I do both... I will be printing these AND scanning them. Im going to try and print as well today, and I imagine that with test prints, I can get a good print...but Ive just not been able to get a good scan out of them, no matter what I do..
I use Xtol at full strength normally..
Looks at the negs.
Do your processed rolls contain any detail in the shadows you want?
If there is detail there it will optically print with some dodging.
Increase the time. It will not put more detail in the darks, but will increase contrast making scanning easier. developing longer for underexposed negs does not get the same results as proper exposure development, but it does make printing easier.
I would use selenium toner 1:3 on the existing rolls to bring up contrast.
Microfine will get more speed out, maybe 2/3 stop, but you really need to make more underexposed negs and test them before committing "money" shots.
Hey everyone- thanks so much for your help. I did what was suggested and the negatives were salvaged. So much in fact, that I by passed scanning and spent 5 hours wet printing...and i have to admit, Im not sure how to make the scan look as good as that went print does!
so thanks agaiN!