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  1. Astronymus


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  2. I love everything about the Triple Tail. The largeness. The clearness. The non-smellyness. The plunger filling system. The 308 cartridges I can use. Everything, that is, but the nib itself. It's just too darn much for me. It's finicky, which is bad enough. But even when it does work after heat setting, etc -- and even with an ink as simple as 4001 Royal Blue or Waterman Serenity Blue -- it's like writing with a paint brush. And that's before flexing! Before I return it for a partial refund, I thought I would see if anyone has managed to trade it out for a #6 nib? And it not a basic #6, then something else? I saw someone asked Goulet, and the answer was: "Maybe". Have you done it? How'd it go?
  3. SquareRecord

    Music Staff Paper

    Hello all! I'm rather new to FPN and FP's in general. I primarily use them for note-taking (grad student) but even more importantly, music writing. Yes, as in music notation on staff paper. I'm currently using a Franklin-Christoph music nib in a Jinhao 750, Noodler's black ink, but am testing a bunch of archival-quality inks so that will change. Enough introduction... I've emailed 7 different FP sellers to find some specific music paper. I'm looking for music staff paper that's around US tabloid size or similar, something where I can write music for a large ensemble. For example, orchestra, concert band, etc. Currently, Carta and similar manufacturers have large size paper that has room for 18+ different parts on each page, and I enjoy the size as well as handwriting my music, but the paper is NOT FP friendly. Does anyone know of any FP friendly large music paper sources?
  4. Hello all, I was left these pens, which are handsome and in excellent condition but for which I have no use. The forums have helped me id them as old lettering pens, which I believe were used by my husband's grandfather, so they are most likely antique. I have one or possibly two sets. To enter, please explain what composer or author would have best used these pens and why. The winner or winners will be randomly picked from eligible entries. If you are outside the U.S. please only enter if you are willing to pick up shipping costs. Good luck to all!
  5. stoen

    Pelikan Music Nibs

    Hi, I regularly use a few vintage Pelikans dated between 1934 and 1959, and keep them in perfect writing condition. I am curious about Pelikan music nibs. I've heard a few stories of those who once have used them. From the appearance (size, engraving style) one might guess they could have been manufactured in smaller quantities during the 100n production era (1937-1954). Does someone in the Forum perhaps have a more educated info on this topic? Are there any manufacturing records? Can those Pelikan music nibs still be occasionally found somewhere? I understand this is a subject of limited interest. Therefore, please, pardon my asking this. Thanks.
  6. Cursive Child

    Diamine Vivaldi (Music Collection)

    Very nice ink, that has been reviewed before. Colorful, yet subdued enough to be used at work. I made a mistake in not having enough ink in it to start the review, so the review is a bit two colored. The first part, seems a bit dryish, when the ink was nearly over. When I filled it, it was very wet, and you can see the sudden change to a dark color. Towards the end of the page it evens out to a more realistic shade. I'm using a 0.6 mm JoWo stub, that is not overly wet, I think. Thanks to all the other reviewers before me to make me aware of this ink, so I got a sample. Will likely buy it on my next ink shipment from Diamine!
  7. essayfaire

    Nib For Music Composition

    Hi y'all, So my understanding is that music nibs are not actually best suited for writing music. Which relatively inexpensive pen (>$40) would have a nib that would be suitable for a budding composer who likes fountain pens but has small handwriting and does not do calligraphy? Would an italic be the most appropriate one to write notes and pauses? A broad? Before starting to research this I had naively thought that music nibs were for writing music.
  8. I'm a composer, and for well over 30 years I used a trusty Sheaffer to write music on a near-vertical surface (essentially a huge board that sits on the music rest of my upright piano). When the pen finally gave up the ghost I bought a Lamy calligraphy pen, but within a second or two of my starting to write with it on the stand the ink stops flowing. It certainly never did that with the Sheaffer, which, incidentally, had a standard (and, as far as I can tell, fixed) nib. I'm very glad to have come across these forums. Some posts touch on the subject, but my knowledge of fountain pens extends only to how to fill them with ink and write with them. So I'd be most grateful if somebody could point me in the right direction regarding a pen/nib that would meet my requirements: as I have discovered, some pens can cope with being held virtually horizontally and others can't, which puzzles me. Thanks in advance for any guidance.
  9. brimic

