I have been waiting for these for sometime now, it was hard watching all the posts from people saying that I had received theirs. I have made a quick check of the brushes. I see one that has a a frayed point which I suppose isn't bad out of 23 brushes. I'll see if the point neatens up when I get it out of the package. I know I went in a little on the large side with untried brushes but I figure I can always just give them to the CMPA for classes if it comes right down to it. The ), 00 and 000 are a lot closer to the DaVinci Restauro brushes that I have. Nice points but no real belly to hold the paint will see how well those do in my climate. I'm taking the claims of how fantastic these are with a grain of salt. I'll definitely give them a spin this weekend at the CMPA's 2nd Saturday workshop. Here's a quick look at what I received.