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SpaceTime
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Posted Tue Dec 10, 2013, 9:07pm
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BonsaiDoug Said:

Actually, I believe I live fairly close to Whole Latte Love. Time for a road trip!

Posted November 17, 2013 link

WLL only carries two lever machines in their inventory from what I saw online, a couple of Pavoni models...

Did you make the trip?  Did they have more in the store than online?

PS- I have been combing Ebay for an old Cremina, Pavoni or Elektra with a good history / story... levers are cool!  There is a learning curve, but that is half the fun... well, except that part about all the high priced sink shots... ;-(
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Posted Wed Dec 11, 2013, 7:05pm
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Didn't make the trip - not really sure if they even have a "retail" operation.  

A lever will have to be in my future, 'cause a little birdie mentioned Santa
might be dropping an espresso machine down the chimney soon.

I've also been checking out ebay, but I'm always concerned with buying
used from folk I don't know.  But I guess with a lever machine, there ain't
much to them internally.
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Posted Thu Dec 12, 2013, 9:42pm
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What make / model are you asking Santa for??

PS - I am with you on the Ebay assessment... I look there sometimes to find a special deal, but have trouble pulling the trigger on some types of items - like espresso machines.  But the Cremina - they are so tough to find, and Ebay is just another option... btw did you see the two that sold recently on Ebay?  One was a mint, darn near never used,  almost new in the box (with the original Rancilio box)... very nice, it sold for over $1500.  It was sold three days before I started looking on Ebay for them in early December... just my luck.

Then there was a beautifully restored Cremina that sold for $1250, I was exchanging notes with the seller, but never bid... he did the restoration himself, and said he used the OE vids to do it, but I was just reticent about pulling the trigger.
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 7:49pm
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About 7 years ago, which was way before I became interested in espressos, I found myself in Clearwater, FL. Stopped by a local coffee shop (where it is I can't remember) that was using the most beautiful machine I had ever seen. The barista pulled the lever down, then released it after a few seconds, and its movement captivated me. The only thing I remember was the naked lady on the back. Turns out it was a Victoria Arduino La Leva 3 group.

I've been hooked ever since.

 
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 8:30pm
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 11:01pm
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Spacetime -
Yes, I bought a 2 group and have enjoyed just about every shot I made with it after learning how to use it 3 years down the road. But that is another story.

My daily machine now is the Pompei 1 group, which I found easier to get good shots. But I attribute that to having learned on the Athena.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 7:14am
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Loving learning about levers, and definitely want to start devolving
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 7:30am
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Levers are a good thing.  Spring Levers make the Lever shots consistent and once you get a chance to play with one you will be hooked.

The least amount of gimmicks, like heaters, pumps, PID's the less things to go wrong.

I went from a GS/3 to a simple spring Lever and love it!  No regrets.
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:34am
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Yes, levers are the best.  I went from a Gaggia Factory 106 lever (like a PavPro) to the Ponte Vecchio Lusso, the poor man's Londinium.  :)

Couldn't be happier!

 
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