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    Quote Originally Posted by 312627392C2D26727172430 link=1220240609/98#98 date=1243160605
    Welcome to CS, you are truly a worthy member.

    I stand (sit) in awe (unbelief) WOW *:D

    Well done "Lvx" I am hugely impressed, can I ask how many do you have?

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    Excellent Redzone and I have a place to aim our collections toward :D

    Just lucky Syphons werent popular in Italy or you could start on them too 8-)

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    Ive seen that video before.
    Nice to have you on CS.

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    Ive seen that video before.
    Nice to have you on CS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55525659515B4E5E5950370 link=1220240609/101#101 date=1243165167
    Excellent Redzone and I have a place to aim our collections toward :D

    Just lucky Syphons werent popular in Italy or you could start on them too *8-)
    Only a Cona mod. B... 8-)
    ill leave you the others .
    yours are nice too. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0E322F343E3F283D353E5A0 link=1220240609/103#103 date=1243166480
    Ive seen that video before.
    Nice to have you on CS.
    Thank you ; i apologie in advance for my poor english :o

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3329275F0 link=1220240609/104#104 date=1243408989
    Only a Cona mod. B...
    ill leave you the others .
    yours are nice too.
    Pleased you chose a classy Syphon to only have one. Your English is far better than most of our Italian :)

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    I saw this at a this 2nd hand furniture place on Broadway.


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    LVX- welcome to the collectors thread- you collection is truly astounding- of course I am love with it... I am thinking of moving to Italy (to be closer to it ;))

    of course it is not really fair- every day I imagine all the flea markets, old cafes, restaurants, etc.... in all the beautiful towns and cities of Italy... and all the beautiful coffee machines ... and me not there to buy them all... very sad :(


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4D514C4C5B504A57505F5D5158585B5B3E0 link=1220240609/108#108 date=1245661216
    LVX- welcome to the collectors thread- you collection is truly astounding- of course I am love with it... I am thinking of moving to Italy (to be closer to it ;))

    of course it is not really fair- every day I imagine all the flea markets, old cafes, restaurants, etc.... in all the beautiful towns and cities of Italy... *and all the beautiful coffee machines ... and me not there to buy them all... very sad *:(
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    I have the same feelings thinking at how many treasures has gone missed. So ill save the most i can *;D

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    Its been a while- but my latest find makes up for lost time,

    made in Austria- designed by Desider Stern- the double headed Electric Atomic:





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    Quote Originally Posted by 7D617C7C6B607A67606F6D6168686B6B0E0 link=1220240609/110#110 date=1247583315
    Its been a while- but my latest find makes up for lost time,

    made in Austria- designed by Desider Stern- the double headed Electric Atomic:

    Holy God! *:D
    now i can die happy.
    Does it work properly? Where are the jugs? Show them off ! *8-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by 3E242A520 link=1220240609/111#111 date=1247583674
    Where are the jugs? Show them off !
    Im tempted to write something but I wont.

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    I know- I am tempted to show off my jugs...

    perhaps I will?

    LVX: unfortunately there is a sight glass on the other side of the machine and it is broken- dont know if it happened in shipping but the result is I cant test it. Theoretically I think it will work- but I probably would need to pull it apart and replace all the seals. The big black handle in the middle controls the water flow to the two groups- it has seized tight.

    other than that those issue it is in perfect shape- complete will all its bits. Quite a monster.

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    OK- so here they are-

    my jugs:




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    OK- its been a while since I have added to the collection, but this is my largest machine yet. The Gaggia "America", 58mm lever machine. Dates from 1958-1966:










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    I dont have her yet... but she is on the way. I have heard from an expert that this machine was originally fitted with asbestos insulation on the inside panels. There is a chance that the machine was revised at some stage and the asbestos removed. However if it is there I wonder if anyone here has any advice about how to go about safely removing it? I was thinking of a professional service?

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    hey, i dont really belong in this section but i saw your post,and i have some experience with asbestos, my advice, DONT TOUCH IT, even if you are unsure that it is in fact asbestos, google "asbestos removal" find a contractor that specialises in the removal, get them to check it out, i used to be in the building game and asbestos removal was a pricey business, ive seen entire houses surrounded by a giant "bubble" to completely encapsulate the asbestos dust during removal, it is not worth the risk, the stuff KILLS, do your self a favor, dont cut corners, get an expert in.

    Im sure you are of the same opinion, a friend of mines father is currently dying of the stuff :(

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4A564B4B5C574D5057585A565F5F5C5C390 link=1220240609/116#116 date=1253764633
    The Gaggia "America", 58mm lever machine. Dates from 1958-1966:
    that is true coffee PORN right there :D

    where do you find that sort of thing....... there must be a way for a mere mortal to own one :)

    how many AUD pesos must i find for one

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    I am sadly aware of the deadly nature of asbestos and agree that it needs professional removing. Any have any idea how much such work might cost? Also any leads on who in Australia may be familiar with this kind of job? Seems pretty obscure though.... removal of asbestos from classic italian espresso machines...

