Chuckocaster! Good to hear from you. Yeah, I guess I just took an extended hiatus for no particular reason.

So, my tuning question - I just want to know if I should pursue this further with the current setup of a vintage trem and such. Is the best I can achieve here "ehh... not so bad"? Or should I change course and re-build my start with a 2 point trem, locking tuners, etc? I figure all that stuff was invented for a reason, right?

I really don't have experience with the vintage Strat trem. For many years I just had a hardtail Strat. Only recently I figured I'd give the trem a go.