Brian,

You can get older Majestic tripods which will hold anything at very reasonable prices on E-bay. I got one for $102.50 which was all there and functional. I did have to do a bit of disassembly, cleaning, relubrication, and adjustment to get it right, but it was usable as I bought it.

So for $200 - $250 you should be able to get one even better. Beware though, you aren't going to carry it very far!

Thanks!

Steve