For all the crap the brand takes on these boards, most MBs I've owned have performed well and have not had a problem with the plastic ("precious resin"). My first FP was a MB 144 that I received as a gift from my in-laws when I graduated from law school. I really got into fountain pens when I lost it and wanted to replace it; I searched on line (it was 1998; I used Netscape!) and a whole world opened up. But that pen wrote very well and served me well for many years.
Why does someone pick up/pick out a fountain pen? Most likely they're attracted by the looks or by the functionality. And most modern pens will perform well out of the box - I think it's hard to go wrong with modern pens for a newbie. I think it's incredibly easy to go wrong with a vintage pen, which require care that most of us have had to learn over the years (don't expose HR pens to light, etc.) and I would not recommend them as a first pen.
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