This post was prompted by word of AGFA's demise as there is one product of theirs that I will sorely miss. I have been using AGFA Multi-grade Classic as my printing paper of choice since its inception and would appreciate advice on a SIMILAR replacement. The features that I am looking for in a fine art B+W printing paper are as follows:
a. fibre base
b. heavy weight, preferably greater than double weight
c. variable contrast
d. very slightly warm tone
e. glossy finish, (natural gloss not high gloss)
f. tones well
g. bleaches well
h. available in 16" X 20" size
i. stands up to washing. (the one fault in AGFA MG Classic was poor mechanical properties when wet)
I would like to support Ilford as they seem to be in the Monochrome film, paper, and chemistry for the long run. However, their MGIV doesn't tone very well and doesn't bleach at all.
Is anyone familiar with Kentmere? From the chat on the web it seems that their heavy weight paper is only available in grade 2.
I have less than 200 sheets of 16x20 MG Classic on hand so I must find an alternative by the New Year. It would be nice to find a similar paper because I will have to adjust my many print "recipe" (data) sheets when reprint requests come in.