Following a previous thread where a lot of people claimed Ansco 130 is their favorite developer I gave it a try since I had some Glycin on hand. My Glycan is about a year old in the powder and has darkened to the color of light chocolate. When I mixed the liter of stock (original formula) and diluted it to 2 liters it was the color of watery root beer with all the ice melted in it.
I printed on Oriental WT FB VC. I was shocked with the first print at how relatively dark brownish the borders were. It looked like I had stained the print lightly in coffee. The tonality looked OK though and I kept working with it. I kind of like dark warm whites. I had a large portrait job to print so I ended up using the developer for 10 straight hours and processed about 50 8x10s in the same tray making sure to keep the temperature up around 70F.
I made a print on Kentmere neutral VC FB and it came out seemingly warm tone.
After giving the prints an archival wash and air drying them overnight I compared them to prints from the same paper from previous printing sessions. The whites still seem darker but they don't really seem stained anymore, rather like the paper has a darker warmer base. The Kentmere print has actually cold tones with only a slightly warmer base.
In your experience with Ansco 130 is the darkening of the paper actually due to staining? And does that change depending on the age of the Glycin? It is hard for me to imagine that so many people would speak in favor of the developer if it was staining the paper.
I actually like the look of the prints as they have nice contrast and depth and I like the extra warmth of the paper.