That's my concern although I'm VAT registered so the forum price makes the Vesuvius practically free! You could well be right that's it's GAS but as I said I'm not sure levers suit my tastes perfectly but then again I went from a Gaggia classic to a NS Musica in a very short span of time and then to a L1 so I don't have a wealth of experience in comparing to rely on.
It could all be down to technique but it has been nagging me for a long time I've not enjoyed the coffee as much as I once did.
I hope to enjoy it more? I tried to cover some of this above but I like the way the machine looks to operate, I can't gracefully do the milk and pull a shot on the L1, having a built in timer would be a nice convenience, being able to do a much larger shot would be useful, easily removed drip tray (I know it's minor but it bugs me), it'll probably even save me a few pennies a year in electricity (don't laugh!).
I'm not unhappy with it, it makes great coffee but it's hard to explain, the L1 has always felt a little too safe in what it produces? I think I liked some aspects of having constant pressure so being able to control that may mean I get closer to my preferred result or like I say above maybe my technique is garbage and the fault lies there.
Based on past experience, I'd spend hours testing different combinations and then I'd settle into a pattern that I'm happiest with. Is that a waste of the Vesuvius? I got the impression most people settle rather than constantly adjusting.
I get a lot of grief over the Mythos, a smaller grinder would be better suited to my kitchen and I can't argue with the price on the Niche, I do care most about the end result rather than convenience but I'm hoping to achieve both.
I definitely want to replace the grinder but I've not got a clear idea on what would be best, I can't even find prices on some of the models suggested here (that's not a complaint! I'm super appreciative of any suggestions) while I really like the look of the Vesuvius and the low price is seriously tempting but I'm not entirely certain replacing the L1 is the right choice.
I would be disappointed to pass on the Vesuvius at that price, although it does mean the hassle of selling it if it turns out I'm wrong.