Try playing with some toning.
It is wonderful to experiment with, and you may find that the results you get from your explorations will help you with your re-discovery.
It is not going to necessarily help with your re-learning printing skills, but it might.
And the fun is worth it!
On the subject of contrast, it may be that you are aiming your testing at the wrong tone.
Try adjusting your exposure to get what you want in your mid-tones and lighter tones, and then adjust your contrast to get the contrast you want.