I had seen the recent pricing of Buxton on either the Talas website, or NY Central Art Supply, both of which sell it. I haven't bought it in a long time, because back when I did, it was inordinately expensive at ~$10/sheet, so I used it sparingly and was very careful with it. I didn't feel like I could waste any of it, so I still have some left. They made a heavier weight, which was very nice and much easier to work with, and then that seemed to disappear. Don't know if they weren't making it anymore, or just slow in getting it shipped to the U.S. Recently, I was looking at the Talas website and saw they are listing it at $20.40 for the heavier weight (240 gsm) at 22x30-- though gets less expensive (at $15.75 per sheet, if you buy 100+). The lighter weight (160 gsm) is slightly less expensive than that. Still way too much for me, but it is-- without a doubt-- a spectacular paper. I just now checked the Talas site, and they do state it's "out of stock and should be available in the Fall."
I do like the COT320, because it also comes in specific manageable printing sizes (no cutting or tearing necessary) and is very smooth-- really does hold up well, too, and makes lovely prints. I'm about ready to give up pt/pd, too, though-- at least for large prints. Just too expensive and getting progressively more difficult to justify the cost.
On Sep 17, 2008, at 7:17 PM, Jon Reid wrote:
Thanks all for your thoughts. I'll try a few test prints with it, mindful of its wet strength which seems to be the biggest complaint. I found Cranes Platinotype still available at Photographersformulary and Bostick and Sullivan are advertising Ruscombe Buxton available in Sept/Oct '08 but no pricing or dsize details are available. I take it Berger Cot-320 is similar weight/colour to Arches Platine?
On 18/09/2008, at 5:46 AM, ender100 wrote:
To me the biggest problem with this paper is the wet strength. You have to baby it or you will get tears or creases. I like a more robust paper.
On Sep 17, 2008, at 6:49:07 AM, "Jon Reid" <firstname.lastname@example.org
Pretty much my whole Pt/Pd printing experience has been on Arches
Platine, both with silver and digitally produced internegatives, with
the exception of some experiments with Japanese tissue papers (fun
when wet!!). Shortly before moving house earlier this year I
purchased some Cranes (Weston) Diploma Parchment after reading that
it was a recommended substitute for Cranes Platinotype. I purchased
100 sheets in 11"x14" and packed it away while moving house.
Anyway, after working through winter here producing quite a number of
5"x7" pyro developed negatives and I am keen to start printing with a
view to an exhibition. I opened the paper packet for the first time
last night and was surprised by how warm it was. It is also lighter
than I had thought (it was described in imperial on the Bostick +
Sullivan website and i didn't bother to convert it to metric - I just
assumed it would be quite heavy). Not only am I not sure that this is
the best paper for this series of images - due to the warm tone, but
i've realised that I didn't by enough to do the whole series in even
an edition of four for an exhibition. I still have plenty of Arches
Platine, and I will test print on both stocks this weekend but I
wanted to ask, in light of all this, what peoples paper experiences
and thoughts are?