I started with an original Astrotrac, changed up to a new version with autoguiding and the whole travel pier, wedge and EQ head. I have a Vixen Polarie with PAS and owned a Sightron Nano, but it was DOA and I never got to see what it could do.
I purchased a Smart EQ Pro, and found the tripod to be greatly lacking. I own a machine shop, and make a lot of my own stuff, I looked at the tripod with improvement in mind. That quickly changed when I realized I would be making all new parts to fix the deficiencies. I then came up with the idea of making an adaptor to fit it onto a Manfrotto tripod with already great stability.