Upload & Sell: Off
So, you're basing your decision on just one case?
Yup. Just one case. That's all it takes. "Cause I have just one $12K lens, just one $7K body, and most importantly, just one heart... that cannot endure an attack from watching those other ones tumble to the rocks and break into twos.
Speaking of ones into twos... on this thread alone, since post #1, post #'s 6, 15, 18, and 10 two posts above came along soon afterwards and reported several more incidents of failure on these high dollar, top of the line ($1K) Gitzo tripods. That's enough for me.
Many thanks to the OP for posting the images of how the leg socket cracked. That macro image offers at least one plausible reason why ENG broadcasters and cinema DP's don't use that style of stick construction to support their heavy rigs.