I recently (December) made a purchase of an ooold SVT-810E from Ben McKee, the bassist for the upcoming band Imagine Dragons. You may have heard of them. Now, the speakers were all-original and sounded phenomenal, but the Tolex was all torn up and just plain ugly. However, I instantly saw the future of this cab and my brain started to work, thinking of different options. I was recently in the forums asking about how or if a certain paint/finish would affect the sound of the cab itself, and after arguing back and forth with some people about the durability (or lack thereof) of Tolex I finally received my answer. No, the finish will not affect the sound of the cab. Game on. Now, I decided to take pictures throughout the ordeal so that i could post a thread for everyone, and possibly even convince some of the nay-sayers that this wasn't such a terrible idea. Here are a couple pictures of exactly how the cab looked when I first got it. Notice the Tolex all torn up along the front and back.