After many years of reading some of the best information right here on your forum I have decided to register and share where I can.
I started my proper coffee habit around 3.5 years ago when I got tired of the Nespresso (I apologise for this) taste. I went and bought a Jura F50 automagic machine but was still not happy with the lack of control or user input in the process. Given that I do not do milk at all I tend to be a bit difficult when it comes to espresso, it is going to need to be good since there is no sweet milk to hide a poor extraction under.
This is where I decided that I needed to step into the realm of coffee science, this meant to me that I needed to be in control of as much of the process as possible, this meant getting new toys (hooray!)
I started with a Silvia, two months later i saw a Rocket Giotto for a steal and since this is the first machine I fell in love with I had to get it. (the Silvia went to a great home where it is still serving excellent shots today.) Fast forward two years and some change I have had many great espresso from my Rocket, I added Eric's Thermo somewhere in these two years. Not once in these years did I think of changing my machine, until a month ago when I was in Milan and saw a really shiny Elektra Belle Epoque in its full glory! Fascinated I wanted to know more so I got to googling and checking local classifieds in my country. And behold I found a sixties t1 for sale for pretty much nothing.
Fast forward to last night, I now own an absolute mint (!!) Elektra Sixties T1
It is in such great condition that There is nothing for me to do except replace the programming key, polish it a bit and perhaps find a compatible IMS screen.
When I saw the other posts of users on HB with the same machine they showed images of somewhat neglected machines, this is what I prepared myself for ultimately. But I could not even find dust beneath the panels. It turns out that this machine had recently been serviced, which included a full descale of absolutely everything. (Score!)
Thank you for this amazing forum!
Herewith some pics:
(Cover off as I still need to plumb it in)