Michael - the nice thing about the non-folding Ebony is not only the slightly lighter wt, but the fact
you can operate it very quickly just like a monorail, and can often leave a favorite lens in place, provided there's not a lot of rear projection to it. You won't have that extra length option by tilting
front and rear standards themselves. But if you plan to stick pretty much to wide angle work or
modest "normal" you should be fine. In a pinch you can use a tophat board for a little extra extension, like a 180. Ebony wood itself will be a lot heavier than mahogany; but any kind of wood
needs inspection for scuffs and drying out if the oil is worn off - for me, about a once-a-year
maintenance routine, fairly simple.