I can't believe it, what a difference a day makes! You were right.
[know this is off the thread subject - sorry]
By tightening up this so called bushel board, I'm playing 50 times better than normal, my practising is hardly the struggle that it's been feeling up until now, and I thought I was already doing well!
A million thanks again.
I'm nervous that it'll loosen again due to the way I play. This is because the screws you mention appear not to be normal screws, but like little plated rivets (5 each side) through the top plate, split into 2 prongs that clamp the bushel board back underneath. Marks around these on the board tells me that someone has tried to tighten these previously - so I gently turned each of them clockwise a notch and this has appeared to tighten the board back again. Apologies for not having researched these kind of screws(?) before posting back - trusting that there'll be some info about them online.
I still intend to have the service, but as previously mentioned I'd like to acquire a spare before doing so.
Edited by kevin toner, 26 January 2012 - 05:48 PM.