Just for interest sake. I find this new Epson paper very interesting. since I cannot afford the 3800 or 4800 printer it is a mute issue for me right now, but I would like to know if anyone is using it for BW and if they like it. It looks like it prints a nice range of tones for BW. MOnte.
Today quite a number of paper manufacturers have produced fiber-based papers that mimic the look of air dried glossy silver-based wet darkroom papers made for B&W printing. The first was Arches Silver Rag and Premier Art Platinum, and shortly Hahnemuhle Pearl; with a lot of me too's to follow.
Epson does not manufacture paper themselves, and there is no exact information that identifies which company makes this paper for Epson.
Of the three that came out first the most versatile and most effective to print on with different pigment-ink printers was the Hahnemuhle Pearl, and it is available in 325GSM as well as lighter weights and all normal sizes and rolls.
Although I have obtained some nice prints with all three of these papers, I still prefer to use a smooth matte 100% cotton rag paper for fine prints either for color or B&W, and find Premier Art Smooth Hot Press natural 270GSM is preferable, and at a reasonable price.
EFX, There are so many now it makes home printing very exciting. I still have the R800 which I have not used for some time. I have been waiting for a larger format printer but the day has not come. I am not selling enough to justify the purchase of the 3800 or 4800 yet. A friend of mine did a 13x19 print on the 2400 using velvet paper and it was not bad. Not my choice though for paper.