Loved your post Mooh....And I agree that you certainly took a chance, but it was one based on good knowledge.
Bob's points are good on tuning too, but as you can see, he too agrees that the lower sound is well worth it. But speaking of capos.........
Capos: I personally like the Shubb. Its a tight and easy to use capo and has a slight curve in the bar which helps. You can of course bend the bar on others to fit too. A lot of tuning problems can be solved by slitting the soft rubber/neoprene/whatever stuff of the capo where the considerably fatter 7, 9, and 11 strings hit. A small Xacto slice there will allow them to bed down a bit deeper and allow the 8, 10, and 12 to be compressed properly.