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  1. Selling my Mazzer Super Jolly. Think its a 2008 model. Runs perfectly (never heard of a Mazzer which doesn't ). Its in good condition, couple of little chips to the paintwork but nothing major to catch your eye. I understand not every home user will make use of the hopper so I'm offering the grinder for £280 posted excluding the hopper, or if you want the hopper its an extra £10 for postage as unfortunately it brings the parcel into the more expensive bracket.
  2. Just thought of another thing - I'm using the exact same double basket on both machines as the classic only came with a pod basket as I bought it second hand. I'm using a Mazzer Super Jolly, the grind setting does need to be changed when going between the machines but I just can never get the Heavenly to be anywhere near consistent. Now I'm not weighing the grinds or anything sophisticated like that to get super consistency but it just seems strange that the classic is perfect 9 times out of 10 whereas If I got 2 good shots out of 10 on the Heavenly I would be doing well.
  3. Just fallen out of love with my Heavenly tonight, not that I ever had much love for it. It's excellent at knocking out lattes one after the other but I just can't get consistent espresso from it whatsoever. It takes me at least half a dozen shots to get the grind dialed in to anywhere near perfect. Then it's hit or miss between each shot after that. Chokes up on the odd shot, then the next shot will flow out fast. On the other hand my Gaggia Classic creates brilliant espresso, with consistent results every time. My technique is the same for both machines. Overfill basket, then level off to the top of basket then tamp. Been using the same blend of beans for the last few months too. Could there be something that needs set up correctly on the Heavenly to get better consistency? I reach for the Classic every time unless I'm making more than a couple of milk drinks at a time.
  4. Thanks Nic, I have tried disconnecting the level probe: nothing happened, earthed it: nothing. Disconnected the touchpad ribbon from Gicar box: nothing. Disconnected the flow meter: still nothing. If the inlet solenoid was faulty would it cause the system to shut down? I think it's the same solenoid to the one on my Heavenly so I could try it in my Heavenly to see if it works, or is there an easier way to check?
  5. Thanks for the help so far guys. Just been out and switched the machine on again, this time leaving on for 5mins. The boiler is heating! The alarm was drowning out any sound of the boiler lol. So it heats up but there is still the alarm sounding and the lights flashing. Buttons on the touch pad don't do anything.
  6. Sorry that was a typo in my earlier post, it should have said 'bleeping alarm'. Its a fairly loud alarm coming out of the gicar control unit.
  7. Nic, you just replied as I was typing my last post. I'm just home from work so will be going back to try the machine now. I'll see if I have any success but I'll most likely be calling on you for some help. Are you familiar with the buzzing alarm at all?
  8. Thanks for checking that out for me Cam. I think Fracino support will be my best bet. I only left the machine on for a minute max but I'm pretty sure the heating element didn't come on, as with my Heavenly as soon as you switch the machine on you can hear the heating element making noises as it heats up. Wanted to ring Fracino this morning but was so busy on work I didn't get a chance, most likely closed on Saturdays as you say though. Will ring then on Monday.
  9. Got it all back together tonight. Filled the boiler to half way up the sight glass manually then proceeded to switch the machine on. Was met with all the lights on the automatic touchpad flashing and a being alarm sounding. Heating element didn't come on nor did the pump. Also noticed an orange light was on on the flow meter. Do these machines require programming? Or does this point to a particular fault?
  10. Thanks Chris, yeah even just from doing a bit of research and reading I'm gaining a better understanding of how they work. I feel better about the machine now, when I first opened it up I was gutted, there where so many lose pipes and holes in the boiler and it didn't look like I had the parts for them. I think I'll get it back together no problem though, just so long as none of the major components are broke, electrical items are expensive
  11. Made some progress tonight. Haven't done any assembling other than one pipe but figured out what everything is and where it goes. I seem to have all the parts which is good bar one nut. So a few question's: I don't have the nut for the inlet solenoid picture below, could I use any nut and washer that fits? Would the nut need to be a certain type of metal as I take it the solenoid works like a magnet? Or would I need the exact nut made for the solenoid? This pipe was lying loose on the casing, I take it I have put it in the right place, going from the manifold to the intake of the flow metre? Have found what looks to be a lock nut, have absolutely no idea where it goes, any ideas? It has a shiny finish which makes me think it's off the front of the machine somewhere where it would be seen.
  12. Thanks for your replies guys, espressotechno I had came to the same conclusion as you, it must have been a started overhaul or repair that was forgotten about. Upon further investigation I seem to have all the components. Have looked at the Fracino parts diagram and the hole in the top of the boiler is indeed for the pressure safety valve. Which I have as one of the loose components. I'm in two mind whether to try and repair it or not. Don't know much about espresso machines but I'm generally able to pick things up and fix things as I go. ( don't know much about car mechanics but managed to change injector seals on my fiesta =p ) I paid £100 for the machine so have a good wee bit to spend on parts before it becomes an expensive machine.
  13. Hi guys, some of you may have read my previous thread about identifying a Francino machine that I was thinking of buying. Well I went ahead and bought it and now I'm wishing I hadn't. The seller had sold it to me, saying he had taken it out of his cafe almost two years ago when he upgraded to a two group machine, it's been in his garage ever since and hasn't been tested since removal but was working when it was removed. The machine looked great, really tidy without a mark on it, I was over the moon with it, thinking I'll have it running with very little or no work. How wrong was I!! I hooked the water up when I got it home, can't wait to pull a shot on it in a few mins.... Uh oh! Water flooding over the bench. Not good. So took it out to the workshop thinking the water hose has probably got kinked and broken. Proceeded to remove the top of the machine. Shock!!! Horror!!!! Missing bits everywhere! So now I have a great looking coffee machine with parts removed and maybe some missing altogether. Check out the photos below. Parts that were lose in the bottom of casing Loads of disconnected pipes at side of boiler Something missing from top of boiler, also a loose wire Gicar controller lying on bottom of casing. I take it this should be elsewhere? So as you can see it's a bit of a mess, I contacted the seller who is telling me he was unaware that it was like this and that he will contact his engineer who removed and drained it. And get back to me. So I don't know what to do, part of me wants to fix it cause I really want the machine. The other half of me tells me no, the parts have obviously been removed because the machine wasn't working. Waiting on the seller getting back to me with an explanation. Tbh he seems like an honest trustworthy kind of guy but something doesn't add up here. So my questions: Judging by the removed parts can anyone tell me what might have broke and what the symptoms might have been? And what is the missing part at top of the boiler? Does there look to be a lot of parts missing? Thanks guy's.
  14. Yeah the Heavenly is the better machine. But better for the domestic environment? Nope. When making one espresso or americano for myself the classic is much easier used and has results that are every bit as good. The heavenly is too cumbersome for one or two drinks. It takes half an hour minimum to heat up fully, 45 mins is best. Whereas the little classic is roasting the whole way through in 15 minutes. I can't tell any difference in espresso taste between the two, the only downside the classic has is itd tiny steam capacity, barely enough for one drink but I rarely have milk based drinks so it suits me. I'm using a Mazzer Super Jolly grinder.
  15. That's very kind of you. I don't know if I'm going to get this or not. I already have a Gaggia Classic and a Fracino Heavenly. I only use the Heavenly a handful of times a year when guests are over so I had thought of selling it and buying this instead just cause it's cheap (ish). Plumbing it in neatly might be a problem though as I don't want to be drilling the work surface.
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