I'm talking about simply printing for reversal here, excluding if you do anything extra to the image after the latent image has been recorded that would cause tones to diverge in some way or another. A stop is a stop is a stop. Thats why a step tablet serves a purpose. If you could take say steps 12 and 15 on a 31-step tablet and print it in such as way that step 12 somehow reads as step 11 and step 15 somehow reads as step 19 (obviously without interfering in the exposure in some way), well then you'd be in a pickle and the step tablet would all of a sudden no longer be a constant from which we can gauge exposure. Stops are described logarithmically and we do this to accurately represent differences. There is no compressing or expanding defined differences in tone otherwise they could not be represented logarithmically.That may depend on the illumination in the scene as well as the final look.