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Topic: Curious (12 msgs / 233 lines)
1) From: Michael Mccandless
I was watching an Ambex
on EBAY yesterday.
Aside from lack of a good pic, it looked too good to pass up.
in the last minutes, it was only $350.
I bit it to $350, then $750 & it ended up going to another bidder for $760.
Does anyone see a problem with this roaster?
I can't help thinking I was missing something.
The "3 **Power 120V; 60Hz" I took to mean 3 phase.
Not a major prob.
Did I miss out on a steal?

2) From: Michael Dhabolt
I know of several of these meeting every day duty.  If buying at full
list price I am not sure this is what I would pick - but maybe.  At
the price, probably a steal.  I would not feel bad about not winning
the bid however......when someone is not willing to post good pictures
of their item, I have found it better to leave it alone.
Mike (just plain)

3) From: raymanowen
You REALLY didn't need the thing pictured- too many discrepancies.
Coffee roasters look like coffee roasters.
Absolutely nothing in the photography looked like any more than the
fire control for an Oil Fired Space Heater or Water heater. Isn't
there a "WYSIWYG" caveat implied by all the low brow eBay
I could take my camera to a surplus store, post pictures on eBay, and
on the close of bidding, go back to the surplus store and pick up
enough junk to fill a clothes dryer box. The manual, composed on an
Underwood typewriter using sixth generation carbon paper, would say on
Page 1: One Coffee Roaster Kit- Capacity: Whatever you can put in it
Page 2: WYSIWYG- Some Assembly Required.
Page 3: This Page Intentionally Left Blank for your assembly notes,
Questions? Re P.2-
eBay is a Caseless Hope -ro
On 8/26/07, Michael Dhabolt  wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the
Mighty Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

4) From: RK
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
Its a 10Kilo roaster and in 2005 it listed new for 10.900. They are good =
roasters. Terry Davis owns the company and has his main offices in =
I met him several times at various coffee events and found him to be =
really nice person. He seems very interested in customer satisfaction.
More information available herehttp://www.ambexroasters.com/RK

5) From: Brett Mason
In baseball, this would be a "missed the sign, coach!"
Sounds like it was a steal....
On 8/27/07, RK  wrote:

6) From: Woody DeCasere
Dang if that thing is in good shape that guy got a heck of a deal, too big
for a home roaster, but for a small craft roaster, a steal!!
On 8/27/07, Brett Mason  wrote:
"And we'd better not risk another frontal assault, that rabbit's dynamite!!"http://www.decasere.blogspot.com/

7) From: David Rolenc
Wonder how much shipping would be. That thing certainly looks pretty 
hefty on the website.
Woody DeCasere wrote:

8) From: raymanowen
Wait a New York second-
You weren't bidding on the picture in the company's website. The eBay seller
clearly did NOT post a picture of a roaster of any kind. The blackguard
didn't have a roaster to photograph.
Just like Caterpillar stuff, Ambex YM-10 machines look kinda Yellow in their
non-military configuration.
What about the red pile of junk in the picture on eBay made you think it was
a roaster? It looked like an oil burner to me. Very interesting that ' "3
**Power 120V; 60Hz" I took to mean 3 phase'. I have a small three phase
motor on an airbrush compressor, but the tag doesn't say, "3 **Power 120V;
60Hz" . There's 120 in there, but it's 208v/ 2,4a/ 3phase.
Lacking a nice controller, 3 phase motors are single speed devices. While
variable speed 3 phase motors are now used in front loading washers for home
launderies, those washers would be good fodder to snag >used< in the years
to come. No gearbox, no solenoids- quiet simplicity
Some poor sniper "won" a $12,000 roaster for $760. If you took a Brand New
YM-10 and shipped it in a box, without palletizing and properly strapping
the machine and all its heavy parts separately- the way the eBay Jazzbowl
Liar/seller will do it- don't blame Trans-Dogpatch Express for delivering a
few shreds of cardboard with some loose metal parts and an old Corvair
Such a deal- Tell me you think some sniper is getting a real deal on a
coffee roaster worth 16X the purchase price. Shipping and crating is
probably less than $2,000. They shouldn't plan on a coffee roasting session
any time soon.
Cheers and Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
"Some assembly required"- - eBay
On 8/27/07, David Rolenc  wrote:

9) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
s-c-a-m, period. not the first time commercial coffee roasters have 
been offered on ebay as a scam item. i'll bet the person is "on 
vacation in slovenia" and can you wire the funds directly to their 
bank account...
                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

10) From: Brent - SC/TO Roasting
Definitely a scam.  The seller claims it's an Ambex YM-10.  Here's a link to
the Ambex site for the YM-10:http://www.ambexroasters.com/pages/ym10.jspLooks nothing like what the seller posted (Ambex even has a close up of the
gas train detail), which appears to be some kind of "Clean Burning Multi-Oil
Furnace".  First item, no feedback/ratings.  I hope you didn't have the
winning bid!
My coffee is better than it tastes
On 8/27/07, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 

11) From: Michael Mccandless
I didn't see enough content to keep bidding, so I let it go.
Good thing.
On 8/27/07, Brent - SC/TO Roasting  wrote:

12) From: Joseph Robertson
Good thing you passed on this Michael.  Very good thread here. Ebay 101 for
sure. I have been active with Ebay since 1999.
I have only had one or two problems. If it smells like a fish and it looks
like a fish and on and on...it most likely is a fish. Great eye Tom. When
pictures look that strange, you want to start asking questions.
Thanks to everyone on this list who chimed in on this one. I reported this
to Ebay for what it is worth.
If I have any doubts on hardware or anything coffee,  I will be here to ask
questions first.
Cheers to all,
On 8/30/07, Michael Mccandless  wrote:

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