    A single fiber can do you in unfortunately- so I want to make sure the entire machine is completely overhauled and cleaned, immersed in water- recleaned, and then rebuilt, etc.

    as to how much will a machine like this cost: lets wait and see how much the asbestos removal is :-(


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    Re: The (Coffee Equipment) Collectors Thread

    Hi Jack

    A mate of my Sons works with a firm that remove asbestos. Ill pass on your contact details.

    Cheers


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    Hello there Dennis,
    that would be great, thanks.


    I just rang a local company-- they said they heard it all before- but never a coffee machine! They didnt know where to begin, but seemed confident it could be done. So I just need to get it here now...

    anyone flying from Italy with a lot of spare baggage allowance?

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    Jack,
    I think youre mean - all that kit you have and are getting looks fantastic, too good to make coffee with even

    whats the going rate for a kidney so I can afford one of those lever machines ;D

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    I havent had to resort to selling my organs yet... but who knows where this collecting goes?

    Here is an Atomic that you wont see every day. This is a UK manufactured Sassoon Atomic. It has different styling than the Italian made Atomics. I really like this version- the flattened end of the portafilter handle end, the broad flat water knob- and especially the ultra rare bakelite jug lid. There are some interesting subtle differences to the Italian machines as well. Some people actually think that Sassoon invented the steam apparatus - certainly they were the only ones to have it coming out of the head of the atomic body. It took me 4 years to put this machine together- Tony Richardson in New Zealand (thanks Tony) provided an ultra-rare new old stock cherry red steam ball- one of only 4 known to exist... the jug lid took me an age to track down as well. So this is a complete machine but made from parts from 4 separate machines. That was the only way I could get a complete unti in such condition. Thank God I can tick the Sassoon off my Atomic collectors list...

    Overall the English designers really gave the machine a new flavour- and the cherry red steam ball really sets it off:








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    Nice machine. Congratulations on another addition to your collection.

    I notice its a southpaw model (steam arm on the right side of the grouphead). Is this unusual for Atomic style machines?

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    yes, indeed- though if you use the machine facing on- you grab the knob with your right hand... come to think of it on the Italian atomics most people probably use their left hands.




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    Hi all

    We all know that vintage things have more value if they come with the original packaging, instructions etc. Here is an Atomic that is on sale in Adelaide that has not just the box and paperwork but an original coffee sample to boot.
    http://www.designcult.net/8.html

    "Original Atomic Coffee machine designed by Giordano Robbiati from Milan in near mint condition. This one was manufactured in Italy c1955. .... Comes fully complete with original coffee holder, 2 x filters, jug, printed instruction papers and coffee grind sample in sachet with manufacturers note, housed in original cardboard box with "Atomic" print. The still-sealed grind sample & note tells the buyer how fine the grind should be for the machine according to manufaturers specifications. "

    I have seen a few Atomics in antique stores in Sydney. They are usually ~ $400 or so and usually show extensive, but not deep, corrosion of the aluminium. Never seen one in its box.

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    That really is a very nice machine.... and it really is quite rare- at least the packaging is. I have an identical one in my collection also in Mint condition- I didnt get the box but I didnt pay 1600 either! I have not seen that particular box- or user manual/sample combo before. But I can say it is not from c1955- I would say more like c1967...

    the user manual, and coffee sample, show elements of the Bon trading design- Bon only started importing atomics around 1965- and as far as I know Robbiati only started manufacturing steam frother machines in the 1960s- all the earlier 1950s Robbiati machines dont have steam arms... The earliest Bon imports had the older Robbiati label- as seen on the machine for sale. Probably around 1968 Bon had their own labels made (and it seems the very first Bon Labeled machines are the Bou Trading version... Which may have been a typo...)

    so the machine they are selling should be described as:

    "very early Bon Trading imported Robbiati Atomic Coffee Maker- c1967? Made in Milan, Italy. Very rare packaging, in fine condition for its age"

    My Sassoon machine pictured above is certainly older. I believe it is from the mid-1950s but dont yet know for certain- it could be early 60s. My personal belief is that Sassoon may have been the first to add the steam arm.... but that is just an educated guess. It is certain that Sassoon machines were actually manufactured in England and they are quite different than those made in Italy, Hungary or Austria (or India, Taiwan or China for that matter).

    here is a picture from the rare Sassoon user manual:





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    Hello all, I have just registered after coming across this thread while researching coffee machines. I received a hello from Andy but wasnt able to answer, new to these Im afraid, so hello Andy and thank you for the welcome. I have just purchased a vintage WMF coffee machine which Ill try and put a photo of on for any advice regarding it. You all seem experts which is great. I would like to know if Ive purchased a bad buy! and if not do you have any idea where I might get instructions for it so I can get it up and running? The model number on it is 15450, its huge. Thanks and hopefully someone will know something about it. oldestrope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2D2E26273136302D3227420 link=1220240609/129#129 date=1256646857
    I have just purchased a vintage WMF coffee machine which Ill try and put a photo of on for any advice regarding it. You all seem experts which is great.
    I am pretty sure WMF are super auto machines

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    Hi, Here are a couple of photos of my new machine. I hope you like it and maybe able to tell me something about it. Thanks.
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    I am needing to polish up the chrome and bakelite, what would be the best way to clean it? I dont want to use anything harsh that would cause damage to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4A6E676764645E4A6E726C6E010 link=1220240609/130#130 date=1256647342

    I am pretty sure WMF are super auto machines

    KK
    I had a laugh KK that does not look "auto" to me, SUPER *yes :).

