My first shot at wheel-building from scratch.
I ordered the spokes cut to order in the 3 lengths obtained from spocalc.
When the spokes arrived, i randomly measured a few with my Park Spoke Ruler and discovered that they are all (all three different sizes) between 1-1.5 mm longer than specified.
The uniformity of the errors suggests that their spoke-cutting machine is out of adjustment, so I sent them an immediate email so they could check it before doing more orders.
I also gave them the choice of my exchanging the spokes for ones of the specified lengths now, or proceeding with the wheelbuild with the option of exchanging them later if a problem develops. Of course they will be greasy and bent at that point.
If they say go ahead and use them, I'm wondering about the possibility of problems down the line. From my limited knowledge, I would think that if I can adequately tension and true the wheels now without spoke-length-related problems, then the wheels are good to go for the long haul.
Am i correct in this? Thanks.