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  1. Hi all, I'm after a palm-style/levelling tamper with a maximum depth setting of 15mm (to cater for my low doses). My current tamper and most others on the webs seem to max out at around 12/13mm. Importantly, don't want to spend stupid money (a la PUSH tamper). Any recommendations? Thanks.
  2. Shockwaves on ebay, same as the majority of users on here I suspect.
  3. I would say both are applicable. Needle flutter can indeed and obviously be dampened by oil/glycerin in the gauge housing. The source of the vibrations is however from the bourdon and capillary tube side of the gauge (both of which are not in fluid contact with the needle - it's the mechanical linkage which connects the needle to the bourdon tube). The way I see it, flow is not really applicable to a closed tube, purely because it is closed (unless you consider the minuscule back and forth flow associated with vibrations). But rather, exactly as you put it, "You might have heard of it in the scenario of dampening a compression (like a shock confined to a tube)". That is exactly what's happening in the capillary. Air can absorb and 'accommodate' that shock due to its compressibility, water or oil will simply transmit all that shock to the needle. Having said that, yes I have read of cases where capillary tubes have been filled with water without any problems - goes against my line of thinking but it clearly seems to work (unless used with a smooth rotary pump and not a vibration pump, which might make sense). Biggest issues seem to be when water and air coexist in the capillary tube (though usually solved by heating the tube). No preaching intended
  4. How wide is the lip on the gauge? Maybe wait and measure and see how much safety factor you've got? Can confirm my hole saw added an extra mm.
  5. I've heard the opposite as air is compressible and able to dampen vibrations while liquids are not and will 'amplify' those vibrations vs air 🤷‍♂️ Not tried a direct comparison though so can't comment further.
  6. Not enough space to do that in my machine. With one end closed, I highly doubt water will leak down the capillary. Reserve the right to eat my words if it ever does
  7. Mine's the gold version 🤩 so badge is on the left.
  8. Bog standard connection/routing. Capillary nut just about kisses the boiler even with the panel hole cut out to the extreme right. Will probably file it down once the workshop reopens. Will get a video up next shot.
  9. Just to add to this... fitted my non-glycerine gauge and voltage controller to my Classic last week and have zero bounce/vibration.
  10. Alright then. No, they're not the OEM ones, rather the SJ compatible long life version. Not expecting them to be OEM quality but was interested in giving them a shot. This from The Espresso Shop: "All grinder burrs OEM or otherwise come out of the same factory in Italy". Would love to know how true this is, and if so, what design/material/manufacturing/quality changes have been made in order to reduce their price vs OEM.
  11. Morning all, Just picked up a set of new burrs from The Espresso Shop 2 weeks ago. Passed about half a kilo of beans through them since then. Today, when cleaning, noticed a few of the smallest chips/machining nicks on both the upper and lower burr. Are these actually defects that warrant a return, or something that's likely to fade away through seasoning? Most importantly, are they likely to affect grind quality? Thanks!
  12. @Nightrider_1uk fantastic, let's move to PM.
  13. Right you are! Post updated. Thanks.
  14. All in perfect condition. Handle is tight and without any play. Fits Gaggia Classic. £25 including post. Thanks for looking.
  15. Not really sure where this post fits best, but anyway... Am planning to fit a panel mount pressure gauge to my Classic. Ever the OCD, I'd like to spray paint the gauge's external frame to better match the chassis. Seeing as the gauge will be in thermal contact with the chassis, which gets fairly warm, do you reckon regular spray paint will be fine or should I be looking at high temperature paint? Thanks!
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