I'm thinking of going headless for a while with my 8x10" Gowland monorail. The camera rail is cylindrical, so I can level the camera horizontally without a tri pod head. Movements on this camera are fairly generous, so I think I can put up with the inconvenience of achieving the equivalent of vertical tripod head tilt with camera movements. Pan I guess I can achieve by rotating the whole tripod or slightly unscrewing the camera as Reis recommends with its non-panning heads.
The advantages should be: more stability, less weight to carry, no concern abou t damage to the tripod head if I have to check it on a plane (though there are o bviously other ways of avoiding this concern).
My questions for the forum are: am I missing something? Has anyone tried this and found it terribly impractical or alternately, terrifically practical?