If I were developing TriX in tray in Pyrocat (1-1-100), for instance, I would try development of 10 1/2 minutes at 70 degrees as a beginning and adjust from there as needed. However, considering the reciprocity effect you may not require as much expansion as first believed.
Man, I may have acted a little impulsively this weekend.... (I've said THAT too many times)-
I had been agonizing over developing these negs, and considering the DBI suggestion (which was probably the smartest idea)- but I just wasn't sure about it and needed to spend some time getting familiar with a new process- I also read about a million opinions about which developer is good for TXP320 (seems that for every person who advocates HC110 there is another who doesn't care for it)
Long story short- I got impatient and decided to use my own limited skills and experience to do the best I could and be done with it.
My favorite neg to date that has that "glow" was TX320 in FG-7. So I decided to go with that. Since the shots were bracketed, I did them one at a time, and worked out development times based on the previous neg. After a while, I found the time that was working the best (approx. 8 min, shuffle for 4, stand for 4) and did the remainder in quick succession.
The results? I don't deserve to be so lucky.
Turns out I nailed those repricocity(sp?) estimates pretty good (or it's pretty hard to blow out that good 'ol Tri-X)... these negs look great! They are a hair dense, but I can read a newspaper through most parts, ALL the shadow detail is good, and the highlights don't look blown out- I think the stand dev helps on that. Man, whatta relief!
(I'm really starting to like this FG-7, I wonder if it is chemically just a D76 variation, or another animal altogether, anyone know?)
Anyhow, I guess all that nail-biting was for nothing...
As always, thanks for the support (and putting up with my lack of experience which leads to these paranoid posts!)
I really like FG-7. It has been my main dev. for so many years that I have forgotten what comparisons originally led me to adopting it. I use it mixed with 9% sodium sulfite for fast, small format films and with water for more accutance with slow films. Tri-X has always given me excellent results in FG-7, I've never used it in trays but I'm not surprised that you had such good results.
That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.