I think it should be on the way back to Goulet already.
Pajaro - I think my flow problem was user error. I think JakobS nailed it when they said "As far as the OP's writing experience goes, perhaps filling the convertor through the nib will better prime the pen, as it will fully fill the feed better than dipping I would imagine, and thus reduce any reduction in flow..."
Since I played with the plunger of the converter, it has been writing well. I just needed to fill it through the nib the first time, and not syringe-fill the converter and dip it. I think I was trying to keep it "clean" but I did the mechanics of the pen a disservice. I am still deciding whether I can live with the posted/unposted length issue and the slippery grip section, but as of now it is writing beautifully.