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I recently acquired another VI alto- 210XXX. It was, no surprise, described as superb by the seller (off E-Bay). In examining it closely I realized that a very good patch had been applied to the neck where a pickup had been installed. Professionally done and probably of no real import though pretty damned annoying as the neck was described as "perfect, I mean perfect. Never damaged in any way." It was not visible from the exterior so the seller may well have overlooked it in good faith. This caused me to really look closer and I noted that the upper post for the Bb palm key is open on the right hand side exposing the threads in the steel shaft- the side of the post is flatted by grinding to the point where it goes right into the threaded hollow in the top of the post. The lower post is also flatted on the right side for clearance though the threads aren't exposed. Is this a standard feature of the design for these posts? Everything is lined up correctly and theres no evidence of any post refixing, ETC. I've never come across it before but I've no where's near the broad experience of the techs out here. There seems no particular harm in this- no play and no reason for anything to develop even over a period of hard use for decades but I'm curious. Thanks for any help.