I want to buy a hand-cranked pasta machine, perhaps wit the option of attaching a motor later on. After reading several older queries on this board, I've decided against buying the KitchenAid attachment and learned that I'll probably have to settle for a machine will need additional clamping to the counter with a hardware vice or something. My counter lip is pretty small, though, so this problem worries me. Some friends recently got a machine made in China as a gift and they really don't like the blades. So:
Do I need to get Italian-made?
Which ones can take some real use and can roll very thin for ravioli, etc?
Which ones might have a strong stand or grips that actually work?
I'll willing to spend to get quality the first time. The CHOW pasta video shows an Atlas and that looks pretty good and is $95 on amazon.com, but that seems like a lot...