I am brand new to wetshaving. I currently use an electric and have disappointing results. The inability to get a close shave on my neck, which is sensitive and gets very irritated, has me dreading shaving. I have been looking into wetshaving for a while and have decided to take the plunge. I went to The Art of Shaving store and got some information. I have also been looking on the web forums. I would like to know if the fullsize starter kit at Art Of Shaving, which I can buy for $75, is a worthwhile investment. I have also located the highly touted $35 brush at a local Crabtree Evelyn. I believe both brushes are best badger. Is one superior to the other? Is the additional money for the AoS kit worth it for the pre-shave oil, creme and after shave? Are best badger brushes too coarse for someone like myself that is planning on face lathering? As far as razors go, the only ones I have seen in person are the AoS offers. The small Merkur heavyweight and the similarly priced longer handled lighter Merkur are in my price range. Anyone have recommendations for someone with fairly large hands (XL glove size)? Any opinions are appreciated.