By coincidence I stumbled over a not-so-well known brand for ballheads and carbon tripods and gave it a try. FLM is a small German manufacturer, they make a variety of ballheads for quite a while now and have adde carbon tripods recently - or so their website says: http://www.flm-gmbh.de/index.html. They have an English version of the website although translation is poor.
I got me a medium size friction ballhead (the model is called 38FT) plus a medium height four-segment carbon tripod and had a chance to use it extensively over the last weeks during a holiday trip with my Linhof Master Technika. I have to say I am very pleased with the whole design and usability, everything is very light and yet robust. What more can you ask for from a tripod, I guess.
What I particularly like is the very unique camera adapter plate system (called PRB and PRP, look for the accessories). The only thing that goes on to the camera is a very small metal plate (measure is maybe an inch by half an inch). That is an ideal fit for a field camera like the Linhof Technika, indeed I have fitted two adapter plates to the camera, one on each adapter hole, so I can switch the tripod position depending on the lens I want to use. As far as I can tell the system might work with other tripod heads and that may be a nice add-on for other field camera users who care about weight and size.
I am not affiliated with the company by any way but since I really like their ingenuity and since I haven't found many references to FLM over the web I want to let others know about them. I don't know if they are readily available in the U.S. where most forum users are located but it is certainly something to look into if you are in Europe.