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Coffeenoobie
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Joined: 11 Dec 2011
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Location: PNW
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:15pm
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If I could not move my oscar I would consider putting a tube through the flap that stuck down into the tank, then add a hose and a funnel to the tube when needed and fill the funnel rather than move Oscar.  It is so easy to fill the tank using my hose sprayer I almost believe I don't need plumbed in.

 
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tglodjo
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Joined: 16 Oct 2012
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Location: Jackson, TN
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario, Virtuoso
Drip: Wave, V60, Chemex, Clever
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:34pm
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Well, I decided against buying a used Oscar on eBay. I was a little too nervous about not knowing (trusting?) the history of the machine.

Though, I must say upgraditis is a nasty bug. As soon as I seriously began considering the La Nuova Era Cuadra, of course there are other machines just a little better for just a little more. I realized I could rationalize my decision over and over again, so I just decided to pull the trigger. I ended up getting a Rocket Cellini from Chris' Coffee for a GREAT price. I can't wait to get it in the mail!!!!
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Coffeenoobie
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Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:44pm
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Upgradeitis is horrible. I think you did fine.  Just be happy with whatever you have, that is the secret to happiness.  And I am sure that is a fine machine.  Just like my Oscar  :).

 
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Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

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Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 1:06pm
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tglodjo Said:

Well, I decided against buying a used Oscar on eBay. I was a little too nervous about not knowing (trusting?) the history of the machine.

Though, I must say upgraditis is a nasty bug. As soon as I seriously began considering the La Nuova Era Cuadra, of course there are other machines just a little better for just a little more. I realized I could rationalize my decision over and over again, so I just decided to pull the trigger. I ended up getting a Rocket Cellini from Chris' Coffee for a GREAT price. I can't wait to get it in the mail!!!!

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CONGRATS!
YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY FOR A LONG TIME.
That is a very nice maachine and it should serve you well for a long time B-)

 
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Markarian
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Joined: 27 Jun 2012
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Location: Seattle Area
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC
Grinder: Baratza Forte AP, HG One
Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB
Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Hario V60
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012, 5:20am
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Guess that's why we never see the Cuadra. "For just a little more, I could get a..."
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SStones
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Joined: 24 Nov 2012
Posts: 477
Location: Canada
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket...
Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best
Vac Pot: No  :(
Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart
Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Sun Nov 25, 2012, 8:03pm
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When buying a Cuadra, check that the cord supplied with it is a decent 14 gauge cord. If the cord is removable check that the IEC connector on the machine that the cord plugs in to is rated for 16amps, not 8. If it has the little fuse in a drawer in the IEC connector, check that it is a 15 amp fuse, not a 10.  Many Cuadras seem to be getting sold in North America with the under-rated european parts that are only good for half the amperage of the 110Volt american machines.
Additionally, adjust the relief valve down to 10 BAR(OPV) before the first backflush and be prepared to replace the cheesy little sacrificial relay with a decent solid state relay soon after the warranty ends.  The cheap little relays that come with the machine do help the tiny little pressostats live longer, but the relays themselves don't last long.
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