This home machine is built to lifetime standards, heavy, robust, competent. Although it has no built in grinder, and the portafilter unit gets far too hat to handle. It's a good looking machine; reminder of being in a small steam locomotive. Unfortunately, it takes almost 15 minutes to heat up and produce espresso.
The espresso product is like all good espresso machines, dependent on fresh grinds, the correct fineness, and "packing" that is just right. Its a very handsome addition to one's kitchen shelf. Is it worth $2000???---That depends entirely on your personal budget and enjoyment of a bit of institutional art.
I've been making espressos and cappuccinos at home for 40 years, following the purchase path over the years from the simple to the more sophisticated (and expensive). My ten year old E61 machine suffered a serious malfunction and after exploring my options I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a new machine. Did I need PID? No, I'm dialed in by experience. Did I need a double boiler? No, I'm rarely making a large batch of drinks? Did I need a rotary pump? I'm not plumbed and can't feasibly do so. Would I like a machine that had all the features of my Fiorenzato Volante and is better made, quieter, and with a smaller footprint? Yes! I've had the ECM Mechanika for three days and already feel the love, so much so that I can't wait to get up in the morning and fire it up. Speaking of which, it comes to temperature faster than my old E61, possibly due to the insulated boiler. It's much quieter and consistently pulls shots within a degree or two of expectation. BTW, you won't find a nicer place to purchase this than right here at Comiso.com. I'm in NYC, had never heard of this company, but their 5% discount is unmatched and the people who pick up the phone when you call are super helpful.