Need some advice here. I'll try to make a long story short. I'm having a shop (very well-known shop) do a frame resizing job for me.
My father had a bike built for him back in the 70s by one of Trek's original guys, Dick Nolan. Nolan was building frames on the side at the time and has since seemed to drop off the face of the earth. The bike is huge (77cm) and my dad is 80, so he doesn't ride anymore, but he's the one that taught me to ride and taught me to love biking, so this bike has enormous sentimental value. I sent the frame to this shop to have it resized to fit me. I told the owner (again, very well-known guy) that I ride a 57" frame and sent him my completely measurements in two separate emails.
He just emailed me to tell me that as he was reviewing the papers after having completed the job, he realized that he wrote 54" on the worksheet, even though I had told him 57". The frame is over an inch too small for me now. So, he has acknowledged the mistake but didn't offer a solution at this point.
I have yet to respond because I am a) devastated and b) not sure what the best path forward is at this point. Is it kosher to tell him that I'm not going to pay for the job or should I leave the ball in his court and see if he offers a reduced quote? I am obviously not paying the original quote. This bike is literally irreplaceable and I'm heartbroken that he essentially ruined it.