So I have tried all I could think of (other than actually do the drive head replacement from the clone I bought), and am ready to give up since the wife is requesting my presence with the guests.
I might try that operation next week but after watching some more youtube since I have learned that there are some nuances to handling the heads with caution.
Or give drive savers a call and send it to them; looks like they have free estimates.
Merry Christmas POTN!!!