Thanks for the welcome and advice! I'm currently using a Starbucks burr grinder that I hacked so it produces finer grind than standard and the amazing press, both of which do produce an okay shot provided I warm the presso, use freshly roasted and freshly ground beans, but I'm really looking forward to being able to produce something better. I didn't have any space for a proper machine until now. My budget is negotiable (with myself) though I was thinking that the next logical step up would be the gaggia and perhaps see how I get on with my grinder for now. I do need to spend some money on the flat as opposed to just new toys! I'd be grateful for any views on my plans, if anyone has any (hoho).