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  1. What do you mean by "revised the machine"? Did you make any modifications to the internals?
  2. Found settings on HB: https://www.home-barista.com/espresso-machines/rancilio-silvia-too-hot-with-pid-t2100.html#p19362 Erics XTM-7100 ??? ??? pt100 109 2.1 28 7 ???
  3. 🤣 I guess that's the evolution of use of the Queen's English by those "bloody colonists"! Definitely I love my coffee but not to the point of taking my Gaggia out on a date.
  4. Hi @ratty: I measured the material thickness of the case and it's varying between 1.15mm and 1.17mm thick (I used both a high grade vernier caliper and a micrometer to verify). So, it definitely is not 1.5mm thick. Maybe my particular model was manufactured as the company was changing over its supply chain from 1.5mm to 1.2mm. If so, that might add credence to the theory that the date on my machine's label is MM/YYYY rather than WW/YYYY, since the September vintage would put it at the cusp of the change window.
  5. Here are pictures of the machine and it's internals. The cosmetics are great and the performance is very reasonable so far.
  6. Woohoo! Good to know. Thanks for the tidbit of information. What surprises me about the build is that Gaggia equipped the machine with an IEC C13 power socket but it doesn't have any ground pin. That's a scary situation. I'll have to look at upgrading that connector to a grounded one.
  7. Thanks for the suggestions. Well, in the course of taking those photos, I've found the elusive date (annotated label photo attached). It's September 2004. The machine is older than I was lead to believe but still, it's in good condition for its age. This discovery will mean I probably will disassemble / refurbish the boiler and inspect the other components sometime soon.
  8. Hi, I recently purchased a pre-owned Gaggia Classic espresso machine locally, I know the the machine is pre-2018 because of the button configuration on the front panel. The previous owner was not able to accurately date it for me and I'm interested in finding out how old exactly this machine is. There is no date code on the label on the base of the machine. Can the serial number be used to find out the date of manufacture? I should mention that I'm in Canada so I'm not sure if this issue is regional specific.. - Robert
  9. I'm having trouble dialing in the variables so that the drink I make is palatable. I think I'm getting closer. First, I believe the beans are old because there is no crema to speak of and the taste is bitter. I can brew a drink that has a ratio of 1:2 bean:water but the pull is somewhat short at 15 seconds. The last few tries have been not too bad. So, as I gain experience and knowledge, I guess I'll get a setup that is consistently good. So, my first item on the TODO list is to buy some fresh beans from a local roaster.
  10. If the load is a heating element, then this board should be OK. Looking at the board layout and components, I'm guessing that the circuit is something similar to this: There shouldn't be any potential between any part of the circuit and the shell of the pot. If there is, this board needs to be encased. It's a potential shock hazard IMO.
  11. Hi, I live in Toronto, Ontario. I just purchased my very first espresso maker, a Gaggia Classic pre-2018 model. It is previously owned but in very fine cosmetic condition. The previous owner told me that it belonged to his grandmother and had seen very little use. It appears to mechanically function but my first few attempts at making a drink are terrible. I hope its the operator and not the machine. I'm here hoping to tap into the knowledge of the community to see if I can improve. I have quite a ways to go. Cheers,
  12. This is a dimmer and not a regulator. A regulator is a device used to maintain a constant voltage output despite a variable input. In any case, you should be measuring line to neutral and not line to earth. Earth and neutral may or may not be at the same potential at the socket. What do you mean by "knob pin of the voltage regulator"? Can you indicate on your photos exactly the test point? Have you attached a dummy resistive load to the device while under test? The seller states that a load must be connected for this device to work properly. Be aware that the seller of this device
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