If you’ve been by the Panachroma Store lately, you may have noticed something shocking and horrifying: The Harman inkjet papers, including that absolutely darkroom-gorgeous Harman FB Al, are out of stock.
Deep breaths. This isn’t the end of the world; in 2010, Harman and Hahnemühle announced they were teaming up to produce “Harman by Hahnemühle” as a replacement for the Harman inkjet line. A great deal of Harman stock was still in distribution channels, and we’ve been cheerfully selling the original up until our suppliers ran dry. The two companies don’t use the same distributors, and it’s currently unclear (due to conflicting information) how and from whom we’ll be able to get the replacement papers. Once it’s sorted out, we intend to have the updated papers back in stock.
And yes, to some buyers’ dismay, the Harman by Hahnemühle papers have been updated from their original Harman formulas. Gloss FB Al has mutated into “Gloss Bartya”, which is essentially the same base stock, texture, and look, but with an improved coating. If you found the Harman original to be too delicate, this may be more to your liking.
The real disappointment for some of you will be the death of Harman Matt FB Mp. Under the Harman by Hahnemühle brand, this one’s been put out to pasture; its replacement is a 100% cotton rag paper without even a hint of baryta. As this was a less popular option than the Gloss, there is still a small amount available in supply channels. If you need your Matt FB fix, get in touch and we’ll see what we can scrounge up for you. If you’re open-minded, consider giving a sample pack of its replacement a whirl, but know ahead of time that it won’t have that delightful whiff of darkroom magic when you open the package.
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