Since it seems like there's more and more of us going the 12 string route maybe we need to start our own Forum section so we can share do's and don'ts, tips, set-ups, songs and addiction systems. Just a thought.
Zurf, my 12 string plays easier than all my other guitars. All my 6 strings have 11 / 52 strings and been set-up for me by the same tech. My 12 string has 9 /42 - 9 / 26 strings
and the action is low. It is Soooooo easy on the fingers and a pleasure to play. It is actually easier to make barre chords ring true with the 12 string than my 6 strings. Here's a tip for you:
Do you fingerpick? Look closely at your strings. You'll notice that the octave strings all set even with the bottom of the other strings (E - A - D - G strings) A lotta finger pickers set up the nut slots so all the strings even across the tops so its easier to get to them with your finger tips.