This machine is a compelling entry into the higher end of the E61 class of machines. If you want to go plumbed in for under 2 grand, this machine should be on your short list.
Positive Product Points
Quiet machine, quality build, easy plumb-in. I think this machine is easily one of the best in class, second to, perhaps, the Vibiemme Domobar Super--and it still wins for me by a rotary pump.
Negative Product Points
2 things I don't like:
How narrow the inlet tube is to the pump... a thicker line would have allowed it to be bottle-fed more safely.
The finish and quality of the feet. They are supposedly leveling legs, i.e. you can adjust their height a little bit. The problem is, if you raise them much at all, they get kind of wobbly. Thicker, sturdier legs should have been used.
I have very little to add to all the excellent reviews of this machine, but I do want to say that, after several months of everyday use, this machine is a lot of fun to use, and yields impressively consistent results. To a great extent, this is because it's an E61 machine, but the details of the machine really make this stand out.
One huge thing for me is the plumb-in factor. With a water line, you get not only the convenience of never having to refill the boiler, but you also get the benefit of a stable inlet temperature. Pourover machines in this class have reservoirs that very quickly get baked by the heat of their boiler, resulting in longer flushes as the machine stays on longer. This adds a certain unpredictability to other machines (such as my old La Valentina) that is wasteful and annoying.
I can't tell you how great Chris' Coffee is. You can't go wrong buying a machine from him. He stands behind his products, and he's a big factor in how much I like this machine--I can depend on great service for it even though I bought it from a place that's 2000 miles away. This is not an insignificant factor when buying a machine. In all honesty, E61 machines don't have a whole lot to differentiate them between each other--They are pretty well left to aesthetics, quality components (pressurestat, pump, etc.), and service. Vetrano and Chris' Coffee deliver on these things in spades, especially if you get the Sirai pressurestat upgrade.