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Whether you shoot handheld, monopod, or tripod with Wimberley, will primarily depend on what and where you shoot. I went through two cheap tripods before deciding that it didn't make sense to put $8,000 worth of gear on top of a $100 tripod. Weakest link in the chain and all that.
So now, I use Gitzo. Others may work just as well, but I do suggest you invest carefully in your support gear. The good stuff will last for many more years than the cheap stuff, justifying its higher cost, and I feel better about the safety of my stuff while using it.
As to specific recommendations: your idea of "not breaking the bank" is different from other people's. What budget did you have in mind?