The thanks for me is that another door has been opened for you and I've had a part to play, but your personal thanks are much appreaciated. You mention that you are waiting for your prints to dry to see if they still sparkle, if you take dry down into account when you make the print you KNOW that they will sparkle when dry. I'll ask Sean if I can give him an article on how to calculate dry down for the papers you use, it's too long to include as a post.
Your observations on the three papers you are testing are just about the same as mine although I do not use Forte now because I find it inconsistent. I spoke to the production Director of the company about this problem at Photokina but he really was not interested, so I decided to stop using their products. It's a pity for it is an excellent paper but no good to me if I cannot be sure of the consistency.