Pete, I realize the same things you mention in regards to 'wet' darkroom. Still have my wet darkroom to print my 4x5 images, but will convert this digitally once I get a decent 4x5 scanner. Much easier to clean up dust using PS CS2 than the old fashion way. Digital printers have gone a long ways in producing quality prints worthy of selling.
Printer:Epson 2400 w/ Imageprint RIP
Matt: Entrada Warm (matt only rarely since innova & 2400))
One other: Epson Premium Luster when I do color (only rarely)
Honestly, I'm so happy to have my "wet darkroom back" in the 2400 and Innova...Black & White with rich rich blacks and beautiful tones. I print and print all night with virtually no waste. The paper is pricey but I used to toss out a lot of paper in my wet darkroom, which wasn't cheap either. I can't say enough about this paper. Digital "Traditional" B&W has come of age.
BTW: I set my ink reduction settings to 78% w/ Innova and Imageprint.