Wow, good info here. Thanks! I'm going to order some of the Farmer's Reducer (great name!), make some small prints and practice on those. I have a good eye and light touch from years of watercolour work, just needed to figure out the process to make this happen. I never even thought of iodine PRJ, and much appreciate your knowledgeable help.
Some negs you can't fix of course and need to be scanned, but to me that's a very last resort because the difference in a good fiber print and anything scanned and printed is quite noticeable. Only my old BO prints using Eboni Black ink only come close, but wow, all that scanning and inkjet clogs and trial prints. Don't miss that experience. The curling has been a royal PITA, but I'm trying different things to address that. The paper is a new one to me, Ilford MG FB Cool Tone, and it's got a very white base and nearly neutral tones, at least in Dektol. This was supposed to be a cheap paper to use while I get my printing chops back, but it's a really good paper. Not as good as the Adox MCC 110 that I've used in the past, but pretty close, and a whole lot cheaper.
Maybe I should just display the prints under water, like when you wash them. No curling, no need to frame, and all those little nit picking problems disappear in the water. That's a good metaphor for how I feel when I get in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic ocean. All my problems go away, and it's just me, the ocean, the fish and the sun. Time for me to leave the desert.