I liked the look of it mainly and how shiney it was 😄
In all seriousness I was initially looking for a pavoni, but then remembered they aren't ideal with little kids around. I put out some feelers and was offered this from Chris at Conti.
Unfortunately I have only used a Londinium once so I feel I can't really give a fair comparison between the two machines.
As for this CC101 though, as my first go at a big lever machine, I'm totally smitten. Its mains fed and I've got it hooked up to a BWT bestmax V that @hasi supplied. The espresso is tasting absolutely superb so far.
Heat up time around 30 mins. Steam power is immense. This is the 9 bar spring but I believe you can get a 6 bar too.
It's a big chunk of machine. Can't remember the exact size but it's available online.
Not sure what else to say other than mention the lever mech. That thing is worth its weight in gold. So cool to watch as it operates