What a great story Ranger Bob. Now that's taking action. I've still got my scanner around for the larger negatives...after I get the hang of my focomat, I perhaps I'll be brave enough to go all the way and pick up a D2 or some other 4x5 enlarger, kissing photoshop goodbye in the process.
As a postscript on my continuing learning curve, I've now identified what appears to be a chip or some other flaw in the condenser, which puts a lovely spot in the same spot in all of my prints. I'll pull it out for a cleaning tomorrow and try again. Wish me luck!