1956 Gaggia Internazionale 1 Group - Page 2

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IamOiman (original poster)
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#11: Post by IamOiman (original poster) »

So, after about three weeks post payment the Gaggia arrived today ON TIME with FedEx. I helped the driver move the Gaggia from the truck to my Garage but it was not very heavy with the two of us. I was tracking the flights it was shipped on if you want to know how closely I was watching the tracking updates :D . Flightaware is a cool app.




The machine was thankfully undamaged and customs went without issue. It took a few minutes to get all the packing materials out of the crate. There was even a winch strap to hold the machine while in shipment.





The plexi was the first piece taken out followed by more pieces. Everything taken off the machine was wrapped. Eventually I needed to take off the crate walls to get the rest of the bits out. Everything that could be loose was wrapped up nicely.








A few more intial state pics. I don't have much to say and am perhaps starstruck right now :D

Did I mention I was excited?







The bits that I know Sebastien will be interested in!

-Ryan
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Jeff
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#12: Post by Jeff »

The hand-serialized manometer is precious

pizzaman383
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#13: Post by pizzaman383 »

What does the knob at the top of the sight glass do?
Curtis
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IamOiman (original poster)
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#14: Post by IamOiman (original poster) » replying to pizzaman383 »

It's one of two knobs (other one is on the bottom) that allows someone to seal off the sight glass if it breaks and leaks.
-Ryan
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mikel

#15: Post by mikel »

That thing clicks all the "shiny-metal-functional-machine" boxes for me. Very cool.

I think a Disco Volante is still my unicorn, but that Gaggia is pretty close.

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IamOiman (original poster)
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#16: Post by IamOiman (original poster) »

I passed up a 2 group Disco Volante earlier this year and sort of regret it now, but hopefully I can find a 1 group maybe down the road.
-Ryan
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drH

#17: Post by drH »

It's so beautiful and compact; why doesn't anyone make machines like this anymore?

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#18: Post by IamOiman (original poster) » replying to drH »

I can't even imagine the costs, I was simply taking off a bracket and it just feels hefty. Every part on this machine is heavy duty
-Ryan
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LMWDP #612

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gyro

#19: Post by gyro »

It looks in fantastic condition.

cedar

#20: Post by cedar »

What a wonderful machine. Very much looking forward to seeing what you do with it Ryan.

cheers,

Stephen