My Rooney 2/1 was my first "non-dime-store" brush. In fact, it was my only brush before a wicked case of SBAD set in and led me to places like Simpson's, Omega, C&E/EJ, and Vulfix. I, too, liked the fact that the Rooney 2/1 shape was a little more contemporary, and different from most of the other brushes out there (even before I knew about anything called a persian jar). I have been extremely pleased with my 2/1. I still keep it in the shower as my everyday brush when I don't have time to do a "full" shave at the sink with either soap and my Chubby 1, cream and my C&E/EJ Super, or one of the other brushes I try to keep out of sight and in frequent use. Although I now only use it with the GFT Almond tub or Proraso Green tube I keep in the shower, it performed equally well with soaps (Nomad and Tabac) when it was my only choice. I heartily recommend the Rooney 2/1, and think you will be pleased. Good luck whatever you decide.
it was the only kindness ... it was accidental, too.