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Just a few comments and no criticism either good or bad – you are offering opinion which can be neither right nor wrong. And paper selection is a very personal thing.
Hahnemühle German Etching is usually classed as a medium textured paper, as in smooth (no visible texture but may have some tooth), light (velvet papers where heavily inked areas loose the texture and light areas don’t), medium (where detail is retained despite the texture), and heavy (where the texture is obvious even in heavily inked areas).
I don’t know if the Canson sample pack includes their smooth rag (Rag Photographique) in 310 g/m², but the opacity of this compared to the 210 g/m² does make a difference. There are several things you don’t discuss: dMax, tonal range, color separation, and curl. Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 does have much more tendency to recurl than Canson Rag Photgraphique 310. Having a paper stay flat after printing is important. Color separation of dark greens is also not so good with the Hahnemühle paper, but I find it slightly better for B&W prints.
Also look at Canson BFK Rives. This has been a traditional printing paper for perhaps a couple of centuries. It is smooth, but with a little more tooth than either Hahnemühle Photo Rag or Canson Rag Photographique.
On a different note, cost rather than print quality: If you decide to stock either smooth rag, look into buying 24 x 36 inch sheets and cutting down. Usually this size is much less expensive per unit area (as much as 40% less) than any other size, including 44 inch by 15 meter rolls. A 24 x 36 inch sheet will cut down to two 17 x 24 inch sheets, for example, with only a 2 inch waste strip, and 17 x 24 inches is generally much more useful than 17 x 22 inches. It will also give you four 12 x 18 inch sheets (3:2 ratio), without waste, eight 9 x 12 inch sheets (4:3 ratio) without waste, eight US letter sized sheets (with a little waste), or two 12 x 36 inch panos (3:1 ratio).
13 x 19 inches is the most expensive cut sheet size, but one of the most useful, giving a 12 x 18 inch print with 1/2 inches borders.
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