Before buying I read the reviews about the musty smell. Thought the comments were a little wierd and bought anyway. But they do have a dank, musty smell that is very noticeable when your head is on the pillow -- although it has diminished quite a bit in the 2 weeks or so that I've had them. The pillows look great, good construction, good quality fabric, separate zipping covers, but in total comfort, they don't measure up to pillows that cost much less than these (and a fraction of the "original" price). Some reviews suggested that they were "too firm." For me, they weren't too firm but had a synthetic, bouncy foam pillow feel -- just the opposite to the moldable feel that you want in a down pillow.