Gday Hersch and welcome,Originally Posted by Hersch link=1212815769/0#0 date=1212815769
You have a couple of CS favourite options at that price point:[*]CS per-loved Rancilio Silvia: like http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1212369554 or http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1208944985
[*]Sunbeam 6910. You might find one under $600 on sale if youre lucky.
The Silvia is a great machine and with appropriate care will last a long time. The 6910 will allow for simultaneous shots and milk texturing, but they are very much an appliance and many CSers have experienced failures with them...
Of course, the CS mantra that youre wasting your time if you dont have good fresh beans and a great grinder applies. Allocate a bare minimum of $300 for a suitable grinder...