slipchuck wrote:Almost every Italian machine discussed on this forum seems to get high approval rating.
Is the such thing as a bad model to stay away from?
If asking due to a potential new purchase and looking for a 'pro-sumer' machine, I would research who has good support in your area for any you are considering. Also be aware that all the big name Italian companies market consumer end products, usually made by someone else with their name slapped on it.
As far as picking something up second hand, try to stay with relatively newer machines with support in your area. Unless you are handy and enjoy fiddling with stuff it's best to avoid most machines used in a commercial setting. Sourcing parts and service info for vintage gear can be a challenge.