Ive just switched from using Fotospeed developer to Ilford MG developer. The Ilford appears to be more contrasty than the Fotospeed or could it be my imagination.
I still practice the two developer regimen for VC papers: Selector-Soft 1+1 followed by Ethol LPD 1+2.
I was introduced to it by a well-know printer (Brian Young) who showed me the nuances and advantages of this well-known method. He is a master printer while I have a long way to go...
At the time, I'd guess 1969/70, I didn't particularly like the image colour of Ilfomar and I most likely used D163. At that time D163 was Kodak Ltd's main print developer, D72/Dektol wasn't made in the UK until a few years later. I was still at school and at that time unaware of the nuances of different papers and Ilfomar's warmth was a shock.Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long, long, long time! Very warm and fond memories of that paper!