Question 1: Does anyone out there want Polywarmtone back ?
Question 1a: If yes will you still buy it if it is sold at about the price of Variotone ?
Why am I asking when with MCC we will have a perfect neutral- to warm-tone paper and with Variotone we have a brilliant warmtone enlarging paper ?
Because.... we don´t have a variable contrast silver chloride warmtone paper which can be lith developed.
Also we had a long tradition with this paper in our company.
ADOX has purchased the Forte PW replicator (emulsion making equipment) in 2007 and licensed the technology in 2008. But sofar we have not pushed the project because of the high costs involved in dismanteling and mooving the equipment.
It will be a highly complex procedure to remanufacture this paper because we will have to set up the replicator in our factory in Bad Saarow were we will make the raw emulsion. The emulsion will then need to be shipped to our partners to Monheim near Leverkusen. There it will be finalized and coated.
The rolls then need to be shipped back for converting to us.
By the time we are ready to sell the paper the price will be much higher then what it was when Forte still produced it all in house.
From a German market perspektive Polywarmtone was the cheapest high quality paper available and thus successfull. In the US Polywarmtone was never really cheap and still successfull.
So feedback from US customers is valuable for us in the decision making process.
I still have a few hundred sheets of 11x14 and 16x20 plus a 42" roll I got from a darkroom I bought at auction. I would love to have new stock for when this runs out. I don't know how well it keeps, so I'm trying to use up what I have.
So count me in if you start remaking this paper in glossy FB.
Mirko, I'd like it back.
I was a big fan of Record Rapid, then had to switched to MCC when Record rapid wasn't available in the UK. When Agfa went I began using Polywarmtone. I found it to be far better suited to my needs which was unexpected.
Personally I rate Polywarmtone alongside Ilford Galerie as one of the finest papers I've used.
I'd like it back
But depending on which side of varitone your pricing falls it's Ilford warmtone pricing and thats the reason I tried PWT to begin with. They weren't the same papers I know but PWT was cheap compared to Ilford warmtone and I liked it better.
If it ends up being Ilford warmtone pricing I probably won't be a big user
What I'm really missing is the graded Fortezo. If available in three grades, I would be ready to pay the same as for Ilford Galerie. But as for variable contrast I'm quite happy with Fomatone.
I'd like to see it return, and I would certainly buy it if it did.
Could I order some now? :)
I stocked up on PWT when it was discontinued and would like to see it return, or something similar. It has a semi-matte surface texture that's hard to beat for hand tinting - I think it's the best since Ektalure G became unavailable.
Absolutely, just yesterday I was looking at some prints I did on Polywarmtone and admiring the paper. I would be very happy to buy it if it were priced the same or close to Variotone.
I thought that the graded matte was one of the finest wt papers ever and it seems that foma has sort of copied this paper but is charging over $100/box for it...grade 2 and 3 would be sufficient....that was the paper that was the great unknown!!
forte polywarmtone is priceless. Go !
I have made tests with adox variotone and i am very pleased. great ! it IS another paper as the forte but i am in !
go ! go ! go !