half a grade is better than nothing... My contact sheets are at full contrast (color head), so anything to give me some working room would be good. Some shadow separation wouldn't hurt either, to be honest (there's detail there, just need more POP)

I'm thinking a tap water bath (could use distilled if it's REALLY recommended), then a 1:3 selenium bath for however long it takes (toning to completion might work, I'll test a bad neg first), then wash, photo-flo, and dry...

what do you think?