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salvoman
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Posted Sun Nov 17, 2013, 11:08pm
Subject: Buying a used machine
 

I am new to the site. I've been perusing the content as I am going to take the plunge, (again!) and buy a real espresso machine. I currently am using a Bialetti, not bad just ok.
I'm an equal espresso/macchiato/cappuccino guy. I started out looking at a Gaggia classic or a Silvia with a pid. As I read more and more I began to look at higher end stuff and I'm most curious about:

  1. Quick Mill Silvano
  2. Bezzera BZ07P
  3. Vibiemme Domobar Jr. HX

My machine budget is $1,000-1,200.00 but of course I'd like to spend less, hence my curiosity with a used machine.
I have a Capresso grinder for my Bialetti & my French press but as I've read here, that won't cut it for a good machine.
I've decided on a Baratza Vario for that.

My post is specifically about buying used equipment from members on this site. I'd like to get a few opinions.
The site has been a great resource of information. Thank you.
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
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Posted Mon Nov 18, 2013, 9:55am
Subject: Re: Buying a used machine
 

Of those 3 choices, I would go with #3 then #2 and not consider #1. YMMV!

As to the sellers on the forum, most all are stand up people, there have been very few reported problems with sales from members either in the add descriptions or in the quality of the items sold.

Coffeegeek can not guarantee any sale and all adds are from  private parties.

 
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salvoman
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Location: New York
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Grinder: Capresso
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Posted Tue Nov 19, 2013, 1:33pm
Subject: Re: Buying a used machine
 

Thanks for the response.

That would be my order of choice too. However price is the issue as I need a new grinder as well. So the Silvano is still possible because of it's price point. I believe Chris' Coffee will be having a sale next week so the price will be even lower. As a relative newbie, the Silvano will certainly be an upgrade from my old Starbucks Barista.

Also, there is a member who's selling his 2010 Vibiemme Jr. & asking $950. It looks pretty clean so that's a possibility as well.
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