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Hi, Im looking for a 149 but I'm not entirely sure what I want. I reached out to the fountain pen hospital in NY and was quoted $840.00 for a new in box 149 with papers etc. My question has 2 parts:

 

1) I have relatively small handwriting. I tend to use fine nibs on my Pelikan pens. Do most people with small handwriting use fine nibs?

 

2) $840.00 for a new in box 149 is less than retail, but is there a better/more affordable option that I should be looking at?

 

 

Thanks in advance for your help

 

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Check out the classifieds on here. There are several 149s. Also a fine - medium nib on a 149 will be fine for small handwriting. Just make sure you use decent paper to reduce the feathering.

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My advice is to keep your eye out for a MB149 here on the FPN Classifieds forum. You'll be buying from a member.

 

WRT your writing style, MB nibs seem to write a width wider than advertised. I'd look for a EF or F nib.

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I agree to buy used, especially if you want a yellow gold pen. (There are far fewer rose gold or platinum gold pens.)

 

If you want new, you can also comparison shop with stores in Europe. They often have coupon codes and you don't have to pay the tax.

 

I'd also recommend looking for an F or EF nib to start with.

 

The folks at Fountain Pen Hospital are very knowledgeable and trustworthy. They also sell lightly used 149 pens in the Back Room in the $500 range. But I don't find them the cheapest option for a 149.

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I got a decent used one for a quarter of that price on Ebay and sent it to HQ for the same price in repair, a new one basically for half the price.

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I got a decent used one for a quarter of that price on Ebay and sent it to HQ for the same price in repair, a new one basically for half the price.

I got one for $290 recently on Ebay, pre-1993, with a 18k broad nib. The pen is in mint condition.

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I got one for $290 recently on Ebay, pre-1993, with a 18k broad nib. The pen is in mint condition.

 

very very good!!

 

that's a better option, but rarer.... :D

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georges zaslavsky

Get a vintage 149 either with a f or an ef and you will by delighted

Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

 

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If you purchase  a montblanc from watchwearhouse,  how is the warranty get handled?

Are they certified Montblanc retailer and  does  Montblanc handle warranty issues for  pens purchased from watchwearhouse?

 

I have sent watchwearhouse  couple of emails in the past, and they never reply to  this question.

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You get no warranty from MB. You have to ask them what they will warranty, but I would guess not much if anything.

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At least with US retailers, I don't know that I've ever seen a new 149 for less than MSRP.

 

It looks like Watch Warehouse saves you $141 off MSRP. IIRC, the service prices from MB are either $70 or $290 depending on what's wrong, so if you need a repair you're rolling the dice that the savings is going to evaporate.

 

Personally, although I've bought some new ones stateside, I like buying through Appelboom. Their prices are great on MB and Pelikan both, and other things like inks and good quality notebooks are less expensive by a whole lot than buying in the US. I also like that on LEs, they will take care of a nib swap for you before shipping it.

 

Their price on a new 149 is lower than Watch Warehouse, although at the moment they don't have a ton of choice on nib width(but do have O3Bs in stock...maybe I should order one :) )

 

https://appelboom.com/montblanc-meisterstuck-gt-149-fountain-pen/

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5 hours ago, bunnspecial said:

At least with US retailers, I don't know that I've ever seen a new 149 for less than MSRP.

 

It looks like Watch Warehouse saves you $141 off MSRP. IIRC, the service prices from MB are either $70 or $290 depending on what's wrong, so if you need a repair you're rolling the dice that the savings is going to evaporate.

 

Personally, although I've bought some new ones stateside, I like buying through Appelboom. Their prices are great on MB and Pelikan both, and other things like inks and good quality notebooks are less expensive by a whole lot than buying in the US. I also like that on LEs, they will take care of a nib swap for you before shipping it.

 

Their price on a new 149 is lower than Watch Warehouse, although at the moment they don't have a ton of choice on nib width(but do have O3Bs in stock...maybe I should order one :) )

 

https://appelboom.com/montblanc-meisterstuck-gt-149-fountain-pen/

 

Very interesting information, Thank you

 

Do people from the state pay that 21%  DTW or VAT taxes?

 

I have noticed that this was added to the price once I put an item in the cart. I am not sure if that would be removed once you give them a US address or would they charge you the that DTW/VAT regardless

I am assuming of course that you have  gone through this process before and probably went through that step.

 

This  was a very useful pointer, and the analysis and pricing for MB services was very useful to put things in perspective for me as well. I appreciate it.

 

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1 hour ago, zaddick said:

In the US Fountain Pen Hospital offers some savings off of MSRP for MB pens. 

 

Are they, FPN hospital, a certified Montblanc retailer?, or are they similar to Watchwarehouse?

 

BTW I got an answer back from Watchwarehouse, where they indicated that they have a nibmeister that handles  any issues that require repair with their  products. 

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10 minutes ago, salmasry said:

 

Are they, FPN hospital, a certified Montblanc retailer?, or are they similar to Watchwarehouse?

 

BTW I got an answer back from Watchwarehouse, where they indicated that they have a nibmeister that handles  any issues that require repair with their  products. 

They are an authorized dealer.

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