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  1. I'll take them at asking price
  2. I will take the lot if still available Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  3. Would be interesting to see what comes out of this. I think it will all come down to price unfortunately.
  4. The mini Gaggia lever I own is a 58mm to be honest so it is not like machines on the 58mm range don't exist
  5. I have just run pulled mu last frozen beans out of the freezer so time to give coffee compass a try. Could I have the discount code please
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  7. If I had to guess the machine was stored with water on the boiler and therefore you a scaled grouphead and a scaled steam valve. Flushing water through the steam valve may be enough although unlikely to solve the problem. You may find you need to dissasemble the boiler and the lower part of the boiler, the solenoid and the steam valve in citric acid.
  8. If you get no water through the brew group than you have a blockage somewhere in the path from the tank to the brew head. It isn't clear from you initial post whether you get water through the steam arm for which you can do the do the test mentioned above. If it passes the test then you can discard this as a problem. There are two other options either a blockage on the lower end of the boiler or more likely the little hole from the 3-way solenoid to the brew head is scaled up. If you remove the solenoid from the boiler and dissasemble the solenoid you should be able to blow air into the hole and check whether it is blocked or not. This video explains how to disassemble the solenoid if that is your problem
  9. Curious about how you are going to approach this one as I have the exact same problem with a chrome plated base although mine is way worst than this
  10. There is a local one just a short walk from me which seem to do powder coating so will give them a call and see if this would something they could do Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  11. That was my suspicion and thank you for the clarification on the chrome plate not being suitable for painting. I will ask for a few quotes of services around me and see how much that would cost me but given the state of it I am tempted to either just spray paint the underside. Francesco suggests using a chrome paint but I have a feel it won't be very durable at all (http://www.francescoceccarelli.eu/La_Pavoni/Faidate/r_sottobase_ruggine_eng.htm) and still leave the top exposed. I may give that a try and then if it starts to rust badly I will then go the new base route. Give the pitting on this one I am not sure spending more money on it is very wise.
  12. I got a second hand la pavoni in pretty bad state a few months which I lost all hope of being able to restore. However with the listing of a friend I am now back on track and been using the working from home and quarantine extra time I have got on my hands to finish the job. I had pretty much given up on the base but after a few baths of acid and a lot of elbow grease I am starting to think it may be useable. However now that the rust is all gone what is the best way to protect this so it doesn't come back? I have also seen people mentioning powder coating but not sure that would work over the chrome? Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  13. Thank you for everyone's help. Ordered the oil filter tool which arrived and after some 3 days of oil soaking, heat, hammering and use of the tool I can report success Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  14. Does anyone has one of these or knows where I can get one on the UK. I am trying to restore a La Pavoni I bought which came with the base completely rusted I managed to dissasemble it completely with the exception of the boiler nut. Left soaking in penetrating oil for a few days and hammering it and using the 2 metal pins in a vice while rotating the boiler worked to tighten it even more but no luck on the unscrewing direction.
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