Post tune up inspections?
I recently took my long boards in for their "'couple of times in my life time" stone grind. They had developed a base hi condition underfoot from the relentless attention given to maintaining knife-like edge sharpness needed with our New England "packed powder". (the blue kind).
I hate sanding p-tex, so thought to get someone else to do the hard work with the stone grinding equipment.
After driving 25 miles to the "reputable shop" and then driving the same trip again several days later to pick them up, I discovered that I had made a grave error. I did not check the work! I did not have my true bar in my pocket. Though I wanted to inspect the results, I let myself be lulled into trusting that this reputable shop would QC their own work, and no fault would be found.
Though I had asked for the stone grind only, I was treated to the complete treatment . Base edge and hot wax. These skis have a few blems in base, that I usually touch up with the drip candle. So when I got home I put them into the ski vise and had a look. The bases where still high! Drat!
I called the shop. The gal assured me that "no one had ever complained before". I suggested that perhaps "no one cares, or knows the difference, OR, had never checked.
The next week, I repeated the drive sequence. Brought my true bar to show the problem and then to check the result.
All was as it should be. The tech said it took 14 passes over the stone to level the bases!
(these same skis had been "over night tuned" at the mountian last year in attempt to do the same correction. I just accepted that the job would be half, and it was.
I specify flat bases( 0 degree) and 1 degree edge bevel. It is easy to add bevel. Hard to remove it.
'Did the wax job at home. Blue base with red on top.
'Skied then yesterday on "dust on ice" they skied fine. mountain temps were about 15 degrees and snowing here in S. Vt.
I will inspect all the professional work before I leave the shop from now on.