I saw your projects page and the quest for the perfect VB stand.
Alas, I have it... and.. it's easy for anyone to build. Here's how:
This is an easy and effective way to build a tabletop/floor stand for the VB.
TOOL LIST: -you will need-
a Die Cutter (or band saw may work as well),
and a tap & die set (for threading the screw hole).
Takes less than 30 minutes to construct, and well worth the effort.
1. Get yourself a camera tripod with a panhead on it.
2. Take a standard VB stand and disassemble it at the point where the legs pivot.
3. Now, after the legs are off, notice how the piece that holds the clip comes down, bends around, and flattens out, then bends downward. Saw it off with a die-cutter right after the flat part (cut off the second (downward)) bend.
4. Now drill a hole in the center of the flat portion, big enough to accomodate the screw from the panhead, and thread it accordingly.
*This photo with my hand in it is showing where to cut off the mount and where drill the hole for the panhead screw.
5. Now you are ready to play. Just tighten the panhead screw into the VB mount, and presto, ready to rock! VB attaches just like the original stand, and adjusts to any conceivable abgle to quickly accommodate all sizes of players. It will also pivot left to right (as well as up or down) with ease... perfect for two player games like bowling.
*This one is a close-up of the mount fixed to the panhead.
That's all there is to it. Anyone can do it. Tripods range in price but I think I paid about $10 or so for the one I used. It raises the VB to just over 3 feet high if I need it.
*This one is the VB mounted on the tripod. Perfection achieved.
It also removes in a second so you can use it for your camera too.
Right now, I have that same mount on a boom lamp. I just machined a piece of aluminum to accomodate the screw holes in the lamp, and drilled one for the VB. It attaches in the same manner as the panhead. I was going to put the panhead on the lamp too (for more adjustability), but altogether it was just too heavy.
*The last one is the stand setup I'm currently using (which uses the mount off the tripod).
Good luck. Hope this eases a lot of acheing backs/necks.
Questions... feel free to e-mail me.