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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    Looking back over this thread I am reminded of the quote, "Positive people find a solution for every problem. Negative people find a problem for every solution."
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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    That's a rather unkind remark.

    I've been looking for a non-eBay solution here. All I'm getting is advice to use the website (eBay) that I've clearly expressed I have issues with. Obviously my objections to using that site are well rooted, and my reaction to advice to use eBay will be repetitive.

    Does anyone have any non-eBay and non-pen show related advice for people who live far from the usual markets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    That's a rather unkind remark.

    I've been looking for a non-eBay solution here. All I'm getting is advice to use the website (eBay) that I've clearly expressed I have issues with. Obviously my objections to using that site are well rooted, and my reaction to advice to use eBay will be repetitive.

    Does anyone have any non-eBay and non-pen show related advice for people who live far from the usual markets?
    I source most of my pens from the wild but it takes a lot of looking. eBay has its pitfalls but I've done well there. Pen Shows are a great place to find 51s but they require travel.

    From any source, with vintage pens, you are limited to what pens are on hand in terms of color, cap style, nib, etc.

    Have you considered an online retailer such as Peyton Street Pens? I know Teri and her crew and they do a good job.

    Of course with retail sites you do pay a bit more.

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    [QUOTE=Empty_of_Clouds;260231]That's a rather unkind remark.
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    You may choose to regard it as unkind. However, you might consider that it reflects your response to perceived difficulty, not just in this thread but more generally in this forum. If you were able to deal with that, you might get greater enjoyment from your interest in fountain pens.
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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    That's a rather unkind remark.

    I've been looking for a non-eBay solution here. All I'm getting is advice to use the website (eBay) that I've clearly expressed I have issues with. Obviously my objections to using that site are well rooted, and my reaction to advice to use eBay will be repetitive.

    Does anyone have any non-eBay and non-pen show related advice for people who live far from the usual markets?
    Wouldn't have recommended a pen show if you weren't already attending one.

    But failing that, another endorsement for Peyton Street: I've had several nice Parkers from Teri, including a 51 quite similar to the one in the OP.

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    [QUOTE=Deb;260252]
    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    That's a rather unkind remark.
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    You may choose to regard it as unkind. However, you might consider that it reflects your response to perceived difficulty, not just in this thread but more generally in this forum. If you were able to deal with that, you might get greater enjoyment from your interest in fountain pens.
    And yet if it wasn't for people like me there would be considerably less content generation on this website. A paradox perhaps.

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    Here are two British shops I've used. They recondition their pens - and the prices are higher than e-bay, but you will get a pen that works.

    https://www.vintagefountainpens.co.uk/ourshop/

    https://www.penhome.co.uk/

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    Here's another, but with prices that are often better than eBay: https://www.goodwriterssales.com/
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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    Here's another, but with prices that are often better than eBay: https://www.goodwriterssales.com/
    That is Deb's website, in case you were unaware.

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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    Quote Originally Posted by AzJon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    Here's another, but with prices that are often better than eBay: https://www.goodwriterssales.com/
    That is Deb's website, in case you were unaware.
    She also does a great job on her blog. Nice resource on vintage pens from the UK.

    All the Best.

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    And she has Parkers, and Empty_of_Clouds can buy online from a dealer he knows that's not eBay! Problem solved!
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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    But no 51s
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    And she has Parkers, and Empty_of_Clouds can buy online from a dealer he knows that's not eBay! Problem solved!

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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    A theoretical solution for a thought experiment.

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    But no 51s
    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    And she has Parkers, and Empty_of_Clouds can buy online from a dealer he knows that's not eBay! Problem solved!
    At the moment.
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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    Nope. No 51s at the moment. You never know when one might appear, though...
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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    Nope. No 51s at the moment. You never know when one might appear, though...
    That is so true. The nature of inventory like yours and mine is quite fickle
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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    EOC, what exactly are you looking for in a 51? Color, nib, filling type etc...

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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    Nothing overly specific. Are the differences between filling systems really that significant? I mean the vacumatics may require servicing every few years, but is that the only difference?

    Colours: the combination in the OP is nice. I had a midnight blue 51 once, though it had a lustraloy cap when a gold cap would have looked nicer. The 51 DJ I sold had the cap that I really like, but it is not a cap found on aeros or single jewel vacs.

    Really when it comes to colours it is easier to say what I don't like: very pale grey (?dove grey), brown, mustard, green, and teal (on the fence).

    Nib: fine or extra fine.

    Overall though I am not looking for a beat up pen.

    It's an idle search, not one that I am pursuing with any real enthusiasm.

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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    I mean the vacumatics may require servicing every few years, but is that the only difference?
    Where do you hear this from?
    Unless you regularly store the pen in a 40 degrees Celcius attic, a vacumatic filler restored with a brand new rubber diaphragm should last you a decade or maybe two.
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    Default Re: Parker 51 availability

    This forum, other forums and websites. When I say 'every few years' I am only referring to the stuff I've read that says that it does need servicing, whereas the aeros generally do not (apparently). But hey, I know nothing about pens, so take it with a pinch of salt.

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