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I just took delivery on a 410 this past month (and saved $65 with the recent Manfrotto rebates) to be put to use for architectural work, and I have to say that I'm impressed with the unit, both with its robustness (read: heft and sturdiness), fine-tuning adjustment abilities and build quality. It should serve me well in obtaining precise, level horizons.
I am curious, however, as to why you're considering a geared head as a replacement for a joystick ballhead? These are two quite different beasties. No love for the 322-, 324- or 327-RC2 joysticks from Manfrotto? I use the 322 on a quick-release monopod and wouldn't trade that setup for the world, but I wouldn't use it to grab a portrait of the new Public Library building! Nor would I take the 410 out for birding! Different horses for different courses?
P.S. @dpdg...have you ever posted about that adaptation for the Vixen mount? I'd be real curious to read more about it (your experiences ±)...I've been using a Vixen GPDX for years with the SS2000 and I've never been able to get to internal polar scope aligned precisely enough and, so, have always had to resort to the drift method to fine-tune my polar alignment. (...very annoying.) I'd trust my (Manfrotto) 405 with the weight of the 102mm refractor on-board but definitely not with the 8-inch Newtonian! If you could point me in the direction of some help with that setup that would be super!