That 35 pound weight I mentioned is the entire scope ready to use. I've since taken off that rear weighted tube ring, which is a ridiculous attachment, and replaced it with a much lighter Celestron C6R tube ring I painted Fusion HoneyDew green to match (almost match) the color of the Takahashi green they use. I still use the same finder scope as in my article, and opposite the finder on the other side of the ring, I have a green laser attached now. I’ve also attached a handle to the top of the clamshell so I can carry the scope like a suitcase with one hand.
I keep my scope in the clamshell with the dovetail bracket attached to the scope at all times even when installing it on the G11 saddle. The lifting weight for me is probably about 26 pounds, then I slip on the tube ring with the finder and laser and attached the diagonal, eyepiece and telerad. I’ve changed the saddle on my G11 to by Robin Cassidy years ago, 14" in length, because it allows me to just place the dovetail on the saddle, then tighten down two knobs, as opposed as sliding the dovetail in a grove on the stock saddle, which to me, is a poor design, and dangerous for larger heavy scopes like my C14.
It’s still a relatively light weight comfortable scope to set up. People I know who have heavy refractors minimize their lifting weight by attaching their tube rings first on their mount, then swing open the tube rings once the rings are secure to the mount and the counter weights are in place, then just lift the bare OTA onto the rings and lock everything down.
Most 6" scopes and larger are more awkward to set up, not so much because of their weight, but because they are just longer and awkward to hold into, so mounting the tube rings first then placing the OTA in the rings seems to be more common.
I had a friend that had a TMB 152 triplet. It was a beautiful refractor, and though I hated seeing him sell it, it was a very heavy OTA.
...Ralph in Sac
The choice between these two scopes in practical terms comes down to the same one as: 4" vs 5" refractor as far as weight/ mount and portability goes. Ralph pointed out that a TOA is 22 lb but he noted in his review of the TOA130 that his scope weighed in at 35lb loaded with rings/ diagonal/eyepiece/ finder etc. a load that will require a fairly heavy duty mount. The TSA should be about 20-22 lb dressed out the same.
Its a given that the 130 will have a little more reach and light gathering, the question "is it worth the extra weight and effort?" is up to th buyer.
PS As for mounts, the 35lb of the TOA suggests a Losmandy G11 class mount, the 22 lb of the TSA can do well on a Losmandy GM8 class mount.