This would be pretty difficult to DIY unless you had some skills. The aluminum poles might be easy to customize, but the plastic pieces are probably injection molded. I'm sure it would be possible to DIY one, but probably not worth the investment in time and money.
I can't speak for the vendor about selling without the hammock, obviously. If I were the vendor, I'd be a little leery of selling it without the hammock just because of how the parts work...have to control for people using it wrong and getting hurt, then getting mad at the maker. With the hammock integrated into the system, it works pretty well. I'm sure there's a workaround in there, but that means more R&D for the vendor.
But I'm not the vendor! Maybe they see things completely differently from me! And I do plan on modding this one to use with different hammocks.
It's definitely worth asking!
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