I saw that previously Ian, but was hoping someone else would try it before i jumped in
£7.80 with the same for postage (plus customs?) means it's not cheap either. I placed an order with Silverprint to make my own (based on Sandy King's formula) but after placing the order, they called to tell me the Pyro was no longer available.
I may just give it a try now that my darkroom is fully up and running.
Not strictly what you are looking for but similar. Have you considered Moersch Tanol? It is a 2 liquid developer that you mix 1 part A + 1 part B + 100 parts water. I have started using it for my MF work and find it gives good sharpness, a brownish stain and a reasonable film speed. It is available in the UK from Process Supplies in London. It is not cheap at £12.85 plus you may have to pay for courier delivery at about £7.95 or so.
There are also 2 other similar products, Tanol Speed and Finol, both slightly more expensive, but I have not tried those. Friends who have tried the Speed version report that it gives a green/yellow stain but that the base fog is quite high especially on HP5 Plus. If you visit the Moersch web site there are downloadable PDFs about staining developers in general and specific instructions for each developer.
Not a lot that I can see from my results. I have used Pyrocat HD and Hutchings PMK and they all seem to give similar results. I suppose that with Tanol, and PMK, you can vary the time to change the contrast which does not seem to be an option with HD. Also while HD seems to state the same time for all films Tanol has a separate time for each film.
Basically yes. I measure out the water, using distilled as recommended, then add Part A followed immediately by Part B give it a stir then pour it into the tank.
Thinking about your earlier mention of cost should that be a factor? If you have gone to the trouble of taking the image then getting the best negative you can should be the next step. You can make as many prints/scans as you like once you have a good negative to work with. So for me the negative is the 'precious' item.
Correct. There is really no comparison to using a powdered developer that you mix the whole quantity as a stock solution. Really the 100 ml bottles are your pre-mixed stock solutions. Think more of using a liquid developer such as Rodinal or Ilford Ilfosol.
No, just use it like any other developer. Agitate for the first 30 seconds then 5 seconds per 30. They also mention a pre-rinse but I have not done that. It seems to be more needed for Delta 400 which is not a sheet film emulsion but is in 120 and 35mm. The stop bath is a weaker solution at 1% rather than the normal 5%. They do recommend Alkali fixer but I have never used it. I do have some and will use it for my next film just to see what difference if any it makes. Apparently an acid fixer may reduce the amount of stain.