A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a bunch of stuff from Classic Shaving:
Vulfix #403 Best Badger Brush
Classic Shaving Mug
Shaving Mug Soap Assortment
Taylor Shave Shop Shaving Cream
Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave Balm
While I was waiting for it to show up, I went to Target and got a tube of Prorasso Shaving Cream and a Proraso Boar Brush and decided to try my hand with my trusty old Mach 3. After about a week, I was getting perfect shaves using the new technique with the old Mach 3.
Tonight I gave the Badger Brush and the Merkur HD a whirl. Very impressed with the Badger. The HD is going to take a little getting used to. It was tricky maintaining a constant angle and pressure. No nicks or razor burn (except a nasty cut on my lip when my hand slipped), but the shave wasn't very close either. It's going to take some practice.