Thank YOU for all of your work Carl. You're the Rautia of hardware and preamps (so far!). I'm getting close on the knob repros myself. I will try to post a pic this weekend. If we can't get past the patents (however unlikely) then I guess it's choice two or three by default! I'm not sure I'm sold on gold plating the brass. In one sense it would be nice and pretty but the OCD kind of kicks in when you compare that to, let's say, the existing brass nut. Can you coat bare brass with some sort of satin clear? Also, still wondering if the standard Hipshot saddles are available in brass. It's time for bed but I will return soon!