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frcn
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 9:18pm
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I got an older Bunn A10 for... free! Makes the B-10 look like a toy (got that for free at the same time). I took both apart for cleaning and ended up throwing the B-10 in the trash. Those have the filler top glued to the tank and can be difficult to seal back up (one data point was a wet workbench). The A10 has a large stainless tank and is built to last. I removed the original thermocouple bulb thermostat and installed one that is adjustable from the outside!

 
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Posted Sat Jul 7, 2012, 5:30pm
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Well here's my latest Craigslist find - a Nuova Oscar for only $180!  Asking price was $200 but the seller said that they could never get the espresso hot - it was only warm.  I offered $180 and they took it and I was expecting the Oscar to need a new pressurestat but I just made an espresso and it was very hot (hotter than my Sirena or Barista machine ever got) and the steam on this machine is incredible.  I cannot believe my luck...I have wanted one of these machines for such a long time now.  This is an older one from 2005 and it does not have a Sirai P-Stat but, other than that, this machine is in excellent condition!  Took a pic of it along with my Obel Bregant grinder (64mm burrs) that I got from a local auction for $30.  My setup isn't bad for $210 :)

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Posted Sat Jul 7, 2012, 8:29pm
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^^^ Congrats, Erik!
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Posted Sun Jul 8, 2012, 8:15pm
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Thanks Josh!  I had to drive over 2 hours to get it but it is so worth it and I was wrong...I don't have a Sirai but rather a Parker pressurestat (pic attached). I never heard of a Parker but I assume it's just as good as a Sirai but I dunno.   It looks similar to a Sirai.

Now if I could just figure out what is the best way to descale an Oscar without having to take anything apart that would be awesome but other than that I am really enjoying this beast and it's so great to be able to steam and brew at the same time.  I could never go back to using a SBDU machine ever again....they are such a pain.  Oh and I can steam 4oz. of milk in 10 seconds now....incredible.  

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Posted Mon Jul 9, 2012, 11:08am
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Erik ... what a find! It looks to be in great shape ... sweet set-up too! Enjoy!!

 
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Posted Tue Jul 10, 2012, 11:52am
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Hotwasabipeas- Very clean looking machine, much cleaner than mine used.  That price is a amazing!!!!!!  I am so jealous!  Great find and good for you!!!

 
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:11am
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My used buys since my last post.

Macap M4 grinder for $200 (decent deal I think).

Wega Airy for $200 - wanted to play around with an HX machine.  Was pretty old and missing parts (drip tray and grille especially - anyone know where to find one)?  Cleaned up pretty good.

La Pavoni Neopolitana for $50 (only thing wrong with it was it's safety tstat was tripped).  Gonna flip this one.

Nuova Simonelli Appia 1 Group for $400.  The guy posted it for $500 and said rightout that he was quoted a $400 repair for it and he wasn't selling too many drinks from it in his restaurant anyway so he decided to get rid of it cheap.  I figured it was probably a $50 part and $350 labour.  Turns out it just needed a good descaling.  Downside was it has the AutoSteam wand but I've already retrofitted a rancilio wand onto it from another parts machine I have and it's working great, just has a slightly wrong angle but it will work until I order the actual NS wand.  I think this one's going to become our main machine.  Made some of the best espresso and foam I've ever made this morning after getting that new steam wand on.
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 4:51pm
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great buy!!

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
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Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 4:38am
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I purchased my brand new Starbucks Barista Athena from a craigslist ad about two years ago. The seller received it from a friend who owned a coffee shop. It was a returned model from a client who had purchased it from the shop. It was returned because of leaking. I purchased it for $25.00. Once I got it home, I took it apart and discovered that the gasket at the bottom of the boiler was mis-seated. Placed the gasket in properly, and it's been serving me well since then.
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 10:12pm
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Good job!

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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