So last week, with a suggestion from one of the teachers at the academy, I went through and purged all the gnarly crusty old brushes and replaced them with brand spanking new brushes. LONG HANDLE brushes too... which I normally don't.
My default is about a 4 Round brush... so I got a couple extra 4 rounds, but I also got some filberts and flats and a couple angles (angles are also a staple of mine). WHAT A DIFFERENCE THEY MAKE!!! I swear I am going to take better care of these!!
I used me old brushes as props for my booth: