I second the use of Southworth 100% Rag resume paper from Office Depot or Staples. I use it with students. The only problem with beginners is its light weight, but handled carefully it works beautifully for small prints.
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I'll put my vote in for Ruscombe Mills Buxton paper. Great stuff. Hope you do plan to stock it.
Originally Posted by Dana Sullivan
Tried out the Ruscombe Buxton 160gsm paper today. Talk about a gorgeous paper to work with! It coats exceptionally smoothly and evenly, and the final prints are superb. Very good blacks, with only the slightest hint of solarization. Although there is a slight amount of surface texture, the image is very crisp and clean, and there are none of the emulsion absorbtion issues you see with other papers. I give Dr. Michael Ware high marks for his work in developing this paper. Bravo! (clap, clap)
Overall, I'd rate it right up there with COT-320 in terms of image quality. I'd say it's probably my new 'favorite' paper, but the $14.50 price for a 22x30 sheet is a little frightening. I definitely want to add this to my catalog, as it would make a great 'premium' paper to go along with the 'budget' papers like Stonehenge and Weston Diploma.
I bought the last batch of Simili Japon that you had a couple of years ago; when I heard they were going to quit making it.I bought up all I could find from legion as well. The paper is exquisite in every way,(color -texture-detail-handling, but it must be double coated to sing it's best song. I've tryed everything possible, including tween 20,pre-soaking , diluting with water,, even using excessive amounts on the first pass, and even though I must double coat it, it's still worth the effort. However, my supply is narrowing and I'm not sure if it can be found anywhere.If you can help find it ,and in that case carry it , i'd be much obliged. Please let me know if you have any leads.