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  1. View Advert Fracino Heavenly (circa 2004) for sale in Exeter, £350 ONO Hello All, I have a Fracino Heavenly (circa 2004) for sale in Exeter, for £350 ONO. I was planning on completely overhauling it, but with a toddler (and an likely house move), this has been quite a slow process. I haven’t done as much as I’d hoped, but I think its ready to go. I was going to list it for £395, but have decide on £350 to reflect my moderate expertise in espresso maintenance and repair - as far as I know its in pretty good condition, but it’s sold as seen! I have
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    24/7/21 (no idea how to add a comment/question/update, so editing the advert!) Any interest, questions, comments or offers? Otherwise might move to eBay, Thanks! ------------------------- Hello All, I have a Fracino Heavenly (circa 2004) for sale in Exeter, for £350 ONO. I was planning on completely overhauling it, but with a toddler (and an likely house move), this has been quite a slow process. I haven’t done as much as I’d hoped, but I think its ready to go. I was going to list it for £395, but have decide on £350 to reflect my moderate expertise in espresso maintenance and repair - as far as I know its in pretty good condition, but it’s sold as seen! I have had the ECU repaired, replaces the OPV, descaled it, cleaned it, and replaced the main group seal. The water (once cooled!) out of the steaming arm and group heat taste clear. I think Fracino’s have quite a good reputation on the forum, and this would be an excellent machine for someone looking to upgrade from a Gaggia Classic or equivalent. The heavenly’s are heat exchange machines, with quite good temperature stability, and it has really powerful steaming capability (although needs a fair bit of purging). They have fairly standard components, are British made and there’s plenty of space in the machine to work (so much more than in my Izzo Alex!). I’m happy to answer any questions, and am happy to be corrected my thoughts about the Fracinos! Thanks! Jonathan

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    Exeter, Devon - GB

  3. Hi All, Glenn, I really enjoyed this day! I bought an Iberital MC2 - my first 'proper' grinder! I was also nice chatting to coffee chap, and Glenn (a fellow kiwi!) Cheers
  4. Hi all, Thanks, I have now replaced the group seal (and cleaned the shower screen and distributor), and re done the backwash with puly. think I'm ready to go! Made a lovely espresso this morning, and a the milk steamer is so powerful! Thanks for all your advice! Cheers Jon
  5. Thanks dfk41 and John, That's really helpful advice. I have already descaled it, and have now replaced the opv. It's a good shout to replace the seals (just the porta filter gasket, or do you mean the ones in the group head too)? Thanks again for the advice! Cheers Jonathan
  6. Hi Daniel, Thanks for your reply! I don't really have the space to keep it, and it is too heavy to safely get it in and out of the loft. That's great, thanks... I think I'll replace the last OPV then and list it, I wasn't sure it would be worth, but from your experience it sounds like it might be! Thanks again for your message. Cheers Jon
  7. Hi all, I am hoping you might be able to suggest a value for a Fracino Heavenly (circa 2004), which may need some TLC. I bought it off eBay several years ago, and after a while, the ECU blew, and I replaced it with my lovely Izzo Alex. I have now had the ECU repaired, and was aiming to completely fix is up and sell it on. I think its mostly there, although I should replace the OPV (it sometimes sticks - turning it off and trying again seems to work). Thanks for any help and suggestions, Thanks! Jon
  8. Hi All, I thought I'd give you an update on the story of my happily working machine! I eventually bypassed the relay and ECU, and the machine switched on fine. This suggested (to me) iust was the ECU (or some of the probes) or the relay. i thought relays were pretty robust, and given the previous chat about the ECU, that was my main suspect. I found a PCB technician in Dawlish (Glenn, GT Electronics) who had a look at it (£25). He found a couple of dry joints which he re-soldered. He also found there was a spare resistor, so swapped it over, just in case. He didn't find anythin
  9. Hi All, Just to let you know that I found a local espresso mechanic in Exeter. Chatting to the team at the tasting room, they said their boss had just hired an espresso mechanic who would service domestic machines. Murray James The Tasting Room 07776184141 Initially I wanted him to fix my problem (£85 (per hour? per fix? can't remember)), but then fixed it myself, so asked for a service (same sort of price), but when i took it in and told him what I'd been doing, he checked it all, and said it was well maintained, and that he didn't do enough work to justi
  10. Thanks again for your suggestion. I emailed, but haven't heard back, so might try to give them a call next week, Cheers!
  11. Great, thanks! I'll give them a go!
  12. Hello all, Does anyone know of someone in the Exeter/Devon/the South West who will do espresso machine maintenance/repair? I have an Izzo Alex 2 that takes a long time between switching it on, and the element starting to heat up. I suspect it's the control unit, but would like to be sure before replacing it. I've had help from the forum, and checked quite a few things, but think it's a bit beyond me, and my available time (with a toddler in the background!) I've contacted a few places locally, but they only work on commercial machines. Thanks for any suggestions! Che
  13. Hi all, Thanks DavecUK, those guides are fantastic! I've learnt more in one evening than with all the other reading I've done! thanks! it must of been a huge amount of work putting them together. I have used the 2 spoon trick to clean behind my shower screen. I will order the E61 kit from bellabarista once they're open post corona. I have had another look, and have worked out how take off the back wall (where the relay and gicar is mounted). I was then able to work out which of the two was making the horrible buzzing sound - the relay, see video later. The element resista
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