Right. I'm on a mission for a lifetime tripod and a ballhead. So far, the G1348 with RSS BH-55 ballhead is an alternative number one. Expensive, yes, but cheap usually ends somewhere in your storage with no use and I'm too mingy to buy some tripods and ballheads every now and then... My father's got a 60's Gitzo Gilux Reporter with no intention to get a newer one. It's been a great tool for about 45 years with it's original Gitzo Reporter 2 head and still is. I should know, dragging that ancient tripod in the swamps and forests of Lapland. I'll get my heritage some day, but untill then I need something else to drag.
Anyways, I believe, after all Googling and researching, that this is it! Thank you all for sharing your opinions about this tripod and I'll be glad to tell mine in some future. Depends how fast i'm going to get that ballhead from USA....