Thanks for your help. I've heard so many negative things about LCD's and Lacie monitors I was horrified to plug my LCD in the first time. I'm an Epson Enhanced Matt user along with an 1160 fitted up with a Piezo inkset. Your advise is very useful for my work.
The main thing I had to do to replicate the previous reliability of my colour-managed work flow was to select a much lower luminance setting than the monitor is capable of. While the monitor is capable of 250, my setting is 120. I print on Epson Enhanced Matte, which is a low reflectance medium, and I find the 120 luminance setting setting provides a reasonably reliable soft-proof of the impression I will get viewing the print. That is what this whole business is all about - whether the viewing impression from the monitor and the print are close enough for your needs - which would vary from one purpose of photography to another.
As the tehcnology advances and options multiply, it gives us more means to do better and better things, but the side effect is that it gets more complicated. I believe that compatibility has become more of an issue as a result. This puts more of an onus on ourselves to better define our needs and research the necessary conditions for delivering them, which includes considerations of product features, cost and compatibility factors. As consumers we're in the fortunate position of just needing to know how to chose. The providers have a much more daunting task looking at the sea of complementary or non-complementary stuff they need to contend with and working out how to design their own products in ways that keep us happy.
A self-interested New Year's wish from me to them is that they have great success in doing so - meanwhile forums like this will always be great for asking all the good questions and hopefully getting some useful answers!