I was thinking of a similar idea. The price poll picked up 11 more people in the 1-1.5k range. 30 or so SEs could probably be had from a helpful dealer at a good price, and modded with "Forum" mods at the PTC. Also since it's PTC, those who had deal breakers on pu's and other items could have theirs further customized. But I'm just talking out my @zz because I don't know if PTC would be willing to take on the project, and what would make a "Forum" package, etc.
Whatever everybody comes up with, I plan to do my best to be part of. Rev1,2, 3, or 300.