I took it home and immediately took it apart to see what condition the shell was really in. Aside from some scrapes and one deeper scrape on the outer ply the shell was fantastic! Bearing edges were clean and the shell was still perfectly round so I got to work. I ordered the correct wooden hoops and started sanding the shell.
Once the shell was sanded I was surprised by how light the mahogany looked so I opted for a darker walnut stain. Actually it was a Danish Oil that requires no outer finish. If I remember correctly that is three applications of the oil, and a lighter finish on the hoops for the classic two-tone finish.
Trying to find functioning hardware from 1941 is (not?) surprisingly difficult. So rather than shell out a fortune for outdated technology I decided to give the RCK throw-off a try. I also bought some Black Swamp wrap around medium blue cable snares. I love them both! The throw-off is excellent and I have put one on an old Ludwig Supra-phonic as well - after my second P-85 snapped.
The drum looks great and sounds even better. I used Remo Renaissance Ambassador (batter) and Remo Hazy Diplomat (snare side) drum heads.