BTW - I just read on one of the sites that Ilford incorporates a wetting agent into their anti-halation backing layer - engineering it so that it is rather narrowly intended for processing without a pre-wash. I can't see where a pre-wash would hurt a whole lot - there must me some concern about the anti-halation stuff migrating to the emulsion ... (?? wild speculation).

Anyway ... the "searcher" in me is waiting...