Without a doubt, Jeff Schewe's THE DIGITAL PRINT, leads to top notch results. It changed my whole understanding (or, should I say, confusion?!?).
Once you get a basic work flow, and you have a reasonably calibrated monitor, things just fall into place.
At least that is the case with the Epson 3880. I had a Pixma Pro 9000II which was just insane with constantly indicating low ink, plus took MUCH more work soft proofing to get rid of color casts and bring back the contrast. I rarely use the term, "it sucked," but that is how I feel about that Pixma.
Reading Schewe's book and then getting the Epson has me loving, loving, loving the whole printing process on both mat and glossy media.
Just got this book yesterday and it's sitting open in front of me on my desk right now.
I recalibrated yesterday using the Spyder3 Pro puck and native Spyder3 Pro software in stead of the ColorEyes software. I had ColorEyes because it was the only one that seemed to be able to handle the iMac display brightness on my previous 24" aluminum iMac.
But in the current context on the new machine I found the Spyder software provided a much better profile as far as display brightness goes. I've now got the screen/print brightness issue pretty much under control and overall print tonality and contrast is very, very close to the on-screen soft proof. Especially gratifying to see very subtle shadow details hovering in the range of 8,8,8 (RGB) on screen being preserved and visible in the print.
I'm now finding though that some of my prints are a bit warmer than my display. Of course that has a lot to do with viewing environment and I don't have a proper daylight balanced viewing station by which to judge the print and my house has a lot of tungsten light in it.
I'm scouring my way through Digital Print and thinking about upgrading my calibration package to either the Spyder4 or i1 Display Pro.