I've had this since January 2010, I got it used off of another CoffeeGeek member. The machine is dated 2007. I replaced the power on/off switch twice. Turns out the lead was dropping current and burning through the switch, as soon as I realized that I fixed the lead so it was no longer dropping current and the power switch has worked without fail ever since. It's been about a year since the last replaced power switch and there are no signs of imminent malfunction.
It has an Eric's thermometer which is great, as they're not cheap and also, they're not EASY to install on the La Valentina. Luckily it was pre-installed for me.
I got another machine in December 2012 so the La Valentina has seen no use since. It's not in a garage or anything, just in another location in the apartment. I will fire her up and flush some water through and pull a shot or two to get her going and make sure all is still fine.
I've replaced the Vibe pump within the last year, so it's very new.
I'm asking $800 plus actual shipping. Willing to ship, but highly hesitant to ship. I will consider local pick-up offers over 'shipping' offers. I'm not 100% positive shipping is a good idea for these machines!
I will post photos later tonight.
Posted the many photos. Also, fired her up and refreshed the water inside. Everything working in order.
Cup Height High (Inches) 2.75 Frothing Wand Material Stainless Steel Steam Wand Style Commercial Style Wand Movement Articulating Usable Length (Inches) 7.75 Height Off Counter (Inches) 5.5 Optional Cappucinotore Yes Number Of Holes 2
Water Source Reservoir Or Plumbed Both Reservoir Capacity (Oz) 95 Reservoir Material Plastic Reservoir Removable Yes
Controls Type Of Controls Push button/Touch pad Display Type LED Programmable Brewing Yes Cup Volume Control Yes Pre-Infusion Yes Low Water Warning Yes Pressure Gauges steam
Cup Warmer Material Stainless Steel Size (Inches) 7.5 x 8.5 x 9.75 Passive / Active Passive Portafilter Data Material Chrome Plated Brass Type Commercial Style Quantity Included 2 Weight (Lbs) 1.3 Diameter (Millimeter) 58 Commercial Filter Baskets Included Single & Double Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible Yes Bottomless Portafilter Available Yes Tamper Size (Millimeter) 58
Brew Group Material Chrome Plated Brass Type E61 Preheat Yes Three-Way Valve Electric Capsule / Pod Friendly Pod Kit Available Back Flush Capable Yes
Boiler Data Number Of Boilers 1 Brew And Steam Simultaneously Yes Rapid Steam Yes
Brew Boiler Data Brew Boiler Type Heat Exchanger Brew Boiler Watts 1200 Brew boiler Volume (Oz) 1.3 Liter Brew Boiler Material Chrome Plated Copper Brew Boiler Orientation Vertical Brew Boiler Heater Location Internal Brew Boiler Auto Fill Yes
Steam Boiler Data Steam Boiler Type One Boiler for the Brew and Steam Pump Data Pump Wattage 52 Maximum Pressure (Bar) 17 bar Brew Pressure Adjustability Yes Air Remover Yes Self Priming Pump 8 to 9 Bar
Performance Initial Heat Up (Seconds) 420 Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds) 900 Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds) 10 Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F) 195 Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds) 11 Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds) 0 Sound Level - Brewing (Db) 66 Sound Level - Grinding (Db) No
Maintenance Back Flush Cleaner Used Cafiza
Details Warranty (Years) 1 Country Of Manufacture Italy NSF Certified Yes Recommended Applications Home / Commercial
Listing Details Asking / Suggested Price: 800 Seller Name: Tony Spizzirri Seller Location: Toronto, Ontario Sale Type: For Sale
I do not have a friend who is travelling to Montreal and I would trust shipping it over sending it over on a bus with a stranger... I'm not even sure how that would work.
If you want to pay for shipping and accept any issues with any damages during shipping, be my guest, we can arrange to ship it. However, regardless of packing it 'properly' it's about 80lbs and it will make short measure of the box(es) it's in if mishandled. This is true for EVERY espresso machine shipped.
Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 2:29pm Subject: Re: FS - Used Grimac La Valentina Semi-Auto Toronto, Ontario.
Thanks, I do know it's called the 'automatic', but it IS a semi-automatic machine. I didn't want to mislead people into thinking it's a super-auto or something.
But, yes, this machine does have volumetric dosing. If that's your thing, than for $800 this machine is a pretty good deal. If you're considering a Silvia, don't bother especially if a machine like this at this price can be had. Used machines aren't necessarily less reliable, especially these types of machines that can be very easily serviced and maintained forever.
I also just realized that the tray was pulled out about an inch or two in the pictures. The machine isn't designed like that... sorry!
The terminology is very straightforward and common. An automatic has volumetric dosing, a semi-automatic does not. A super-auto is a different beast entirely that we try to avoid discussing as much as possible (JK- well maybe not- well maybe...). You're actually just confusing most people by calling an automatic a semi-automatic. I wouldn't worry about misleading anyone, if someone were looking at it that didn't know the difference then I would hope they would investigate it enough to know before getting too serious.
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