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ngude
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Posted Wed Jul 25, 2012, 9:09pm
Subject: LaCimbali M29 DT2 Selectron --is this a possibility?
 

Hello fellow coffeegeeks!  i've lurked for a while and am eternally grateful at the wealth of knowledge I was able to glean from searching these forums.

I'm finally ready to dive into a commercial machine and found a deal on an M29 locally.  Few facts:

  1. it has been in a storage space for (unknown) period of time [date of manufacture is 2005]

  2. it has been stored in garage for ~6 months

  3. seller purchased from an estate and doesn't really know much about it.

  4. he did say he plugged it in and the boiler filled up, shot steam, group heads dispensed water etc. [again, seller is not familiar with espresso machines in general]

  5. it's missing the portafilters so i'll have to source my own which shouldn't be too much of an issue.

  6. price is $499USD

  7. also includes an Azkoyen Cappricio grinder

so what worries me mainly is the amount of time it has been sitting there.  i'm not worried about cold weather damage as it's in an area where temps remain 70+, but does anyone have any other points of concern they might want to share?

the machine on the outside is clean, but that doesn't always tell the whole story.  anyone familiar with these machines care to share their common weak points/things i should be privy to when checking it out?

is the price worth me just buying it and then having it serviced?  I'm very comfortable with getting my hands dirty, but i've never worked on an espresso machine.  Is this model in particular thoughfully laid out and easily serviceable?

thanks all!  i look forward to your helpful ideas, concerns, and opinions.

-ngude
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 7:17am
Subject: Re: LaCimbali M29 DT2 Selectron --is this a possibility?
 

I believe those were distributed by Pasquini in Los Angeles, so a call to them regarding parts availability, known problems, etc., would probably be a good idea. I remember hearing that the M27 Selectron had some problems with the brains burning out and that those parts are not available, so you will want to make sure that any M29-specific parts can be gotten hold of if necessary.
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 10:33am
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GVDub Said:

I believe those were distributed by Pasquini in Los Angeles, so a call to them regarding parts availability, known problems, etc., would probably be a good idea. I remember hearing that the M27 Selectron had some problems with the brains burning out and that those parts are not available, so you will want to make sure that any M29-specific parts can be gotten hold of if necessary.

Posted July 26, 2012 link

thank you! i did contact pasquini in LA, and the m29 is indeed still supported.  the technician was very helpful in breaking down repairs for me.

the motherboard is a $2000 repair!  i better make sure this thing can turn on...
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 10:38am
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That grinder is my daily use grinder. I love it. I have had LOTS of grinders and that is the one that stays on my counter!

 
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:10pm
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calblacksmith Said:

That grinder is my daily use grinder. I love it. I have had LOTS of grinders and that is the one that stays on my counter!

Posted July 26, 2012 link

great to know! from my searching there seems to be a special art in programming the unit, but it is capable of great consistent grinds.
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Posted Fri Jul 27, 2012, 12:07am
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calblacksmith: do you have any links or tips on taking apart this grinder to clean everything out?
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Posted Fri Jul 27, 2012, 7:02pm
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update: well, i couldn't help myself and got the machine for 350!  very excited to get down and dirty with it.

a couple of things to note:

1 - left group head works fine and dispenses water. the right group head doesn't dispense water, just some puffs of steam.

2 - everything else seems to work as it should!  i'm going to give it a nice wipe-down before anything else.


does anyone have tips on plan of attack for fixing the right group head?
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