Thanks Julia. Brushes are a pain for me. I have had favorite brushes and the name has worn off (did I think to write it down, NO!) and I have trouble finding what I like. I don’t do hair brushes — I don’t want to kill critters for brushes — that is just me. I buy synthetics. And I have some very cheap brushes (not just inexpensive but cheap) that I’ve loved — I buy them for our shop as I use them in the furniture conservation business. I don’t want to waste $$ on expensive brushes as sometimes they are trashed in one sitting. In those cases I go for Princeton’s package brushes (Blick’s sell them) and often I love them for my artwork.
Currently I am happiest with Da Vinci Cosmotops. I have some Loew-Cornell brushes (older) that I still love. It is completel;y personal, brushes, and soem people here will love the two I am about to name as not-loved-at-all, but I don’t love Escoda Versatil or Escoda Prado.
BUT BUT BUT, one thing that I have learned, is to keep a brush for awhile and continue to play with it. Sometimes they break in (more like me breaking in) like comfortable shoes after awhile.