Unfortunate you had to go through this sort of thing. You could also have asked in your race alliance chat and had someone tell you not to bother with staff transmutes simply because they are incredibly poorly tuned, and have been since indev. The only transmutes worth doing are the broken one-handers on mounted combat.
This is DND, not any other iteration of DF. Everything is slower, and more local. It is the way it is.
Basically this. Oh and try buying staffs on LOCAL market place that's why it was added in to solve all crafting issues.
I would like to see enchantment infused into gems or scrolls without be forced to buy the whole weapon. In this way you can apply the enchantment to your best weapon.Will surely boost the market of mats and gems (actually worthless).