I have been looking to upgrade my home machine for a very long time. I've read post here and other websites and still had not come to a conclusion until now. I was on a business trip to Germany and entered a cafe and saw these immaculate machines sitting there. They were ECM machines but they were not made in Milan but instead made in Heidelberg Germany. The store owner spoke very good English and she knew I would not be able to purchase the machine at her shop because I had no way of taking it with me, so I believe she was sincere in her following statement, "Wherever or whenever you buy your machine, you must buy the ECM machines made in Germany, they have the manufacturing logo on them that shows they were built in Heidelberg. These machines are of much better quality than the machines made in Italy. The ones from Italy I have quality problems with returns but not the ones made in Germany" My question is can anyone tell me about these machines? This is a newly separate company that still builds under the ECM name? These are not the ECM Giotta, Rocket, Premium etc. This is ECM-Technika, Mechanika, Clasika, Replika. At last, if anyone knows where or how to purchase such a machine in the states, I would be very interested to know, I cannot find them on the web for purchase. I've written the company but have not received a response.