Any personal experience with a vintage-''look'' range?
Does anybody here have firsthand experience owning or using one of these machines? I am redoing my kitchen to recall its 1920s heritage, so the look I am after isn't a French range or Victorian coal stove. I find the Elmira products too cartoonish, expensive and poorly reviewed, so they're out.
As far as function goes, I dislike closed burners but could be willing to compromise, maybe. I do need a good simmer. I would prefer several ovens to one gigantic oven but perhaps can meet that need with an Advantium. Grills and griddles are not important to me. Looking at, most likely, a 30" or 36", possibly a larger, odd size if the range requires. There are only two people in this household but we entertain from 4 to 6 people, sometimes with 7 course dinners.
Bluestar. I know plenty about this range, but has anyone seen it with brass fittings? Does it look ridiculous or interesting?
Aga Legacy. Looks cute, marthavila loves hers. However, the burners seem a bit underpowered and the ovens are small. There are also strongly conflicting reviews about evenness of oven temperatures.
Ilve. Italian design, coupled with Italian engineering. Reviews are confusing. Everyone loves the look; many people praise the cooking ability; and many, many others seem to hate the thing.
Fratelli Onofri. Good price point, small oven, underpowered burners? Some company stability issues, too, it seems.
Heartland Legend. I don't even know if this is being produced any more, as it's not featured on the website. However, retailers are still selling them. In person, they look to be built like a tank but offer the same old closed burners for not cheap. I never see reviews.
Cornufe 90. In color this machine kinda sort of evokes a '20s range. I haven't read a word about performance.
If anybody has ever cooked on one of these, I'd love to hear it.