Despite your Cons, I am happy with this solution. Thanks a lot 5of0. I'm in the UK, but I should be able to do it, now that you have given me the idea.
And to answer your question about gold - connections made out of gold are far better than their bogstandard (nikel?) alternatives - they transmit to a better degree of accuracy, and last much longer. You will find that electronics used by the military (in planes etc) will mostly use gold connections for their chips and stuff, as will rock bands for their amps