Im trying not to chew my fingernails down, waiting for delivery of my first espresso machine! Its a used Bezzera BZ40 (Who knows what trials await this blonde caffiene fiend? Will this be the embarcation of a complete rebuild, or a starstruck affair that rises flawlessly to our heroines exacting demands? Only time will tell. . .) I bought for pennies on the dollar.
I took the plunge and was scope-locked (finger out of the trigger-guard, but the safetys off) on a used BZ40 for a while, as it is manageable on my fixed income, and should work like a champ here near the end of the unpaved road, within rock-throwing distance of timberline on superb, deep well water.