I researched and bought an Epson R800 - just under $400, uses the best inks available right now, separate catridges for less cost...all reviews were very positive. I have not used it yet, but I'll post a review when I do.
I do somewhat regret not getting the wide format now, as I find myself wanting more 11x14 than 8x10, but the cost increase was a little much for the use I would get.
If you can add another $100 I would suggest the R1800 to allow 11x14 prints as well.
I'm even contemplating selling the R800 on eBay and getting the R1800 now...