Strange reference, Michael - have you ever seen some of AA's negs enlarged to any significant
degree? They're pretty fuzzy by today's standards. That's why he always taught using non-glossy
paper for big enlargements! You can blame all kinds of things such as grainier films back then, lenses
unequal to today, poorer alignment in filmholders etc - but saying you don't need some kind of special glass because AA didn't use it is pretty self-defeating. Tice was largely a contact printer.
Yes, the ultimate cure would be wet mounting in something like scanner fluid. Carlwen once made
fluid carriers. But I have never been willing to risk that kind of mess.