Actually, I learned about the Schuler shift from Andrew about a year ago. I have been evangelizing it since.
Particularly the option of placing a NT contract is excellent if opener rebids 2M to deny a 6+ suit.
And Michael: I had a blast with you at the Nationals.
In The Netherlands (and other European countries too) it's pretty common to get money prizes in addition to masterpoints when participating in tournaments. I feel such a hybrid would attract stronger partnerships instead of "softer" pro-client combos.
Why the ACBL is so reluctant in researching/developing such a concept ...