still no recovery here.
I thought about adding back a leader board ad, but I still think I'll see recovery so I didn't make any changes after the ad clean-up.
BUT... If others report recovery and I'm not recovered, I will definitely strongly think about adding some ads back.
edit: I do think the changes I made are better for my users. I see the site being stickier than before and since a lot of ads that never got a lot of clicks are gone, the CPC is fantastic. But again, earnings are 1/2 of what they were.