Actually the base turns out to be surprisingly light for its size - I think it's aluminum. And yet by the time I throw it in a box and send it to Germany, it costs $60, according to the usps website. Yikes! I sure wish they would bring back Parcel Post for heavier items. But hey, if you'll pay it, I'll ship it! Just so we are sure we're talking about the same item, here is a picture of it...

Duncan