Mark at Whole Latte Love said:There are many good dual boiler machines. If you read some of the other forums such as Home Barista or Coffeegeek there is lots of discussions on the different options. They are all very good machines and are great for making an excellent espresso consistently. We sell a couple here and they are the Dalla Corte and the Brewtus 3. Both good machines. One thing you will notice on all the forums is people trying to say why the machine they sell or the machine they have is better then the others. There are some points that may be valid and some or most unfortunately are BS. Read about the machines, email the people that own the machines you are considering or visit the owner forums of those that use them and ask what you think is relevant and see where that takes you. No matter what machine you get the grinder is actually as important if not more important in getting the best espresso, as is the machine.
lachris said:Well after more research and some phone calls I decided on the Vivaldi. There is just too much support and history behind it and if you look at the inside - the Duetto is just crammed full of stuff, while the Vivaldi seems to have a more open case with room to work on should you have to. It's that water tank on the Duetto that takes up a bunch of the space. Also, placement of the electronics near heat sources I believe will be a factor.
Just my thoughts on the two.
lachris said:Company sending out new valve to replace bad one today. We'll see what happens. Anyone know the size of the deep well socket I willl need to pull the bad valve off and put the new one back in? It really is a shame that you have to do this on a new machine - I guess these things happen....