Thanks Kent...it's nice to know they can stand up to the abuse and not get stuck or jammed.

So, lets see...A Gitzo 1325 weighs 4.45 pounds, plus I'd want the levelling base which weighs 1.32 pounds, for a total of 5.77 pounds. The Berlebach 9033 with a levelling base weighs 6.5 pounds, less than a pound more, and at $319.00 costs less than half what the Gitzo does. Hmmm...

Murray