Mine arrived yesterday. True to reputation....the nib had baby's bottom so bad I could almost see it without a loupe, but the pen is otherwise perfect and gorgeous. (At first I thought the baby's bottom wasn't going to be a big deal but once I ran through the excess ink that was in the feed, it very much was.)
I spent an hour or so getting the nib writing consistently, but now that I have, it's awesome. The medium writes more like a fine, in my opinion. The Sapphire ink that I chose is a beautiful but somber dark blue. Great for business I imagine.
So, I'm happy with the pen. I'd have been less happy if I had spent the usual asking price on it, but I knew Conklin had this reputation going in (and honestly thought I might swap the nib but it looks like I'm not going to have to.)
And, it's absolutely gorgeous. I love the flat-top design, and the color is stunning.
Interesting, I didn't know anything about "reputation" for baby's bottom, and in my case it's not a problem: my pen is a very wet writer and does not skip. I completely agree about the Medium writing like a Fine compared to some brands (like my Fine Lamy pens, or Jinhao).