Sometimes it helps to take stray advice from people who seem to know what they are talking about. And if one is lucky, the prints look great and all is well. I got lucky on some advice by Terry King, an English fellow, Royal Photo Society, lots of research into older processes, and workshops on the same. RIP.

For negs destined for platinum printing, where one usually gives extra development to increase contrast, he suggested FP4+ and Ilford PQ Universal Developer for excellent separation and expansion of the middle values. I love the results, but I have done no tests or major side-by-side comparisons. Everyone prints differently (formulas, paper, etc) so this combo may not being to everyone's tastes.