    Welcome to CS Oldesrtrope thats a coollooking coffee machine, i cant offer and advice but it looks like fun to use. Good luck and update us on the progress. Plenty on here with vintage experiance will be able to help.

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    Hi Oldestrope,

    Any high quality chrome polish should work, after a clean with a specialist coffee cleaner.

    I dont know what is available it Scotland, so check with your local espresso bar for the coffee cleaner, and a restorer of vintage cars or motorcycles for the non-scratch chrome polish. (In Australia Id use Cafetto to clean the coffee and grease, and Auto-sol followed by Meguiars plastic polish #17 for the chrome.)

    Remember to take pics and keep us up to date. What a great looking machine!

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    Hello Greg, Thanks very much for the info, I wouldnt have thought of car restorer! Thats clever. Will try and get what youve suggested and put photos on when its gleaming.
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    That is a German made machine I believe- a simple steam driven espresso machine- so simple it should probably still work- with perhaps a few new seals. I think they kept making them up until perhaps the 70s- but the design goes right back to the earliest urn of the century coffee makers.

    you can get good results simply using bi-carb soda to polish chrome. Mix it into a paste with water and use a sponge to polish the surfaces.

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    to add to the WMF contingent here.. I just got this home. *No idea how it works. *I think it has a piston inside that may be run off a solenoid to the left. *I think...maybe??? *Lots of bits of shiney...

    MASSIVE group head... it has paper filters that seem to go above and below the coffee. There was one posted in the first page of this tread too. *Any one have any information on this thing? *I paid just over $200 for it.






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    Hello everyone - I have a few machines that I want to get rid of for a decent price. I collected for a few years and now want to upgrade to some La Pvonis etc., so I am selling some Vesuvianas, Calandras etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 62434A79764F43525449260 link=1220240609/139#139 date=1258597653
    Hello everyone - I have a few machines that I want to get rid of for a decent price. I collected for a few years and now want to upgrade to some La Pvonis etc., so I am selling some Vesuvianas, Calandras etc.
    Hi Del Pietro

    Youll need to create a thread in the for sale section and nominate a price for the items you wish to sell. Pics will help too!


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    Del Pietro have a read of the "Site sales and posting policy (the rules)" thread first.

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1115338528

    You might need to run an exemption request past Andy first.

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    Here is a bit of my items. Nuova Mignon is truly a little wonder. Very fast, precise, warms the coffee cups, etc. The coffee naturally depends on the bean, but I roasted the Ethiopian Kuza from CS and the coffee was just great - specially the short black. The coffee had even a bit of crema - which is not very common for a stove-top machine. Enjoy the view.


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    The next is a Calandra made electric retro, fully refurbished espresso machine. Dont really know much about it, but it is from the 60s and it makes great coffee. There is a story that it is one of the first ones to be made by Vittoria Coffee - is there anyone who knows more? I love the separate control of the steam.


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    The next machine is one of my favorites - Salton (in Italy) made pre-atomic Electric Coffee machine. Makes great coffee! To watch it work and the amount of steam it gives out is magic. Specially when you spend time working with it. I got micro-foam with no problems. What a great invention for the time. I fully refurbished that one as well. I am thinking of selling these three machines. How should I go about it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 312D3030272C362B2C23212D24242727420 link=1220240609/110#110 date=1247583315
    Its been a while- but my latest find makes up for lost time,

    made in Austria- designed by Desider Stern- the double headed Electric Atomic:

    Hi Jack !
    Im just finishing to polish my Stella Wien mod. 110 E.
    One week of work, but I will be well paid *;D.
    You was right : its quite a monster!
    Mine has the progressive n 847, what about your?
    Do you have more informations about this producer and about the designer? I didnt find anything on the web. :-/
    the central safety valve is a mistery to me: it has no steam discharge hole, does your has one?
    Take a look at the small Stella ive posted on my blog http://caffettiere.blogspot.com/2009...type-402e.html
    or, if someone dont undestand italian.. ;) http://translate.google.it/translate...hl=it&ie=UTF-8
    Regards

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    perhaps thats what Rebecas Empire were singing about "atomic electric"???

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    Anyone know any info on this machine? Siltex brand Australian made. its called Haiti and the serial number is 6 so there was at least 6 made I guess.


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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
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