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  • #31
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    finding vintage treasure really is all about the hard yards. I got my first Atomic at a Church sale. It was mint in the box- for the princely sum of $5. I just happened to be there as the old dear placed it on the shelf- it had just come in that morning- and I was up early- a second after I grabbed it a dealer walked past- and nearly feinted when they saw what I had. They offered me 50 for it right away in the carpark....

    then 100...

    here it is: The Robbiati Milan Badged Classic Atomic:








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    • #32
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      Hi guys,

      Yes, the thermometer is an add-on.  The machine has an open boiler, so I took the lid off and put the thermometer in.

      Yes, the machine dates back to the 1970s and is in fairly good condition.  It could benefit from a strip down and rebuild, I think.  I also wonder whether the spring hasnt lost a bit of oomph.

      The machine is pretty easy to use, in that it is just a heating element in an open boiler, so its not hard to hit the brew temperature that you want on the head.  However, the machine does tend to produce shots that are pretty thin in body.

      The steam wand/lid is pathetic - basically useless.  The lid looks nice, so I removed the steam wand and the digital thermometer probe can hang through the hole that that left.

      That caravel looks sensational, but the portafilter must be absolutely tiny.  Like you said, looks like its single shots only! And are those suction cup feet?

      Cheers,

      Luca

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      • #33
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        Howdy Luca (side note: just spoke to your friend- I am out of syphon filters at the moment- expect a new delivery in 10 days or so- keep an eye on my sight)

        I had a feeling the Peppina steamer might be a dud- it doesnt look very good. Shame.

        The caravel large filter basket holds around 14 grams fully packed and tamped. The shots with a single pull are tiny and concentrated- a full double pull produces a regular sized shot.


        Yes- they are suction cap feet (though with age they dont suction so well). Like a Pavoni the Caravel lever can generate a lot of downward pressure on the whole machine- the suction feet help keep it from escaping. Some user mod the machine with even more feet.

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        • #34
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          "keep an eye on my sight"

          ??

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          • #35
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            Originally posted by SorrentinaCoffee link=1220240609/20#33 date=1224852379
            "keep an eye on my sight"

            ??
            Eye<->sight. Worked for me!

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            • #36
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              Originally posted by SorrentinaCoffee link=1220240609/0#18 date=1222933908
              the side view shows an extra steam arm near the base. Is this for pre-warming the cup?
              HI,IT SURE MAKES THE NEW STYLE MACHINES LOOK PRETTY ORDINARY,DONT YOU THINK? :-X

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              • #37
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                Originally posted by SorrentinaCoffee link=1220240609/0#17 date=1222933836
                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

                my wife wont let me keep a rancillo z8 but i am sure she would let me keep one of these.

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                • #38
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                  Originally posted by beanflying link=1220240609/0#3 date=1220267187
                  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?
                  Am i mistaken but is this machine based on the mixmaster. ;D

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                  • #39
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                    Welcome ijz917w.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

                    Just edited your posts above. When you type your message under a quoted section of text, you need to type your post after or underneath the code [/QUOTE]...
                    Otherwise, your post becomes part of the quote and therefore difficult to differentiate.

                    All the best,
                    Mal.

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                    • #40
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                      I had the pleasure of seeing this little beauty this afternoon, circa 1989...





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                      • #41
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                        Originally posted by cuppacoffee link=1220240609/20#39 date=1226752436
                        I had the pleasure of seeing this little beauty this afternoon, circa 1989...





                        Ahh- the much loved Rancilio Audrey and my first ever machine. Mine was a black one though.

                        These are internally a Silvia but with a ball-joint 2 hole steam wand which is a whole heap better than the one on the Silvia....Dunno why they changed it.

                        Wish Id kept mine  

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                        • #42
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                          I use an Audrey everyday. Works great. Need to do the temp surf thing but makes a great shot. Steam is great to. I have the black one. Have not seen many around lately. My Mum had the Audrey in her cupboard for about 10 years or longer and never used it. It was not until I got into coffee that I realized what it was!

                          Martin.

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                          • #43
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                            that Audreys a real 80s flashback...

                            but- is that black thing protruding above the switches the water tank knob?

                            if so why placed right above the electric switches?

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                            • #44
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                              hmm, I just added another machine to my collection- it is in the mail on its way from Spain. Before it gets here and I can try it out- is anyone familiar with the "Pierre Cardin" type Mini Gaggia? It is a gravity feed, open boiler- lever type machine:

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                              • #45
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                                Hi everyone.....I just purchased a VESUVIANA stove top for a friend as a christmas pressie and have not bean (cant resist the pun) able to find any information about them on the web. Can anyone help with a link for history, instructions etc
                                Id be most grateful....also ....what a fantastic collection of machines you all have!!
                                Yep another collector has bean (!) born

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