So you are saying I can just cut a gasket out of copper for the time being? Seems like it would be bette than the aluminum, and less work/money than the o-ring, for now.
I have a new piston already luckily, bought a back up when I could. I'll sand her down soon, probably get in there with the dremel a bit more while I have it off. :)
I was also thinking about talking to af1, or v-force about the reeds. They have at most 400 miles. Really seems like they should have a bit more life out of them.