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    Default Zhumell tripod head---



    I've been considerably less than impressed with the tripod that came with the 25x100 bino's since day one....I had two chief complaints, one of which is just "the way it is"... the lack of a geared top post....it's a great, sturdy tripod, but it IS a pain in the posterior to use with a heavy load to raise or lower the post using the compression nut...Ohh well.....

    My second issue was with the degree of slop in the head itself..Wobble is not good..not smooth....difficult to lock onto a target because of the play....I finally had enough of that stress and aggravation, so Friday night in the middle of a song in the last set, I tried to slap some sense into the guitar player...He almost went down, even though it was open handed......I doubt it worked but it sure felt good..<I WILL bet the farm he won't visit my side of the stage anymore>..Anyways, so last night I challenged the tripod head...I was tired of it....fed up.....

    It was more cooperative to the idea of new and improved than my band mate, even when properly challenged...I broke out a few basic tools, and in an hour, solved the issue of all the wobble in the head....Everything is tight, smooth, and when you lock it, it stays exactly where it was when set.... tight and right, same as my music,,,,just the way I like it....

    I still miss not having a geared post, and a guitar player that doesn't have to play on 11......I can't do much about either of those...such is life....

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    Default Re: Zhumell tripod head---

    Bob, you're a hoot. I have no idea what playing at 11 means, but when I visit you this coming summer, I'm sure not gonna do THAT.

    (Glad you got the mount head fixed.)

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    Default Re: Zhumell tripod head---

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowjiber View Post
    Bob, you're a hoot. I have no idea what playing at 11 means, but when I visit you this coming summer, I'm sure not gonna do THAT.

    (Glad you got the mount head fixed.)

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    playing on 11-----WAY louder than required- to the point of obnoxious disregard for the rest of the band.......I did apologize to him after the show...not for slapping him, but for thinking he had been "properly challenged". I put my bass down on the drum riser in the middle of the song because I was so mad at that point I was ready to rumble......It was nothing personal... just a difference of opinion about the music...I'll bet he says on his side of the stage from this point forward....

    The tripod does work way better....It was getting on my last nerve too..I've been using the bino's a lot more lately, trying to find what I can without depending on the setting circle....ummm,,,which is like algebra but different, not so easy is an understatement..... ; )

    turns out 99% of the wobble was because of the azimuth mechanism ....I found out what makes it tick....and clocked it.....there was a bolt and brass washers at it's core where the greasy black round thing<fluid motion thingy?> was that was uber loose....I am confident it's as close to perfect as it can get now....I adjusted the az lock mechanism while I was at it, once I saw how it was assembled and understood how it worked....

    my next trick is going to be to figure out some kind of boom arm to mount on it sort of Gary Seronik style....that way I can hit the easy chair in a rather supine way and say, "look ma, no hands" while I peruse the sky above.....

    If you come for a visit, we'll get together for sure....start praying for low humidity about a month before your trip....we might get lucky and find it down to 95% instead of the usual........I've been hunting a fairly nearby site away from the city lights....ANYTHING would be better than my neighborhood...I gave up trying to get the dark adapted vision here... if anything is as impossible as getting a guitar player to turn down,, that would be it......
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    Default Re: Zhumell tripod head---

    I'm coming. My daughter just lives down the road from you. I have two grandsons that I'm dying to see again.

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    Default Re: Zhumell tripod head---

    I've been using the bino's a lot more lately, trying to find what I can without depending on the setting circle....ummm,,,which is like algebra but different, not so easy is an understatement..... ; ) ( quote)

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    I was thinking about some setting circles on my parallelogram mount , but based on your opinion of them are they more of a pain in the keester than being useful?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rseasy1 View Post
    I've been using the bino's a lot more lately, trying to find what I can without depending on the setting circle....ummm,,,which is like algebra but different, not so easy is an understatement..... ; ) ( quote)

    Moos:
    I was thinking about some setting circles on my parallelogram mount , but based on your opinion of them are they more of a pain in the keester than being useful?
    Rob
    IF you can figure a good way to get some "guidance" on your mounted bino's I am thinking that would be a very good thing.....

    The oldsters with much experience may not need such because of their knowledge and experience with the night time skies, but surely they weren't born that way.....

    on a completely different note<related to volume issues and guitarists>---I have learned that the infamy of my actions is spreading like a wildfire throughout the local musicians community..in addition to already being "almost famous", I am now becoming LEGEND.....

    I tried to explain it simply... that I was just getting too old and grumpy for loud rock and roll......they laugh, but do not believe.

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