It strikes me that I can get the most versatility at the least effort by leaving the Merlin dovetail attached to the camera, then mounting the tripod adapter to the Pilot mounting plate. This should let me quickly go between Merlin2 and Pilot without having to resort to screwdrivers. With appropriate markings to line things up, it should save a lot of work.
Can anyone think of a reason NOT to do this?
The only cons that I can think of are adding a little weight and cantilevering the cam up a little. Neither looks like much of an issue to me, but I'm new around here.
One major PRO is that I can standardize the tripod adapter as every mount for the camcorder (the guys at Adorama won't mind selling me a few more).
However, if there's a problem, I'd rather hear about it before going any farther.