I saw an original Edward Weston print of Shell No. 30 many years before I bought one of Cole's prints from the negative. The original didn't have the full tonal range of Cole's print, but had better shadow detail. For me, the ideal would be somewhere between the two. There is a certain pride of ownership of even Cole's prints, but the perfect inkjet print might be more pleasing esthetically.
Originally Posted by severian
If we only had actual audio recordings of Beethovan's late attempts at performing and conducting! They would be priceless to scholars, conductors, and performers. For most listeners, almost any new recording would be better.