Return of an Old Friend! J&C Classic Museum Paper!

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jimgalli

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Quite a while ago and perhaps not even on this forum I was lamenting the loss of my favorite paper! Freestyle's "Europes Finest Warmtone Graded #2".

Happily, it's back! Hopefully for a good long run!

I had bought some of the J&C Classic Museum Triple weight in Normal contrast and finally got to give it some testing this weekend. It didn't take long to recognize an old friend. And a favorite to boot.

This paper requires an extremely long scale negative. More like what you would dismiss as a development error that would want a #1 filter in VC paper. Since I try to develop my negs as dual purpose for both PT/PD and AZO, I had tailored many negs to that standard, and was getting sumptuous prints on the old Freestyle papers. Then Freestyle dropped them and I was looking elsewhere.

The J&C Paper is simply gorgeous. Triple weight, it behaves marvelously and tones almost too quicly in selenium. I was giving about 75 seconds in 1:20 and snatching them out just as the oil green/black begins to turn to purple. Blacks on this paper will register way above 2 on the densitometer. About 2.2 if I recall, after toning.

I've posted 3 pictures at the standard gallery with all the usual caveats about poor scans and smallish .jpg's. Still you may be able to get a sense of what the 12X15's look like.
 

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In another thread, John at J&C said the paper is Forte Fortezo. I've tried it in 2 - 4 grade levels(ie, soft, normal & hard); & consider it my favorite so far. I like it especially with Agfa Neutol WA. Hope Forte resolves its financial problems & continues to manufacture this excellent paper.
 

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If it's Fortezo, it's not going to be around for long, since the Forte plant closed.
 

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Was it Fortezo, and do the soft, normal, hard grades equate to grades 2,3,4?
 

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Just printed some portraits on my last (and only) 10-sheet pack of Kentmere Art Classic. The prints look like something out of WW-II. Now there's a paper I would love to see making a come back.
 

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I use art classic and do like it, but unfortunately it was discontinued as of last year, but you never know.
Just printed some portraits on my last (and only) 10-sheet pack of Kentmere Art Classic. The prints look like something out of WW-II. Now there's a paper I would love to see making a come back.
 

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Does anyone have a suggestion for a currently produced paper to replace this J&C Museum paper? I, too, was using it and lamented its loss with the closure of J&C and now Forte. Is anyone else producing anything comparable? Any suggestions. Thanks.
 

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You could always use liquid emulsion (or your own emulsion formula) and your favorite watercolor paper.
 
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