I got the Platinum Stages Star Stand Alone pole today! It came in two huge boxes, one of the boxes opened up on the UPS truck and pieces came out everywhere.
So here is what was in the boxes:
There were a few glitches, a few I assumed were due to the fact that all of it was rolling around the back of a UPS truck all day. But as I type, the two longer poles are still stuck together.
The really frustrating part was that I couldn't get one of the wedges on. I tried everything: wiggling, jiggling, pushing, pulling, using a different wedge piece, etc. but there was one section that a wedge piece just didn't fit. I'm going to contact PS about this tomorrow to see why that is.
And I could not find a place for the locking pin.. I found the hole on the top for the locking pin, but the hole on the underside was either broken or missing completely (that was a part of the base that I had to hammer flat before assembly) so though I was able to rig it in, during some tricks, the pin popped up and the pole would start spinning.
But if I can get those few things fixed, then this is a really nice pole! I really love the stainless steel and the height of it. (10' tall, but the pole is in 3 pieces, so you can adjust the height)
So it's an awesome pole! I love it. You can't spin counter-clockwise on this or the pole tubes will unscrew from each other. It does have a tiny bit of wobble, but you can get used to this very quickly and after 45 minutes, I didn't notice the wobble at all! I was impressed at the lack of wobble for such a low-to-the-ground freestanding pole.
I love this pole so much, I think I'll sell my brass one and get a stainless to replace it!