Is it fair to say that:
1. Check angles.
2. Go skiing.
3. If I like the feel, leave the bevel alone. If I don't like the bevel, set to preference?
The reason I ask these silly questions is that I have had very polarizing experiences. I have had (most) skis right out of the wrapper ski unbelievable. Then I take them in for prep to a very reputable tuner, and they never ski the same again. Not bad, just not as good as factory. Stockli Stormrider XL, Dynastar Legend Pro, Volkl Racetiger come to mind initially as good out of wrapper. OTOH, I had a 191 Scott P4 that was horrible. I couldn't create any angles whatsoever. Took them to a very reputable tuner who is a friend of mine, and he beveled 1/3 and I was astounded at the performance.
Lastly, I will never forget several years ago I had a 176 Dynastar Huge Trouble that was 92ish underfoot. Skied out of wrapper great. It became dull, and I took an SVST 1 degree (90) side edge guide and a good mile file and pulled it clean with a few strong passes. Ran out of time to diamond, and ceramic stone (had friends in town who were anxious to get on the hill) and went skiing. Never had a ski grip with such tenacity in my life. It hadn't snowed it over 2 weeks and the snow was hard and cold, and there was nothing I couldn't grab on and carve deep trenches in the ice.
The season ended a few weeks later and that was the last time I worked in the shop, so I never was able to re-create that tune.
So anyway, thanks for the replies so far!