I got the new Chris Christensen gold series pin brush. Comparing it to my trusty #1 All Systems I'm #1 white pad 27 mm pin brush, the trusty old #1 wins. The CC brush is very well made and all, but, like my problem with their other brushes, does not have enough "give" and flexibility in the pins/pad. Its not a big deal if the dog isn't in coat, so, I would say it is a really nice brush and worth your money to use on a shorter coat you want a pin brush, especially a thicker or cottony coat. A longer cottony coat or double coat (like a Shih or Lhasa) would probably love this brush. For my single-coated more delicate Malt coat (even Mikey's soft coat), the #1 is much more gentle and does not pull out coat. JMO and each coat will vary.