Re the scanning option - there is also a hybrid work flow of scanning, then outputting a very high screen count film at the print size, then you contact this film onto standard silver paper. Brooks Jensen, of LensWork magazine, used to offer this service. The purpose, as I recall, was to offer a method of producing silver process prints easily, for sale at a lower market price than a standard enlarged print. The idea was that the screen count in the (essentially halftone negative he would provide from the print scan) was too fine to see without magnification. The resulting neg would contain all of the print adjustments, like burning, dodging, etc., so was easier to produce. You would provide him with what you consider a perfect print, and for a fee, he would return the print with a negative which would contact print to match the original. I don't know how well this worked, or if he still offers the service.