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Peli
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Posted Fri May 25, 2012, 1:53pm
Subject: Buying an entry-level HX Machine $500-$800
 

I'm looking for a well maintained entry level HX machine, akin to a Nuova Simonelli Oscar, Expobar Office, or Bezzera BZ07/BZ02.  Similar prosumer machines are good too, as long as they are pour-over and don't weigh an absurd amount.

Edit: I've increased my budget! Now aiming for $500-$800 or so.  At this price point, I'm hoping for a E61 grouphead, manometers, and good looks.  Suggestions and advice are welcome!

Regards,
Edward

Edit: Yes, I have capable grinders (Baratza Vario, Mazzer SJ, Tre Spade).

Edit: To clarify, $400 is a starting point, and I'm willing to go higher as needed.

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Asking / Suggested Price: 600
Seller Name: Edward T
Seller Location: Durham, NC
Sale Type: Wanted to Buy
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Posted Sat May 26, 2012, 10:35am
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"SOLD: Nuova Simonelli Ellimatic (Heat Exchanger) - $300 with shipping"

 
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Posted Sun May 27, 2012, 6:24pm
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It looks like a great machine, but I'm leaning toward a newer one.  Thanks, though.
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Posted Mon May 28, 2012, 12:15pm
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Good luck, at that price point you will probably have to be very lucky, or compromise on age or condition.

 
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Posted Mon May 28, 2012, 1:37pm
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Yeah, my machine works and is in very good condition for how old it is. Especially after being rebuilt. Used Oscar's sell for upwards of $600 or more, and who knows how well they were taken care of, if at all.

 
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Posted Mon May 28, 2012, 3:51pm
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Point well taken.  Don't get me wrong, your Ellimatic is on my short list, but I'd love to see what options are out there first.  If someone beats me to it, my loss!  

Yes, I've disassembled and rehabilitated machines before, but they've all been SBDU.   HX is scary.   An old HX with hard to find parts is scarier.   I know that you've first hand experienced this exact frustration.
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Posted Tue May 29, 2012, 6:00pm
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HX is not scary.  I learned it as I went and I am a silly girl....

 
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Posted Tue May 29, 2012, 10:56pm
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Let me rephrase myself.  FIXING a HX machine is scary at times.   Try, say, replacing the heating element mounted on the bottom of a vertically aligned boiler.  Moreover, the possible points of failure are many compared to those of a SBDU.

Maybe I'm wrong.  Regardless, a newer machine undoubtedly has its perks.
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Posted Fri Jun 1, 2012, 9:36pm
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Still looking!  I'm willing to stretch my budget if the machine is right.
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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2012, 5:56pm
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I've come across a HB member who has an Isomac Tea for sale.  If anyone is interested, I can pass the contact information on.
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