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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Babylock Crescendo - Pricing ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/19/13 6:53 PM

I'm considering the Babylock Crescendo for my second sewing machine and was curious about the pricing. I've only seen one review here that listed the price at $3500 and another one on the net stating it was $3000.

Can anyone out there give me a general idea or range? Trying to decide if I should go for this or the Symphony. I know the two are different, but it $1000 more gets me the Crescendo, then I'd do that.

Thanks!

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Date: 2/19/13 7:18 PM

I was just at my babylock dealer last week. He quoted me a price of $4399.00 for the crescendo and $2299.00 for the symphony. (Virginia Beach area) he also told me that they are discontinuing the symphony. He's not sure if/what they will replace it with. I was hoping to test the symphony, but he is no longer keeping it in the store. It can still be ordered though. As for the crescendo....it is a beast! But it sews like a dream! I put 6 or 8 layers of denim under the foot and it went through like I was sewing light weight cotton. I even started out on one layer and went over 6 layers to simulate sewing over seams and WOW! Very impressive. Good luck. Let us know what you end up with.
Oooh.....and that laser light thing was fun

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Date: 2/19/13 7:27 PM

1975Jumby - I just spoke with two Babylock dealers yesterday about the Crescendo.

Dealer #1 is 1 hr 40 minutes from my house and is the one I bought my Ellisimo from. She quoted me $3800 with the Gold Standard warranty and $400 trade in on my Singer Quantum L-500 and $3400 without the Gold Standard warranty and a $400 trade in on my Singer.

Dealer #2 is 50 minutes away and quoted me $4495 (no warranty and some trade in value on my Singer).

I see you own an Ellisimo Gold. I own the Ellisimo. I am curious as to why you are considering the Crescendo.

I am thinking about it for the dual feed foot, laser, and pen. It also has some decorative stitches that my Ellisimo does not have. But I do worry that I would be spending a chunk of money on many features on the Crescendo that I already have on the Ellisimo.

What are your thoughts about buying the Crescendo?

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Date: 2/19/13 7:33 PM

Knitstitcher - Does your Bernina have dual feed?

If so, how would you compare the new dual feed foot for the Crescendo to your Bernina?

I ask because my Singer L-500 has dual feed, but I am having issues with the stitch quality on the first few stitches the machine takes. They are too loose and pull out easily. Also, my thread cutter cuts the threads too short. But I love that integrated dual feed and I'm not sure if the Crescendo's foot would make me as happy. I have not test driven the Crescendo yet.

Thanks!

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Date: 2/19/13 8:20 PM

I love my Ellisimo Gold, but really want another sewing machine that I can sew on while my Ellisimo is embroidering. I considered the Spirit embroidery only, but really like the embroidery functions on the Ellisimo better, so another sewing machine makes better sense. If I could afford it, I'd just get the Unity so I could have both sewing and embroidery. But for now, it's either the symphony or the crescendo.

I like the pen features on the Crescendo and feel like they could come in really handy, plus the 11" harp since I'm starting to quilt more. The dual feed foot I hear is pretty amazing, but I really like the features of the pen. I just wonder if the Crescendo is worth paying the extra $1500 over the Symphony. My dealer sells the Symphony for $1995, I believe. I guess I'm just considering the Crescendo more because it is has some features that I may not use right now, but will in the future and it's nice to have. I didn't think I would ever use the sewing sticker on the Ellisimo that you use with that presser foot to get an exact seam line, but I have and it works really well in some instances.

I can't believe that Babylock would want to discontinue the Symphony seeing how not everyone is going to want a big top of the line sewing machine like the Crescendo.

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Date: 2/19/13 8:39 PM

SewEverlasting, I do not have dual feed on my bernina. I really want one though and was curious how they all compare. I haven't tried the bernina dual feed yet and I really didn't have anything to compare the crescendo's to so I can't say how well it compares to anything else.
Oh....and the prices quoted to me was machine only. No trade in or gold star warranty.
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Date: 2/19/13 9:16 PM

Your reasons make perfect sense! I, too, want the ability to sew (quilt) while the Ellisimo embroiders.

Two other things I did consider in all of this: the feet for the Ellisimo should fit the Crescendo (and I think there are a few specialty FMQ feet included with the Crescendo that you have to purchase separately for the Ellisimo); the learning curve on the Crescendo should be shorter than for another type of machine (even the Symphony) because the LCD screen interface/screen commands are nearly identical to the Ellisimo.

A review of the machine on a blog from a Babylock dealer in Illinois said that the lighting on the Crescendo is 150% better than the Ellisimo's lighting (which is certainly not shabby to begin with). And the 11" of harp space is great, too.

I, too, am surprised about the discontinuation of the Symphony for the same reasons you expressed.

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Date: 2/20/13 11:36 AM

Am sure these new TOL Babylocks are great. I'm iffy about the laser.

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Date: 4/6/13 10:19 PM

I am so thankful to have found this thread as I am also trying to decide between the Crescendo and the Symphony. The dealer I went to did not even have a Symphony in stock for me to try out, so I was only able to test drive the Crescendo... it is amazing! I am really leaning towards making an upgrade due to all the quilting I love to do.

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Date: 4/7/13 6:21 AM

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I am really leaning towards making an upgrade due to all the quilting I love to do.


I essentially have both machines. I have the Babylock Espire which is the forerunner to the Symphony, and essentially the same as the Symphony but I think maybe with a few less decorative stitches. I also have the Brother Dreamweaver, which is the Brother version of the Crescendo. And they're BOTH great machines! But having both, I can say that if it were me and I had to choose one, I'd absolutely go with the Crescendo/Dreamweaver. Provided I had the money, of course, LOL!!

Here's why: The person who called the Crescendo a Beast was right, the Crescendo/Dreamweaver is a much heavier, more solid machine compared to the Symphony. The Symphony weighs 25 lbs, the Crescendo weighs almost 50 lbs for just the machine itself. The Crescendo has a wider harp space, 11", vs the Symphony's 8". The Symphony has a monochromatic 3.5 x 4.5 touch screen, the Crescendo has a beautifully colored 3.6 x 6 touch screen. It's just a prettier machine, if that makes sense. They both have good lighting, but I think the lighting on the Crescendo is a little better. The Crescendo free motion quilts beautifully, totally without drama. Sometimes I have to fiddle with the tension on the Espire. Both come with an extension table and knee lift, the extension table on the Crescendo is a few inches longer. One area where the Symphony is better is that it has 3 more feet (cording, braiding, and open-toe). The Symphony design is a good one, it's tried and true and has been around a long time (the Symphony version now, and the Espire version before that; it also has Brother equivalents). The Crescendo, on the other hand, is a new design, so to me, it's less dated looking. And the Crescendo is way more technologically advanced with the laser pen, the laser stitching/seam guide, the programmable multi-function foot control, and the digital Mu-Vit foot. The Crescendo also has an adjustable Eco Mode, so that if you leave the machine for a while and don't come back, it will either stay on, hibernate, or turn off altogether depending on what you tell it to do.

But at the end of the day, it still gets back to budget and what suits someone's needs. And what feels right when trying them out. They're both great sewing machines!

ShirleyJo

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