I got sick and tired of the Citadel brushes awhile ago - so I decided to treat myself to something nicer. After some shopping around locally, reading some reviews and talking to some artists, I bought some very nice (and a little pricey) Raphael series 8404 Kolinsky sable brushes. I have been using these new brushes for about a month and I have been blown away by their quality. These things are super smooth, have a beautiful point and stand up to my abuse very well. I am currently using Nos. 1, 0 and 3/0 with the No. 0 getting by far the most use. The brushes are rather slender, but after I got used to that I vowed never to look back.