La Marzocco GS/3 or Slayer one group?

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Dieter01

#1: Post by Dieter01 »

My Duetto was one of the first models and I have repaired it quite a few times over the years (failed electronics, it's used a lot). Now I'm looking at upgrading, possibly to a GS/3. Besides a paddle version and an automatic, are there several versions? Has anything happened to it since it was released? Any other similar machines that I should look at?

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Dieter01 (original poster)

#3: Post by Dieter01 (original poster) »

Thanks!

I've been looking at the Slayer one group lately though. Have enquired about pricing and, unless its a lot more than I hope, I will pre-order one.

Problem then is I should update the grinder as well.... :oops:

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#4: Post by JohnB. »

The Slayer is going to be a lot more then the GS3. One Australian site has it listed at $13,000. Probably around $10,000 over here.
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#5: Post by Compass Coffee »

Dieter01 wrote:Problem then is I should update the grinder as well.... :oops:
Seriously? You're asking that on this site! :lol: You must know the answer will be yes. While no question the SJ is a quite respectable grinder also no question regardless the espresso machine there are better grinders in the cup.

Just got most recent price list last month: base one group Slayer $8500 US. Hot water tap $500 additional, pre-brew times $330. Then there are various trim/finish customizing uplifts available.
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Dieter01 (original poster)

#6: Post by Dieter01 (original poster) »

I also heard prices starting at $8500. I also know HasBean is offering it for £6850. I am unsure what is included and what is optional though. If you don't mind pm'ing me the price list I would appreciate that. I have contacted Jason at Slayer as well but I have not heard back from him yet (sure I will soon enough though).

When importing to Norway and using a favourable currency exchange from the US at the moment the price difference isn't that major. I think. I hope. I have to sell my soul to pay for this anyway, hehe!

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#7: Post by Dieter01 (original poster) »

Here is a short summary of the Slayer features and specs.

There are no other machines from Slayer in my area so I will have to go by reputation alone for cup quality. Not that I think I will be dissapointed. I also like the features, like the setup they have for managing pre-brew pressure. I think this be a better option for a home-user like myself compared to a stepless operation like the La Marzocco Strada. I want the option to explore and adjust pre-brew, but prefer that it is not a parameter that will add variables for all shots all the time.

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#8: Post by Compass Coffee »

Dieter01 wrote:If you don't mind pm'ing me the price list I would appreciate that.
done
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Dieter01 (original poster)

#9: Post by Dieter01 (original poster) » replying to Compass Coffee »

Thanks :-)

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#10: Post by Compass Coffee »

Getting multiple PM requests for Slayer price list so posting it here. If that's a no-no kill it moderators!

Slayer Espresso Price Guide - July 2013
List Price
1 group USA/CAN $8,500
List Price
2 group $16,500
3 group $21,000
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SLAYER OPTIONS:
List
Hot Water $500
Pre Brew Times $330 ea
Body Options:
Powder Coat $600
Custom Paint $1,000
Jollipop Paint $1,600
Grained Body $350
Plated Body $800
Polished Body $700
Stainless Back Panel $400 / 2 group
Stainless Back Panel $425 / 3 group
Hammered Body with plating
X Options:
Powder Coat X's $450
Anodized X's $450
Plated X's $500
Polished X's $800
Custom Wood Tiers:
Tier 1: Peruvian Walnut, Black Walnut, Cherry, Quartersawn White Oak, Mahogany, Kayha (African
Mahogany), Non-Figured Maple, Most varieties of Bamboo, Brazilian Cherry
Tier 2: Lacewood, Paduak, Zebra Wood, Bubinga, Red Gum, Purple Heart, Feature Bamboo
Tier 3: Zircote, Teak, Koa, Claro Walnut, Mango, Maple Burl* (*Not available for Wooden Side Panels)
Custom Wood Portafilter Handles:
Tier 1 $125 ea
Tier 2 $150 ea
Tier 3 $175 ea
Custom Wood Actuator Sets: (include portafilter handles (one per group), brew actuators and steam
handles)
1 group Tier 1 $350
1 group Tier 2 $450
1 group Tier 3 $550
2 group Tier 1 $500
2 group Tier 2 $650
2 group Tier 3 $800
3 group Tier 1 $650
3 group Tier 2 $850
3 group Tier 3 $1,050
Wooden Side Panels: (includes both left and right side panels)
Tier 1 $2,600
Tier 2 $2,800
Tier 3 $3,000
Wood Cup Tray:
2 group Tier 1 & 2 $1,100
2 group Tier 3 $1,200
3 group Tier 1 & 2 $1,200
3 group Tier 3 $1,400
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Grinders:
Timer/Doser Electronic
Mazzer Major $1,295 $1,595
Mazzer Kony $1,695 $1,995
Mazzer Robur $2,195 $2,395
Baratza Forte $850
Baratza Vario-W $500
Mike McGinness, Head Bean (Owner/Roast Master)
http://www.CompassCoffeeRoasting.com