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  • sorrentina
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    Retromans work on that gorgeous La Marzocco was truly impressive... I replace the odd seal... but dealing with rust like that?

    brilliant.

    I think I saw a couple of E61 machines on ebay a while back that looked the retro mans work.

    Here is a machine I came across today on ebay- a true piece of Milan high coffee art- I only wish I had a spare 5K-8K:

    the Faema Idrocompresso








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  • Martial_Monkey
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    Well there is always the La Marzocco GS refurbished by retroman ( http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1182951021 ). Not quite as fiddly looking as some of these but equally rare.

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  • sorrentina
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    Interesting machine Beanflying...
    I cant help seeing a face on it- with half a mustache...

    the portafilter looks enormous... I am guessing it is not a true espresso machine (no pump)- just boiler driven.

    It is interesting to see the differences in the design aesthetics a various nations: here is another interesting non-Italian lever machine with a very Germanic squared functional form. The Gravity Fed NeoWatt:

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  • beanflying
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    This one surfaced on feralbay last week. Went for more $$ than I could afford. Nice German square lines and functionallity from the 40s notice the lack of whimsey and style of the Italian machines of the time

    Description: Manufactured by the famous WMF ( Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, Geislingen-Steige ). Features a water level sight on the right side indicating 7 large or 8 smaller cups serving. Can be attached to a permanent water line or just filled up on top of the black bakelite pressure release valve/filling spout. The twist-off filter has two different attachements. The espresso cups or thermos can be placed on an adjustable round holder below the spout. On the left side you can see a magic red eye indicating operating temparature has reached and a chrome lever releasing the pressure. Every single detail from this machine is beautifully accented with chromed metal geometrical ornaments and black bakelite making an awesome contrast. Even in the time manufactured this eyecharmer was rare, very expensive!! and very few have survived in this mint condition!!

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  • Dennis
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    Im loving this thread...just sorry I dont have anything to contribute...maybe one day.

    Please keep em coming!


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  • sorrentina
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    and here is the rear view:




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  • sorrentina
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    Hmm, well it seems that there are not as many coffee machine collecting fanatics as I though there may be...

    I guess I thought it was normal to have over 65 coffee machines to choose from every morning... But then normal is just a setting on washing machines, right?

    ah, well. I will continue the thread with the centerpiece of my own collection- a coffee maker that I believe is extremely rare. I cannot find ANY information about this machine- and in all the years I have been collecting have only ever heard of two units. If anyone has ever seen one of these before- please post here and let me know. I am researching the history of the atomic type coffee makers and this Martian is somewhat of a missing link in the convoluted story...

    One look at it and you will easily be able to see where it originated from: the very same factory that produced the Italian made atomics. Many of the parts are modified atomic parts. Here it is-

    the Ultra Rare- Electric atomic:

    "The Martian"




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  • beanflying
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    Very cool too,

    bottom and rear view of the Aussie one, back when we used to make appliences here


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  • sorrentina
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    and the other side (this one is worth an extra image):




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  • sorrentina
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    the side view:

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  • sorrentina
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    If I was looking for an electronic Atomic:

    I really dont think that even in my wildest fantasies I could come up with the following machine. It is not from my collection- and all I know about it is the following images. If anyone has ever heard of a name- or any info at all about this fantastic, gloroius, must-have piece of pure whacky genius: Let me know! Please.

    A Double Lever Atomic? And perfectly styled for the Rec room on the Starship Enterprise (the 60s version)?

    here it is "The Electronic Atomic" (so called until I find the true name for this fine machine).






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  • sorrentina
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    and with the jug removed:




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  • sorrentina
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    Hey- I like that machine flying bean! very eccentric looking...

    I have never seen that one before- and made in Australia you say? It kind of looks like a coffee maker crossed with an iron... the plaited cord doesnt help...

    to me it is not quite an electronic Atomic- It looks more like the popular "Vesuviana" line of machines. The Vesuviana line was manufactured using the same sand casting methods as the atomic type machines. I have an electric Vesuviana in my collection- with the steamer- and it looks just like this Australian machine- albeit somewhat more beautiful and perfectly refined as only the Italians know how:




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  • speleomike
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    Hi all

    Neat. I really do like the Faemina and I like the idea of this thread. I also am keen on vintage coffee machines. By the way some of the earliest coffee espresso machines (1903 Bezerra) would now be antiques (> 100 years old).

    Mike

    (Good discussion of antique vs vintage http://kb.rubylane.com/question.php?ID=142)

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  • beanflying
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    Nice machine Jack

    I just missed out on this one on fleabay, curse my limited budget It is an Australian made item my guess is it is late 50s early 60s looking at the electrical plug. I supose you would call it an electric atomic of sorts?






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