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  1. So I bought a brass shower plate holder for my Gaggia classic as the standard aluminium one was starting to look like a bit of mouldy mud. I'm planning to do a lead test on it to make sure it is no/low lead brass. Anyway, I knew it wasn't coated bass before I ordered it and thought that as the group-head is (coated?) brass, it should be compatible for long term contact. However, putting it in just felt wrong. Won't that much uncoated brass react with something in there? Brass has a lot of zink, and in a wet environment with other metals around, especially aluminium, that is crying out for
  2. Just received a brass shower plate & IMS screen for my Gaggia Classic as recommended by @ashcroc & @rob177palmer (shameless call for assistance there ) and was just wondering if running some hot water through once fitted is sufficient or if I need to clean them a bit more rigorously...? Any thoughts/help very appreciated! Thank you
  3. Hi, Two bases, One Brass Curved, One Copper Flat for sale or exchange. Would exchange for a RB 58-58.4mm C ripple or C Flat or a 58mm levelling tool. Cosmetic marks from my knocking habit/ style. I have not polished as I feared taint, so have left them as used/ seen. If selling I am looking for £40 for the Copper and £35 for the Brass item, if shipped in the UK I will cover the shipping via Royal mail signed for.
  4. I am in the process of doing a refurbish on a Pro brass and copper model. On arrival it was grimy to say the least. The copper boiler had numerous dark spots which appeared proud of the surface and I assume that they were spots from gushes and squirts from a naked PF. As the whole machine was grimy I started of with a squirt and wipe of Mr. Muscle. This removed the grime but made the spots more obvious. It was already obvious that some serious cleaning and polishing would be necessary anyway, so I got progressively more aggressive. The result was the lacquer coat being worn away and the spo
  5. Following the sale of my Gaggia Classic (in recent thread), I have the following additional bits for sale. Brass Dispersion Plate - The brass dispersion plate is good upgrade for temperature stability and retails for c £20. IMS Shower Screen - The IMS shower screen is the GA200IM and retails for £20. Pressure Gauge & Portafilter Adapter - The pressure gauge includes the step down adapter to allow it to be attached to a portafilter to allow the OPV mod to be done. Recall this cost about £10 with the adapter. All 3 items posted for £25.00 H
  6. Hi, my first post so hopefully it's in the right place. I inherited a Francis Francis X1, first generation with Aluminium boiler. I'd really like to use this machine but am concerned about the aluminium boiler and possible health risks so would like to find out about converting it to a brass boiler. I had seen mention of it on a thread in the forums by Hizerkite http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?15058&p=147085#post147085 I have already sourced what I believe is a 2nd generation X1 machine (which was sold as spares) so now have the brass boiler, chrome plated shroud
  7. I've got block of brass on order to be used as a bean weight and looking to smarten it up a bit to give it a better finish. Any suggestions on how to do this. Is it just as a case of using finer grades of sand paper and sanding at 90 degrees to the last one? I have a Dremmel if its easier. All tips welcome
  8. Hi Guys, Does anyone know of a place in the UK where I could get one? Thanks!
  9. Hi, I am new to this forum and just bought my first gaggia classic. its a 2005 model. I was trying to adjust the pressure earlier and the allen key hole has rounded quite badly, and it looks quite seized. So I have removed the valve and trying to find a replacement, any suggestions on best places or links to shops? really struggling to find one, thanks.
  10. **Update 6 - Group Buy Closed. Please let me know in the thread if your package has arrived safely.** **Update 5 - Those who have made payment your packages will be sent 28th November.** **Update 4 - Payment requests have been sent out. When making Bank Transfer please ensure you use your forum name as reference. Once all have paid I shall post the items out and PM each individual their tracking number** **Update 3 - Final Price for the Brass Shower Plate is £13.45. Sorry about the price increase. I selected a cheaper non insured service before. These will now be sent Royal M
  11. ---THIS POST HAS BEEN EDITED TO REFLECT ENTIRE PROCESS AND FOR EASY READING. REPLIES TO BELOW THREAD ARE IN REFERENCE TO "original OP" QUOTED BELOW--- During restoration of a VBM machine, I was umming and arring about removing the pitting/dents the group has suffered from commercial use. I then used an abrasive polish on the group which caused scratching, I got a proper chrome polish and tried to remove these but I went straight through the chrome... this sealed the deal and I took the group off to the electro-platers to be de-chromed. The process of de-chroming, and the process to c
  12. I'm a big fan of cafetiere/french press coffee, and have decided to 1) make the move to grinding my own beans, and 2) put together some kit for travelling, which I have to do a lot. I need to buy a grinder which I can use at home and pack to take on the road, which probably means a handheld rather than a knee held one (electric is right out). I've been recommended that Hario Mini by a friend who is a consultant barista (yes, apparently that's a thing), but then reading made me think for a while that a Porlex would be better (and the larger Porlex is still only as big as the Hario). Then I saw
  13. Hi, I recently changed the group gasket, which has fixed a lot of leaking problems, but in the process I noticed the group head is covered in all sorts of crud. I tried to scrape the worst off with a knife and put it back, thinking it'll be okay for now (despite there being a small chunk missing near one of the screw holes). Anyway, after I'd put it all back together and descaled, the first cup of coffee tasted okay, but the second was metallic and foul. I decided to backflush and clean it all again - and exactly the same thing happened! So now I think I need a new group head, p
  14. Hi, comparing a few machines and the Silvia and Classic both seem to be very praised machines. Classic is £200 cheaper but the only concern I have is the aluminium boiler. I've heard this is prone to corrosion (as it's coupled to the brass brew head) particularly in soft water areas, which I live in. Anyone have any experience of this either way? Also, other than the boiler, the Gaggia classic seems to pretty much match the Silvia (except for frothing) but is a heck of a lot cheaper. Are there any significant differences in performance? thanks
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