+1 on the Nova's http://www.novadarkroom.com/cat/31/N...rocessors.html if you can afford it! My darkroom was built on a shoestring.
Btw, I've never had a prob reloading my drums wet. Just a thorough rinse and on to the next print. It does take a bit longer than trays, but I'll take that trade-off for being able to have the light on.
I do prefer Kodak paper over Fuji and luckily have a bit of a stash in my freezer of cut Supra Endura.
Good point on the new Portra 160. It's an awesome film. I'll have to try it with my slide copier.