Hi. Student photographer req advice re tripod as never had or used one before

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Hi. Student photographer req advice re tripod as never had or used one before
Mar 27, 2013

I purchased a used manfrotto ox55cxpro3 from an amazon marketplace dealer for a reasonable price.I opened it and could not believe how good the condition was ,it looked unused,even instructions unopened.The box was a little tatty but not bad.However ,when I stood the tripod up and spread the legs before even extending them I noticed the plate at the top spirit level was off despite begin on even ground.As I looked across this top plate I noticed the plate itself is not sat level on the tripod.Now as a newbie to tripods am I wrong in thinking whatever I sit onto this ( I'm awaiting a manfrotto midi  ball head with Rc) will also not ever sit level? Suggestions please as I don't really want to send it back but I've invested in this as a long term bit of kit rather than buy cheap and only to end up buying another once I start working as a professional. Anyone else come across this problem something missing something ?

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