04-14-2013, 06:00 AM
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Some weeks ago I acquired from Ben an Old Stock Rooney Alibaba Size 3 in Heritage 3 Band. Cool The Heritage 3 band knot is remarkable: though only a 21/48mm size knot the brush is very dense and provides a soft but scrubby face sensation. A noticeable glue bump makes the loft effectively 45mm and provides an impressive mushroom bloom. And the handle is simply gorgeous/voluptuous (only a PJ comes close).

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But I am a 2 band kind of a guy…Aaaaa I have tried most of the 2 band brushes out there and significantly reduced my arsenal of 3 band brushes in favor of 2 bands. My favorite 2 band knots are Simpson, Thäter and the early (gel like) Rooney Heritage batches. I also own WSP and VB 2 bands. In my original Alibaba thread few members posted pictures of there Alibaba 2 band brushes… and I got hooked!!!

Hence, I started the quest to find a Rooney Alibaba Heritage 2 band brush - posting WTB all over the universe, not expecting that anybody would want to part with any of these outstanding brushes. Thankfully, a member of this forum (thanks, Stuart!) was willing to part with one (he owned two) and I was lucky to acquire an Alibaba Size 3 in Heritage 2 band. Thumbup

Meet the Alibaba Twins!!

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The 2 band turned out exactly as I hoped it would be: a medium dense knot with curly, clumpy (when wet) and gel like tips! I remember a thread where a member complained about a Thäter brush with these characteristics as broken - but that is not true! Very fine hair with very soft tips will curl and will clump when wet!
The Alibaba turned out to be a true gem and worthy a constant place in my rotation. With a 21/48mm knot this is a smaller brush, however, due to its fan shape it provides ample contact for face lathering - and significantly less bloom than its 3 band sibling.

Very soon I will be comparing the older Heritage hair with the latest batch. I have a Rooney Highlander Size 2 coming in from VB - my first new Rooney Heritage 2 band purchase in a long time...

Below some pics of this gorgeous Alibaba 2 band...

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 04-14-2013, 06:53 AM
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Very nice pair, German Thumbup

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 04-14-2013, 08:41 AM
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Those are beautiful brushes.

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 04-14-2013, 08:50 AM
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  • ben74
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Wonderful Persian duo, congratulations!

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 04-14-2013, 12:14 PM
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I can't see anything. Using chrome.

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 04-14-2013, 12:31 PM
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Pics were suddenly gone... I reattached them but the order got a bit screwed up...
(04-14-2013, 12:14 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: I can't see anything. Using chrome.

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 04-14-2013, 01:01 PM
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Congratulations and enjoy the brushes!

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 04-14-2013, 01:22 PM
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(04-14-2013, 12:31 PM)German Wrote: Pics were suddenly gone... I reattached them but the order got a bit screwed up...
(04-14-2013, 12:14 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: I can't see anything. Using chrome.

I think the site has some problems with pics disappearing after a while.....I now see this in two posts.....

Pics show at first, then disappear... Huh

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 04-20-2013, 05:28 AM
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I updated the OP with the pictures...
(04-14-2013, 01:22 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(04-14-2013, 12:31 PM)German Wrote: Pics were suddenly gone... I reattached them but the order got a bit screwed up...
(04-14-2013, 12:14 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: I can't see anything. Using chrome.

I think the site has some problems with pics disappearing after a while.....I now see this in two posts.....

Pics show at first, then disappear... Huh

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 04-20-2013, 09:27 AM
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Nice brushes !

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 04-20-2013, 09:54 AM
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You cannot help yourself when it comes to the two bands Georg!

Nice pick up ...

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 04-20-2013, 10:25 AM
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You are right... and that is true about high quality brushes from different manufacturers... Be not be surprised if you find another custom request from me soon... I already have options on my mind.. and of course they will be in 2 Band....
(04-20-2013, 09:54 AM)Simpson1919 Wrote: You cannot help yourself when it comes to the two bands Georg!

Nice pick up ...

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 04-23-2013, 03:38 PM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi German

Beautiful, curvy Alibaba Twins, with very! nice looking knots Thumbsup

Take care, Mike

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 04-24-2013, 01:20 PM
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I always wished I picked up an Alibaba 3 band, oh well. Very nice brushes!

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 04-24-2013, 01:23 PM
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Beautiful brushes there! Babeando

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 04-24-2013, 02:14 PM
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I had an early brush and I don't even remember whether it was two or three band. I do remember it was a short loft with a 21 mm knot. It was very stiff, almost no bloom and I didn't keep it long. Glad to know they weren't all like that one.

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