Good luck surf. *3000 grand will get you a cracker of a machine, I already brought my machine (Isomac Alba) before I came accross this site, but have been a pretty full on CS for 12 or so years so new what I wanted, and sought of glad I brought the Machine before I got on this site, because the knowledge and feed back from all here is outstanding and if I had of asked that question I would have been to scared to jump one way or the other, haveing said that, I am really happy with the Isomac I purchased, and one of the best features on it is the Cool Touch steam and hot water wands, I would not buy another machine without this feature. *(the very end of both still get hot)
Also I brought the Isomac Alba because I had been admiring it for ages before I could afford to outlay for it, I was going to get the Mondiale, but on the day I brought it I couldnt get past the Alba as I had spent such a long time looking at it every week when I brought my coffee beans, I had to have it. It had been begging me to buy for so long, how could I say no!! BTW pulls a pretty good brew too.