I bought two of these pillows in King size. They did have a slight musty smell but nothing that a few minutes in the dryer couldn't get rid of. These pillows are as described.....extra firm. Filled to the max with feathers. We've had them a few weeks now and are getting use to them. Your head will not sink to the bottom. Lots of support. We had pretty flat pillows before, so these have really been quite a change. Great deal for the money....we were going to buy the High-End brand of pillows from Macy's but they were $360.00 each. These are very luxurious, comfortable and well worth the price. I would def buy these again.