I like your suggestion! I do actually prefer kit that looks knackered but that works. I'm not one for shiny flash camera gear! That said, I'm not sure I could do what you are proposing.
Benji - I have done just that today. I rang ffordes who suggested I try Intro 20 20. I called them they asked me to e-mail them with a hpto, which I have done. Watch this space...