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erik_hammarlund
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Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 3:05pm
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...I'm considering driving to buy it.  I don't know what it is!!!

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Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 3:06pm
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It's a CMA of some type, that's all I know.

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Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 3:20pm
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That's an Astoria. CMA, also known as Astoria and Brasilia makes some decent machines, though they are not as popular as they were in the mid 90s. They're no-frills HX machines that you often find in espresso drive-thrus. If it works properly it should be a fine machine. What are they asking for it?
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Posted Tue Oct 29, 2013, 11:13am
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$300.  It's from an import auto dealership (owned by Italians, of course) and it seems like it's in decent shape.
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Posted Tue Oct 29, 2013, 12:44pm
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Do keep in mind that this machine is going to need an external plumbing setup, which should include a flojet and water softener, and may even require an external pump and motor. But for $300 if it works fine and seems clean inside and out I say you found a nice machine. Just make sure you have the space and the ability to add some extra equipment to make this work.
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Posted Fri Nov 1, 2013, 4:51am
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we'll see, I guess; my sister is picking it up for me.

I'll probably bring it to work and plumb it in.  Or, bring it to home and plumb it in.  Flojet isn't happening.
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Posted Wed Nov 6, 2013, 2:43pm
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FYI, the "have to plumb it" turned out not to be true: Apparently the Astoria CK works with a rotary pump and line pressure... and *also* contains a vibratory pump and water reservoir (which is entirely unused in this case.)  It's a matter of moving one hose and flipping a switch.  So it's the best of both worlds, at least for me.
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