Originally Posted by prpntblr95
Their paper is pretty high up there as well. But I've heard a lot of good about Red River Paper and it seems to be pretty affordable.
Red River was surprising. We had to do paper research, and buy 10 sets of "different" types, to make profiles etc. A classmate of mine used Red River, and got decent results.
I personally use ilford's Gallerie Prestige Gold Fibre Silk for Black and White stuff (mainly portaiture), and their Gallierie smooth pearl for cheaper prints.
The majority of my work is on Moab and hahnemuhle. Print portfolio and Gallery work is on Moab's Lasal paper. Good results, quality paper, and it holds up really well being handled. Moab's slickrock is quite amazing too, its a gloss-metallic finish. With hahnemuhle, you basically can't go wrong. When I can afford it, I use their Rice, Photo Rag, and Canvas.
Don't forget to try other things, like printing on Sheet Metal, grocery bags, etc. All can be profiled for most printers. (I use the Epson 3880)