Okay, admittedly I don't have a MB and have no desire to get one. But twice in a week I've had someone ooh ah over a pen I was using while signing a credit card slip (as in "Wow, that's a nice pen!").
In both cases it was... (drumroll)... my $40 Noodler's ebonite Konrad.... I think mostly the only other times I've ever had people even *notice* I had something other than a BP was when I was using regular resin Konrads, other than people who know me, or if my husband points out to them "She wants to use one of her *fancy* pens...."
So for the average Joe/John and Jane Q. Public type of person, having a pen with a "splat" on it isn't going to mean a whole lot. Maybe if you're trying to impress some politician or Wall Street tycoon, but in my experience most people aren't even going to notice you HAVE a fountain pen, let alone what brand it is.
^^ IAWTP. People notice pens that are visually different; for most of them, pens dont really register as a luxury item (and most of the people for whom it does probably have their own area of indulgence). The few times someone does notice my pen, it is b/c there is something different about it (in terms of looks or whatever).
Back in my consulting days, everybody and their dog had a MB. It aroused no more comment than someone wearing a nice suit, or a nice tie, or a nice watch.
Bit of a shame my reality doesnt match that of FriendAmos. It would be nice if I could pick up women in bars merely by flaunting my pen (helluva lot cheaper than a Ferrari!).
So why do you still have it ?
Speaking for myself - mainly b/c it is a classic pen and IMO, belongs in a collection of nice pens. The Paragon and M1000 are two similar beasts. I prefer the 146, Milord and M800 for writing.