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    What machine is this??

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    Iv seen a machine for sale that the seller doesnt know much about. Its a vibiemme with a couple of big non-sponsor fine coffee badges stuck/moulded into it. Its a typical e61 looking machine with steaming arm on the left and hot water on the right. 2 red buttons and a red light on the bottom and a green light top right with triangular shaped taps for steam/water and one pressure gauge. Would this be a hx machine? How much would it be worth??

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    Re: What machine is this??

    A couple of good photos might help mate... ;)

    Your description could apply to several different machines.

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    yeah that description was a bit vague I had a laugh...

    If its a vibiemme its probably worth something if its of use to you.

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    oh youre talking about the one on ebay. yeah good machine go for it :)

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    Re: What machine is this??

    looks like youre pretty close by to where its being sold- why dont you ask to go and check it out. cheap at $1500 i would think. probably has a dual boiler given its size?

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    Hey mischa is it worth it u reckon? Like it looks like a hx yeh?

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    Re: What machine is this??

    If its a Piccolo its a single boiler, not a HX (correct me if Im wrong!)

    What do you like to drink Wynton? Single boilers come with pros and cons, if youre not looking for the pros or not happy with the cons maybe a cheaper one would be better? Or maybe you want a HX?

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    Re: What machine is this??

    Quote Originally Posted by 262E26212B2D4F0 link=1321878509/6#6 date=1321919370
    If its a Piccolo its a single boiler, not a HX (correct me if Im wrong!)
    I dont believe the one they are looking at is the Piccolo. The Piccolo does not have hot water tap - the one being discussed does.
    The one I just saw on ebay that matches the description is a HX. Good machine. Expect it to be filthy inside (and then if its not, its a bonus for you) as an awful lot of 2nd hand machines are - but a thorough descale and backflush should be able to sort it out.
    If youre close enough as mentioned above, go and see it and check everything works so then youll know if its likely just an internal clean, or if parts and repairs will need to be factored in.

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    Scored! Cant believe it only went for $1010. Hope its in good order otherwise it might not be such a bargain!

    Does anyone with the older model vibiemme domobar super have any user advice?

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    Re: What machine is this??

    Did you buy it pretzel?

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    Sure did! Should be getting my hands on it next Saturday. Ill be giving it a good clean and will consider de scaling it too.

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    nice one, i bought a machine today too :)

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    Re: What machine is this??

    ooh ooh, whatd you get?

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    Pretzal let us know how u go yeh? Yeh what u get mischa and where?

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    Will do Wynton - It will prob be at least a week or so before I know whats going on. Stay tuned ;)

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    Gday Wynton,

    Got my hands on the Vibiemme today - its a great machine! Doesnt look like its had much use and wasnt very clean but after some buffing, polishing, 2 back flushes and a couple of water tanks full of water Id actually consider drinking something from it! It doesnt seem to have much scale although it would benefit from a de-scale which Ill attempt in the next few weeks.

    Whilst its probably too early to claim its the best machine ever, its certainly impressed me greatly after today. Hopefully it will prove as realiable as it is magnificent to look at* ;D

    Ive attached a few photos

    Dirty group head


    Back flushing in progress


    All clean and ready for a shot!


    This is the sink shot after backflushing and my first attempt at steaming some milk on this beast! Its not the best art but respectable for first attempt


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    Oh my goodness youve done so well pretzel it polishes up so nicely. What machine did u have before this? Argg Im so jealous..

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    Re: What machine is this??

    Oh and were those badges that were on the machine advertising fine coffee just stickers?

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    Yeah they were just stickers - I think it looks much better without them! I still have a plumbed in bezzera bz99 which will most likely go up for sale soon. It too is a beautiful machine but sadly it wont be able to be plumbed into our new house when we move in 6 weeks time - hence the need to get a machine with a tank.

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    Re: What machine is this??

    Well done on the purchase. I was looking at that machine as well. Assume it is a HX - did you find out its age? I could not find any photos of a Vibiemme that looks like yours other than the Piccolo. Perhaps a Piccolo with hot water added?
    I ended up buying a Vibiemme Domobar Super Electronica and like you love this new machine. Cleaned and des called it today and wow, it does make good coffee.
    Well done on your purchase. Funny, I just sold my BZ99s as well....
    This coffee trip is good fun;-)

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    Re: What machine is this??

    Its a domobar super model 2003 but purchased in 2005. I believe it is the preceding model to yours. It has very similar specs and is a hx, just styled like the piccolo.

    Agreed this coffee experience is fun :D



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