I bought a replacement tripod for my aging Bogen this weekend. I am a short photographer and am considering removing the center post (since I almost never extend it) and replacing it with a Kirk tripod base. I have a Kirk ballhead and L-bracket and I have been impressed with the quality of this company's products and service. Does anyone use this type of base? Is it worth the 90 bucks or so for a little additional stability and flexibility? Thanks in advance for any comments.