Kau: Thank you! I went to Chris' Coffee in upstate NY and looked around at all the machines they had on the floor. The Vetrano seemed to have the best features in its price range - plumb-in water supply, no-burn steam wands, big boiler, heat exchanger.
Dunerunner: Yes. I bought a combo deal with the Macap M4. Ended around $2k with tax. But I use both every single day, sometimes 2 or 3 times, so it was worth the investment to me.
azs: I really dig curly maple. I made a handle for one of my tools from a piece that really just is spectacular to look at. Good luck with yours!