I'll look for my camera ... when mounted on the rod the front edge of the two coils is nearly identical distance from the mounting bolt because the coil mount on the 10.5 inch coil is further back from center than on the 12 inch Sunray. If the rod adjustment was not the same that is a significant change that could explain the difference in torque on an elbow.The hot rock was not a test, but an actual field result with my 70Pro: my friend's CZ-6 with 8" loop did not detect it. As to size the 10.5" the circumference is 32.99", the 12" is 39.7" That is empirical data not psychological bias (I felt it in the elbow too.) Numbers do not lie, nor my pain threshold. The simple facts are I like the 10.5 more as does NASA Tom, even if by your assessment it is in theory heavier. Maybe my rod is adjusted out longer?
Several years back I read what Tom wrote about his theory of in ground coverage (swept volume is the term that I seem to recall) and his preference for the 10.5 inch. At the beach I had a couple targets that were clear digs with the 12 inch that were not picked up with the 10.5, also several years back when I spent time doing coil to coil comparisons. Ever since then the 12 inch has stayed on my CZ6a. The other advantage of the 12 inch is that the drag in the water is less because it is a thinner profile. I don't take it all the way in the water but in mid-calf wash, where moms chase and pick up toddlers and lose jewelry doing so, it is an easier swing ... although today I spend much more time with the Impulse AQ in those conditions than with any of the other detectors I have.
In any case, CZs are still very capable detectors.