Thanks PE! Perhaps you will cover it in Volume II(Grin!). I have done the pigment-befor-washing many times now, with good consistency. Don't forget that none of these emulsions contain gelatin. They are made with silane functional PVA. This may acount for some differences between our observations. But I do waste alot of expensive dye doing it the way I do.
At least I am not one of those guys who just whine about the shrinking choice of film. I have not bought commercial film in years now. But I am still mad at Kodak for scraping Tech Pan! Like Kodachrome, Tech Pan will never be replaced!
I wonder if, say 200 years from now, people will be trying to duplicate the best of Kodak.