This is my new easel: the Best Santa Fe V ordered from Dick Blick. So far, so good.
It has big cups - I assume for solvent - but I don't keep open containers of solvent around so they work fine for holding my brushes. It also has a little ceramic palette that is much too small for mixing anything but it's a nice place to put my mixing knife.
On the left is my old easel. It served me well for many years but it's a little shaky, and the painting tray is held up with a nail. I drilled a series of holes on the mast and then slide the tray up or down, pushing the nail in to hold it.
I like having 2 easels in my studio now. After this photo was taken I set up 2 similar paintings side by side so that I could work on them at once.