CONGRATULATIONS! I wish I had all 8-fr med's.I was weighing all the same options a little over a year ago when I was getting started. Decided to go with all 8 frame mediums...A decision I've been quite happy with and haven't regretted. While technically, I have nothing else to compare it to, I do know one thing...Last summer when I was pulling and hauling full honey supers around, I NEVER once thought, Gee I sure wish these boxes were just a little heavier! LOL!
Sounds like excellent advice, and that's what they told us when we started. But the funny part is, then they get to the woodenware class and they showed us all the options, offering good and bad points of each but no clear winner. They even dragged in a top bar hive, which they told us not to use but that we could use them and they would work fine.All beekeeping is local. Join a local club (there must be one thereabouts, or up in Macon) and do as the Romans do.
Getting input from folks in Massachusetts, North Dakota, or Canada won't do you much good. While we might need 3-5 mediums here, you might only need one. I have no idea, we're worlds apart.