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Uninitiated at the Raleigh show


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#1 Momomar

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 20:11

The Raleigh show will be within two hundred miles and I am itching to go. This would be my first pen show; outside the obvious drool.gif , are there certain caveats one should be aware of?

There are paying days and public days - are the paid days' events worth the admission? Will there be workshops or lectures? Can one have a pen repaired or nib altered on the spot?

Are prices generally any better or worse than on the web?

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 20:22

Take cash and hide it. Leave checkbook and CCs at home. Go with someone who has orders to restrain you when you start to babble or shake. Make sure room, meals and return trip are paid in advance. Study the photos of FPN members and exercise extreme caution. Beware of the BORG. Ignore impulse to buy one of everything. Return home safely and send all purchases to me. ph34r.gif

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 21:10

Well stated, JD. smile.gif



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Posted 14 March 2007 - 22:24

I'm curious about the answers to your questions, also.

Specifically, what the expected turnaround time is for certain repairs; may someone contact a repair person ahead of time to lessen a turnaround.

I may also be arriving from WNC and can only spend a day at the show.


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Posted 14 March 2007 - 22:45

hi,

my experience is that repairers will repair your pens while you sit there and drool drool.gif

richard binder will do nibs while you sit there drool.gif

your cash will leave your pocket as if by magic.

you will be very happy blink.gif

buy a traders pass and have fun with other real pen nuts.

good luck!!

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#6 Richard

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 00:12

Momomar, if you haven't read my article about your first pen show, you should. Believe what it says.

At Raleigh, I will be doing nibs while you wait.

Ron Zorn will be at the next table -- assuming Terry has his wits about him -- doing general repairs while you wait. There may be other repairers there, but I'll tell you straight, Ron is one of two people to whom I would entrust my personal pens. The other is Daniel Kirchheimer.

Raleigh is a smallish show, far less likely to terrify a newbie than a huge show like Chicago or DC. Like Ohio, Raleigh is a very friendly show. The Mawhorters do a really good job of making you welcome.

If you are after the best selection of high-quality, high-desirability vintage pens, it's worth buying a weekend pass. If your target is new pens, or if you want only repairs or nib work, then a public day will work -- but you should get in the door as early as you can and get on Ron's list or mine. Our dance cards fill up pretty quickly on public days.

The hotel at the Raleigh show is unbeatable -- there's not a better one on the circuit. It's an Embassy Suites (actually in Cary, to the northwest of Raleigh). Every room is a suite. There's a free buffet breakfast with a guy behind the counter to cook your personal copy of the special of the day, which might be an omelet or eggs any way, or something else good. There's also a free happy hour, with (usually hot) hors d'oeuvres and free drinks with real booze in them. Remember, I told you Terry and Sonya do things right.
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Posted 15 March 2007 - 00:34

Hi Momomar,

Richard and the others are right on the money about the Raleigh show. Last year was my 1st Raleigh show and I wouldn't miss it in the future for all the tea in China.
If you decide to attend, you will have the time of your life, no doubt in my mind. Hope to see you there. happycloud9.gif happycloud9.gif

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#8 Momomar

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 01:37

Hello, friends. Thank you very much for all of this; it's exactly the sort of information I was needing. Sounds like it's time to BOOK THAT ROOM! (er,suite, that is). Sounds like a great first show. And Richard, I will check out the article.

As wonderful as some of the new pens are, what I'd really like to find at the show is a lever filling pen with a nib wide enough to have some personality, something reminiscent of my grandfather's fountain pens, all of which went to less deserving male cousins. I feel like this is something I need to hold in my hand before buying.

So, thank you all again. Sounds like some of our paths may cross!
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Posted 15 March 2007 - 01:59

I am looking forward to meeting many of you at the Raleigh show. This will be my first time also.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 16:05

I plan to go but don't know which day it will be. My first time!

Oh, and I'll JUST be looking. laugh.gif

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 16:44

QUOTE (Richard @ Mar 15 2007, 12:12 AM)
The hotel at the Raleigh show is unbeatable -- there's not a better one on the circuit. It's an Embassy Suites (actually in Cary, to the northwest of Raleigh). Every room is a suite. There's a free buffet breakfast with a guy behind the counter to cook your personal copy of the special of the day, which might be an omelet or eggs any way, or something else good. There's also a free happy hour, with (usually hot) hors d'oeuvres and free drinks with real booze in them. Remember, I told you Terry and Sonya do things right.

Richard,

You are a cruel, evil man wallbash.gif wallbash.gif wallbash.gif

Here I sit in cold damp Wiltshire today, wishing that I could get to a pen show and you come out with all this wonderful drivel. Just be aware of what you posts are doing to folks around the World.

I am now returning to my basement to contemplate the bottle of 2004 Sloe Gin I found earlier.

I may be gone for a while ph34r.gif

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 16:45

QUOTE (nhsmitty @ Mar 15 2007, 04:05 PM)
I plan to go but don't know which day it will be. My first time!

Oh, and I'll JUST be looking. laugh.gif

Yeah Right !
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Posted 16 March 2007 - 16:24

I can't really add a lot of tips to what others have posted here already, but a couple of things I learned during my first show were:
---if you need replacement parts for a certain pen, bring that pen with you rolleyes.gif
--make a list of what pen books you may want to buy and check the prices online before coming to the show. Some books are cheaper to buy online (even with shipping) and others are much cheaper to buy in person.
--don't forget the parts bin! Some pens being sold have only small cosmetic problems but are otherwise good writers
(ok, that's more than a couple of tips... laugh.gif )

Have fun!! biggrin.gif

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 03:08

I'm thinking about going too.

If you're going just to look and perhaps to buy, you pay the $10 registration fee?

#15 aunt rebecca

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 03:36

buying or just looking-- you pay the same price--SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL BUY!!

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 18:48

I'm going to try and make it for at least one day - if only to meet OldGriz, Richard, et al, in person.

Cary is a bit west, northwest of Raleigh in the general direction of Chapel Hill. I went to college in Chapel Hill which, along with Durham, form the other two points of the Triangle area (home of Research Triangle Park) and if the pens aren't enough there is a lot to do in the region...

Time to start trying to raise funds.... ohmy.gif

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Posted 06 April 2007 - 00:48

Great advice. Do be sure to read Richard's advice. My advice is make sure to look over every table at least once or twice before making any purchase. Also sign up for pen repairs early, as Ron and Richard tend to get very busy. Above all else, have a great time!
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