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CoffeeinCA
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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 7:30am
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So, after really wanting a La Pavoni lever machine and looking around for about a year I decided that eBay would be the way to go. With the the thought that restoring one would be a cool project I started bidding and after a few losses I found one that was working and complete. I did win it and when it got here I stated looking for parts and making plans, I contact Thomas Cara Ltd. in San Francisco ( the machine was bought there ) and he let me know the the machine I have is too old for even him to get parts or even gaskets. So, I contacted the seller and haven't heard back, so if I am stuck with this thing does anyone know of a place or a way to get gaskets so it at least useable? It's the One with the minimo Maximo switch and it looks to be produced 1964-1967. Thanks for any help.
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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 7:49am
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CoffeeinCA Said:

So, after really wanting a La Pavoni lever machine and looking around for about a year I decided that eBay would be the way to go. With the the thought that restoring one would be a cool project I started bidding and after a few losses I found one that was working and complete. I did win it and when it got here I stated looking for parts and making plans, I contact Thomas Cara Ltd. in San Francisco ( the machine was bought there ) and he let me know the the machine I have is too old for even him to get parts or even gaskets. So, I contacted the seller and haven't heard back, so if I am stuck with this thing does anyone know of a place or a way to get gaskets so it at least useable? It's the One with the minimo Maximo switch and it looks to be produced 1964-1967. Thanks for any help.

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Is it the euro voltage configuration?  Do you have a picture you can post?  

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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 9:33am
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It is the US configuration but could of possibly been changed. Here is a link to one just like it. For some reason it won't let me post a pic. Thanks for any help....


Click Here (www.francescoceccarelli.eu)
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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:22am
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CoffeeinCA Said:

It is the US configuration but could of possibly been changed. Here is a link to one just like it. For some reason it won't let me post a pic. Thanks for any help....


Click Here (www.francescoceccarelli.eu)

Posted July 28, 2012 link

The plug shown on the pavoni in the picture is euro voltage config.  It will not fit a U.S 110 volt outlet.  If your pavoni is indeed the same it will need a step up transformer to operate.

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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 11:19am
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Mine, has been changed I guess because it plugs in and operates.
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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 11:24am
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CoffeeinCA Said:

Mine, has been changed I guess because it plugs in and operates.

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OK thats good.  Its comes up to full heat?  I ask because some people just change the plug and find that they are getting 1/2 the voltage required to the machine and that the machine takes forever to heat up, and then it is terribly lacking.

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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 11:37am
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It seems to, what should the parameters for it be? I havent messed with is much, I was hoping to return it but it sounds like I'll be stuck with it. It steams in about 5-8 min.
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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 12:50pm
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CoffeeinCA Said:

It seems to, what should the parameters for it be? I havent messed with is much, I was hoping to return it but it sounds like I'll be stuck with it. It steams in about 5-8 min.

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The steaming time appears right.  I have the euro config with a step up transformer and mine steams in about that time.  You may very well have a correct U.S. config pavoni.

Len

 
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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 2:57pm
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So, do you have an ideas or suggestions for getting at least seals?
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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 3:08pm
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CoffeeinCA Said:

So, do you have an ideas or suggestions for getting at least seals?

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I never have had to replace the ones I have on mine.  I know they talk alot about levers at
http://www.home-barista.com .  Someone there may know.

Len

 
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