Lenny, I am interested in your thoughts on what I wrote above.
While I agree with this point in general, abstracted from an MFA (I have an MFA too, but more importantly I have taught graduate students at the two top graduate programs in the country), the important thing is looking at the personal work or client list of the person scanning, whether they understand the needs of a careful expressive artist. Unfortunately this kind of attention to detail and craft is not high on the priorities of most MFA programs these days.I have a Masters degree in Photography, and the other person here who might touch the scanner also has a degree in Photography. It's very different when you have someone who understands what you are after with your image doing the work. You aren't going to find this in a factory setting.