Originally Posted by trkdrmr
I am guessing the floor tom's outer veneer was drier or of a different grain. It apparently drank in more stain. I have never heard of "sound source" but my guess is that's a softer hardwood like Luaan.
Still, it's a very nice resto job. Looks a lot nicer than a red plastic wrap.
I think it looks nice, in a dark way. I think if I do another resto job, it probably will be a bright cherry red.
Either way, you breathed new life into a kit that needed it.
I thought the same thing...a bit more sanding and the pre-stain solution would have helped even it out tremendously.