Originally Posted by Constance
Guess it doesn't matter...lost the bid.
That might be a blessing in disguise. It looked like a basic hand cranked roller with a dual cutter attachment - but I never could find a site that said what the two cutter sizes were ... and that "wash in warm soapy water when done" thing really bugged me. That's something that you just don't do with one of these things - unless you want to wash the oil off the bearings and rust the insides.
For a starter - I would go with either an VillaWare/Imperia 150 or an Atlas 150. They are both made in Italy and cost about the same - around $35-$40. If you see that you are going to use it enough to want to add an electric motor .. they both have one for about $65. Or - you can buy one with a motor to start with for about $90. Cutter attachments can be found for about $15 for a single cutter (cuts only one size) or a double-cutter (cuts two sizes) for about $25.
Here is the website for a place I "think" is in Canada that has some good info and available attachments: http://www.pastamakers.us
Of course, you probably want to Google to see who has the best prices.
NOTE: I have heard "war stories" from people who had an Imperia or an Atlas and they had problems and scrapped them and got the other brand and never had another problem. My daughter has an Atlas and both of my sons have the Imperia ... they all had problems at first but after they learned how to use them they have not had any more problems. I personally didn't find any difference between the machines.