I'm fond of the Escoda Tajmyr brushes as well (they are thinner brushes which I prefer) and I've tried just about every brush on the market. I also find the Raphael brushes to be absolutely top notch, keep in mind though that their sizes tend to be larger than other brushes. For instance their #1 is larger than an Escoda or a W&N, just a good thing to keep in mind if ordering brushes online.
The one thing to remember with the higher end brushes is to take extremely good care of them, if you do they will be happy happy for a very long time.
I find with the Escoda that using some good hair conditioner on them once a month keeps them functioning extremely well...this is in addition to cleaning my brushes with Master's brush soap (remember to leave a little soap on the brush, point it and let it dry) at the close of the painting day. Then again, the same love should be given to any brush regardless of the manufacturer.