Nothing really new and exiting - no new chemicals, no new papers. But I bought a new packet of Varycon paper (this one is produced in Croatia, the old ones said "Yugoslavia") and confirmed that the formula hasn't changed. It still gives the same results in MACO lith developer, including pepper fogging!
Speaking of old things, I'm still using the same Ansco 130 developer working solution that I mixed in November. It's been stored in a brown plastic bottle with increasing amounts of air between sessions. By now I must have processed several square meters of paper in it, and it shows no sign of giving ip. It's getting darker every day, but I can still see the print...
I have a degree in chemistry, and I guess I've always liked mixing things together to see what will happen. The reason for my extensive "collection" of papers is - unreliable supply. For many years I bought what I could get hold of in packets large enough to see me through the next job with some hope of consistency. There was always a few sheets left... Since then I've just stayed in the habit, partly due to fond memories of a very few cases where negative and paper have "meshed" to produce a perfect print in the first attempt. I want to see that happen again!
Ansco 130 continues to surprise me. I can now detect the first signs of "tiring", but it still works perfectly with Ilford MG. Fortezo is a different matter - contrast is definitely going.