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    Hello to you- I use Forte almost exclusively. If you want to make it SING then I advise a developer like Ansco 130 or similar Glycin incorperated. The other thing about this paper is that it lets you do a Pott. Dichromate bleach very easily. If you haven't tried it -almost like painting with the light via a Brush. Tones beautiful in selenium just do not overdo it-use a dilute solution and watch the time! This is probably THE LAST of the old time papers. The Warmtone Plus is no slouch either. Good luck
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    Does the Paper developer make a big difference ? I use Neutol and I have not noticed what´s in it. Maybe I should just take it easy and not try alot of things within this first year gathering experience. Are there any who don´t like Forte Polygrade :-)
    Søren

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    I've just started using Forte Polygrade RC as a change to Ilford/Kentmere, and I love it. The tone ranges from cold blue/blacks when used with a neutral developer like Ilford MG, but goes quite warm when used with a warmtone developer like Neutol WA. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's a shame that I've discovered it now that there's a question mark over Forte's future.

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    Soeren-Forte definately makes a difference in what you use to develop it. Fine Arts Photo Supply makes a GLYCIN developer when combined with Forte will knock your socks off! I use it 1:2 with Forte. Anthony's #585-865-4793 or google it on the web. Believe me you are NOT going to realize the true blacks that this paper is capable of with other developers and I've tried quite a few.
    Glycin with selenium give these prints give a 3 dimensional look. It has to be seen to be believed. That's why I state that this is an OLD WORLD type of paper.One has to have faith that Forte will be here. It is certainly not a function of the products that they make. I'll keep buying this stuff until the last box is gone. Just as an aside this is the paper that Bruce Barnbaum has been printing on for the last upteen years.
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    Thanks Guys
    I realy look forward to use that paper. Peter I´ll see if I can get some of that glysin developer even if I´ll rather keep my socks on in the darkroom:-)
    Regard Søren

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    Soeren-And gee I tought that everyone here at APUG prints naked in the darkromm.
    Best Peter

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    Søren,

    I have too much glycin for my own use - the developers use only a little, and last forever. I could send you a dry kit for Ansco 130 if you'd like?
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    Ole-you had better let Soeren know to get the Glycin to dissolve properly in the solution. That's why I buy it. I understand Glycin is a pain in the###
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    Quote Originally Posted by peters
    I understand Glycin is a pain in the###
    I agree - it can be difficult to dissolve. Maybe I should make a concentrate?

    Since I'm lazy, I use a magnetic stirrer. I just turn it on, dump the glycin in, and go do something else for a while. Glycin is still the most troublesome of all chemicals to get into solution. But it's worth it - the results are spectacular!
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    Sounds like I should be trying Ansco 130 then. Are you talking about using it with Forte RC or FB or both.

    Can anyone tell me where in the UK you can buy raw chemicals for this, namely;

    Metol
    Sodium Sulfite (Anhydrous)
    Hydroquinone
    Sodium Carbonate (Monohydrate)
    Potassium Bromide
    Glycin

    or if there are any commercially available developer alternatives?

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