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StWi
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 2:01pm
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Hi all,

Long time lurker here who has learned a ton over the last year as I have started getting into espresso.  I'm currently looking for a vintage La Pavoni to restore over the winter and I'm wondering what you guys think would be an acceptable price to pay for the machine pictured below.  Based on the pic I believe it is from the early 1970s, and the seller has said it is completely functional.

Just hoping to make a fun project from it and not get ripped off from the seller.  Hopefully the restoration experts can chime in.  Thanks in advance!

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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 2:15pm
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If I were selling it, I might want $200 (it works).

If I were buying it, I might not want to spend more than $150. There's visible rust (maybe more underneath), and a couple of holes/marks near the switch.
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Posted Wed Nov 28, 2012, 3:50am
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Thanks - it's about $100 shipped from France so I think I'm going to pull the trigger on it.  Looking forward to a nice project over the winter!
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Posted Wed Nov 28, 2012, 5:34am
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Check to see if a new heating element is available, if not you will probably need a pretty big transformer to run it (115 to 230).
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Posted Wed Nov 28, 2012, 8:10am
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I was planning on using a transformer and keeping it 220 volt.  Planning on making a move to Europe in the next few years so if the element is still okay I'll leave it as is.
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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012, 6:46am
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Which transformer is idel to use on an 15A 110V line?
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Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012, 7:08am
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Burner0000 Said:

Which transformer is idel to use on an 15A 110V line?

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You would need a step up transformer that converts 110v to 220v.  Given that this machine pulls about 800-1000w (can't remember exactly) you would want a transformer capable of handling at least 2000w, but going a bit bigger might be better.
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