in my avator, it is a heavy sax.
 

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If weight is such a concern then I suggest you get a shoulder strap or harness. Some horns may weigh a little more than others but most will be about the same, making any difference negligible. If weight is an issue, a horn that is a few ounces lighter probably won't make much of a difference.
 

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Lightest is as Saxland mentioned, the Keilwerth tenors with bodies of nickel silver.

Most modern-day tenors are around 3.2 to 3.4 kg. Some heavies are 3.5 kg and over.

Most of the popular vintage American tenors weigh around 3.0 to 3.2 kg.

After an hour or two, they all feel heavy!
 

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Yani T901. Lightest pro horn out there. Post contruction and super light. Lighter than the Keilwerth nickel models. Have owned both.
 

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I submit that the differences between the least and greatest is not of relevant significance. You could tie a helium party balloon on it:D
 

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The weight difference between tenors is too insignificant to make any real difference to your problem. I too suffered until I used a shoulder strap...problem solved.
Your next choice would be soprano. ;)
 

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Have you folks played a lot of tenors each?

I'm asking because I have a JK and it feels noticeably heavier than the Z I used to play. However I asked Dino Govoni yesterday to play my tenor and afterwards I asked him if he felt a difference between my JK and his Z and he didn't. Maybe age is finally catching up with me? :scratch: but I swear it feels heavier than my Z or Lady face (talking tenors here).
 

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Balance and 'feel' has a lot to do with it. At one stage I owned both Keilwerth Toneking and 'The Martin' tenors. The Toneking always felt a lot heavier, although in reality it really wasn't.

The 'hands-free' hang angle on a sling was a bit different, so I assumed that the different centre of gravity was making one feel heavier ?
 

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If age and a bad back is your problem...

I'm 55 and have spinal arthritis ---- Get a NeoTech Shoulder Harness.
I would have had to give up tenor long ago if I hadn't tried one.
 

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FWIW my VI tenor is noticeably lighter than my VII. I got on the scale with one of them I can't remember which but it way about 7lbs or 3.2kg as wind.miller pointed out.
 

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gary said:
Have you folks played a lot of tenors each?

I'm asking because I have a JK and it feels noticeably heavier than the Z I used to play. However I asked Dino Govini yesterday to play my tenor and afterwards I asked him if he felt a difference between my JK and his Z and he didn't. Maybe age is finally catching up with me? :scratch: but I swear it feels heavier than my Z or Lady face (talking tenors here).
Heavier than your Lady Face? I thought you got rid of the old lady face and have a new one?:scratch: Age isn't catching up with you. It's sitting in front of you laughing its **** off!

Why did you ask Dino to play your horn? Did you have him put a few good notes into it? Emilio has had a few guys blow a few good notes into my tenor over the years too.
 

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I don't know which horn is the lightest, but as far as tenors go, my Ref 54 is about the heaviest I've ever played. I played with an acquaintance a little while ago and we swapped horns for the show, his Mk VI was at least a good pound and some change lighter than mine.
 

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Beyond all this, SAXRAX makes a stand that you can play your Tenor while it's still on the stand.
 

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That's probably the best idea. Weight shouldn't be a comrprimise for the sound you're going for.

The lightest tenor I've ever played is definently the YTS-23. Feels 1.5x lighter than my alto.
 

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Swingtone said:
156 (and later) Bueschers are the lightest tenors I've played.
I agree with this. My 156 is noticeably lighter than my MKVI and also lighter than the earlier "series one" Aristocrat. I seem to recall that a King Super 20 I tried once (with the brass bell) was also noticeably lighter than my Selmer.
 
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