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  • Steam Knobs and Broomsticks...

    Okay, heres a question. Im flicking around looking at coffee machines at the moment (yeah, I know, dont ask - Im not seriously looking, just dreaming...for now! : )

    Im really attracted to the Musica for both its looks and design, but Ive got to admit that I love my Lever action rather than buttons. One big attraction for me with the Musica though is that its got the pull design thingawatchit for the steam, rather than the good ol twist knob.

    I cannot see any other HX One Groups out there with this feature.

    I like the thought of the pull thingy because theres less twisting. There must be something more ergonomically better about it because it seems a lot of the commercials that Ive glanced at lately have a pull thingy rather than a knob thingy and it makes more sense.

    Not that ergonomics are such a huge thing for me, when Im only making so many coffees a day, but it just seems to, well, click (or not, as the case may be).

    Is there a reason why this is the case, or a NS just trail blazing in the home market?

    Cheers
    Di

    PS - you know how when youre really hankering after a kitty, you know that its best that you dont go into any pet shops? I dont think I better be going into DiBellas in the next couple of months...thank God I dont have a credit card any more! :-X

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    Re: Steam Knobs and Broomsticks...

    Originally posted by 507761736B180 link=1296824815/0#0 date=1296824815
    PS - you know how when youre really hankering after a kitty, you know that its best that you dont go into any pet shops?  I dont think I better be going into DiBellas in the next couple of months...thank God I dont have a credit card any more!  :-X
    Ooh, I know that feeling Di.... :

    I think the Isomac Mondiale has Valves that operate like this too but Ive never personally used one. Youd probably have to try it out before buying (for prospective buyers) just to make sure it felt right, before committing to it though. I think it operates like an On/Off toggle switch - All or nothing....

    Mal.

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      Re: Steam Knobs and Broomsticks...

      I have no answers, just thought Id say thats one lovely lovely machine, mmm never thought Id say that about something with buttons as I love the old levers myself.

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        Re: Steam Knobs and Broomsticks...

        Mal is right, the Mondiale has toggles and yes, they are all or nothing.

        At least my mates one feels that way.

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          Re: Steam Knobs and Broomsticks...

          Hmmm, Ive had a look at the Mondiale now and it sure is purdy - still swaying a bit more towards the NS, though.

          The all or nothing side of a lever steam knob doesnt worry me too much - I think Ive got enough experience nowdays to know where to put the steam tip in without covering the walls in milk. Which isnt to say that I still dont do it every now and then when Im not concentrating, but its usually once Im drawing the tip to the top of the milk once Ive got the steam on full power anyway.

          One of the things that worries me a bit about the NS is the group head - it looks a bit awkward to get the group handle into but that could be that Im just used to a big whacking group head nowdays?

          And, no, Im not going to have a play - that would be the end of me!

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