iko Senior Member Joined: 30 Aug 2013 Posts: 58 Location: Toronto Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sat Sep 21, 2013, 9:49pm Subject: Re: Help identifying lever type
Hm... that may be the case. I asked the owner and he said this is the first version of the Musette and the lever acts left to right. I can't imagine it's a screw type piston, so it must be steam/valve as you say.
crazy4espresso Senior Member Joined: 19 Jan 2008 Posts: 150 Location: Toronto Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Pavoni Europiccola, Faema... Grinder: Pharos
Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013, 6:53am Subject: Re: Help identifying lever type
Was the Musette not a spring lever machine? I'm guessing that this design actually followed the lever, and that it contains a water pump, which the lever engages. Given the era (60's, 70's?), this would make sense. I'm not buying that this is steam powered from an earlier period. Only way to know is to ask the seller. If he says it works, he should be able to hear a pump running, unless he's not willing to test it. As for value, if it's functioning, I'm sure someone would pay $500.
john_ Senior Member Joined: 12 Jan 2007 Posts: 243 Location: USA Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: La Spaziale, Cremina Grinder: Mazzer Major, Pavoni PGC
Posted Fri Mar 28, 2014, 5:54pm Subject: Re: Help identifying lever type
I just stumbled on this six-month-old thread and thought I recognized the machine in the photo ... sure enough, it looks exactly like a machine by "Achille Decarli" that was patented in 1963, I found this patent while researching another machine.
As I understand it, Achille Decarli was involved with Zacconi somehow, perhaps as a founder.
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