Thanks for the feedback, guys. For a noob like me, every bit helps. So Bruce, to increase contrast, I take it you agitate a bit more aggressively? A couple of my rolls of E6 have been sitting around for a while now, and I don't recall specifically what's on them. So it's best I guess if I shoot for a middle of the road contrast level.
Okay, so I take it that the directions for the Arista kit were worded unclearly. My take is that one should follow the directions as written for the initial agitations, but that for subsequent ones, to leave out the aggressive to-and-fro action for the balance of the developing time. This is what I originally thought they meant, but the wording is really unclear. At any rate, that's what I'm gonna do, and we'll see how it turns out.
I hit a stumbling block in putting together my kit today. I went to one of this town's last two real camera shops, hoping to find a graduated cylinder and one-liter bottles for the Unicolor kit. The Arista kit I bought is the small, pint-sized kit, and they didn't have any pint sized bottles either. I did score a digital thermometer at Harbor Freight, tho, so things weren't a total loss. Frustrated by the bottle situation, though, I went to my local Kroger and figured I'd just buy some drinks in the bottle sizes I need. Heh. When's the last time you tried to buy a 16oz size juice drink or whatever in plastic bottles? They're all 16.9oz now (500ml). I finally found some chocolate milk (yum!) in 16oz bottles. Finding 1 liter bottles wasn't so hard. So now I have over a gallon's worth of drinks I have to consume before I can use the bottles. Once they're empty, I'll spray paint them black, and I'll be good to go. I figure I can have the chocomilk knocked off by tomorrow afternoon, no problemo, but the three liters of diet soda are gonna take a bit longer, so the C41's just gonna have to wait a while yet.
As for a graduated cylinder, I'll just make do with what I have, and probably order a couple in different sizes from the internet. Really, the Arista probably won't even require it. But I'll be able to measure the Unicolor kit more accurately if I have a halfway decent one.