Alpinord, I am sure you heard the adage "the customers always right"!
In all seriousness, you are all hung up on this 3 minutes of 1 degree thing, which was not my point at all. I just want to have a 1 degree on my ski when that is what I want. if it is 1.1 degree i am not going have a hissy fit, but if it is 1.5 or 2, I am. And it will ruin my day. Except that my "Elitist" ass
has so many different skis i can ski on I would just go grab a different pair.
A ski with 1.5 degrees of base bevel on a groomer day will ruin my day.
This adapt to lousy base bevel is ridiculous. As is the notion that comparing hardpack performance to skiing powder is a meaning comparison in anyway. of course base bevel is not as important in POW, except that you often need to get to & from the POW on the groomed. Also often we get pow on top of ice, and you bet your base bevel angles become important.
And all this "Elite" talk is hooey too! Look, most of the folks on this forum have multiple pairs of skis, like 3 or 4. Plus family members with multiple pairs of skis. Not to mention the "addiction" to buying equipment and gizmos and gadgets. As a purveryor of these gizmos and gadgets, I would think you would be all over promoting the best measuring devices & techniques available!
So, these folks who are maintaining 1,000's of dollars of equipment can easily afford $260.00 for a state of the art measuring device. After all look at all the $$$$ they are saving by not paying for tunes.
Maybe ink would work in combo with a Gap tool and/ortrue bar, but just removing the ink is not by itself IMHO an accepotable method of setting base bevel.
I just can't see (and again I have tried this method and by the way have tried numerous different tools, files, diamonds, guides and techniques over many, many years) where evenly removing a micron of ink in anyway tells you what your base bevel is. it just tells you you have removed all that micron of ink,. it does not prove the bevel is uniform or what the angle is.
In conclusion, there is a reason all these people are tuning their own gear rather then taking it to shop. Like me, they got sick and tired of lousy tunes mostly to do with poorly done base bevel. if i poorly tuned ski don't ruin your day, more power to ya! but I guarantee, at least on this forum judging by all the posts on the subject, the majority of folks here are very sensitive to how their skis perform on snow!