I have a couple of emails out to Ilford right now and am awaiting a response, but I was curious if anyone else had stumbled across this problem. I'm working on a project right now and we have bought 8, 50 sheet 16x20 boxes of paper for this, all with the new harman logo. The paper arrived in January, and we've just started printing this week. On almost every sheet (but not all) of paper out of the first box, there was a smallish (about the size of a pencil eraser or a little smaller) diffuse density spot (black) that first appeared about an inch and a half into the top portion of each sheet. It appeared to move laterally across from one sheet to the next. It is on paper pulled fresh out of the box and processed unexposed as well. It doesn't look like a fixer or processing stain caused by the machine, and doesn't appear to be fogged in our darkroom. Other paper (kodak, ilford) process fine--the 2150 machine in use is working as it should, and these 16x20 prints are being selenium toned as well, and the blemish in the border areas increase in d-max along with the image area when toned, but doesn't stain like a residual fixer stain would. It is stronger in the center, in terms of d-max, but has a slight diffuse halo on the edges. The prints I'm making will be matted, and at first this spot was in the borders so I figured the mat would cover them up, but now it is appearing in the image area, so I had to try another new box of paper and the same sort of mark is on some of those sheets as well. The paper was all purchased at the same time, from the same vendor and seems to be the same emulsion number. I would attach a scan, but I honestly don't have time to scan the prints and they're 16x20 sheets as well. My question is simply has anyone else encountered this with recent batches of Ilford paper? Thanks in advance-- Kent Thompson, Photographer North Carolina Museum of History Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Opinions expressed in this message may not represent the policy of my agency. This email message is also subject to North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.