I have been trying the Fotospeed variable contrast emulsion available in the UK.

Here are a couple of examples:

http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...87&ppuser=8180

http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...86&ppuser=8180

I haven't got the hang of coating the paper yet, but it has some good possibilities.

I also believe the Silverprint book on liquid emulsion has just been republished. might be worth a look.