The original MG FB had a shorter toe, with correspondingly steeper highlight contrast, than the current MGIV FB. DMax straight from the tray - that is, before toning - was also greater. IMO it's a better match than MG IV to a shouldered film like TX, or TMX developed in D-76. I sorely miss the original MGFB - I'd go back to it in an instant if they brought it back.
Originally Posted by George Collier
Caveat: Ilford papers generally keep well, but MGFB has been out of production for more than ten years now, and there's no guarantee that the sensitometric characteristics of the paper won't have changed in all this time, even given the cold storage.