Welcome R, what grinder do you have? at that price bracket there is a wealth of choice for a HX machine. The Musica certainly has it's fan club, you either love or loath it's styling. Other brands to consider are VBM, Rocket, Diadema, Bezzera, Giove & Expobar. There are others I haven't listed but geez, confusion reins. Maybe send a enquiry to the CS sponsors with your requirements and those that can help will reply with their suggestions/recommendations& importantly $'s. No machine is perfect but you will learn to live with it's quirks. Enjoy the search & good luck.