JohnB. wrote:One other thing you want to consider is the "actual" age of the SJ vs asking price. If it has the newer case with the power cord exiting underneath it would be 2004 or newer. If it is the older style the only way to tell is to check the serial number on the data plate although they did list the build date on there also for awhile in the mid 90's.
I mention this because I recently was interested in a "slightly used" SJ for $300 that came up on Craig's List. The photo wasn't great but you could tell it was the older body style. I emailed the seller for some history & was told that it sold new in 2004, was used briefly in a cafe that folded & he had picked it up after a couple years storage. Since I have an SJ that sold new in 2008 with a serial number in the 633000 range & I had seen mid 90's SJs in the 200,000 range I asked for the info on the data plate. Turned out this one was #29,XXX so the age was much closer to 1984 then 2004. I passed.
A couple days ago I drove down to the salvage outfit in southern CT. that bought up all the old $$bucks grinders in the northeast when SB went auto. You see their auctions on Ebay about twice a week with the SJs currently bringing $300+ & needing tlc. If you show up in person you get to take your pick for $150/SJ or $200/Major. They had 75 left the day I was there & all of them still have the coffee in them from the day they left SB.
rindfest wrote:Hey John,
I thought with the [older?] SJ, the first 2 numbers of the serial # gave the year? for example, mine is 98***** [a total of 7 figures] which seems consistent with the grinder being a 1998
if that serial # "X29,XXX" was 029XXX, then it may well have been a 2002 model?
this is worse than bevel drive Ducati serial #'s....
GC7 wrote:Where might that salvage outlet be located in southern CT?)