01-15-2014, 02:44 PM
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Where are all the Rooneys? Seems most carriers are sold out or very little stock left. Been that way for a while too.

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 01-15-2014, 03:14 PM
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  • minimalist
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That's a shame because they are quite good

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 01-15-2014, 03:14 PM
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  • ben74
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Been the case for a number of years now...

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 01-15-2014, 03:20 PM
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Shortage is more the Heritage line ... regular silvertips (style 1,2,3) are still relatively plentiful at vintage blades.
Alternative: go for a M&F, also allows you to customize the handle/knot...

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 01-15-2014, 03:46 PM
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I have always assumed Lee Sabini relinquished the work and company and they aren't being produced as often as they used to. This is, of course, all speculation. Blush

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 01-15-2014, 03:57 PM
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My understanding is that Lee used to manage Rooney but is no longer involved with the brand. They are nice brushes and well worth tracking down.

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 01-15-2014, 04:42 PM
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(01-15-2014, 03:57 PM)guildx500 Wrote: My understanding is that Lee used to manage Rooney but is no longer involved with the brand. They are nice brushes and well worth tracking down.

That seems odd to me. Who supposedly manages the brand now? I've seen no new brushes recently... Sleepy

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 01-15-2014, 05:24 PM
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Ah, the everlasting mystery of Rooney & Lee Sabini. I think there are secret tunnels dug underneath London that connect the Rooney building & Lee's secret lair. No one but him is allowed to walk those ancient tunnels. A mute messenger brings the brushes out for mailing and sales, no one else has seen Lee in person for decades. Biggrin

On a serious note, the Heritage line of Rooney brushes are just outstanding!

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 01-15-2014, 05:29 PM
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(01-15-2014, 05:24 PM)cessnabird Wrote: Ah, the everlasting mystery of Rooney & Lee Sabini. I think there are secret tunnels dug underneath London that connect the Rooney building & Lee's secret lair. No one but him is allowed to walk those ancient tunnels. A mute messenger brings the brushes out for mailing and sales, no one else has seen Lee in person for decades. Biggrin

On a serious note, the Heritage line of Rooney brushes are just outstanding!

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 01-15-2014, 05:45 PM
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I have 2 Heritage brushes now. Of course, that simply will not do.Undecided

I really like the diameter of knots in the Heritage 2xl line and thought I'd hunt for another (I've been a good boy, ya know).

I have Celestino to blame for this mess!Biggrin

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 01-15-2014, 06:37 PM
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(01-15-2014, 05:45 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: I have 2 Heritage brushes now. Of course, that simply will not do.Undecided

I really like the diameter of knots in the Heritage 2xl line and thought I'd hunt for another (I've been a good boy, ya know).

I have Celestino to blame for this mess!Biggrin

* Randy, I would highly suggest one of the M&F 2XL Heritage ones. They are even softer than the Rooney ones you have. Biggrin

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 01-15-2014, 07:44 PM
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Hey Guys,

Just a note on my experience, as far as how I have been using brushes lately, I prefer to use less circular motions and more side to side. I was looking to buy the Bee Hive (3 Band?) Super Badger and I had 2 sizes available. I was just testing the feel and flow through in my hand and actually preferred the smaller sized knot. I loved the whipping motion and the way the bristles spread. I didn't end up buying do to price and the handle as many say is great to look at but not my favorite to hold.

I then found vintagebladesllc.com has a bit of stock online and bought the $99 imitation tortoise shell handle "super" silvertip badger which is the "style 3, size 1". That was more of an impulse buy and when I actually received it I was very happy because it was very very similar to the flow through I liked on the beehive and really enjoyed the feel and look of the handle.

Have just been doing test lathers with it but am very happy with the size of the know and the feel of the know itself, not just the softness of the tips.

Best of luck if you find one and decide on your poison.

Cheers!

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 01-15-2014, 09:58 PM
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(01-15-2014, 05:24 PM)cessnabird Wrote: Ah, the everlasting mystery of Rooney & Lee Sabini. I think there are secret tunnels dug underneath London that connect the Rooney building & Lee's secret lair. No one but him is allowed to walk those ancient tunnels. A mute messenger brings the brushes out for mailing and sales, no one else has seen Lee in person for decades. Biggrin

On a serious note, the Heritage line of Rooney brushes are just outstanding!

My thoughts exactly!! Hahah

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 01-16-2014, 09:04 AM
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(01-15-2014, 06:37 PM)celestino Wrote:
(01-15-2014, 05:45 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: I have 2 Heritage brushes now. Of course, that simply will not do.Undecided

I really like the diameter of knots in the Heritage 2xl line and thought I'd hunt for another (I've been a good boy, ya know).

I have Celestino to blame for this mess!Biggrin

* Randy, I would highly suggest one of the M&F 2XL Heritage ones. They are even softer than the Rooney ones you have. Biggrin


My friend, in your experience the M&F Heritage brushes have softer tips than the Rooney Heritage ones?

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 01-16-2014, 09:30 AM
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Lee sources his hair from the same places as Rooney so it should be equal.

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 01-16-2014, 08:57 PM
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(01-16-2014, 09:04 AM)TheMonk Wrote: My friend, in your experience the M&F Heritage brushes have softer tips than the Rooney Heritage ones?

* David, there isn't much of a difference, but I think the new M&F Heritage hair is a tiny bit softer, in my opinion. The knot is actually less dense than the Rooney Heritage XL line, but the backbone is a bit stronger for me.

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 01-17-2014, 03:10 AM
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(01-16-2014, 08:57 PM)celestino Wrote:
(01-16-2014, 09:04 AM)TheMonk Wrote: My friend, in your experience the M&F Heritage brushes have softer tips than the Rooney Heritage ones?

* David, there isn't much of a difference, but I think the new M&F Heritage hair is a tiny bit softer, in my opinion. The knot is actually less dense than the Rooney Heritage XL line, but the backbone is a bit stronger for me.

Thank you for your answer, my friend. I have never tried the Heritage hair per se, and I am curious. Also, I do believe my next brush will be a M&F Heritage, probably an L7 26mm, and so your feedback is much appreciated. Wink

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 01-17-2014, 09:46 AM
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David, nada, meu amigo e boa sorte com a M&F! Biggrin

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 01-17-2014, 10:47 AM
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Where to find M&F Heritage brushes as well??

Also, I have located Lee Sabini and am exchanging emails at the momment with him to try and work out a custom brush. Any tips for me?

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 01-17-2014, 11:38 AM
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(01-17-2014, 10:47 AM)CyanideMetal Wrote: Where to find M&F Heritage brushes as well??

Also, I have located Lee Sabini and am exchanging emails at the momment with him to try and work out a custom brush. Any tips for me?


Yes. Tell Lee specifically what you want but also (and this is very important) listen to what he has to say, and to his recommendations based on his current lots of hair.
As all brush manufacturers, he tries to grade his hair types, but they do vary according to the lots, and sometimes the line between them may be blurry, so it pays off to listen to who knows best. Just my 2 cents, of course. Smile

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