Thanks Amspire - Hakko seem to be the more highly rated of soldering stations in the electronics community, unfortunately they aren't widely available here, and what is available are $$$... since there isn't an easy way I can try for myself as it were, I'm still trying to source Xytronic ones, but thank you though!
I picked my station up used (twice) for $40, when it was retailing for $80. Mine also came with 2 extra tips, solder and solder wick, which came to about $130 all up... I figured the price was good, so why not? If it is something I enjoy and want to pursue, I'll upgrade to a Hakko from overseas, in the meantime I have the ability to undertake soldering if I need it (VU meter here I come! lol).
Of course, I figured it would be a good idea to get some extra tips from DSE, only to find that while they stock the station still, they no longer sell tips
(only ever had three available anyhow, and they were hard to get from DSE anyway). I figured they probably rebranded it, so looked elsewhere, found images of it labelled Xytronic, and kept on digging.
Talking of which, I finally got a response from Xytronic USA, and they have pointed me to assemblyoutfitters.com, and the 510600 series of tips - apparently a set of 9 can be gotten for US$52 plus shipping, or they are sold seperately. I've asked about other parts I may need too. Decisions decisions...