Thanks Buzzart but I already own some swamp land in Florida (or more correctly Season Wetlands). I understand the necessity of all the brass, nickle plate, inch plus hard rock maple in the pot and wood and metal in the resonator that makes up a Bluegrass banjo. However, for us older guys just lifting the instrument the wrong way can send you to the chiropractor for an alignment. I can't even imagine standing up and playing one for hours.
Most times the Nechville or the Bart Reiter banjos are lighter and have appeal from that standpoint. Of course that means taking up Claw Hammer banjo. HMMMMMM - maybe not a bad idea!