Thanks to everyone who contributed, finally got one at a decent price, of course just after I'd given up. It's stunningly beautiful, feels really solid, well balanced and the nib is very smooth.
It lays down a lighter shade of ink than what I expected but it's early days, and a fine line, perhaps a little thicker than my Man 100 F, while I was expecting something way thicker. I did use the "return five drops of ink back to the bottle" trick I learned on FPN. Capping seems to be a little violent as it seems to produce a couple of droplets on the nib, not something I care about.
The only strange thing is that the decoration at the end of the body doesn't line up with the nib, which is a small detail, not enough for me to return the pen after all the time I waited for it. Yipeee!