Wow, thank you to all. Very helpful and I note the cautions.
I think I will still demo the stick (couldn't tell what kind of strings it has currently), but being that I string my own I like to experiment with a wide variety of strings and tensions... and if this is going to be a pain in the butt to string as often as I probably would the first few months... that is definately a negative to consider before a purchase.
Again, thank you to all for your input. Not scared, just hesitant now.