I was bummed. Really bummed.
Then, I went to the art store with a friend and she went to another part of the store while I asked a shop employee for recommendations on a suitable replacement. The set nearest to the one I lost was a bit too compact and had a water reservoir attached to it which was cool, but it was so limited in pigment pan space, that it just wasn't right. She then showed me the set she has herself. It's a set with 12 pans, but with space for 24 and fits a brush of regular size, too! I was sold. I bought two additional pans from their Horadam line - Manganese violet and a Dark red.
I don't know about you, but when I was a kid and received a new box of crayons, I tested out each color... So that's what I did here.
Yay! New watercolor set!
|Schmencke Set 75412 AKADEMIE® Aquarell, Solid metal box|
with 12 half pans and space for 12 additional half pans
And, in 15 years, watercolor pans have changed a lot! These pans are so much smoother and less grainy than before. The pigment cakes dry way faster, too, and the colors flow much more like ink. I'm kind of glad the old set retired itself. Otherwise, I might never have known!