Well, I used this brush last night and I was very pleased with how it performed.
Taking literally a dozen or so swirls to load and face lathering with Wickham Parma Violet soap the lather was outstanding in all respects.
It has very soft tips and is not at all floppy.
There is no protruding glue bump as with my 24mm YaqI Tuxedo.
I'm very pleased with my purchase and will use this brush regularly
I received mine, exactly the same yesterday. I find it very soft but performs very well. My first synthetic and almost certainly going to find a home in my rotation. I even passed an old W/S boar that it has replaced on to my wife to dust the cacti(!).