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Enyar
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Posted Thu Nov 7, 2013, 2:29pm
Subject: La Cimbali Junior - Good price but being advertised as "AS-IS" - parts/fixing?
 

I've been looking for an expresso machine as a gift to my father and this one may do the trick. The only issue is it's being sold as-is and parts may be missing (he says the knobs only). My question is, are parts available for these things and do they cost an arm and a leg? What could break on it?

It's similar to this one but not quite:
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Posted Thu Nov 7, 2013, 2:47pm
Subject: Re: La Cimbali Junior - Good price but being advertised as "AS-IS" - part
 

If it is still in  current production, the parts are available at La Cimablli, they stock most parts for at least 10 years after end of production.

That said, even if they have parts, you may not want to buy them. I just rehabbed a M32, and while I was able to get it working fine, it has a bad computer board that allows the built in timer, advanced trouble shooting and programing functions to work. The bad board is $1K so I will not be buying it.

The chances are that if you can turn it on, get it working and pull some shots before you buy it, there is likely little that it needs other than possibly a descaling, cleaning and replacement of group gasket etc.

Be aware that some parts such as the water inlet fitting on my machine (which was missing when I bought it) cost $58 for a brass elbow, but it was the RIGHT THREADED brass elbow.

How much are they asking for it? If it truly is "as is, where is" I would not pay much more than $100 for it.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 7, 2013, 3:53pm
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Thanks, good to know. They are asking $250.
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Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 7:22am
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That is a bit high for a machine with known problems. If it fires up and works well though, it is worth it. If it has problems when turned on... YMMV!

 
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Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 5:30pm
Subject: Re: La Cimbali Junior - Good price but being advertised as "AS-IS" - part
 

There are Juniors, Juniors and still more Juniors.  And yes, several models of the Junior (aka the M21) are still in production.  A new M21 DT/1 ("Dosatronic," line only, single group) Casa (programmed preinfusion) runs $3K new, and is well worth it.  Or, at least I hope so because that's what's in my coffee room.

Whether the one you're looking at is worth $250, more, or nothing depends on a great many things -- including specific model, age, and condition.  Do you have any other information other than "Junior," and price?

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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 9:55am
Subject: Re: La Cimbali Junior - Good price but being advertised as "AS-IS" - part
 

Enyar Said:

Thanks, good to know. They are asking $250.

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A broken $3000 machine for $250.  Grab it!  I would if I wasn't soo broke right now.
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