10-11.5 pounds, i'm impressed! I also have a 305 G-Claron and a 450 Fuji c, maybe I should try my Gitzo 1325 with a suitable head. That set up would certainly be easier to transport than my Miller tripod with the Ries head. Hmm, maybe...
I hope Richard Ritter gets your back ready soon. I'm not sure I should mention this, I don't want to depress you, but it took him 3 months longer to do my camera than he originally estimated. It is very nice though, and I'm sure in a little while I will forget all about the delay and just enjoy the camera.
P.S. Do you think you're really cured of GAS? What's your secret?