It was a fun show. I got out with one Franklin Christoph prototype, a bottle of Califolio Ohlanga from vanness, and a purple preppy for my sweetie from the Andersons (woulda got some Noodler's but they hardly had any). Oh, and something from Nock Co that holds a 3x5 notebook and one not-too-well-secured pen but is pretty teal & purple.
The Andersons swatch book is pretty hard to argue with, but their web swatches are IMHO on the dark side. For my use, even the Goulet swatches are a bit dark. I guess if you use a BB German nib, they might be spot on. I use a Japanese fine or maybe a medium and cringe when podcasts talk about a pen or ink being "wet" as if that's a good thing.
Given the price of 30mL Diamine from the UK website, I don't worry too much before ordering. At the normal USA $7.50 I'd give it some pause. It's the $30 inks (Colorverse, Faber C, Caran D) where I know I'm only going to get a few that I really want to see it in person first. Or sample it, but apart from last year's R Oster samples or the previous year's sprinkling of Diamines to compare against Chesterfield, I tend to go whole-bottle with ink. Oster is OK direct from Australia, but their shipping is a bit more than Diamine's 5 euro for 5 bottles. Gotta pick which brands I'm going to collect, and which I'll just dip a toe in. I _really_ love Diamine for having incredible colors, no frills, good (direct) prices, and excellent ink behaviour in all but a few of the colors.