I bought this rack from newyorkbarbells in 1997. I still use it today. I think I paid more for it so maybe this one is lower quality?
At the time I wanted to create a place where athletes who wanted to compete in stength athletics DRUG FREE could train & socialize with like minded athletes. I asked ‘members’ to sign a waiver and pay for a piss test but otherwise did not ask for dues or membership fees…so we were on a budget. Most of the equipment we built ourselves & most of the stuff we built were constructed similar to the plans you can find in this book:
The plans in this book were passed on to me for free before JV passed but I assure you the book is worth it’s modest price.
As to the barbell, I would not scrimp! I have a couple of Chapman barbells and some PDA dumbells. Sadly, I believe Mr Chapman and Mr Szimanski have passed as well. I think Chapman fabrication still exists but I don’t think they sell barbells anymore. So I don’t have any good advice here.