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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    Forte was a fantastic paper. I still have some Warmtone 11x14. My favorite was the warmtone graded paper Fortezo. That's the one Jay Dusard used to print his "The North American Cowboy: A Portrait." I've got a about half a box of Grade 2 & grade 3 left for special negatives.

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    Polygrade V 5x7
    Still have a lot of it ...

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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    There's a rumor that the Neutral Tone (not Warmtone) Bergger VC is similar to Polygrade V. I have yet to test it myself. I'm just about to drymount some 20x24 Polygrade V prints. I cooked up a special developer that gave this paper the most neutral cold tone of any recent paper, despite its official Neutral classification. Would love to find a substitute.
    The stuff coated by Forte may well have been very similar - today Bergger NB is coated by Ilford (as far as I know) to Bergger's specs - not a rebranded Ilford product.

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    Kevin Kolosky
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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    So what is the substitute for the Forte paper that everybody raves about?

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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin J. Kolosky View Post
    So what is the substitute for the Forte paper that everybody raves about?
    I’ve yet to find a true replacement, but adox is trying to bring it back. See https://www.adox.de/Photo/category/polywarmton/

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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    The newer "improved" Oriental warmtone is in that ballpark...

    Steve K

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    Oriental is anemic. I think it's Ferrania who acquired the actual Forte warmtone formula and plans to mfg it in small batches in the next year; but I should try to find the actual press release audio again.

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    My mistake. It is Adox, not Ferrania, that has it already in the pipeline. But I see Larry already linked that.

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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    All my Forte has long flown the coop.
    I've been using Fomabrom N111, but I don't think it's the same sort of critter as Forte.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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