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    Cimbali Jr. REFURB

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    Hey guys, new to the forum here. I work as a sales rep for La Colombe Torrefaction in Philadelphia.

    Well I had a client that was getting rid of his Old Cimbali Jr. It was in pretty bad shape and needs some lovin. It did work though but was filled with calcium and the frame is pretty rusted.

    I took it all appart and soaked the components in CLR. The tank is resoaking right now but I began to put it all back together. I snapped the pipe attatching the steam gauge to the tank and I cant find any supplier online that has a replacement.

    also the picture below Ive circled the other part I broke. I guess I was a little aggressive. Any advice would be great.
    That isnt my machine in the picture, I found that online.

    thanks.


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    Re: Cimbali Jr. REFURB

    Hey Damienapbt and welcome to CS.

    Cimbali (http://www.cimbali.com/en/default.asp) is still very much in business and has offices scattered all over the country. Any of them will very likely have the parts you need in stock, and if not they can certainly order them in. If there isnt one local to you most will happily ship the parts to you.

    I did a total rebuild on a 10 year old Cimbali M-28 Basic 2-group awhile back (http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1103091005/1#1). Fortunately theres a Cimbali dealer not only in the metro area here but only a couple miles away, as a result I was able to go over in person and visit them for parts. They had every conceivable part you can imagine on their shelves.

    Java "Getting to be well known at the local Cimbali Dealer" phile

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    Re: Cimbali Jr. REFURB

    thanks a lot. do you think I should give the local Cimbali destributor and find out? or is there other offices that I should call.

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    Re: Cimbali Jr. REFURB

    Many/most parts on Cimbalis are propriatary and are only available through their distribution network and as a result can be quite pricey.

    The good news is that Cimbalis are tanks and rarely break, needing only the usual maintenance replacement of group gaskets and the o-rings and washers in the hot water and steam valves every year or two. Because all these parts are commonly avaialable they are quite reasonably priced even through a Cimbali dealer. As I recall the total cost for replacing the seals on the 3 valves and 2 groups on my M-28 was about $10.

    Java "Loves his Cimbali" phile

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    Re: Cimbali Jr. REFURB

    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile link=1145079945/0#3 date=1145142978
    Many/most parts on Cimbalis are propriatary and are only available through their distribution network and as a result can be quite pricey.

    Because all these parts are commonly avaialable they are quite reasonably priced even through a Cimbali dealer.
    Java "Loves his Cimbali" phile
    Id heard some horror stories about genuine cimabli parts prices, eg spare doser lids at $80, steam tips at $45, I know the group handles are $135 aud and I believe were not too bad off compared to you Java! Retail in US is US$110 for a group handle, I know cause I thought it might be cheaper to import :(.

    If some of the *fittings were too dear I imagine a lot of this internal pipe work could be easliy fabricated by a plumber or diy. Its only malleable copper tubing with brazed fittings, obviously due care would be need considering the boiler pressure etc.

    When I pulled my first jnr apart I had some very anxious moments wondering how much force I could exert on the tight fittings without risk of breaking. You really need to be very careful in making sure youre applying a stabilising force on the opposing nut. Additionally when retightening its surprising how little torque is needed to create a tight seal.

    Is this the fitting you broke? (the S shaped copper pipe) Looks pretty simple!



    Good luck in your quest Damian, in my opinion the best Cimabli is a restored one!


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    Re: Cimbali Jr. REFURB

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    Not sure how youre getting on with your Cimbali parts, but if you are still having trouble call the NZ Cimbali importer, Burton Hollis, and ask for Andrew Shields (Tech Manager). +64 9 277 6375
    He is a really switched on guy, and if he can help, Im sure he will.

    cheers!

    AJ (newbie - just lurking)



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