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    Isomac Relax - any thoughts?

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    Hello *:)

    Has anyone used the Isomac Relax? *Any opinions about this machine? At around $1,800 Im wondering whether its a decent (and easier on the bank balance) alternative to the Millenium or the ECM Giotto. *Any opinions appreciated! Still quietly drooling over the Giotto... [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]

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    Yulia:

    If you are drooling over the ECM Giotto then get the gorse out of your pocket and buy it!

    I dont know the Isomac Relax but the Giotto is much tested and I would go every time with a known quantity ie. a machine that is perhaps overhyped and somewhat overpriced but one that will deliver the goods and wont disappoint. It should also have excellent resale. If you try to sell an oddball machine one day that no one has heard of, you will be in trouble.

    Just my general opinion. Mind you I like commercial machines with rotary pumps or dual boiler machines. My preference.

    If you want to go for a nice shiny E61 hx machine then the Giotto is probably the one to go for.

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    Re: Isomac Relax - any thoughts?

    Thanks Grant, good advice. I guess I should stop being so impatient and wait until I can afford the machine I really want, rather than rushing into a purchase I may be disappointed with down the track. ::)

    Yulia

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    Re: Isomac Relax - any thoughts?

    How about a Bricoletta?

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    Hi Yulia,

    There are lots of great machines out there. I think it would be really worth your while to chat to one of our Site Sponsors.... professionals all and with years of experience and knowledge. You shouldnt hold yourself to too narrow a range of choice until such time as you have a good understanding of what other options might be available. Cant hurt and there are no obligations on your part, ;D

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    Bricoletta?

    Thanks guys! This website is such a great resource, especially when youre considering spending quite a large chunk of hard-earned money on a machine. Making the right choice is so important.

    This is the first time Ive heard of the Bricoletta, did a quick Google search just now. At $1,850 its certainly less expenisve than the Giotto or the Diadema Juniors. Anyone tried it?

    I dont mind spending a bit more on quality, I dont really want to compromise for the sake of saving a few dollars (four hundred-odd ...), BUT if the Bricoletta is close in quality to the Giotto et al....? Im not wealthy by any means, so a saving of four hundred dollars would be quite substantial.

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    Re: Bricoletta?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yulia link=1126945823/0#5 date=1127258570
    I dont mind spending a bit more on quality, I dont really want to compromise for the sake of saving a few dollars (four hundred-odd ...), BUT if the Bricoletta is close in quality to the Giotto et al....? Im not wealthy by any means, so a saving of four hundred dollars would be quite substantial.

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    Hi again Yulia,

    I think before you commit yourself to a final decision... as you say, its a lot of money and you want to make sure you spend it wisely... you should ensure that the brand you want to go with comes replete with excellent backup service, a ready supply of spares, and a willingness from your retailer to teach you how to use the equipment properly, until such time as you are pulling high quality shots on a regular basis.

    Our Site Sponsors are known to provide all of the above and more.... 8-)

    Cheers,
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    Re: Isomac Relax - any thoughts?

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    Yulia:

    I certainly wouldnt buy anything that I cant pronounce or write on one line of normal A4. Maybe thats just me.

    Now if you come to sell it (one day when you are old and smell and are leaking badly) do you want to say "ECM Giotto" or "Fiorenzato Bricoletta"?

    I have to say though that it makes me sound like I can speak italian when I say the name.

    Hey, it may be a great machine but I wouldnt recommend anything that I wasnt certain of by having used it myself or heard lots of good reports on it.

    The ECM Giotto is a well recommended machine, for sure.

    A saleman will tell you that we buy what we want to buy not what we need.

    As much as anything you need to buy what your heart tells you to buy. There is a logic in this too. If we buy what we want then we will own the machine the right machine.

    You will notice in the forum that the double boiler machines like the Minore (Brewtus) are also very popular. Dont get tunnel vision on hx machines but think about all the machines in the price bracket that you are interested in.

    You may well find that the double boiler machines are somewhat easier to use and give more consistency.

    Grant



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