I am kicking myself over an auction that I totally neglected to check up on. I missed out on a Arkay studio stand that went for a mere $20 and some odd change. I've looked around and this seems like a fluke- a stand that cheap?! Everywhere else they seem to go for $200 or more. Does anyone know of a place that I might be able to pick up a decent entry level studio stand (if there is such a thing as "entry level" lol) at decent price?? My other question is this. Is it possible to make a studio stand?? After perusing Google link after link I've noticed that some stands are spring loaded, similar to some enlargers with metal band running up the column. Others seem to use a arm that essentially works like a cam. If I were to find an arm like the latter, would I be able to fit it on a basic length of pipe in an already available width?? Welding a rolling base would not be a problem as I have access to all the materials. Just a thought. Besides- it might be kinda fun to make one. I'm more the hands on kinda guy anyway! Any thoughts on the subject??