Anybody familiar with Forte papers?

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  1. Bruce Osgood

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    I bought a 10 sheet pack of Forte Elegance Polygrade V FB Semi-matt neutral tone to see what I could see.

    When I opened the box and took out the sheet to look at suggested filters for a Beseler color head, the document is titled: Forte Polywarmtone Plus.

    Does anyone know why there is such a difference between packaging and instructions? What do I have? Would you follow the instructions or reinvent the wheel?
     
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    We use a lot of their papers and haven't noticed that problem.
    I would go ahead and make a print, or process a piece of paper. The warmtone will have a warmer base; as one would expect. If you are still not sure; place a print in some selenium and if it is the warmtone it will shift farily quickly to eggplant.
     
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    I don't have experience with Polywarmtone Plus, but I have used Polygrade V Neutral Tone quite a bit. It produces neutral to cool tones with my phenidone-ascorbate developer, but as Ann noted about Polywarmtone, Polygrade V also shifts color VERY rapidly in relatively concentrated selenium toner (e.g. 1:9). If you don't want a strong color shift with this toner, you will have to use much higher dilutions (1:20 or 1:40) and watch the print closely with a comparison print in water next to it. I find the Polygrade V to be a nice paper, but consistency and quality control have not been great.
     
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    I bought a pack at Adorama a couple weeks ago and found the same warmtone document -- haven't used the paper yet, so don't know if the plant slipped the wrong sheet into the neutral tone sleeve, or used the wrong sleeve for the warmtone paper.

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    That's exactly where I bought mine... Adorama.