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    Default Re: Montblanc USA Fort Worth Repair Center now CLOSED.

    I'm a new member here, but joined because I was told there were first hand reports here of the new service center.

    I do not live near a boutique or AD, so mail order service is my only option.

    I have two LEs I've bought in the past year that I'd like nib swaps on. One is the Walt Disney, bought in January of last year(so the clock is ticking for me on that one) and the other is the 146 80 Days bought pretty much as soon as they were available(I want o say mid-May). I really want an OBB on the Disney and an OM on the 80 days, but had drug my feet on sending them to Texas.

    To be honest, in my communication with MyJewelryRepair, I was a bit put off. I didn't in particular appreciate that I had to arrange shipping through them, but that's a different story(also did Texas charge for return shipping?).

    Also, reading this thread, it seems that they don't really "get" in-date nib swaps if I understand correctly, and also it looks like they'll hit hard if they need to send to Hamburg. I was under the impression that Texas would order the LE nibs from Hamburg and install in house, but I'm wondering if this place will simply send swaps directly there.

    Separate from that, I have a 60s 149 with a cracked barrel and I'm afraid I might be at the end of the road on finding a replacing or repairing it(plus I still have the lingering leaky piston seal, which I did patch up with silicone grease, but I don't know how permanent that is). From what I understand, in the past at Texas this would have been an L1 service and basically been fitting the old nib onto a new 149 body. It sounds like the new place might not treat it as such.

    Because of all of that, I'm seriously considering bypassing them and going directly to Hamburg with all three. Has anyone in the US had any experience with doing that? How would you all approach what I'm wanting to do?

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    Default Re: Montblanc USA Fort Worth Repair Center now CLOSED.

    Hi bunnspecial and welcome to fpg. Your best bet is to contact Montblanc directly through their concierge service. The Canada Montblanc Representative gave me a number of 1-800-995-4810 and hours of 0900 to 2000 EST Monday through Friday. They may be closed tomorrow for the Labor Day holiday. If you do send your pens to Hamburg be sure to note on the US Customs form that they are being returned to manufacturer for Repair. (Thanks for the tip, Chrissy!)

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    Default Re: Montblanc USA Fort Worth Repair Center now CLOSED.

    Quote Originally Posted by bunnspecial View Post
    ...I have a 60s 149 with a cracked barrel....
    This is a job for the independents with a supply of vintage parts.

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    Default Re: Montblanc USA Fort Worth Repair Center now CLOSED.

    Hi Bunnspecial, glad you made it over here.

    I would advise patience with the 1960s 149 — depending, of course, on how fond you are of the 1960s version. The lighter weight is nice. If you don’t care then obviously it doesn’t matter, but then you face the dilemma of whether to send it to the MyJewelryRepair people. I would try to dig up a parts pen before i did that. Even if you don’t find anything that suits you, MyJewelryRepair may behave better down the road or at least become more predictable.
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    Default Re: Montblanc USA Fort Worth Repair Center now CLOSED.

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bunnspecial View Post
    ...I have a 60s 149 with a cracked barrel....
    This is a job for the independents with a supply of vintage parts.
    While that would certainly be preferable, I don't know if Ron Zorn or Linda at Indy-Pen-Dance would have the necessary hard-to-find parts. The last I saw Ron had a 16+ week queue before he even looks at your fountain pen, although he would be able to do the lathe work if a brand new barrel would be made, but it probably would be $$$. The only other repair person I can think of who might have the parts is Dr. Osman Sumer in Hamburg, Germany.

    And to answer bunnspecial's question, when the old MB Repair Center returned my unrepaired pen to me they sent it by Second Day Fedex Insured without charge.
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    Default Re: Montblanc USA Fort Worth Repair Center now CLOSED.

    For vintage German pen parts or their fabrication, I was thinking in terms of Osman Sümer, Max (Horst) Schrage, Francis Goossens and Tom Westerich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    For vintage German pen parts or their fabrication, I was thinking in terms of Osman Sümer, Max (Horst) Schrage, Francis Goossens and Tom Westerich.
    Is Brad Torelli still doing repairs?

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    Default Re: Montblanc USA Fort Worth Repair Center now CLOSED.

    Thank you everyone for the comments. The nib swaps on the LEs are more pressing to me, and I will contact the concierge service as suggested.

    As for the 60s 149-I have been hoping a replacement barrel will turn up as I'm rather fond of the profile of the early resin one piece barrels(even more so than the 70s one-piece ones).

    Ron Zorn is who I usually go to for parts, and he has done some absolutely amazing work for me in the past. I just got 4 pens back from him two months ago, two of them Montblancs. One of them was an 18C BB 147 that had made a trip through the washing machine(that one killed me) plus had some missing rhodium plating from before I bought it, and he made it perfect again. Ron has told me, though, that he absolutely won't touch MB resin as he's found nothing that he can reliably work it with.

    I've contacted Brad Torelli, but never heard back. I'm afraid this might be too "lowly" of work for him to take on, as there's nothing especially special about the pen other than its tri-tone 18c B nib, which I don't think is especially rare either. I've tried using Capt. Tolley's to fix it, which I know won't repair the crack but I'd hoped would keep it from leaking, but it seems to be a short lived repair.

    In any case, I hate to lose the character of the pen, and I'm partial to features like ebonite feeds, but an MB factory repair would at least get me a functional pen with this nib...I do keep my eyes open and if a barrel popped up, I'd be on it.

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