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Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 02:34
Firstly great site and new here ,wished i had seen this before making my first machine purchase .After reading lots of info on here ,have decide to try and get my hands on a Rancilio silvia, purchasing new is out of my range at the moment . Would be delirious if anyone had one to sell in the near future for a reasonable price .
Thanks in advance martin

The Systemic Kid
12-05-13, 07:37
Hi Martin, Would you believe a Rancilio Silvia sold for 200.00 yesterday on Ebay - a real bargain. Keep an eye on Gumtree and Preloved too - prices tend to be cheaper than Ebay. Silvia is a great machine capable of brilliant shots but has a reputation (rightly from personal experience) of requiring discipline to get set up properly. You can't just plug it in and expect perfect shots from the off. That said, if you're prepared for a steep learning curve, you will be amply rewarded - I got much better shots on mine compared to the Classic. Silvia's steaming power is tons better than the Classic. Be patient and you will find what you are looking for.

The Systemic Kid
12-05-13, 07:38
Martin - just seen you're in Lancaster - don't want to rub salt in the wounds but that 200.00 Silvia was in Carnforth. Ouch!;)

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 08:46
Martin - just seen you're in Lancaster - don't want to rub salt in the wounds but that 200.00 Silvia was in Carnforth. Ouch!;)
Yeah I know absolutely gutted , I missed it by minutes. Checking ebay a lot! Is around 200 to 220 a good price for a relatively well kept one ?
Only other thing is myepsresso but I see their after sales gets panned on here

The Systemic Kid
12-05-13, 08:58
200-220 is a VERY good price. I sold a V3 four month old one on Ebay in Decemeber 2012 for 275.00. Bought mine via Cafe Italia - bundled with a Mahlkonig Vario. Price for both was 620.00 in November 2012. I accepted that after sales was likely to be zilch and took a gamble. Same thing applies to Myespresso from forum feedback.

Silvias are pretty plentiful so you will find a bargain but you'll have to be patient - my hunch is Gumtree or Preloved will provided the best bargain.

Father_Java
12-05-13, 09:07
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rancilio-Silvia-V3-espresso-machine-Gaggia-Ascaso-coffee-maker-/230978887459?pt=UK_Homes_Garden_Kitchen_Kettles&hash=item35c76a1f23

Good luck

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 09:15
Thanks ! What do you reckon is a reasonable price then for this ?

The Systemic Kid
12-05-13, 09:32
Bet it goes for north of 270.00. The guy is in Bury - not that far from you. Offer him 250.00 cash and see if he will end the auction early. He'll lose 13.5% of whatever he gets on Ebay with fees etc. so you might be lucky. The Silvia looks mint.

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 09:40
ill give it a go, thanks ! There is also the one below , but I can't get any more info from the seller about it , like how old etc.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rancilio-Silvia-Coffee-And-Espresso-Maker-/181136719713?pt=UK_Homes_Garden_Kitchen_Kettles&hash=item2a2c96ff61

The Systemic Kid
12-05-13, 09:42
Just had a look at the Mignon - already up to 180.00. If it's a Mark I, then the price new is 250.00 so it looks as if it will go for a silly price. For a grinder in the 200.00 range, there are plenty of second hand grinders to fit the bill - e.g. Mazzer. Forum member Coffeechap is a veritable mine of information on grinders and has fixed up forum members looking for one. If and when you're looking for a grinder, suggest you contact him via the forum.

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 09:46
Ok thanks a lot, very helpful . First a decent machine then I can see what's left over . Myespresso do the silvia for 369 which is tempting with a warranty but looking on this sight people are wary over the after sales service .
Any ideas on the other link I posted , I can't tell what version it is etc .

The Systemic Kid
12-05-13, 09:50
ill give it a go, thanks ! There is also the one below , but I can't get any more info from the seller about it , like how old etc.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rancilio-Silvia-Coffee-And-Espresso-Maker-/181136719713?pt=UK_Homes_Garden_Kitchen_Kettles&hash=item2a2c96ff61

It's not a V3 which was introduced in 2009 so it's at least four years old minimum. When you say you can't get any more info from the seller about it - why? Don't buy anything that hasn't got good provenance - i.e. how it's been maintained etc. If the seller is vague - pass on it. Better to be safe than sorry. The one in Bury looks pukka. If you do get it you'll save 10.00 on shipping by picking it up yourself? Always look on the bright side!! ;)

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 09:55
Other guy just replied , he's had it since 2003 and regularly scaled and back flushed it . Although thoughts on a reasonable price? 10 years old is along time to use !

