About color balance, I highly recommend getting a set of color viewing filters. I found these much more effective than an analyzer, which I still have, when I was doing color regularly. I'm thinking I should probably spend next summer or some significant amount of time on Ilfochrome printing, just to be sure to get some of my more recent transparencies printed on Ilfochrome while it's still around.
Just as an aside, I firmly believe that many of the contrast problems that people have with Ilfochrome come from using oversaturated films. When I was doing Cibas some 20 years ago, I generally shot Agfachrome 100, which had more of a pastel look, and it printed well without masking, and the prints have held up quite well.