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  • sparcs
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    to add to the WMF contingent here.. I just got this home.  No idea how it works.  I think it has a piston inside that may be run off a solenoid to the left.  I think...maybe???  Lots of bits of shiney...

    MASSIVE group head... it has paper filters that seem to go above and below the coffee. There was one posted in the first page of this tread too.  Any one have any information on this thing?  I paid just over $200 for it.





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  • sorrentina
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    That is a German made machine I believe- a simple steam driven espresso machine- so simple it should probably still work- with perhaps a few new seals. I think they kept making them up until perhaps the 70s- but the design goes right back to the earliest urn of the century coffee makers.

    you can get good results simply using bi-carb soda to polish chrome. Mix it into a paste with water and use a sponge to polish the surfaces.

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  • oldestrope
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    Hello Greg, Thanks very much for the info, I wouldnt have thought of car restorer! Thats clever. Will try and get what youve suggested and put photos on when its gleaming.
    Oldestrope

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  • GregWormald
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    Hi Oldestrope,

    Any high quality chrome polish should work, after a clean with a specialist coffee cleaner.

    I dont know what is available it Scotland, so check with your local espresso bar for the coffee cleaner, and a restorer of vintage cars or motorcycles for the non-scratch chrome polish. (In Australia Id use Cafetto to clean the coffee and grease, and Auto-sol followed by Meguiars plastic polish #17 for the chrome.)

    Remember to take pics and keep us up to date. What a great looking machine!

    Greg

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  • maheel
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    Originally posted by 4A6E676764645E4A6E726C6E010 link=1220240609/130#130 date=1256647342

    I am pretty sure WMF are super auto machines

    KK
    LOL KK that does not look "auto" to me, SUPER  yes .

    Welcome to CS Oldesrtrope thats a coollooking coffee machine, i cant offer and advice but it looks like fun to use. Good luck and update us on the progress. Plenty on here with vintage experiance will be able to help.

    Leeham

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  • oldestrope
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    I am needing to polish up the chrome and bakelite, what would be the best way to clean it? I dont want to use anything harsh that would cause damage to it.
    Regards
    Oldestrope.

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  • oldestrope
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    Hi, Here are a couple of photos of my new machine. I hope you like it and maybe able to tell me something about it. Thanks.
    Oldestrope



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  • Koffee_Kosmo
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    Originally posted by 2D2E26273136302D3227420 link=1220240609/129#129 date=1256646857
    I have just purchased a vintage WMF coffee machine which Ill try and put a photo of on for any advice regarding it. You all seem experts which is great.
    I am pretty sure WMF are super auto machines

    KK

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  • oldestrope
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    Hello all, I have just registered after coming across this thread while researching coffee machines. I received a hello from Andy but wasnt able to answer, new to these Im afraid, so hello Andy and thank you for the welcome. I have just purchased a vintage WMF coffee machine which Ill try and put a photo of on for any advice regarding it. You all seem experts which is great. I would like to know if Ive purchased a bad buy! and if not do you have any idea where I might get instructions for it so I can get it up and running? The model number on it is 15450, its huge. Thanks and hopefully someone will know something about it. oldestrope.

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  • sorrentina
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    That really is a very nice machine.... and it really is quite rare- at least the packaging is. I have an identical one in my collection also in Mint condition- I didnt get the box but I didnt pay 1600 either! I have not seen that particular box- or user manual/sample combo before. But I can say it is not from c1955- I would say more like c1967...

    the user manual, and coffee sample, show elements of the Bon trading design- Bon only started importing atomics around 1965- and as far as I know Robbiati only started manufacturing steam frother machines in the 1960s- all the earlier 1950s Robbiati machines dont have steam arms... The earliest Bon imports had the older Robbiati label- as seen on the machine for sale. Probably around 1968 Bon had their own labels made (and it seems the very first Bon Labeled machines are the Bou Trading version... Which may have been a typo...)

    so the machine they are selling should be described as:

    "very early Bon Trading imported Robbiati Atomic Coffee Maker- c1967? Made in Milan, Italy. Very rare packaging, in fine condition for its age"

    My Sassoon machine pictured above is certainly older. I believe it is from the mid-1950s but dont yet know for certain- it could be early 60s. My personal belief is that Sassoon may have been the first to add the steam arm.... but that is just an educated guess. It is certain that Sassoon machines were actually manufactured in England and they are quite different than those made in Italy, Hungary or Austria (or India, Taiwan or China for that matter).

    here is a picture from the rare Sassoon user manual:




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  • speleomike
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    Hi all

    We all know that vintage things have more value if they come with the original packaging, instructions etc. Here is an Atomic that is on sale in Adelaide that has not just the box and paperwork but an original coffee sample to boot.
    http://www.designcult.net/8.html

    "Original Atomic Coffee machine designed by Giordano Robbiati from Milan in near mint condition. This one was manufactured in Italy c1955. .... Comes fully complete with original coffee holder, 2 x filters, jug, printed instruction papers and coffee grind sample in sachet with manufacturers note, housed in original cardboard box with "Atomic" print. The still-sealed grind sample & note tells the buyer how fine the grind should be for the machine according to manufaturers specifications. "

    I have seen a few Atomics in antique stores in Sydney. They are usually ~ $400 or so and usually show extensive, but not deep, corrosion of the aluminium. Never seen one in its box.

    Mike

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  • sorrentina
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    yes, indeed- though if you use the machine facing on- you grab the knob with your right hand... come to think of it on the Italian atomics most people probably use their left hands.



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  • flynnaus
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    Nice machine. Congratulations on another addition to your collection.

    I notice its a southpaw model (steam arm on the right side of the grouphead). Is this unusual for Atomic style machines?

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  • sorrentina
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    I havent had to resort to selling my organs yet... but who knows where this collecting goes?

    Here is an Atomic that you wont see every day. This is a UK manufactured Sassoon Atomic. It has different styling than the Italian made Atomics. I really like this version- the flattened end of the portafilter handle end, the broad flat water knob- and especially the ultra rare bakelite jug lid. There are some interesting subtle differences to the Italian machines as well. Some people actually think that Sassoon invented the steam apparatus - certainly they were the only ones to have it coming out of the head of the atomic body. It took me 4 years to put this machine together- Tony Richardson in New Zealand (thanks Tony) provided an ultra-rare new old stock cherry red steam ball- one of only 4 known to exist... the jug lid took me an age to track down as well. So this is a complete machine but made from parts from 4 separate machines. That was the only way I could get a complete unti in such condition. Thank God I can tick the Sassoon off my Atomic collectors list...

    Overall the English designers really gave the machine a new flavour- and the cherry red steam ball really sets it off:







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  • phrostyboi
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    Jack,
    I think youre mean - all that kit you have and are getting looks fantastic, too good to make coffee with even

    whats the going rate for a kidney so I can afford one of those lever machines ;D

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