After engaging in more negotiations and reading a bit more about what one should be looking for in a machine at this price point, I'm now looking exclusively for a Vibiemme Double Domobar V3 (the 2011 re-release). I know that narrows the field of purchase candidates considerably, but in the perverted words of Woody Allen, the heart wants what it wants. And I would think that satisfying that want is probably the best path to avoiding upgradeitis for a few extra years. I'm looking forward to your leads and offers.
And maybe this will prime the pump a little: shoot me a lead that ends in a sale, and I'll send you a pound of the espresso blend from a great, trained-by-Intelligentsia local roaster Red Band in Davenport, IA. Thanks everyone for all of your help.
Listing Details Asking / Suggested Price: 1400-1600 Seller Name: Aaron Schroeder Seller Location: Batavia, IL Sale Type: Wanted to Buy
benpiff Senior Member Joined: 5 Feb 2010 Posts: 277 Location: Portland, OR Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Rocket R58,Brewtus... Grinder: Vario Roaster: Sonofresco 1lb, Behmor
Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:28am Subject: Re: WTB: Used Double-Boiler
Brewtus III for $900 on Austin Craigslist. Who knows, maybe he'd even be willing to take an offer or do that price with shipping? I bet if you do some research, it will turn out that you need to spend a whole lot more to get a machine that can perform noticeably better. A lot of good options out there, and patience will pay off!
aaronschroeder Senior Member Joined: 22 Feb 2012 Posts: 24 Location: Batavia, Il Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Classic Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly
Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 9:23am Subject: Re: WTB: Used Double-Boiler
Thanks, everyone, for the offers to help with shipping, as well as for the product pointers. For what it's worth, I'm currently negotiating over a Brewtus IV ($1200-$1400 range) and a Vibiemme DD 3 ($1600-$1800). I'd be happy with either machine - though you read what I wrote about the Domobar... - but I'm definitely open to offers from newcomers or anything else people happen to run across.
sbecker Senior Member Joined: 29 Nov 2012 Posts: 4 Location: peg city Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Breville infuser Grinder: KA proline Drip: Bunn
Posted Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:25pm Subject: Re: WTB: Used Double-Boiler
I happened upon one at idrinkcoffee.com in their open box specials with PID. They'll send you actual photos and shipping says it's free from Canada; or is that at least in Canada. It's open box as it apparently sustained some minor damage, but considering it's essentially new you may be interested. At least it may be worth a look. From their description, they went with the larger diameter steam wand. It is a touch more than $1600, but if you factor in free shipping (it's 70 lbs(?)) it may still be good value. Here's the link:
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