[QUOTE=Soil_Sampler;8352801]a few more threads.QUOTE]
Sorry it took me so long to post back. I really appreciate all the responses.
Soil sampler. It looks like that 16mm nipple will solve my problem, unless I'm not interpreting the photo correctly.
BTW, it's not so much that I'm too cheap to get new spokes, it's just that if I want to build with a Velocity Deep V, the 271's will be too short. If I go with a Kinlin XR-300, they will work perfectly.
I've never had a problem with the Kinlins stucturally (as in weakness/failure), but my current front rim has a slight bulge at the valve stem hole, creating a grabby braking situation. So, I'd prefer to stick to the Deep V's for the superior (IMHO) build quality.
Again, thanks for the responses.