Part of my decision to go with paint vs. stain is my complete ineptitude when it comes to anything wood-related (not that I am much better with any other material if power-tools are involved).
Another part, and a major one at that, was Dan’s (Doc B.) “Neothoriator” amp. Which is entirely gorgeous, and very red. Sounds sublime … not to mention absolutely effortless. If I had somewhere to put it I’d buy it on principle. And beyond that, I may have to buy it anyway, as it’s in the top-two headphone amplifiers I’ve heard period.