alcx, Well, without access to examining the brushes in person, it's tough, and no doubt about that. Those members in England don't know how lucky they are when it comes to this problem. You start by trying to define what you want and like, or think you might like, in a general way; around what size, stiff or flexible, soft or 'scritchy' tips, absolute maximum you're willing to pay, etc. When you have that you run it by the Brush section in a seperate thread and see what responses you get. Then you shift and winnow those, make the best choice you can.....and pull the trigger. Is it a gamble?....sure...but there's no other way under the circumstances. The good news is that if you get a brush from one of the top makers and really don't like it, you can usually recoup at least some of your money by selling it on our Sales/Trades forum. A lot of our members have gone through this process here, so, you'd be in good company.