Eclectic Shorthand?

Has anyone successfully learned Cross Eclectic to any degree of proficiency? You can find the whole manual on Google Books.

I'm fascinated by the concision and position system, but I've been unable to do the shading required for initial H and final R, and when I look through the word lists, I see words like "usually" and "branded" or something that look almost identical. It seems to require almost godly perfect penmanship, with subtle differences of a millimeter in the middle of a curve changing the whole word. In the alphabet list, there are some letters where I can't see the difference at all between them.

What are other peoples' impressions on this system?

(by Erik for everyone)