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Vintage Faema/Elektra? Microcasa a Leva from eBay

Postby farmroast on Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:43 pm

I was wandering on ebay and ran into a just listed "Italian FAEMA Espresso Machine" "Buy It Now", very reasonable. The picture looked like an Elektra MCaL brass and copper with the word Italia on the front of the base instead of Elektra. My finger slipped and next thing I knew I had bought it :roll: I did some searching on this site and found most of what I'll need to know. But am wondering the relationship between Faema and Elektra on these machines over their history? They didn't show the back plate to see a year but I think it's an early one(the top part of the group looks slightly taller than the new ones) that looks in decent shape with expected tarnish. The seller listed that it heated up and I'll have to hope the spring (being the early model) is ok. Seems the gasket rebuild is even easier than my Cremina so when it arrives hopefully I can play with it a bit and judge what it needs for new rubber and cleaning/descaling/pstat. I got the "Mothers"(great stuff) cleaner ready to make it shine again.
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Postby michaelbenis on Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:31 am

Well done!

The Elektras are brilliant and of course quite beautiful machines, but they are also a wonderful taste contrast and complement to the Cremina. You are in for a lot of fun.

And yes, the piston seals are a breeze to replace.... well compared to some :-)

Enjoy!

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Postby Bluecold on Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:47 am

The Italians have a habit of putting "FAEMA" in the listing of espresso machines, especially levers.
Check it out:
http://shop.ebay.it/?_nkw=Faema&_nd1=See-All-Categories
Of the 21 espresso machines listed, 10 aren't Faema.
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Postby Bushrod on Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:20 am

Got a link? I'm lazy!
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Postby stefano65 on Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:29 am

answering your question
no relation between faema and elektra
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Postby farmroast on Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:25 pm

The leva arrived. It's a 1981. It has the old style pressurestat.
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Postby espressme on Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:19 pm

Congratulations! Nice Find.
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Postby ziobeege_72 on Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:59 pm

I love the Italia tri colours proudly stamped on the front, leaving you in no doubt of its pedigree!
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Postby Bluecold on Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:15 pm

Kinda like this one
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Postby mhoy on Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:38 pm

That p-stat looks exactly like the one from my Microcasa. Congratulations, nice machine.

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If your pstat is working, don't take it apart. :shock: Mine wasn't working, so I attempted to rebuild mine with help from OE. I'd not recommend trying to repair it (if it's broken) since the lack of re-enforcing fibers in the replacement material allows it to 'drift' after a couple of months use. Probably best just to put a new pstat in place if you need one. There is a thread (somewhere or other on HB) that shows the rebuild, but once again, I'd not recommend it.

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