Well, as with everything around here, brushes are very YMMV. But I am perplexed why the Semogue boars seem to get so much more respect than the Omega. No boar brush is really expensive, the range top to bottom is much, much narrower than with badgers. But I wonder if psychologically the slightly more expensive Semogues create a bias toward thinking they are higher quality (good read on questions like this is book Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely). Maybe not, though, they do feel different. What I love about the Omegas is the bristles tend to stay straighter. The Semogue, when well-broken in, end up looking like my head the morning after having a couple too many martinis! Bed head extraordinaire! I had an SOC, and I still have a Semogue 2000. I also have a black handled Omega pro (49) and the longer-handled barber brush (98 I think). I actually taded my SOC for the Omega 98, and the member on the other side of the trade thought I was nuts. But I like the 2000 better than the SOC. My favorites are the Omegas, though. Once they are wet and loaded with cream, they don't feel that different to me, frankly, but the Omegas are better IMO because they don't get so splayed out when broken in. Anyone else feel that way? The Omegas are certainly the best value going in brushes. No fancy handles, but terrific functionality for the money!