Originally Posted by oldgoat
The only way that kind of a tune would be mess up the bases is if they are sharpening the base edges, which as I said they should
not be doing. The only thing they should
be doing to the edges is hand sharpening the side edges. Even if they don't touch the bases running the skis through a machine that often is not going to leave much edge. Suggest you talk to the first shop and find out exactly what they are doing and how.
"Should" being the operative word. I'm
not going back to the culprits who made my skis all wonky to ask them what the hell they were thinking as they wore my base edges down. I've voted with my feet and my checkbook. Mostly my checkbook, actually, because I'm a tool slut. Some women buy jewelry or shoes or jackets; I slaver over files and clamps and gee, I already have perfectly nice Swix aluminum-backed stones, but isn't there some
justification for buying a Moonflex stone?
Anyway, Ed_d, you might want to toy with the idea of doing your own waxing at least. A decent wax iron costs $50 or so, and there are plenty of excellent universal waxes for normal recreational use, so picking the right wax for the day isn't the big deal it used to be. Add a $3 plastic dropcloth to protect some kitchen chairs and the floor from wax drips, a $5 plastic scraper, a $20 hard nylon brush, and $30 worth of all-temp wax, and for less than $100 you're in business to zoom past your friends and make them all jealous. Throw in an $8 gummy stone to soften up small burrs and remove rust or corrosion from the steel, and maybe a natural stone to polish up rough spots, and who knows, maybe you'll start thinking about taking charge of your edges. So long as you don't have a household of skis to maintain, regular waxing and basic edge care doesn't take a lot of time, and if you don't blow money on tools the way I do, you will save some scratch that would be better spent on other things.
OTOH, I've been the busy worker bee who thought doing my own ski maintenance was just too overwhelming and time-consuming, and that $30 or $40 (at a good shop) for an edge sharpening and wax wasn't a big deal, so I understand that not everyone has the time or inclination.
Let us know how the skis feel next time out. I'd bet good money you'll be delighted.