I was at a local camera store this weekend where the owner has a degree in photography and is much more knowledgeable than most counter people at photo stores.
He had a B&w ink jet print that really looked good. I went out to the car to get my old Kodak darkroom guide that has actual B&W prints in it to use as a standard. It was not in the car, but when I told him what I was doing he said two things:
The ink jet wouldn't compare to those samples
That modern silver prints wouldn't compare either because modern paper doesn't contain as much silver.
Is there anywhere that has quantitative data on silver content in both modern and older papers?
It sure would be nice to have something to blame my poor results on besides lack of skill and diligence.