Thanks to all for weighing in on this issue. This forum is terrific.
The primary takeaway that I get from this is to look much more closely at my monitor calibration which I will do. I have operated under the assumption that if I use a high quality monitor and calibrate it to a basic standard, then I should revolve my adjustments around that. It appears that I was wrong.
My D50, 275/300:1 contrast ratio setting comes from my work with Piezography. I have had, and still have, successful results with a good screen match (primarily contrast/brightness) between my monitor and dimmable PDV viewing booth (the lights are D50). I had a decent match for color work when I was printing with a Canon IPF5100 and using snow leopard several years ago. At the time, I was using I1 match and their first generation I1 spectro. Soft proofs in PS and a general contrast/brightness match for LR at the time (no soft proofing) worked for me.
I dont' remember the exact OSX version where trouble started, but my behavior changed.....then my printer died (logic board) in early 2012. I purchased an Epson 4900 - while I have had issues with clogging (I am not a daily printer), I liked the quality of output. At the same time, I1 profiler was released which had its own learning curve. And papers changed. I used IGFS for a while and really liked it. Now I use primarly Canson infinity baryta and platine...
I have read much of color managment from the early books by Bruce Frazier and others...as a career enterprise software professional, I understand the computer science concepts and process concepts very well. However, I don't work the real ins/outs of these systems every day so I really only know enough to be dangerous. Add to this the moving standards implementations that Apple/Adobe/Epson bring to the mix and I feel like I am falling behind, not ahead in getting this under control.
To avoid color management issues for printing profile targets, I use QTR print tool to do this. In I1 profiler, I use the standard workflow, with D50 lighting condition. After that, have some success optimizing the profiles with a good, neutral, grayscale image using I1Profiler's optimize function. I am close but the contrast is still off and the color temp of my prints is still too cool, even with Platine which as no OBA's to complicate things.
Anyway, thanks for the suggestions, I will re-double my efforts and consider the tweaking of my monitor settings where I haven't done so before. I have long experience from the chemical darkroom so I know what I want my prints to look like - I just need a better link between the display/print so I don't waste time/money due to their disconnect. Thanks again, I'll keep the group apprised of my progress in case it can be helpful to someone else..