Exhibition quality Ciba printing to my specifications has always included:
• Custom masking
• Colour grading and correction
• Contrast stats (often 2 same size prints with varied contrast to the first off).
• Printer's spec record
• Certificate of Authenticity
My printer expects the photographer (not just me) to present him with detailed technical specifications for printing; in my case, it is just a correction to filtration (too warm or too blue or neutralise either). I don't bother with trannies that are close to the edge contrast-wise.
Anyway, the price of US$285 remains manifestly excessive for 8x10" and I'd love to know on what grounds he could be charged that for such a small print. The same amount of money (a little higher here with the exchange rate) would buy three 30x40cm Cibas (a bit over $300 with insured freight added).