I started out on 12-string with fewer than 12-strings... On my old 12, I usually found that by the time I got it cranked up to concert pitch, It'd be busted back to only 9 or 10 strings in a matter of minutes! And being a poor aspiring writer at the time (on the other side of W. -By God - Va. from you), it would normally stay that way for months or years on end. When I finallly got a 12 that would bear the strain of a full complement of strings, I was already used to the broader neck and the richness of the tone was a delight.
P.S. Word 7 for 95 is just fine for me. I look forward to receiving my first cat via e-mail.