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  1. Just to round this thread off. I replaced the O-Ring. When fitting the new wand I found that although I had the nut pretty tight moving the wand towards me started undoing the nut so I ended up fitting it with a bit more force than I would like. Anyway it's on so I'll go away and stop boring folks any more ? Jamie
  2. Received the V1/V2 pre 2015 ready Silvia Rancilio wand kit which has a rubber O-Ring at the top. From Youtube videos I gather that when the Panarello wand is removed this will leave an O-Ring in the machine. Qu: Is it better to fit the new wand with its supplied O-Ring removed OR fish out the old O-Ring from the machine and fit the new wand with supplied O-Ring? I know another dummy question - however thanks for your patience ?
  3. Ashcroc Many thanks for that. Ive just order a V1/V2 Modified (for Gaggia) one I guess I had better read up on technique before this arrives. Anyone off hand have a good forum link to start learning whilst waiting for it to arrive please? My apologies if I am asking too much its just that whilst I am happy to do the research I would prefer input from experienced forum members. Ashcroc et al much appreciated Jamie
  4. so it isn't the tiny holes about quarter inch down from the top with white dots that look like milk.... no wonder I cant get a needle through then. So I must have another problem which I guess can only be technique ?/
  5. Thanks for your help catpuccino, whilst I have wiped and steam blasted the frother each time, I haven't been pulling it apart other than occasionally. The sleeve is definately protruding and I confess to having tried to get a fine needle into the holes also soaking in boiling water but no joy. I guess plastic is cheap but it seems challenging to keep clean/clear.
  6. Started with this machine new about 6-7 weeks ago and was getting good froth however I believe the air holes in the plastic wand head have been blocked and i now get froth at the top of the milk jug but non frothy milk underneath. I would appreciate some advice about a) unblocking and b) preventing this recurring. Thank you Jamie
  7. Joined a few days ago. Had no equipment. Was going to buy the wrong kit until Glenn’s post for Newbies Total Beginner’s first “shot”. Well finally today all the bits and pieces had arrived and this evening I had my first “attempt” Equipment: Input: Rave “The Italian Job” Grind: Iberital MC2 - Second Hand - cover damaged in transit by Royal Mail seller kindly ordered a replacement (thanks Alister) grind position really tight so I thought that’s where the previous user had it I’ll start there.....NO it was a gazillion miles from there.... Machine: Gaggia Classic Brand New literally gleaming with protection on cup heater and drip cover and literally pristine - 2010 machine...no mention of Romania (rather EU) Result: Eventually got to a ball park grind position but can be fine tuned. What happened getting there... Well, I got through quite a few of my 1 KG beans, some folks suggested starting with just supermarket cheapo beans but hey I wanted to tune for mine which TBH were not much more expensive. I mostly got nothing through the machine to start with though to me reading that espresso is the finest grind it didn’t look too fine to me but how would I know. The travel on this Iberital MC2 is huge and frequent trials meant lots of beans. Eventually, I used a post by Glenn to set the MC2 grinder time switch to the vertical position which gave me my first consistent parameter i.e. one burst of the grinder consistently gave 7gms. Yeah, I eventually got the scales out...with this as input well I used 14gms and a time of about 25 secs. was eventually able to get something through the Gaggia Classic which was drinkable. From here I hope to be able to refine the grind position and move on I was just happy to get to somewhere where I had the weight and the time settings and now to fine tune the grind a little bit. Also I need to properly measure the Output mls but I’ve had enough for my first go. Frankly, I was a bit despondent because up to this point it was a total disaster and I even thought the Classic maybe didn’t have enough puff ;-) This may be the beginning of a familiar journey for some and is a record of a newbie’s first “Shot” During this exercise I kept trying to remember a post I read on here which emphasised the weight of the grounds / the time of the grind / and the time of the pour but danged if I can find it as I had this post in the back of my mind. I still haven’t found it so if anyone recognises this coffeeforumsuk post please let me know. Jamie
  8. Seems I’m causing trouble already - posting in the wrong thread. My apologies but I’m going to pass on this. Jamie
  9. Does that include shipping? Will that extra 0.4mm make a difference using standard baskets on Gaggia Classic?
  10. Classic and grinder incoming so I need a modestly priced one of these to get started I think it should be 58mm Thanks Jamie
  11. Ashcroc thanks again for your patience. I somehow thought I should see two holes at each side. So the fluid goes down that centre hole and splits through the double spout. It would have been obvious when it arrives - just got a bit worried ? Thanks
  12. My new machine (2010) has yet to ship I am puzzled looking at this blank looking portafilter not having seen a Gaggia Classic first hand I'm just looking at images of the machine that is coming.
  13. MildredM and Drewster done thanks to your help. much appreciated. Jamie [He's a Cairn called Freddie by the way]
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