    Waterman Music Nibs

    Just wanted to post my music nibs. I have a #4 and a #5, the #4 is fitted in a Waterman's 94 in Persian celluloid, the #5 is in a Waterman's 55. Amazing nibs!!
  10. I have a Chartres blue 3776 with a music nib and love it. I picked up a Bourgogne red Century in a soft fine a while back but the nib is not exactly what I was expecting. Consequently I dont use the pen much. I think I had much different expectations of the nib that its just not meant for. I do love the red though! I really would like to swap the nib for a Platinum music nib on the Bourgogne pen and save the SF nib for a different pen. The SF has its place but I would get much more use out of the red pen with a music nib. Is it possible to get a hold of just a Platinum music nib individually or am I going to have to get a whole new pen and start over? Also Im contemplating just getting a C nib and grinding it to an italic with a somewhat music nib profile. Theres a significant cost savings to go that route. The Century music nib is not springy at all so I dont think I would see much of a difference with a hard italic in line width/edges.
  11. Chase the nib, not the pen, they say, and I largely agree. One shouldn't forget the paper, though: paper can be less tolerant than we think. Still. on that front I've given up for the moment. Good copy paper is widely available, so I'm content with it. It's not perfect but it works for most of my pens and inks (not all, that's why I'm writing this on Oxford 90g/m2optik paper; the exact reasons will be explained later). I'd almost forgotten the ink, another frequently neglected part of the joy of writing. Let's nog go into the matching of ink to pen, just note that it can be tricky both functionally and aesthetically, and return to the nib. ... The rest of the story can be read on thescanned pages. Let me just add that the pages were written a few days ago. The Pilot MS nib has seen more use since and as expected has grown on me. Still with the same ink and without any tuning, it behaves better and better, probably because I'm getting used to it. It's still second best to the Sailor music nib but I expect it will nevertheless see enough use in my hands. I'm looking forward to using it with a drier ink once I've exhausted this fill (big converter).
  12. I currently have a Lamy Safari and the Lamy 1.1, 1.5, and 1.9 mm stub nibs. I am interested in trying out the 1911 large Sailor with music nib and was looking for a photo comparison of writing samples vs that of the Lamy nibs but did not find any searching the web. If anyone has these nibs, could you please post a pic showing the line variation of the Sailor music nib vs the Lamy stubs (all 3 if you have them) - if possible, with the same ink and paper (I know - picky, picky, picky). I am especially interested in seeing how the line widths of the music nibs compare with the line widths of the Lamy's nibs. TIA, Bill
  13. Hi All, I'm a long-time reader and first-time contributor inquirer. I am fairly new to the fountain pen world, but since the beginning have been writing almost exclusively with stub/italic nibs. I have purchased several entry-level pens and am ready to take the plunge to the next tier. After countless hours of 'research' I have my selection narrowed down to the Pilot Custom Heritage 912 SU (stub) or the Platinum 3776 MS (music). This may seem like a strange two pens/nibs to be torn between, but please bear with me while I explain. I primarily write with a Pilot Prera fitted with one of the italic nibs from the Plumix set we have available here in Europe. I am constantly switching between the M (same as the American market Plumix and the Prera CM) and the B (same as the 78G broad). Pilot designates their tipping sizes as 0.58 mm and 0.7 mm, respectively. I've noticed that Pilot must measure their tips differently as the M creates a line similar to what you would find on most italic nibs with a 1.0 mm or 1.1 mm designation.* The only tipping sizes I could find for the Pilot SU nib and the Platinum MS nib are posted on nibs.com as 0.7 mm and 1.15 mm, respectively, but it's unclear whether they're using the same measurement system as Pilot, and the Goulet nib nook led to some curious results. Also, I've noticed a really intense variation of line widths based on nib angle (I hold mine fairly consistently at about 45 degrees). So, now that you're super bored, I would like to know if anyone has some side-by-side writing samples with either or both of the nibs in question to the steel Pilot italic M and B. I am slightly concerned that the SU might not have the crispness and line variation that I'm looking for, and worried that the MS might prove to be a bit too broad for my daily use (mostly journaling, letter-writing). I have posted a sample of my own showing my normal quick hand (which I'm still working on cleaning up ) with both the nibs I use regularly and on which I am basing the comparison. Any and all thoughts, advice, and opinions are more than welcome and very much appreciated. It is likely that I will end up purchasing both at some point, but it would be great to know where to start. Greetings from Germany. *As a tangential bit of help, it would be great if someone could explain this inconsistency. http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp16/emceeATD/image_zpsswa1xfmf.jpeg Paper is Rhodia no. 16.
  14. I'm currently reviewing some of my favourite Diamine inks. This is Bach from the Diamine Music Gift set. I didn't think I would ever be able to afford to buy the Diamine Music Gift Set, so I was really pleased to find that Diamine now sell all of their Gift set inks in 30ml plastic refill bottles. To be honest, the glass bottles in the set are much nicer, but as the ink is exactly that same, it means that at least I can try some of them. The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink.Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, and I used a stub nib, this ink takes longer to dry than some others.It flows very well and lubricates the nib very well. No start-up problems noticed.It is currently available in the gift set of 10 x 30ml glass bottles, or single 30ml plastic refill bottles.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's reasonably priced.
  15. http://i59.tinypic.com/30c8why.jpg Usually, the Pilot ballpoint is my go-to for drawings. But I parked that and, instead, used the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen for inking. Watercolor is Prang Glitter. Flesh tone is J. Herbin "Lie de The" ink. Sailor brush pen for detail on colors. This is a portrait of Lenny Kravitz. http://i59.tinypic.com/2wd2ixt.jpg .
  16. ddustinn

