Thanks for the reassurance,I can see in the results that an EMD still can work also. My concern about this EMD is that it has a hyphen in it so is it maybe seen as low quality by G, thus a penalty before I start.
A couple of things bothering me before I start are:
1. if I remove the 301 would I have to remove the other site that it was redirected to also?
2. Should I remove the 301 and allow it to return a 404 for a time, or is G already seeing this site as a 404?