Re: THE DRUM MODIFICATION THREAD.
That's a natural with lacquer. That means no stain. The shells you order should be "finish grade" so a light sanding with a very very fine sand paper and finish. At this point you can finish it yourself or have it done by a pro. Spray on poly some ultra fine metal sand paper and steel wool are all you'll need. It sounds like this is your first DIY, I recommend finding a how to video on youtube and if you have a cheap old drum, practice on that. I've done this once, a strip and re-stain on a Keller shell to match my DW. It came out perfect. Your project is a little more ambitious, but definitely something you can do.
DW Collectors/Lavender Satin
14x6 Ten and Six Collectors/Natural Satin