Keith Neundorfer , Jun 24, 1997; 04:22 p.m.
You've described the carbon fiber Gitzo 1228 (very light, tall, strong, price-is-not-imprtant). I think I remember Philip describing it as "dead, dead, DEAD". It'd be worth your while to take a look at one. Most photo.net-ers agree that it's worth nearly all of its $500 price.