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etout00
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Joined: 1 Sep 2011
Posts: 81
Location: Upstate NY
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Marzocco GS/3 MP
Grinder: Compak K10 WBC
Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 3:48pm
Subject: Help me decide between getting GS/3 or keeping my La Spaziale Dream
 

I am deciding between keeping my La Spaziale Dream or upgrading to the GS/3. Although the Dream has been a great machine thus far, I know that personally I will find myself questioning whether I should have purchased a GS/3 as its arguable the holy grail of 110v single group dual boiler machines. I still feel that the GS/3 is built better than the Dream; having seen both in person. The price difference is what held me back at first, but now I find myself already questioning whether I should have purchased the GS/3 instead of the Dream and I am still within the return period.

Here is my question: For all the new owners of auto-GS/3 (non-paddle), have the early issues with rattling, shoddy drip tray design, water in brain box and/or software issues been worked out? I know there are hundreds of forum topics out there concerning the early issues, but I'd like to hear from recent owners who have purchased the latest GS/3s.

I'm looking for solid advice...especially from any member that may have made the leap from a Vivaldi to a GS/3.
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Maotoying
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Maotoying
Joined: 30 Nov 2013
Posts: 34
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Dream
Grinder: Mini Mazzer (man)
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Dec 1, 2013, 3:11pm
Subject: Re: Help me decide between getting GS/3 or keeping my La Spaziale Dream
 

etout00 Said:

I am deciding between keeping my La Spaziale Dream or upgrading to the GS/3. ...

Posted January 11, 2013 link

I would hope that an additional $4K would bump you well up along the logistic "S" curve of price versus performance/quality. IMHO, if you have the $$$, why not; if it is a stretch, then keep the Dream. I am stretching to go from my original Vivaldi I to the Dream.
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Dodge1
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Dodge1
Joined: 21 Dec 2002
Posts: 208
Location: Omaha
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: GS/3
Grinder: K30 Vario WBC & K10 WBC
Posted Mon Dec 2, 2013, 5:24am
Subject: Re: Help me decide between getting GS/3 or keeping my La Spaziale Dream
 

My GS3, non-paddle, serial # 1667 is one of the newer models.  I've owned it for ~ two and half years and would buy another in the drop of hat.  

No problems with water in the brain box, no rattling, drip tray is fine and haven't had any problems with the software.  

Only problem that I've had, of note, is that one of the LCD's needed to be replaced, which I did myself.
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,734
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 Mon Dec 2, 2013, 6:47am
Subject: Re: Help me decide between getting GS/3 or keeping my La Spaziale Dream
 

Honestly, what is it that you think you would gain?
There are several great machines available for big $ so what in particular is it about the GS3 that you feel it has to offer that you do not have now?
What is there about the GS3 that other high end machines do or do not have?

If it is a simple matter of "wanting the best" then the question of what IS best, best for you? Best for construction? Best in features? Or is it simply a matter of wanting others to look "up" to you, a matter of social status?

If you have the money and want it, by all means go buy one but as I asked above, what is it that it can offer that your current machine can not offer and how much is it worth to you?

As a personal note, it is not MY most sought after machine. I am all about what is in the cup and not status, my ugly commercial machine does everything I need at the moment so I feel no desire to "upgrade", even if I did, the GS3 is not on the list of possible considerations anyway so when you say,
" I should have purchased a GS/3 as its arguable the holy grail of 110v single group dual boiler machines."
What makes it so?

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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boar_d_laze
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Joined: 21 Nov 2006
Posts: 1,218
Location: Monrovia, CA
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: La Cimbali M21 DT/1 Junior...
Grinder: Ceado E92; "Bunnzilla"
Vac Pot: Royal Coffee Maker
Drip: Chemex + Kone; Espro Press
Roaster: USRC Sample Roaster
Posted Mon Dec 2, 2013, 8:53am
Subject: Re: Help me decide between getting GS/3 or keeping my La Spaziale Dream
 

I don't know the Dream at all, so can't offer the comparo you seek.

Also (a) La Marzocco is La Marzocco; (b) GS/3 sales aren't large enough to justify the costs of true, "mass production;" so (c) every GS/3 is a little bit of a hand-built, one-off; but (d) all of the GS/3 teething issues have been successfully addressed; since (d) La Marzocco IS La Marzocco F&F, QC; ergonomics and reliability are outfrikkinstanding; and (e) the GS/3 is a true and proven professional machine in every way.

You can't make a "cost effectiveness analysis" stand up for what's really an aesthetic decision.  

We only regret buying what we really want 'til the next paycheck, but regret buying something cheaper for as long as we own it.  Your post makes it abundantly clear that the GS/3 is the object of your affection.  Invest in the future, and make yourself happy.

BDL
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uscfroadie
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uscfroadie
Joined: 2 Aug 2008
Posts: 398
Location: San Antonio
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: GS/3 Strada MP, BDB; owned...
Grinder: Forte, Zass and PeDe hand...
Vac Pot: Nope
Drip: Nope
Roaster: owned Behmor
Posted Mon Dec 2, 2013, 9:29am
Subject: Re: Help me decide between getting GS/3 or keeping my La Spaziale Dream
 

The fact that you are already questioning it tells me you will not be satisfied with any other machine.  Return the Vivaldi and put your mind at ease.  Get the GS/3.

WOW - just noticed the original thread dated back to early this year and was only recently revived.  He returned it and went with a GS/3 MP and has it paired with a K-10, according to his profile.
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