[QUOTE=Donna-50;39901]Sounds like you got a good deal. I have a GE fresh cut frasier that I bought they year before last after Christmas. So far so good. I have a smaller tree that I use in the living room that I purchased from Walmart about 5 years ago and the lights are all still working. Granted I don't light that one as much as the family room tree but it does get lit alot. Good luck with your new tree.[/QUOTE Thanks, Donna.
As it turns out, the branches are not hinged, as I had first thought. It is sort of a combination of the old and new. Each branch can be put on and taken off the trunk individually, in the same way as an older tree, but you can keep them on the tree and they just fold up along the trunk for storage.
Also, I discovered that when my kids kindly put it up as a surprise, my son was trying to figure out the lights and he ended up unplugging some, so it will be a real challenge to figure it all out. I told him next time if he is not sure about it, just leave it alone.