Moersch SE1 Sepia developer

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  1. Gary Holliday

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    Has anyone any experiences with SE1 sepia developer? I'm using Forte PWT paper in either Agfa Neutol WA or Ilford WT with nice results, but would like a stronger sepia tone.

    Using bleach/ sepia toner on the Forte paper produces awful sickly results looking like something out of The Waltons.

    Is SE1 used a a straight developer as an alternative to Agfa WA...is it any warmer?

    Or does the combined weak selenium tone with SE1 produce the stronger sepia look I'm probably looking for?

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    I don't believe that the SE1 is warmer than Neutol WA, maybe a little less greenish. I would call the tone cool brown.
    A toning with weak selenium cools down the colour even more.
    Bleach and sulphur (thiurea too) yields with chloride-papers an unsightly yellow colour. This also can appear with direct sodium sulphide or polysulphide toning. It depends also on the used developer. Polysulphide toners work in very high dilution, therefore still during the wash. You can avoid this with a 10% solution of sodium sulfite as toner-stopbath.

    for example: PW14 in SE1 sepia - Toner MT4 Siena (Polysulphide+Selenium) 1+20 30sec - stopped in sulfite.

    http://www.moersch-photochemie.com/bilder.php?galerie=tonung&bild=18
     
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