I just upgraded from the cafe crema, its a great starting machine. I had mine for nearly 10 years.
Make sure you dont overdose it with coffee or tighten the handle too much because youll split the collar (only $30 to replace but inconvenient). I was a bit hard on mine as i am used to commercial machines.
Unpressurised baskets are best but only for use with fresh coffee.
Dont use the rubber steam wand thingy, its a waste of time and just gets dirty, much quicker and better with just the bare wand.
If youre making more than one set of coffees try not to pour shots straight after steaming milk as it may over heat, (give it a minute to relax the steam pressure first)
Enjoy the new machine!