Grady O - Thank you for the affirmation! I figured I wasn't the only one. Aggie, since you ask, I use Kodak Rapid Fixer - and the paper instruction sheet says 120 sec. - yes, it's RC paper, which I wash for 10-15 min. (BTW, Tim Rudman says to never wash RC more than 10' as it removes the brighteners.) I have an archival washer. The Spotone problem most likely comes from the Spotone rather than my technique since Grady O has the same problem and I doubt if we're using the same paper. Blansky, Thanks for the suggestion - perhaps I'll give it a try.