Quote Originally Posted by Chris Lange View Post
...I read lots about the "tailor negative to paper" thing, but I basically just split-grade 99% of the time and, provided the silver is in the negative, arrive at the print I want without too much labor. I also do a lot of dodging and burning...
Chris has it right. In these days of high quality variable contrast paper the concept of laying a particular negative gamma on a particular paper grade is obsolescent. Different parts of the final image can be assigned different contrasts by burning and dodging during split grade enlarging.