Quote:I was at NEAF yesterday and saw this new iOptron heavy duty GEM. It's supposed to be available in about 3 months.
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Quote:I saw that too!My feeling is it looks like a scaled down cross between an ME and an AP-900/1200. I could dream otherwise, but I'm sure it won't be even remotely close to the same quality class though.I like the way the alt forks are setup with the central pivot point and locks above and below. Nice looking c/w setup too. I think I heard them say around 25lbs capacity?Very nice looking at any rate!-Gord
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Quote:If this is $8500 with a 75lb capacity, why would one ever choose it instead of an AP900?
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Quote:there are two prices on the thread right now. $500 and $8500, two weight classes on this thread #30 and #70. just fyi for anyone keeping score
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Quote:Bobby:I doubt that you will see that kind of pricing for such a high quality item. This ain't no C******** OR a Chevy! LOL
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