    Music Nib Adjustment

    I got my Neponset during the first wave, but I was towards the end of my last semester of grad school, so until recently, it sat unused. I noticed that I was getting normal (read: wet) down strokes, but my cross strokes were extremely dry. Upon inspecting the nib with a loupe, I noticed that the middle tine was lower than the outer tines. The outer tines are both bent up a little, and the middle tine is pretty straight, if not bent down a little. I've done my fair share of nib adjustment, but I'm a little apprehensive to do anything with this nib. Any suggestions?
  17. s.s.miles

    Greetings From Houston, Texas

    So, I have had a difficult, on again / off again relationship with fountain pens since grade school, mostly due to my Texan-male-football-trained brain that thought the correct way to do (almost) everything was to use more force; I can't even begin to count the number of bent nibs scattered through my past. After escaping high school in a small West Texas town, I became a classical musician, and then a composer, then a teacher of and for classical composition, and finally an ex-teacher composing musician with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the pain of writing everyday (I refuse to use a computer to compose) became too much to bear. A friend gave me a Lamy Al-Star and taught me to "let it glide." Almost instantly I found what I had been missing out on all these years, and I love how little effort jotting out a manuscript takes! I recently purchased a Platinum 3776 Century w/ Music Nib, and now I am hooked.
  18. Hello all! It's been a while since my last review, but I need to take some time now to review the fruits of a collaboration between my desire for a beautiful work and a FPN member! I have been writing, for over a year, a large scale piece of music dedicated to the life of Leonardo da Vinci. He is a great person hero of mine (and rightly so). It's near completion, and is a good 40 minutes long. I am excited for it's premiere this coming year in New York. I was fascinated with the "Leonardo" by Montblanc, but a hefty $3,600 price tag held me back. HOWEVER, When I emailed a gentleman by the name of Tim Self, of our own Fountain Pen Network, he explained to me that he could create a truly custom piece for me. I will explain details as we move along. (Before we begin, I will note that there is some degree of bias in my review. Tim and I discussed what would be on the pen, how it would look, etc.. I will not be offended should you disagree with my review, but I will defend this bad boy!) Appearance/Design: The pen is visually dazzling. The amount of care and craftsmanship are amazing. Every time I look at the pen, it's a new adventure. Due to my musical background, Tim had explained that he could take the "Flying" melody from my work (and from da Vinci's fascination with flight) and print it right onto the pen cap! The body says Leonardo da Vinci and has gold inlay over the metal. Opposite that there is a print of the wing Leonardo used to study flying, and a small backward inscription from the corresponding codex. I wish I could award a 11/10 for this exceptional work, but alas, I can only offer a 10/10. Function: This baby is heavy. But, the cap does not post which is good for balance. The pen sits quite comfortably between my index finger and thumb. As for the use of the pen, the ink is delivered evenly, precisely, and very cleanly. I have had no trouble with bleeding with even the lightest of manuscripts. Nib: Tim fitted her with a Bock nib. Stainless steel, very sturdy, yet still elegant. I'm very happy, indeed. Filling System: I was told that this pen will accept universal cartridges. Being a stickler for tradition, I enjoy bottled ink or a well. I use Waterman ink almost exclusively, unless a brand (i.e. my Parker) specifies using another. The converter Tim gave me was long and very easy to fill. It is quick to suck up ink and remains leak free. Converter leaks have been an issue lately, unfortunately, so this is nice. Not surprisingly, I will award 10/10. Though she is heavy, I could still use this pen on a daily basis. It is VERY comfortable. I'll just need an insurance plan, first . Below, you can see the "Wing" and the writing from the journal on flight. Below is the name of the hero honored by this pen! Here is the melody of flight from my piece "The Da Vinci Trail" expertly placed about the cap. And here, pay attention to the curvature and lines drawn out by the pens body and converter. It may just be me, but I particularly like the dynamics of width. It adds character Cost, Value and Cost/Value This beauty only cost me about $500, yet it is priceless due to the fact that it is MY pen, and it is the only one like it. I must say that I had VERY high expectations when receiving this pen, and they have still be far exceeded. In point, I should tell you directly that it obviously does not matter if the pen maker is a large company, or a small operation like Tim's. Having used a Montblanc on several occasions (executive series), I can safely say that there is no reason for a $3,600 cost, and works of art just as beautiful and just as well made (or better) are out there. I wouldn't trade MY pen for anything. Thanks for the many years of happy writing I will enjoy, Tim Self! Cost: $460 Value: Much more than that. Cost/Value ratio: Since this is a priceless possession of mine, the cost to value ratio isn't quite fair to say Overall Rating: Due to the wealth of beauty in my new piece, the unique qualities it shares, and the general excellence in it's writing, I award 10/10 for this pen. Again, I wish I could award more so I'm sure you see my point! Thanks for reading, and please, if I missed something, or you have questions, don't hesitate to ask! I have all good things to say! Sincerely, Kevin E. Phillips II
