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  1. Hi! I'm currently looking into buying a set for my parents, and I'm not sure where I should save - the grinder or the machine? What would you recommend, getting the Orione with the Rocky grinder, or the Silvia with a Nemox Lux? Thanks!
  2. Thanks! It does help. I found something relevant in case anyone stumbles upon this thread: http://www.fwr.org/copper.pdf At page 23 under "Forming Protective Layers", it goes to show some really interesting points. In Waters of Ph > 8, a jet-black corrosion is formed, which protects copper from further corrosion, and is supposed to be the most protective. So I guess it's a good idea to use the Pavoni with very alkaline water until it gets a blackish patina? Would be interested if you (or anyone) knows if that's a smart thing to do. Edit: In the aforementioned paper, it's listed as a temporary measure to "heat shock" copper with water above 60°C to convert oxides into black copper oxide. So there's that.
  3. Hi! I bought a very old and battered, rusty and scaly la Pavoni off ebay, and I'm currently restoring it - after extensive descaling, there is still a very thin *black* layer on the inside of the copper pick-up tube. Does anyone know what it is, and if it is bad? (My tip is fat from coffee, but I'm not sure if there's some kind of black copper oxide.) The machine was made between 79 and 82 (it has a flange, but the base is not yet plastic). As far as I can tell, the pick-up tube is brass. There's also a thin black layer on the thread that gets screwed into the group. Much obliged.
  4. Sounds like the company is going a little too well. So they still haven't replied, I take it?
  5. Guys, the seller responded: "It does look like a Pavoni, but it's most definitely by Saeco. I attached a photo of the user manual." And here's the photograph:
  6. Hi there! I dug a little too deep into second-hand markets across Europe, looking for cheap Pavonis for restoration, and found this oddity in the dark parts of the Austrian internet: So yes. It looks like a Pavoni Professional, I can't see a difference (except maybe the boiler cap), but it bears the Saeco logo - and it's sold as "Saeco Esperto", which according to Google and Saeco, does not exist. Has anyone seen this before, or know what it is actually called? Thanks! For anyone who wants to check out the Austrian link: Link to Austrian Site
  7. Well first of all I don't have that much, and I wouldn't be able to afford a decent grinder for it either But, just out of curiosity, what grinders would do the trick?
  8. I considered it, but that would be grand theft lever, I guess.
  9. Hi guys! I was showing a friend videos of the HG1 grinder, and when they started brewing, he pointed at the machine and said - "Hey, I got one of those in my basement, it's been collecting dust, nobody uses it." the machine in the Video was a La Pavoni, but when I saw the machine, it was a Olympia Cremina, old model but amazing and without any corrosion whatsoever. This made me particularly mad, because he is drinking coffee from a 80pound automatic that tastes like soup. Well, I told him I'd get the Olympia running and clean, but now he needs a grinder. And since I can't expect the 3000pound Olympia to run with the same grinder as my battered Pavoni, I'm asking you guys for advice. What's the cheapest grinder that still works for the Olympia? He definitely won't buy a Robur or Super Jolly, that's too much money for coffee, in his opinion. Thanks guys! Oh, and, while I'm already here; Does anybody know of a way to install a manometer on the old Olympia models?
  10. Hi guys! I'm currently restoring an ancient La Pavoni Professional, worse condition than I have ever seen on here, without contest. I already took everything apart to see what needs replacing, de-corroding , descaling and cleaning, but now I hit a dead end with the boiler nut. The bloody thing doesn't want to come off. I've started using a lever with the factory tool, didn't work. Then I saw that OE used a hammer in their rebuild, so I got a hammer. Didn't budge. The brass is already a little chipped from the hammering, even though I put wood between the hammer and brass, so I'm afraid to keep hammering. Does anyone here have experience with this kind of problem, or any recommendations of what tools to use, or how to loosen the nut? Thanks so much. Ps.: In case "boiler nut" is the wrong word for it, I didn't know what to call it so I googled it, and this is what I mean: http://www.coffeemaker-spareparts.com/La-Pavoni-Spareparts/La-Pavoni-Boiler-Bodyparts/La-Pavoni-boiler-nut-brass::4042.html
  11. Thank you, I figured it has to be deposits, but it looks so.. extreme. As to the repolishing, do you remove all of the old coating and do everything new?
  12. Hello everyone! I've just received an ancient model of the La Pavoni Professional (looks like full-brass exterior, with lots of greenish and/or white corrosion) which is in terrible condition. I've looked for videos of de-scaling old, unused machines, but none of them even closely resemble what I see in my La Pavoni. If anyone knows, can you tell me if the La Pavoni's boiler was always made from nickel-plated brass, and is it safe to use citric acid on all models? The residue in the boiler is a pile of light brown, 2mm thick material, that looks a lot like calcium deposits, just.. brown. Now, I know that the boiler supposedly is nickel-plated brass, but neither nickel nor brass corrode light-brown, and calcium, to my knowledge, is white. I emptied the whole boiler into a big bowl, and the bowl was almost filled to the top with brown stuff. The brown stuff does dissolve in citric acid, I guess that's the good news. I got it for ~100 pounds from ebay, and nothing seems to be corroded to the extent of it being broken. I've bought insanely cheap la Pavonis from ebay before, and restored them without a lot of trouble, but this thing looks like it's from another world. Before I start restoring it, please, give me all your input and experiences with old machines. I do not want to destroy the poor thing.
  13. @squarepusher: That sounds interesting, but I can't seem to find anything when looking for terranova's re-engineering of the versalab, would you happen to have a link for me? @Rob666: Wow. My first goal was to aim at a grinder that is "good enough", so coffeeshop quality would already be great. Now I definitely want a Pharos.
  14. It seems to be the best Grinder for my price-range, if it's true that its quality is en par with the Robur, and I've read that a couple of times. Can you concur, Rob? And I'm currently living in Austria, so I might have trouble buying off the forum. But I will keep looking for a used one. As for my design, I may be influenced by the HG One. As of now, it looks exactly like the Hg one.
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