Enyar Senior Member Joined: 7 Nov 2013 Posts: 2 Location: Virginia Expertise: Just starting
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?
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,722 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
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 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 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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