Thanks for all the responses! I got to try W & N's as well as Da Vinci's in a few painting classes at Gen Con last year. Really liked both of them and was hoping to get a few for myself when I discovered the import issue. Although the Raphaels were not mentioned in my classes, I will definitely look into buying them if they are still available in the U.S.
Help! I have just started painting mini's and want to purchase some Kolinsky Sable brushes. However, after some research, I have discovered due to some new requirements by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, they are no longer being shipped to the U.S. (http://www.winsornewton.com/news/us-stock-announcement) How are you getting your brushes? Any suggestions on other types of brushes?