Results 1 to 11 of 11
Like Tree12Likes
  • 3 Post By MorganGT
  • 2 Post By LeroyC
  • 2 Post By noidle22
  • 1 Post By Sullo
  • 2 Post By robusto
  • 2 Post By Shannon

Thread: Wanting to rebuild another extreme machine

  1. #1
    Senior Member Sullo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    State Of Insanity
    Posts
    1,377

    Wanting to rebuild another extreme machine

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hiya All,

    Im back again, a few years ago(12) I rebuilt an Azkoyen Bravo 2 group, with lots of help from good folk around here.
    After selling it and getting ripped off my buyer, Abbey was sadly replaced with a Breville BES920 which has been ok, son bought me a BES880 I think it is and not liking that much.
    Sooooo, after another machine to rebuild and wifeys approved it, happy days!

    So question is, I was looking at another Azkoyen but in brief searches online for spare parts have noticed that they are a bit more scarce and boy are pricier then 12 years ago. Ill need body parts for one Im looking at.
    So can anyone offer suggestions on a machine to look for that has lots of spares readily available and that I wont need to do a NASA how to build the shuttle course to rebuild it as the Bravo was easy as!

    Thanks in advance and eagerly awaiting my beans Andy!
    (going to start roasting again too, 2x genes died on me so that's also on the cards!)

    Regards!
    Sullo's

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    373
    I wouldn't buy another Azkoyen. Nothing wrong with them as far as design or build quality, it's just that they are now all orphaned since the company no longer makes espresso machines.
    Basic service parts can still be had, but important stuff like control boards are no longer available, and most machines you will find are now old enough the heads are usually very worn.
    A year or so back we scrapped 20+ Azkoyen Viennas since we didn't have any working control boards left to revive them, after cannibalising them to keep other machines running.
    matth3wh, Sullo and magnafunk like this.

  3. #3
    Senior Member LeroyC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Woodend, New Zealand
    Posts
    2,405
    If youíre looking for something sturdy, reliable and easy to maintain with spare parts readily available you canít go wrong with a machine from Gruppo Cimbali, the main brands being Faema and La Cimbali. Iíd also put the Wega family of machines in the same category which includes Astoria. Thereís plenty of other options, but Iíd generally avoid the Spanish brands like Azkoyen as parts arenít as easy to get (except maybe Expobar). If youíre in Australia then donít count out Boema either.
    Sullo and magnafunk like this.

  4. #4
    Senior Member noidle22's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Bathurst
    Posts
    1,257
    It's a shame Azkoyen are no more. There were great machines aside from the bodywork (in my opinion) and unique electronics.
    I have a 2 group Vienna of a customer's here, has been well looked after except they didn't feel it necessary to run it on a water filter so cleaning out the scale was the bulk of the work.

    I think they are looking for a more modern and common machine to replace this one, if they decide to not take it or want to sell it, I will send you a message. It's not a rebuild as such as it's 100% operational but it would benefit from a bit of a frame restoration and panel respray.
    Dimal and Sullo like this.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Sullo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    State Of Insanity
    Posts
    1,377
    ive got a machine that needs body work and new steam wand for only 300AUD, body work is easily repaired using motorbike repair techniques
    I did have a bit of trouble finding parts but suppliers are in the UK.
    Yeah noidle let me know if possible,
    and Morgan your probably right there hence my question, 12 years ago there was loads of parts around,
    Leroy
    oh yeah cimbali and faema id forgotten those ones, thanks!

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    629
    I have an unfinished La Marzocco GS if you are interested.

    Manual paddle 2 group
    Pm if interested

  7. #7
    Senior Member Sullo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    State Of Insanity
    Posts
    1,377
    picked up a nuova simonelli mac cup v this morning ill rebuild not sure which category itll go
    Dimal likes this.

  8. #8
    Senior Member robusto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    3,098
    Welcome back Sullo....I remember you from years back, with your obsessive behaviour on repairing a large machine.

    Made entertaining reading. Taking the machine to the car wash for a pressure spray was priceless!!!

    You became ill and stopped posting if I recall correctly...hope you're back in form.

    Good luck.
    Dimal and Sullo like this.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Sullo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    State Of Insanity
    Posts
    1,377
    heya Robusto
    yep thats me an sadly im back ��
    im down to a bes900/920 with smart an pro grinders
    i fixed a supposedly not working em6910 the other weekend an this morning picked up the siminelli no idea which cat that goes in but be doing another rebuild hehhe
    an thanks for all your help an advice back then too
    did my first roast in years last night in a popper i killed two gene cafes an yesterday also recv a hottop to check out
    back with slightly slower avengance

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    307
    I'm the same as robusto, that rebuild was a great journey to read along with - the darth maul outfit was pretty cool all those years ago too!
    Welcome back - hope all is well with you now and you enjoy the journey once more.
    Dimal and Sullo like this.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Sullo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    State Of Insanity
    Posts
    1,377
    Thanks Shannon great to be back I had a laugh
    Older and a bit slower but still as obsessed



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •