I was searching my local stores for the Richeson brush that you folks were highly recommending and finally found a vendor who would bring one in for me. Of course the cost was quite high. (not my question)

The vendor is trying to convince me that there are other brushes at half the cost that will perform equally as well. Has anybody actually confirmed that the Richeson is far superior? Is my salesperson way off base?

I also at this time would like to buy only one brush. My first tests will be contact printing 4x5 negatives. Then hopefully a jump to 8x10. Will a 2 inch brush be OK for both sizes?

Thanks