I have found that some graded papers, like Ilford Galerie, respond to filtration and they can offer up to a grade latitude. I realise this goes against common wisdom, but it just works. I wrote about it a while ago on this thread, illustrations included.
PS. I have just realised that you had participated on that thread, sorry for repeating myself...
I had a box of Galerie decades ago in college. It was the most expensive and I was just learning how to print. Didn't make the most of it though. It was like giving a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to a beginning wine drinker.
I guess Galerie paper is like Donnie and Marie. A little bit Country and a little bit Rock n Roll.
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