I'm melting.. I'm.. going to have to sell a kidney or something to buy this sexy little machine.
$4500... I'm pretty sure that's the cheapest new machine LM offers.
Yes, it is. If you shop around you can buy the GS/3 AV for $5700 and the MP for $5900 or spring for the Strada modified for $6200. MSRP prices are much higher, but no one I know pays full MSRP. Who knows, with an MSRP similar to that of the Vesuvius, which had a street price of $3800 according to those that inquired on "best price", that might be the target price of this machine once vendors start selling it.
Looks like this little guy has an analog controlled PID similar to that used on the Dalla Corte Mini and Super Mini about 7 or so years ago
(edit: confirmed by Dan a few posts down to be a potentiometer) and a pressurestat for the steam boiler. With a 3.5 liter steam boiler, it should smoke all prosumer machines in steaming.
Time will tell if this is a winner...