What I want is a quality, easy to work on myself, double boiler, pre-infusion capable, PID with shot timer, Rotary vane pump, that I can have the option to plumb or not plumb that costs a $1000 and has great after the sale support and warranty.
Now the real question is what can I live without and what I can't for what amount. Bluntly the only espresso machine (in name only) I have ever owned is a Krups that cost $29.95 in the year 2000.
I was looking for some guidance by those that have greater knowledge than myself, which isn't hard to do given my experience with espresso. I'm still trying to figure out the difference between sour and bitter. I just don't want to buy one today and buy another one in a month. For something that I can grow with and learn, I'm willing to pay more.
If there is something between $1800 and $2700 that will get me where I want to go besides all of the crazy videos and reviews that I have been searching, I'm an open book. Note: I haven't posted any espresso machines posts in the last month. I wanted to do some ground work first.