When I first came to the com about a decade ago....what ever 'hate' you now think you see, is but a pale shadow of the hate that was.
Everything but the ink bottle was hated....even the ink. The advice to 'noobies' by the haters was buy the ink bottle and toss the ink.
I must assume many saw various seeking bosses flaunting their snowflake....that it rolled down hill.
So.....being 'noobie' and not understanding shading much....much less the esoteric of murky green ink, had a bottle of the most hated ink in the world....MB Racing Green....in my hand.....I even had a metal flaked MX-5. In believing the BS I was told, and going to throw away the ink....decided to try a 'brown' ink....to me then Sepia was brown; in I'd never tried a brown ink.
I liked it..........by the time I finally got off my dead rear end....Racing Green was no longer available at my B&M.
With in months of discontinuance of Racing Green, it became the most beloved of all inks....joining the fabled Parker Pennmann Sapphire as grail inks.
It is my understanding four bottles of MB Racing Green will pay for two years of Harvard, or three of Yale.
The Com's Wizards of Ink Mixing, have been trying ever since to clone Racing Green and PP Sapphire, with out success.
MB Sepia is not a brown ink...it is one of the two or three sepia directions. I got MB Toffee and was very happy. Irish Green is a very good green-green shading ink.............I seem to have some 10-11 MB inks now. Some I'd not buy again..... ...some I can't anyway....being LE inks.
Now if you want to hate....MB has some brand new $60-70 LE inks....and I don't even have a whisper of a thought to even think of looking to see if I want some.
There are more idiots with more money than good sense.
The price of lots of inks are high....Japanese, Graf von Faber-Castell, so MB has to keep up with the Jones. Yes, I think $22 or more for a bottle of Japanese ink expensive. Here in Germany before Amazon made Japanese inks cheap...they were going for E70 a bottle here.
I like the '50-70 semi-flex & maxi-semi-flex stub nibs. I have a MB 234 1/2, a rolled gold 742 and a medium large and better balanced 146 than the later Large 146....in semi&maxi.
At the time I bought that bottle of Sepia...E12.00....which was put in cobweb corner for a few years...I got wise and went on German Ebay and got one for E19.00 plus postage.
There were other MB inks that new formulations don't satisfy those lucky to have the original inks.
MB piston pens clean out clean out very fast. I can match that by taking the nib off a Pelikan squirting the insides clean, and putting a cut to fit baby bulb syringe on the loose nib and feed.
I don't care for the regular flex '70-80's nibs more than any other nice regular flex.....and prefer the semi-flex to the modern 'Springy' nib....good tine bend but only 2X tine spread.
Vintage MB has very good nibs......................modern is butter smooth...if that counts.
I don't expect QC problems to be more than Pelikan..........the cost of repair ...Stage 1....E60, Stage 2 E80. (one has to be exact in explaining the probmen to be graded stage 1 or 2.).....which is a lot less than I'd heard for out of warranted pens...here on the com.