The Systemic Kid
12-05-13, 10:01
189.00 is way too much. Best going for a V3. They come, I believe, set up for 15bar pressure to suit the pod brew head mod - though, for the life of me, I can't figure out why anyone would buy a Silvia and then use it with pods - yuck! You can reset the pressure on the V3 quite easily to the generally accepted best pressure of around 9bar. Not sure you can mod pre-V3 pressure. Perhaps other forum members can advise on this.

The Systemic Kid
12-05-13, 10:03
Should have asked where the Bury V3 was bought from. Feedback on after sales service from Myespresso is patchy to say the least. So, if you bought from them and needed help, you might find yourself up the creek and what value is the supposed warranty then? Sellers like Bella Barista have impecable after sales support so the warranty means what it says. Check out where the V3 bought his from.

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 10:17
Should have asked where the Bury V3 was bought from. Feedback on after sales service from Myespresso is patchy to say the least. So, if you bought from them and needed help, you might find yourself up the creek and what value is the supposed warranty then? Sellers like Bella Barista have impecable after sales support so the warranty means what it says. Check out where the V3 bought his from.
The one from bury is bought from my espresso!
There is a rocky and a silvia less than 12 months old for 450 buy it now
Opinions on the price or combo?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/rancilio-coffee-machine-and-grinder-/111071256156?pt=UK_BOI_Restaurant_RL&hash=item19dc5cde5c

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 10:22
What would a reasonable price be for a 10 year old machine ? Or should I just stay clear

painty
12-05-13, 10:41
I would say 50, but eBay being eBay, someone will probably pay 200 for it...

The Systemic Kid
12-05-13, 10:47
The one from bury is bought from my espresso!
There is a rocky and a silvia less than 12 months old for 450 buy it now
Opinions on the price or combo?

450 for a Silvia and Rocky is too much. Rocky is a passable grinder - not great though. Eureka Mignon is a much, much better bet. You could try and get him to separate the Silvia - offer 240.00ish. Don't forget shipping will add 15.00-20.00 to the final price which is why the Bury one, even though it's from Myespresso, is the best bet so far. Did you make him an offer?

Coffee_Dude
12-05-13, 10:49
There's one on pre-loved for 300, which includes a fitted PID.

http://www.preloved.co.uk/adverts/show/107742516/rancilio-silva-expresso-machine.html

Costly, sure. But it must've been done by someone with a vested interest in coffee.

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 11:02
Thanks Ill take a look , see if he has a price for postage and is open to offers if still selling .

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 11:04
Made the guy from bury an offer yesterday but no reply as of yet. :(

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 11:52
Also seen the poor reviews for my espresso but also not great for coffee italia. If I wanted new there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of options. Amazon sell but at 470 is over 100 more expensive than either of the aforementioned suppliers.

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 11:56
Guy from bury wants 300 plus for his item, this when my espresso sell the, new for 360 Ish which is where he bought it from. Ill pass on his I think . Search continues, any other advice , or possible equivalent machine suggestions

Big Tony
12-05-13, 12:36
Just be patient mate, it'll pay off in the end. I waited and bagged myself a 3 week old Eureka Mignon for 180!! I was watching a Rancilio Silvia and Rocky on eBay yesterday morning... both went for 350! That would have been a good price. The point is... if you rush in, you'll end up becoming impatient and settling for something sub standard. You'll use it for a couple of weeks and wish you'd have waited for something special. Ask Coffeechap if he has any contacts who might be able to source you a reasonably priced v3. He's always selling grinders and machines

Big Tony
12-05-13, 12:40
This one looks pretty good

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RANCILIO-SILVIA-ESPRESSO-MACHINE-USED-EXCELLENT-CONDITION-/271204302685?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Food_SM&hash=item3f25093f5d

Offer 250 and explain that it's a good price as he would only be getting that when he takes away eBay and PayPal fees.

Mrboots2u
12-05-13, 01:22
Ill give it a bash. thanks all of you for you brilliant help.

Mrboots2u
14-05-13, 10:21
Thanks for all the help guys , got one14 month old for 250 coming in next couple of days

The Systemic Kid
15-05-13, 09:01
Thanks for all the help guys , got one14 month old for 250 coming in next couple of days

Excellent! Now you need a grinder if you haven't got one. Good news is, decent second hand grinders are easier to source. Enjoy your machine when it arrives.

Mrboots2u
15-05-13, 11:48
That mr Kid, as you can see on the grinder forum , thread on there asking for advice , before returning here .