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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Wed May 1, 2013, 9:47pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

Oscar can't be on a timer unless you add a vacuum valve.  I did that but I think there are other HX that come with them.

 
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 6:42am
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

I have an expobar office which i love (paired with rocky grinder)

but if i were to do it again i would take a hard look at the Oscar. As have been said, they can be had for $500 but you will not be able to return
it used. New is about 1k i believe
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 8:35am
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

Oscar can't be on a timer unless you add a vacuum valve.  I did that but I think there are other HX that come with them.

Posted May 1, 2013 link

I had forgotten that.  Thanks for the reminder!

 
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 9:54am
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

If you can find an Oscar south of 500$ and it heats and doesn't leak or is rusty inside then you will have very nice machine even if you need to replace a few things.  I had to replace pump and gasket to get mine to work well.  The vibe pumps can be ordered all over the web very common and last about 5 years. The gaskets need changing every 6 months or so.  That with a vario-w will take you 1k.  However, you will not out grow it as fast as you would most 300-500$ starter machines.

New, I probably would have gotten this one La Nouva Era Cuadra at about 900

But I have a huge boiler, I changed out the steam knob to a lever and now I can steam like a coffee shop.  I balanced the thermosyphon like the new musica.  I now have a machine that makes coffee like a 3k machine in a 1k body.   My ugly duckling can make good espresso.

 
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Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 12:29pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

If you can find an Oscar south of 500$ and it heats and doesn't leak or is rusty inside then you will have very nice machine even if you need to replace a few things.  I had to replace pump and gasket to get mine to work well.  The vibe pumps can be ordered all over the web very common and last about 5 years. The gaskets need changing every 6 months or so.  That with a vario-w will take you 1k.  However, you will not out grow it as fast as you would most 300-500$ starter machines.

New, I probably would have gotten this one La Nouva Era Cuadra at about 900

But I have a huge boiler, I changed out the steam knob to a lever and now I can steam like a coffee shop.  I balanced the thermosyphon like the new musica.  I now have a machine that makes coffee like a 3k machine in a 1k body.   My ugly duckling can make good espresso.

Posted May 2, 2013 link

Not to hijack this thread, but could you post pics of the steam lever mod?  The Oscar caught my interest a while back, and that would be a mod I'd seriously consider doing.

Thanks!
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 1:40pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

If you can find an Oscar south of 500$ and it heats and doesn't leak or is rusty inside then you will have very nice machine even if you need to replace a few things.  I had to replace pump and gasket to get mine to work well.  The vibe pumps can be ordered all over the web very common and last about 5 years. The gaskets need changing every 6 months or so.  That with a vario-w will take you 1k.  However, you will not out grow it as fast as you would most 300-500$ starter machines.

New, I probably would have gotten this one La Nouva Era Cuadra at about 900

But I have a huge boiler, I changed out the steam knob to a lever and now I can steam like a coffee shop.  I balanced the thermosyphon like the new musica.  I now have a machine that makes coffee like a 3k machine in a 1k body.   My ugly duckling can make good espresso.

Posted May 2, 2013 link

How many shots a day do you make? Just curious b/c we all know the Oscar has one of (if not?) the largest boilers for home use (disregarding taking a commercial group and sticking in home lol). I've seen people say if you not making a bunch of shots and drinks daily like 5+ that the water goes stagnant and can even develop a metallic taste from not using it enough, your thoughts?? I know I add fresh water like every 2 days or so to my CC1 and clean the tank but that's much smaller tank and easier to do then on the larger machines lol.
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 1:44pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

2 - 4 drinks a day.  The water is in a tank that you brew from, not the boiler.  No it tastes good.
"Trick out Oscar Party with Upgrades"

 
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Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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CMIN
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 1:45pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

2 - 4 drinks a day.  The water is in a tank that you brew from, not the boiler.  No it tastes good.
"Trick out Oscar Party with Upgrades"

Posted May 2, 2013 link

meant tank lol
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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 1:48pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

the tank is not that big.

 
Coffeenoobie

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

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Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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tinytot2
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Espresso: NS Oscar
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Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 4:31pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a new espresso machine. Have a budget of about $1000
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

"Trick out Oscar Party with Upgrades"

Posted May 2, 2013 link

Thanks!
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