I wanted to share with you my thoughts on it, if it's worth the price, etc.
First things first, if you are just starting with watercolor I don't recommend this set. Here is why:
. There are many other great quality watercolor paints much cheaper than Winsor & Newton Professional line. Such as their Cotman series.
. You should start with a small set so you can learn how to create more colors by mixing the ones you have. If you start with a large set, you will get overwhelmed by the mixing possibilities and instead of helping, it will create more distraction.
. You should try different brands to see which you prefer. I really love Old Holland paints too.
. You should try watercolor paints in tube as well. I think it might be better for some people, especially if you desire to paint large pieces.
If you are a professional, or someone that is ready to take the next step, then yes. I highly recommend this set. Here is why.
. Winsor & Newton individual watercolor tubes cost $8/ average for the 5ml tubes. But you waste so much paint with tubes once you need to clean your palette.
. Winsor & Newton individual watercolor half pan cost $8/average as well. I believe that it's for a smaller amount of paint but you don't waste any, because you aren't transferring to a palette. I couldn't find exactly how many ml is equivalent to.
If you purchase all 96 colors individually you would be paying $768, with this set you pay $581.68.
I love the idea that I have all the colors they have, and when I run out of one I will know exactly which one to buy. It's very hard to choose the right colors just by looking at their color chart. They really don't look the same to me.
So far I have been loving them. I do find more difficult to mix colors with half pans instead of tubes but I hope to get used to with time.
Let me know if you have any questions on the set and I will gladly answer them.