Side note number one: In technology years, at eleven we should be pumping its remains out of the ground as crude oil.
Side note number two: You have a geek for a son, you get tape drives as presents. To heck with flowers, this is data protection we're talking about!
The only spare drive I had kicking around that wasn't total overkill had a black faceplate. This is actually cool Mom's PC is a newer model black Dell, and her monitor is a black IBM multimedia rig. So, black is good. It goes computers can be aesthetic too! But, the only drive case I had was computer beige.
I took the case apart yesterday, sanded the cover, and started laying down coats of semi-flat black spray paint. In between each coat there is, of course, more sanding. I think I have enough coats on now. I got the drive mounted, and it only took three tries to get the SCSI ID selector cable plugged in correctly. A little buffing on the case tomorrow and it should be done. After that, a trip to the 'rents to swap drives and do some tests...
And you thought I just did paying gigs!