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Thread: !!!SOLD!!! - Kees van der Westen Speedster (MELB)

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    !!!SOLD!!! - Kees van der Westen Speedster (MELB)

    For sale is my much loved Kees Speedster.
    I am the second owner of this machine and have owned for just over 1 year.
    Long story short, this beautiful machine belonged to one of my watch dealers. Whenever I purchased a watch through him I always admired the Speedster which was located in his city office. I asked him many times if he would sell me the machine, and he always told me that it was his pride and joy and that it would never be for sale!!! An office relocation to a smaller retail space resulted in me purchasing the machine.
    The Speedster was originally purchased brand new from Coffee Parts and installed by Rick Bond in 2013 (installed at the watch dealer).
    It has been converted to 10 AMP and must be plumbed into the water mains.
    Some of you may be aware that I have recently purchased a lever press GS3 (about one month ago). This is now my daily machine and therefore I feel it is time to let the Speedster go to a home where it will see more use.
    After I purchased the machine I had a shot timer installed.
    The Speedster is in excellent condition and since my purchase, has only been used to make 2 coffees per day (Mon to Frid) and about 4 per day on the weekend.
    There is much documented on the internet about this machine: style, pre-infusion, external pump and general good looks!
    Machine is located in West Melbourne, Victoria (3003).
    Pickup only and you will need to arrange a plumber to disconnect and reconnect.
    All the usual maintenance has been performed, including regular back flushing and a service (had a service when the shot timer was installed).
    This beautiful machine is running flawlessly.
    In terms of price, I am firm at $8,500 (which is less than what I paid for it 12 months ago). Current retail price on the Speedster is circa $15,000.
    However I am open to a trade (plus cash my way) - currently I have the GS3 lever and the Speedster side by side in my home. I don't want to waste peoples time, but I am undecided in terms of what machine I would take as part sale. Have been thinking about an Olympia Cremina or maybe something a little different. Overarching theme would probably be a smaller footprint than the Speedster. If you are interesting, ping me a message and I will respond quickly.
    Also happy, if you are genuinely interested, for a potential buyer to come over and have a play with the machine. Give it a run and see the machine in action.
    Thanks for looking.
    Faatshank

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    Last edited by Faatshank; 9th July 2018 at 05:46 PM.

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    if i could plumb in i would be all over this, but playing the rental game at the moment till our place is built, and still not sure if i could plumb in, i am going to have to sit back and watch which lucky bugger get this wonderful machine.

    I purchased Faarshank's first GS3 so can say buy with confidence.

    Oh the temptation
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    A Flojet system is less than 4% of the machine's price.
    Simple solution.
    If your rental place has a filtered water tap, problem solved.

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    unfortunately would need a dedicated coffee trolley and set up the flowjet and under bench water bottle and drain bottle.
    If i was able to do it i would have had the gs3 already plumbed in, but just dont have the room, and cant do it with the limited kitchen benchtop space i have.
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    Anyone interested in this who also consider flowjet please shoot a pm as I have a brand new flowjet and end up plumb my machine....

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    Have been reflecting on my asking price and also my decision to part with this machine. I am a big believer in the concept that if something is fairly (or perhaps very fairly) priced it should generate some quick interest. However, given the price point on this machine (high compared to many other machines) and plumbing requirements, I accept that it will take some time to find the right buyer.

    However, if I am honest, I am not a very patient person. Nor am I the sort of person to leave a sales advertisement up for many months, waiting for the right buyer to come along. Nor am I into a long drawn out sales process.

    So my plan has changed as follows:
    1. I will reduce my asking price to $7,000. From this I will not budge.
    2. I will leave the ad/post up until 31 July 2018. From this I will not budge.
    3. Still might consider a trade option (plus cash) at a fair trade price. I reserve my right to be particularly fussy on what I might accept (assuming anyone makes an offer that is), so no offence intended.

    If the Speedster remains unsold (by end of July) then it will remain along side my GS3 Lever for many years. It may come to using the GS3 Lever Monday to Friday and Speedster for weekend use! Not a terrible outcome....

    Thanks again for looking.

    Faatshank
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    I donít think price is the problem.

    Itís your unusual buying condition that the buyer has to arrange for a plumber to come to your place to disconnect it.

    Thatís a challenge for just about any buyer.

    If it was disconnected and boxed up to collect, I reckon youíd have a lot more interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herzog View Post
    I donít think price is the problem.

    Itís your unusual buying condition that the buyer has to arrange for a plumber to come to your place to disconnect it.

    Thatís a challenge for just about any buyer.

    If it was disconnected and boxed up to collect, I reckon youíd have a lot more interest.
    Interesting - maybe you are correct.

    What do other people think? From my perspective I figured if someone wants the machine they will need to arrange a plumber anyway (or do it themselves) - so they might as well uninstall from my place when they pick it up.

    I guess I could have it disconnected - but what if someone wants to see it working or have a play with it?
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    no need for a plumber, not a hard job for anyone to do.
    I say leave it all hooked up, because most would want to see it in action for sure, and yep can disconnect it all on the day, wont take too long and is an easy job with a couple basic tools which i am sure you will also have at home.

    Price is also not an issue, though now you have made it an absolute bargain, i just think its a case of someone been able to accommodate it on their bench, been able to plumb it in and having space under bench for the external pump and motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnA View Post
    no need for a plumber, not a hard job for anyone to do.
    I say leave it all hooked up, because most would want to see it in action for sure, and yep can disconnect it all on the day, wont take too long and is an easy job with a couple basic tools which i am sure you will also have at home.

    Price is also not an issue, though now you have made it an absolute bargain, i just think its a case of someone been able to accommodate it on their bench, been able to plumb it in and having space under bench for the external pump and motor.
    Thanks John - well said.
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    Price is unbelievable .... a true bargain, especially with a Rick Bond installed shot timer practically bringing the machine up to current specs.

    The Speedster is a timeless machine and anyone considering a purchase will realise that this machine is at least $3k less than its worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chokkidog View Post
    Price is unbelievable .... a true bargain, especially with a Rick Bond installed shot timer practically bringing the machine up to current specs.

    The Speedster is a timeless machine and anyone considering a purchase will realise that this machine is at least $3k less than its worth.
    Thankyou - I should mention that the shot timer was installed by the guys at Boiling Point. They did a terrific job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faatshank View Post
    I figured if someone wants the machine they will need to arrange a plumber anyway (or do it themselves)
    Ok that clears things up a bit - you're ok for buyers to disconnect themselves. Your first post reads like you were insisting on having a plumber do it.

    DIY option makes things a bit easier, but still a challenge for interstate buyers. Good luck with the sale, it's a great deal! Hopefully it finds a good home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herzog View Post
    Ok that clears things up a bit - you're ok for buyers to disconnect themselves. Your first post reads like you were insisting on having a plumber do it.

    DIY option makes things a bit easier, but still a challenge for interstate buyers. Good luck with the sale, it's a great deal! Hopefully it finds a good home.
    Thatís fair enough. Agree it should have been clearer. No problems with DIY.
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    Machine sold pending pickup.
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