Well, the Mini Vivaldi is a reservoir-only vibe pump machine. Whereas the R58 is rotary pump and switchable. The Musica also is vibe pump and reservoir.
The Mini Vivaldi is unique in that it has a 53mm portafilter instead of a 58mm portafilter, which is industry standard. If you haven't invested a lot in accessories, it's not a big deal. Supposedly, La Spaziale says that the smaller portafilter reduces channeling, hence the reason why they decided to use it.
These machines have lots of very favorable reviews. I was going to buy one myself until I found it that it won't fit in the spot in my kitchen where the coffee machine is supposed to go.
Can't comment on how it measures up to the others, but I'm a very happy Mini Vivaldi owner. It's not a true PID, but if you look at this video, you can see the temperature is rock stable. There's a huge group of happy customers in the US as well as a dedicated user site www.s1cafe.com. It's a very reliable light commercial duty machine, the tank is removed from the front of the machine(which is very nice), and it has a large drip tray.
I have the pre-infusion chamber, but I've heard it's not really necessary since the vibe pump creates it's own preinfusion-like pressure ramp up. Also can't comment on the 53mm group compared to 58mm because my previous machine was was a Europiccola. I make great espresso though. Only problem I see with the 53mm group is the double can only handle about 16g if you're into updosing. You would need a triple basket and bottomless portafilter to dose higher. I have the triple and can go 21g. Haven't tried more. I typically like a 15g double, unless the coffee really requires a higher dose. I love it because it really is a great "walk up and pull a shot machine". If you haven't used it, you need a 2 oz flush to make sure the group is up to temp. One big downside is if you want a timer, you must use the Vivaldi integrated timer for an extra $200. I tend to leave the machine on, so it's not an issue for me. As with most DBs, you can turn off the steam boiler to save power and wear and tear.
Don't remember if you can plumb or not, but the Vivalid is the same machine with rotary pump and programmable line pre-infusion (but you must plumb). It also has a larger steam boiler because there's no tank, but there's no discernable difference in steam between the two. There's plenty of it. Take a look at this comparison by Chris Coffee.
Posted Sat Nov 10, 2012, 8:53am Subject: Re: Need Help:: NS Musica or Rocket R58
Anthony - It's a very long way from Dubai, where the OP has stated he lives, to any of the dealers and repair sites you mention. Shipping back and forth would be a substantial fraction of the value of the machine.
I have been using a fully automatic bean-to-cup for the past 3 years, and it was quite alright. That machine delivered above average quality of espresso, while, milk steaming (being an automatic with no steam wand) was horrible.
Having decided to upgrade, I wanted a machine that is closer to commercial than it is to home/persona and hence my investigating the above machines.
How does the Le Spaziale Mini Vivaldi measure compared to the R58 and Musica? It looks to be a hybrid of both; DB, Auto Dosing, regulation of brew temp (no pre-infusion though). The interesting part is that they have a local dealership with technical support arm.
I see your point, I would still say to look into Expobar, the Brewtus is known by different names in different countries, for example the minore, or cafe leva. The vibration pump is cheaper to replace and easier as well, while its noisier, Id say it's worth it over the hassle of a busted rotary pump. It comes as reservoir only, reservoir and plumb, and plumb only (with rotary pump).
I like the spaziale's design and look, but I don't think its as user serviceable as the other machines. Though if they have a local dealer you may be better off with them. Some of these machines are substantially more than 40lbs so your location with make this more difficult if something serious occurs. Truthfully though, you should familiarize yourself with the internals of these machines a bit more before making the investment. Knowing not only the basic maintenance, but also how to correct bigger problems will save you a lot of hassle.
Currently pulling: Café Grumpy (NYC): heartbreak espresso
It was the R58 that I had read some others concerns about. I wanted the Vivaldi because of it's record of reliability. I bought it used locally from someone who was upgrading to a GS3, and he wasn't sure he should even upgrade because he was so happy. It's two years old in total, I have had it for a year, and have had no problems.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 7:55pm Subject: Re: Need Help:: NS Musica or Rocket R58
Hi I have not seen much talk or reviews here on the Musica or much on Nuova Simonelli. It was interesting to see this now. I just got the Musica 2 days ago. Why? I don't think anyone else has it? Looked at all the machines in its class or price range and saw very little about the Musica. Saw lots of detailed info and opinions on all the others. It is a hard choice and I am sure none are bad. I based my choice on I can watch champion barista's using this machine(s) on shows and in comps. If I can't make a nice drink on it I can blame me. Also it looks nice, very unique. The others all look kind of the same with kind of the same parts. I know that may not be an accurate statement but just an off opinion. It's kind of nice to have a machine that does not need pid to maintain temps and Nuova Simonelli look like they have engineered stuff that works. I have not used it enough to give much of an opinion except what took 3 min to do on my silvia takes about 30 sec. I used some illy and my own roast to taste test and the musica seems to deliver a fuller flavor. I think I saw in one comparison test on SCG they noticed the same thing where the Musica brought out more taste. I need to get a feel for changing from a single hole wand on the silvia with a knob to the four hole all on lever. The Musica gives me about 30 sec if that to stretch before the milk is up to temp. The volumetrics may need to be programmed better but I try them. I like the single shot button as a flush. Give it a shot before I load the PF. Don't judge my shots or pics yet I am not use to the machine yet but getting there but I post a pic
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