Set up for printing this afternoon, didn't do very well, banged my head on the enlarger, dropped things, forgot to focus, miscounted and so on.

Had a cup of tea, decided to try a different negative ... remembered this thread, thought, I'll try that ... but I couldn't believe that it would work, I was convinced I would end up with a sheet of grossly overexposed paper with only the highlights showing through the murk.

I actually started laughing incredulously as I switched the light on to look at the first test print, it was so "perfect" (by my normal standards) in tone & scale.

In fact, I couldn't believe it so much I made another immediately to check that it hadn't been some miraculous mistake. And it wasn't.

SO ... more split grade printing for me, please