Good Price for a Linea?

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Good Price for a Linea?

Postby onocoffee on Tue May 16, 2006 6:36 am

A customer stopped by yesterday and offered his La Marzocco Linea 4EE to sell to me because he's moving to the Carolinas this summer. It's not an ex-Starbucks/TagEx machine. He's had it for a couple of years in his basement where it's connected to power and water but not powered on most of the time. Says it's in good condition and was used in a low-volume coffee shop that went out of business before he purchased it at auction.

He's asking $4,000K and I was wondering if that's a good price? A no-brainer?

Thoughts?

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Postby barry on Tue May 16, 2006 7:02 am

yeah, if it's in good shape, that's a good price. my rule of thumb is $1k-1.5k/group for an operable machine depending upon condition.
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Postby onocoffee on Tue May 16, 2006 8:02 am

Thanks Barry. I like your metric.
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Postby jmc on Tue May 16, 2006 9:28 am

Without seeing the machine, I think it is probably too high...unless he has put some work into it. We've seen quite a few of the *$/Tag machines and they often need a lot of TLC and parts. If the connection between the groups and the boiler utilizes the red gasket (New LM's are welded.), your boiler will inevitably leak. (Not sure the exact dates they used those gaskets but we've swapped quite a few boilers as a result of them.)
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Postby onocoffee on Tue May 16, 2006 11:22 am

Thanks to you too Jay. I will be checking out the machine in the next week or so myself for a better understanding.
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Postby phaelon56 on Wed May 17, 2006 4:21 pm

If the connection between the groups and the boiler utilizes the red gasket (New LM's are welded.), your boiler will inevitably leak. (Not sure the exact dates they used those gaskets but we've swapped quite a few boilers as a result of them.)


This is true but they introduced a new gasket material within the past 6 - 8 months that will solve this issue with all but the worst cases. They're green and made of Viton rubber - different material than the old ones. And you no longer need to apply the green goop to help seal the gasket.
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