+1 on the hometown thing! While I'm originally from TX, I live 15 minutes from Worcester now...I've been watching/buying Worcester and Torrey razors. I am new to the game as well but have been looking to try a genco for some time now.
Stick with the straights! If you enjoyed your first, they just better from there
Its only been a couple months for me but I can't imagine going back to a cartridge....ever!
Can't help you much with the honing...some of my razors I can hone well, some I just can't get a decent bevel on. My finisher is a 10k nubatama I bought on the classifieds here (not an ideal finisher by any means) followed by crox on balsa then bare horsehide.
Anyway, enjoy the shaves, enjoy the ritual, enjoy the learning curve