I just reprinted a really neat B&W negative. As a matter of practice, I always keep the best print as a reference, and I keep a print record so I know the amount of dodging, burning, etc., that I did. Yet, it's still difficult to get the same result. There can be so much variation in the darkroom printing process.
What do others do to obtain consistent results? Of course, one can improve the print, and tastes change over time. But, given that one wants the same print as before, what steps can one take to accomplish this task?