Gaggia Classic with mods or Exobar Brewtus IV or Vibiemme Piccolo
Been a lurker on here for a while! Would appreciate some advice.
I'm thinking of getting a machine after the mypressi broke. Generally I only make espresso for 1-2 people, occasional milk drinks.
I can get a Gaggia Classic at Cash Convertors for $99. Get it serviced/diy service for $50-100 (assuming there is something wrong with it!). Add a PID/pre-infusion/silvia steam wand/temp stability for $350
Total Cost I estimate = $550.
Pair it with my Rocky grinder.
How would my Gaggia stack up to a Vibiemme Piccolo (can get for $900) or Exobar Brewtus IV (can get for $1500)? Are they just worlds apart and better than the Gaggia? Or does a good Gaggia do quite well. Obviously it comes down to money for me. Is the difference 7/10 vs 8/10? or much more.
Should I save up and just wait?