Hi there Elitearies,
I would suggest if you have a budget approaching $1300-1500, then perhaps you should talk to one of the site sponsors who actually specialise in coffee machines and know what theyre talking about. Most here will say, and i fully agree, that a grinder is the most important part of the setup. Spend $500-750 on a grinder and the balance on a reasonable quality espresso machine and you will be way in front as far as the coffee produced is concerned. Fresh coffee beans is a given, crap going in will always equal crap coming out, regardless of the tools used.