I have three older (ca. 1969/70 EPs), two of them the Shirley AR made models and the third one a practically identical IT made EP model, all with cast aluminium bases. One of them sees daily use and the other two are at present in line for refurb, the IT made one being 110v.
IamOiman wrote:... anyone here that would consider purchasing this machine new?
Based on what I have seen in newer La Pavoni models and read in over 10 years of HB membership, I'd say that (new or used) you'd be flushing your cash down the loo.
If received as a gift, IMO you'd be better off returning it and using the money for something worthwhile.
Just my $0.02.