You do not need to be locked into a low-quality Sony tripod.
Canon makes a ZR-1000. VariZoom has a few models. Sony has one, too.
These LANCs all can mount to the tripod's handle so you can select the tripod you want. And, if you happen to want to use something like a SpiderBrace, you can transfer the LANC to it... or get another one.
What's the best way to put together a tripod with remote control
for zoom and record, and whatever else? Will the Sony VCT-60AV:
run a GL1? If not, what will work?