pwa wrote: ...... Your more relaxed attitude is a good thing.
There was a chap who registered on the forum a few years ago just to complain about the service he'd had from a well known midlands frame builder.
He'd had them build him a bespoke frame at great cost such was the paint job and chrome plating,anyway when he picked it up he found the the ETT was 5mm longer than spec.He was hopping mad.
I advised him to get a 5mm shorter stem but no,he wasn't having any of it and wanted the frame rebuilt,he'd been back the frame builder and was told it was within spec/tolerance.
Now strictly speaking he didn't get perfection but he could make it perfect with a slight change to the stem length.
The problem was he took it as an personal insult that the frame wasn't perfect.
And that's the problem,the OP can make it perfect in 20minutes with a spoke key.
He asks "should I expect NASA engineering precision" my reply was a simple one that corrected the slight defect.
In a situation such as this I ask myself would I prefer the hassle of returning the frameset or fork and waiting for it to be inspected to be told it's within spec or the retailer sending me another fork,or do I spend the twenty minutes with the spoke key backing off one side spokes and tightening the the side by approx 1/2 a turn?
If I let myself,I can get really irritated by some of the smaller anomallies of life,but then look around and realise just how lucky I am,I know that some people will find my analogy of the situation irritating in itself and claim it should be better than that,my answer is that some things aren't and in a situation such as the OP's it really isn't a problem at all when it can be corrected easily by 20 minutes work.