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Topic: A Zassenhaus Question (15 msgs / 221 lines)
1) From: Lynne
Trying to do as much as I can, with as little money as possible (ha! 
that's a good one...)
Does anyone know if it is possible to adjust the older Zassenhaus 
grinders? I noticed a few on eBay, but one seller in particular says 
that the 'grinding is not adjustable'.
Thought I'd ask you guys while I await my reply from the seller.
Lynne

2) From: Michael Wascher
I have an older Zassenhaus, it has an adjustment at the bottom of the
mechanism. Pull the drawer, reach  up and there's a flat wingnut. I use mine
just for espresso  & moka (an old Trosser is used for coarser grinds) Once I
got mine dialed in adjustments are very minor, a tad more than a quarter
turn CCW for ristretto, or a quarter turn CW for moka.
The Trosser's adjustment is similar.
On 7/8/06, Lynne  wrote:
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"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we
don't know." --  Ambrose Bierce

3) From: Lynne
Michael -
Thank you. Do you think that a Trosser is as good as a Zassenhaus?
Lynne
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4) From: Alchemist John
My giant Trosser is better than my Zass.  Finer control on the 
threads, easier to turn, larger capacity and burrs.  I can't speak 
about the smaller ones.
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John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

5) From: Lynne
But how does it compare /price-wise/?
Lynne
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6) From: Michael Wascher
The two grinders I have are quite different models, so it's difficult to do
a dirrect comparison.
My Trosser won't grind as fine as the Zass will, but then the Zass is a Moka
model intended to grind fine. My Trosser grinds with fewer fines than my
Zass. The Trosser has less aggressive burrs, so it takes a lot more turns of
the crank to grind a given quantity of beans, but also it requires less
force than the Zass does because of this.
So they are both very good grinders. I'd be pleased with either, but because
they are different types of grinders the combination of the two is ideal.
The Zassenhaus for espresso, and the Tosser for the press pot.
On 7/8/06, Lynne  wrote:
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"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we
don't know." --  Ambrose Bierce

7) From: Alchemist John
I think the Zass DG169 which I have (and SM is out of IIRC) is about 
$80.  The Giant Trosser was around $125 again IIRC.
At 14:25 7/8/2006, you wrote:
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John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

8) From: Michael Wascher
Mine are both EBay finds, and price was comparable. The Zassenhaus was
listed as a Fassenhaus, which probably reduced its price a bit.
On 7/8/06, Lynne  wrote:
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"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we
don't know." --  Ambrose Bierce

9) From: Brian Kamnetz
The Deutsche Bundeswehr Coffee Grinder (aka "Giant Trosser") is still
available, it appears. Seems like, with shipping, it came to about
$145, IIRC.
Brian
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10) From: Lynne
At this point in my life, I am going to look for a used one (either a 
Trosser or Zass).
Lynne (who is lacking mucho $$ at this point in her life)
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11) From: Brett Mason
They all adjust...
Brett
On 7/8/06, Lynne  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
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   Zassman

12) From: Lynne
Very good!
Thanks -
Lynne
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13) From: Brian Kamnetz
Lynne,
I was watching grinders on eBay for quite a while, and it seems that,
in general, "Fassenhaus" (misspelling of Zassenhaus - the name is in
script and the Z looks sort of like an F) and Trosser grinders go for
much less, perhaps half, than the Zassenhaus grinders in comparable
condition go for.
Brian
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14) From: Pat Murray
I tried to order one from Deutsche Optik about a week ago and was informed 
that they are out of them and do not anticipate being able to get any more. 
I waited too long, oh well.. my wife probably would have killed me if I had 
bought a fifth grinder.
Pat

15) From: Brian Kamnetz
Pat,
It was actually a "Giant" Trosser, but too bad you missed out. This is
one distinctive grinder!
Brian
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