Quite like the idea of not going for a full on restoration to the original.
Me too, I say modernise it a bit. Looks like you have the skills to give a nod to the classic look as well so go for it.
Are you going to keep a quill stem or use an adapter?
Yup, that was the whole idea.
I'm going to use a quill stem, yes, and it's already on its way. I ordered a black anodized SOMA Sutro, which is made by Dia Compe, I believe. Seems to have good enough quality.
I have used a-head stems before, with an adapter, but ended up being a poor choice... the stems accumulated some slack from time to time, around the adapter, and I had to constantly keep an eye on it... I'd rather not repeat that experience.
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