One thing that I believe would help, many in threads such as this, is to mention what format you are generaly using. What might be the hot thing for 8 X 10 negs might not be the thing you would suggest for 35 mm. One thing I do know is that once someone starts producing "good" negs their usual first response is that the negs look too thin compaired to what they have been making reguardless of the developer or exposure technique used.