Re: flutes or no flutes
Fluting is to take off weight, and look cool. If it needs to lose some in the front, to balance right, then fluting the tube may do it for you. If you want it to look good, flutes can be the cat's meow, especially painted. If you're not looking for either of these, then leave it be.
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