As I am not new to wet shaving, I am new to the DE aspect of wet shaving and the good shave soaps and creams. I just ordered my first Merkur HD, extra blades, and some Taylor's avocado. I have been using a cheap Wal-Mart pig brush, which works well with my Burts Bee bay rum shave soap (no longer available ). I am thinking about stepping up to one of those best badger from C&E. Is there any other comparable brands in this price range? And is this a good brush for creams?