I think you guys are recommending something that is completely irrelevant.

You don't get good at printing unless you can fix the problem. The problem is flat and dull looking prints. To fix it, you need to learn BASICS like contrast in the negative, and identifying how to make a good work print.

To tone the print or to try a different paper would be to cure the symptoms without actually fixing the problem. I KNOW that this paper is capable of GREAT tonality and rich blacks, because it was all I used for a couple of years.

Do NOT fix the symptoms. Fix the problem by learning the very basics. Let's focus on basics when someone is trying to learn the very basics. Dmax isn't even a word yet.