Another vote for the "Very!" group. I just got mine last summer, a cheap Promaster SystemPRO with a Manfrotto322 ball head. I could see a substantial improvement
in sharpness from the first roll of film I used it with. I have very shaky hands and a lot of the places where I like to take pictures are not really tripod convenient so the monopod is a big help
I also agree about it making a good walking stick.