The Pelikan Concerto is a momento of the most glorious highlights in musical history. This magnificent creation features a deep blue body encircled by a gold plated sterling silver collar. On the body is a musical motif, the opening bars to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", and a Victorian pattern enshrined by hand. It's a gold relief, so the other parts are filled with dark blue lacquer and a gold plating, making it a highly recommended item for music lovers. The Pelikan Concerto also features an 18k gold nib - inscribed by hand and platinum decorations.
The Pelikan Concerto Fountain Pen was originally due for release around the Christmas period of 1995. However, due to complications and negotiations over the use of Beethoven's "Ode an die Freude" ("Ode to Joy") on the design of the pen, and problems encountered during the testing of the pen's materials, production was delayed.
Customers who had already pre-ordered the pen received a personal apology letter from Pelikan along with a CD of Beethoven's 9th Symphony - from which the "Ode to Joy" featured on the pen's design was taken from. For many this increased their excitement of getting their own Concerto and provided another memento and interesting companion piece to their exclusive pen.
Another interesting fact about this pen is that it was never able to be sold in Switzerland. This was due to unusual regulations regarding the hallmarking of the gold-plated sterling silver barrel overlays. The Swiss customs authorities prohibited its importation.
A limited run of 4000 fountain pens were produced, and finally reached the market in 1996.