For me, the standard is Illford. I started out using the MGIV paper which I got used for cheap. I have no complaints with the MGIV, either in satin or glossy. My supply eventually dwindled and I balked at the price of new MGIV. I bought some AristaEDU.Ultra paper, which is quite cheap and I like very much...as long as I want a warmtone paper. To me, this paper is practically a warmtone paper. I printed a whole vacations worth of photos on it and it's great but they are all warm toned, and it doesn't always suit the subject. Very nice, I have found a cheap warmtone paper! But I usually want a more neutral paper. I also bought some Arista II paper but I am convinced that I got a bad batch, which I am trying to send back to Freestylephoto. There are other brands of RC VC paper on Freestylephoto...Adox, Kentmere, Fotokemika. And of course, Illford. I have gotten used to my $.33-per-sheet Arista paper...I could just buy Illford but at over $.60 a sheet it would hold me back from the darkroom a bit I'm afraid. What I'm still looking for is a cheaper Illford MGIV VC RC paper. How do the other brands of paper available compare?