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1966MB149 VS 1985MB149: battle of the twins


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#1 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 16:08







conclusion: One can't have too many 149s and the 149s are a hard to beat pen

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p.s: I edited the pictures and the annotations because they weren't legible. Please click on them to see the annotations in full size.

Edited by georges zaslavsky, 11 January 2009 - 18:51.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 17:03

Georges, excellent and useful comparative detail! Thanks for posting it. smile.gif

Can I ask a favor? I hope it's not too much trouble. I find it very difficult to read the annotations, because of the black on dark background plus the font degradation from the resize. You must have applied the annotations prior to the photo resize. The best bet would be to do the annotations as the final step, so the font smoothness is preserved. You may also want to try using white instead of black. I'm really curious to see the details of what you're pointing out! smile.gif

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#3 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 19:33

http://smg.photobuck...nt=dcp_0304.jpg
http://smg.photobuck...nt=dcp_0307.jpg
Please click on these two links to see the annotations clearly.
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Posted 11 January 2009 - 19:42

I find the text a little hard to read, too. Maybe you could just post the text as a reply, as the photo details are pretty clear. That said, it is a very informative comparison in its present state.

#5 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 19:45

QUOTE (dhlr14454 @ Jan 11 2009, 08:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I find the text a little hard to read, too. Maybe you could just post the text as a reply, as the photo details are pretty clear. That said, it is a very informative comparison in its present state.

check the two links in post n°3 above your post please, you will find the annotations written more clearly.

Edited by georges zaslavsky, 11 January 2009 - 19:47.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 20:05

Thanks, Georges. That makes a BIG difference! Yes, you have to go to the PhotoBucket website to see it, because the annotated image there is somehow dynamic. Unfortunately, FPN does not allow dynamic image links, so you can't directly embed them...

One other thing: You said that on the 1966 model "the barrel is thinner so it holds more ink"... which I think you meant the barrel wall, not the external thickness of the barrel. smile.gif

Edited by MYU, 11 January 2009 - 20:08.

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#7 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 20:43

QUOTE (MYU @ Jan 11 2009, 09:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks, Georges. That makes a BIG difference! Yes, you have to go to the PhotoBucket website to see it, because the annotated image there is somehow dynamic. Unfortunately, FPN does not allow dynamic image links, so you can't directly embed them...

One other thing: You said that on the 1966 model "the barrel is thinner so it holds more ink"... which I think you meant the barrel wall, not the external thickness of the barrel. smile.gif

Yes Gary, I meant the barrel wall. And photobucket seems to have fixed the bug thumbup.gif Now you can see annotations without having to click on the separate post. smile.gif
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Posted 11 January 2009 - 20:49

Thanks for taking the time to do this comparison, Georges. Post #3 helps a lot.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 00:55

Thanks for this interesting comparison Georges. I hope you will find many such pleasant writers in the future and enjoy the opportunoty to try many more beforehand.

Is the nib shorter on the 1985 model or is it merely set deeper inside the section?

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 01:01

A valuable post, Georges. Thank you very much.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 03:20

Thank you Georges. You can never have too many 149s. happyberet.gif
Enjoy them in good health.

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 02:05

Great post!

My new (old early 70's) 149 and I really apprecaite it.

It would be very cool to be able to identify the specific year a 149 was made. Any ideas?
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Posted 19 February 2009 - 05:14

Anychanges post 1985?

#14 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 19:30

QUOTE (Garageboy @ Feb 19 2009, 06:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anychanges post 1985?

feeds were made of plastic in the late 80's early 90's, also a the yellow gold rhodium gold nib or tri color nib appeared in 1996-1997.
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Posted 19 February 2009 - 22:12

It was a so pleasant reading: thank you for the effort put in the review, Georges!

I liked that you put the Aurora 88 & the Balances in the model subject to "serial purchases". I need to be reassured from time to time smile.gif

And I think I will have - at some point - go out and buy my 149 (hey! it was called the "Diplomat"!)

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 16:40

New ones still have brass threads?


#17 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 19:17

QUOTE (Garageboy @ Feb 20 2009, 05:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
New ones still have brass threads?

I think that yes
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