I had a chance to visit the Fountain Pen Hospital (http://fountainpenhospital.com) in Manhattan earlier this week. WOW!!! It's pretty amazing.
Had a great conversation with Joseph, who has been working there for 16 years. I tried out a Sailor 1911 with a music nib & some other pens, browsed the gorgeous pens in the showcases, salivated over all the inks and notebooks. I resisted buying any new pens, mainly because (1) I want to get to know my new Pilot Falcon better before considering other gold nib pens, (2) I need to keep an eye on my budget) and (3) was also feeling a tad overwhelmed by ALL THE CHOICES. :-)
This shop was founded in 1946 and used to focus on repairs, but now carries a wide range of vintage as well as modern-day writing instruments...PLUS pens, notebooks, inks and more.
I bought a Rotring pen after hearing about it from artist friends, as well as some inks, notebooks & other pen goodies:
When I got back to my friend's place, however, I realized that somehow my two Rhodia notebooks never made it into the bag...so I had an excuse to go back the next afternoon. Joseph apologized but I reassured him that it was mostly my fault for distracting him while he was ringing up my purchases; I was excitedly chatting with him about pens and the store as well as asking him to take a photo of me in the shop. :-)
Can't wait to try out all my new goodies.