The tech came. Parts were shipped from Epson and everything was cleared up on Friday.
The print head was the problem and he came down to a failed print head which he replaced along with the ink selector. It's working now, took shy of four hours.
Lucky this was still under warranty. I had to buy a whole set of OEM carts for this fix which was just shy of $800. If it wasn't under warranty it would have been a $100 for travel, $175 per hour for the tech and something like $1700 for the parts that were replaced.
Since this has come up twice in one year, it's time to buy a second 24" to have off hand, since these printers are so pron to head failures. Since I will be staying away from the *890 and *990 series I will be getting one of their new models (p6000 or p7000).
The lesson here is what cone colors has been saying about these models, make sure not to skimp on the extended warranty and keep a full set of OEM's off hand, it will save you a lot of stress and trouble.