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Let me give you a bit of background so you can understand where I am coming from.
Came to stills form the video side and there support was primo to your effort. Cheap tripods meant questionable support and short lifespans. I was doing bar band promo videos, so was using all existing light and didn't have any lighting gear.
Now I am trying stills and looking at lights stands. I had bought some Ravelli stands from Amazon, cheap, probably the same ones everyone sells with a different name. They do a good job of holding up the Lowel Pro lights (1-2#), but forget about hanging any sizable softbox from them. If they are left out of a traffic flow, they're ok, but if bumped, they are definitely going over.
As I go out looking at light stands, I see people advertising "heavy duty" and they look exactly like the ones I have now. I look at weight of the stands and am seeing these in the 3-ish pound range whereas my smaller Manfrotto tripod runs out about 5.5 pounds. So doesn't take a genius to figure out these cheap light stands are not going to be as sturdy as the support I have become used to.
I am buying some Photogenic PL1250 strobes that weigh about 5.5# by themselves. Because the flash tube and modeling light replacements are so expensive, I know for sure I need something more rock solid. If I hang my large Photoflex saoftbox on the strobe unit, I will be approaching the 12-ish pound range. My problem is, I am not seeing anything where the stats are showing me it's going to be better than what I already have.
So.....any suggestions of what is going to work and keep these strobes secure while attached I need something knockdownable as this will be for a "home studio" and can't be a permanent fixture.