Ok, i'll try to keep this short n sweet:
I purchased a frameset from a small domestic manufacturer back in January. I ordered frame/fork/seatpost, and when the thing got to me in march (@ double the turnaround time i was quoted at purchase), the seatpost I had paid for wasn't included. They'd given me a lot of lip-service about "sorry for the wait, and super-sorry we forgot the post; we can refund you the $$" n all, and I was feeling so stoked about the frame, I ordered a matching handlebar and told them to just toss the post in the box with the bars. The bars were supposed to ship in a few weeks, but instead took 2 and a half months, and when they got here with the post, I found that the post won't even fit in the frame.
Some add'l info: in the time between getting the frameset and getting the seatpost, I found a few other issues with the frame, to whit:
-rear dropouts spaced at 119mm, when they were s'posed to be specced at 110mm (and during the wait, I'd built a 110mm rear wheel)
-decals looked to have been put on by a drunken gibbon
-possible issues with running my brake of choice (complicated, not directly related to my main problem w/ the seatpost, but still of concern.)
Possibly worse, the seatpost, when it finally arrived (delayed, I'm told, by issues at the plater), is seriously rusty inside. Perfect, mirror-like chrome finish on the outside...inside crusty/flaky/beat. I'd have been better off buying a Wald post for $4
Further, I'd read a thread online about a guy who got his frame around the same time as I did, and the finish was damaged out-of-the-box... it took him months of belly-aching and a lot of drama to get any kind of resolution, and when he finally did, they just knocked off the price of the PC job, charging him what they would've charged for a raw, unfinished frame.
Now, the post won't slide into the frame on account of excess steel at the top-tube/seat-stay/seat-tube juncture being in the way. Goes in like an inch, hits several little bumps, and it's stuck there. OBVIOUSLY, the framebuilder owes me a properly reamed tube, and he OUGHT to pay for shipping both ways, fix it, and send it back. Based on the quality of his work, and the experience of the other dude, I don't think they'll do any of that willingly, competently, or in a timely manner. Which leaves me with a seat-tube that needs reaming. As I see it, my options are:
-take it to Bilenky and pay them a lot of money to do it
-try to hit it with a file and risk damaging the frame
-take it to a machine shop or somesuch, ask them to ream it out, risk some sort of mishap related to no bike experience(probably a paranoid risk)
-find a better DIY method than the aforementioned file, hopefully from one of y'all here on this forum.
-something else I have yet to think of?
So, anyone who has read this far: do you have any suggestions or advice?