  19. This is not a fountain pen review. I have been looking for a pen that I can write ‘fast’ (as the main priority) with variation in line width. I have no idea of where to start but end up purchasing a bunch of pens with stock 1.1 italic. Personally I have been using fountain pens with EF or SEF for many years. Sailor profit with music nib – this is more of a stub than italic and there is no problem with the flow. It writes a wet, wide line. Monteverde Intima with 1.1 italic – a beautiful pen but I have a problem with the italic nib from the start. It skips and writes with a dry line. I have tried flushing and applying gentle pressure. It continues to skip and write a dry line. I have just received a Monteverde Impressa from gouletpens today with 1.1 italic. It has the chrome version of the 1.1 italic and writes a better line. TWISB classic with 1.1 italic , Noodler’s walnut – this nib is surprisingly dry. However, there is no skipping during writing so far. The pen is the right size for my hand. I wear size L gloves. This is a piston filler. TWISB diamond 580 with 1.1 italic, Noodler’s Liberty Elysium – this is an identical if not the same nib as the one on TWISB classic but there is clear sample variation with TWISB nib. The nib on this pen writes a nice wet but wider line subjectively. It is a much bigger pen. Lamy AL star with 1.1 italic, Noodler’s Polar Black – I have half a dozen of Lamy Al star and I have ordered the 1.1 italic nib. It writes just like any other Lamy Al star – slightly scratchy but nice wet line. Jinhao 159 with a Goulet 1.1 italic, Noodler’s walnut – this is a big pen that costs US$6 including postage. I ordered 4 of them. I change the nib to the Goulet 1.1 italic. It is smooth, wet and enjoyable pen to write with. The nib has dried up once while capped in drawer and I have primed it once but has not had a problem since then. The top seven pens in the pen tray are the pens mentioned above..sorry about the quality of images from my phone... From my limited experience with 1.1 italic, I think the decisions are not hard. If you want a piston filler, get the TWISB. It writes well and is well built. If budget is a problem, the Jinhao 159 (and I suspect any other Jinhao with replacable nib) with a Goulet 1.1 italic is the best value for money. The jinhao and the Goulet nib costs me US$21.00. Monteverde is a beautiful pen with sample variation but from my experience with its italic so far, I will pick TWISB over it. As for the Sailor pen, there is no doubt about its music nib. It is the only pen here with the gold nib. However, there is less line width variation comparing to the italics. I hope this helps! Enjoy….
  20. Hi, My first pen and my first (short) review. Enjoy. First Impressions: 6/10 This pen comes in a plastic box. Not really a gift item imho. I guess that's the japanese way. Efficient and understated. If you want a nicer box, buy an Italian pen. Appearance and Design: 8/10 Clean design in Black and silver color. For me the pen needs to be capped for better balanced writing. Solid build quality. Weight and Dimensions: 8/10 I like bigger pens. Size is perfect for everyday use. Comparable with a M800 I guess. Nib and Performance: 8/10 Music Nib. Number 10 Pilot Music nib. Smooth and wet, except when you speed up your writing. Then it becomes a little scratchy. Maybe I need a little tuning for that. The 912 comes in many nib variations. From ultra fine to stub and Music, with or without flex. Filling system: 10/10 The 912 comes with the CON-70 converter which works flawlessly.. Doesn't get any better. Cost and Value: 9/10 I paid around 130 US$ for the pen. I think a good deal for a Music pen. Conclusion. A very nice first pen for me. It won't be my last Pilot. Solid build quality and good performance. The CON-70 is a really good converter.
  21. Hey guys, I'm a young composer and soon to be college student. I currently write music with regular wood case pencils, but I'm interested in trying a mechanical pencil. I have heard good things about the Alvin draftmatic pencils and will probably buy one unless someone can suggest a better pencil. In music you need to be able to write thin and thick lines, so just one pencil probably wouldn't cut it. My question is what size lead should I be using, and what I should do about making the thicker lines because I don't feel like .9 would be thick enough, although I'm not sure.
  22. Hi, I'm new here but I was reading all the topics in this forum. I just ended up ordering Platinum Music Nib with cursive italic customization and wonder to know if someone else already have this pen to ask about. Best regards

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