Xmm, there might be some truth in your words. In some past a thoughts about trying myself in photo chemistry has visited my mind, but each time thery were defeated by the mental barrier of my wife who threated me as soon as I begun talking about utilizing our bathroom...:-)

Besides, another thing I wouldn't feel comfortable about once talking to a passinate photographer is the fact that I almost never shot a real B&W, can hardly image a B&W appearance in my mind which lead to a dissmision of a wet processing.

I enjoy looking at high-quality scans and prints look great out of files, but I suspect a real, carefully done manual print would look even better..

Regards, Alex