Well I have my personal EI, I have them upstairs. And I don't really care about them anymore. I check my materials once and that's it.
What this all brought me was finding the limits of the materials. To get a feeling what should or can be done.
I think at the end of the day we basically do get to do the same thing.
Adams and all the gurus are a help in getting started going down the path if one wants to test.
I agree only in part that VC paper has changed the reality we live in. A badly exposed film can't always be saved with VC paper.
Sure it makes life easier but I have often enough had negatives from people which I could not get a really good print from.