The Filarmonica was commissioned to commemorate the new construction of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg by a well-known pen dealer in Germany a few year back. 300 pens were commissioned, along with a few prototypes here and there. Unlike other specially commissioned OMAS models, along with its unique character in which it was designed to commemorate, it is also equipped with a special nib: a three-tined (semi-flexible) music nib.
Appearance & Design
The Filarmonica is based on the Lucens LE Black model, it is essentially the same pen without the demonstrator feature with a few extra bands. The Filarmonica has one ring by the twisting knob, and five on the cap-- which symbolizes the five horizontal lines (musical staff) in sheet music. Personally, I think that's a big plus on detail, since it was meant to commemorate something that relates to music and also to distinguish itself from other OMAS.
- Typical of older OMAS design, the whole pen is celluloid.
- Hard rubber feed.
- Five rings on the cap, one on the end.
- Piston filler.
- Filarmonica, xxx/300 imprinted on the barrel.
Construction & Quality
The Filarmonica is another OMAS' wonderful creation, though specially commissioned. Like some OMAS celluloid pens, they do stain on the section, and it shows. That doesn't mean it's poor quality, it simply mean it stains.
Weight & Dimensions
Please see the length comparison next to a M710 Toledo. The weight is a bit heavier than a Pelikan 400 (my benchmark), but not too much.
Nib & Performance
The semi-flexible 18K music nib performs rather well, though not the same flavor as a vintage one. I personally don't think the nib is good for normal writing sessions, but for those occasional doodling times, a great paint brush to have! **Please don't mind the four months late written sample.**
Filling System & Maintenance
It's a piston filler and uses poly seals. Not easily taken apart, so maintenance could be an issue.
It's a great pen to have if you want style and character. The golden strands shimmers on the black canvas of which the pen is built on. Subtle and Flashy at the same time. Is it worth having? Definitely.
Oh, did I mention music nib? Yes, music nib!