Check out manfrotto. They are decent tripods I had one for about 25 years before I finally replaced it and I only did that because I could afford a carbon fiber one. That thing used to get put on airplanes just tied up and tagged.
I prefer 3 way pan heads but most (and by most I think everyone else) people here like ball heads. I think to get a good ball head you need to spend a fair bit more money so I would say that is another good reason for a 3 way pan head.
I like a right angle camera mount. I made my own with some 1.5 inch aluminum flat and added an rc2 quick release to it. It will help to keep the weight of the camera more balanced on the tripod and with a middle tripod that is even more important. If you make one it could be very inexpensive, depending on if you have some scrap metal around.