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  1. Hi folks, i've been lurking for a while, reading reviews and on that basis bought a Gaggia Classic and Iberital MC2 grinder. I love the classic, however as an eternal tinkerer i went after the PID mod to try and get some more consistency in my espresso. I got all the bits together, however the controller i purchased was a CKC tinner Rex-C100. I've two issues, when is set the input as PT100 i get nonsensical temperature readings, i'm using a 3-wire PT100. I'm ordered, or should i say received, a cheap HK variant of the C100 that isn't configurable for pt100, i.e. software is but
  2. Hi all, Up for sale is my Gaggia classic. This is the 2006 Italian model 1300W. I purchased this about 6 months ago second hand and immediately stripped, serviced and rebuilt it. It comes with the rancillo wand, one double basket (could do with replacing) portafilter (has end cap missing) When I stripped the machine I completely cleaned the boiler, replaced all seals, replaced both boiler and water thermostats, replaced the shower plate for a brass one, as well as the shower screen. I also set the pressure at 9bar using the pressure gauge from the group. Everything works as it shoul
  3. I have taken my Gaggia Classic apart so many times I have lost count. Every time in the past I have had great results but not this time. I replaced all the o rings, including the big one on the boiler. I have taken the solenoid mechanism apart, cleaned it as I know this is often the cause of problems. The pump is ok. When I reassembled the machine it starts and runs perfectly, water coming out the grouphead. But the moment I put coffee into the portafilter it runs for about 15 seconds and then the sound of the machine changes, becoming quite muted and coffee stops flowing. I can leave it runni
  4. Hi, I have my 1425W Chrome Gaggia Classic - 04/2000 for sale for now £150. It is in good condition for its age & has been looked after – It only has a couple of minor rust patches behind the water tank. Recently I have done the following:- Boiler stripped, cleaned & descaled New grouphead seal fitted New boiler seal fitted New Shower Plate Holder Diffuser Modifications:- OPV set to 10 bar Rancilio Silvia steam wand I will also incude:- Motta Competition 58.4mm Tamper (Less than 1 month old) Gaggia Portafilter with Double unpressur
  5. I am selling my beloved Gaggia Classic Coffee machine as I have recently made the move to a bean to cup machine. This has served me well since I purchased it new in 2012. It has been serviced three times, the most recent being in May 2017. It is very regularly descaled and generally well looked after. Recently, there has been a very slight drip from the steam wand but this has not caused any issues with use. I still have the original box and manual (albeit a little worn) and everything else that came with it. Postage is possible but, given the weight, collection is prefe
  6. Hello, Need a little help finalizing which of the two to get. (I know the former I can only buy new, but the Silvia I would buy used). With all things being equal (grinder, coffee, workflow, etc) is the shot and steam going to be really that different? I've been a long time Bialetti user and nespresso (for convenience in the morning - but I get specialty roaster pods). But I spend way too much money every day at all the awesome roasters here so its time to learn myself...I'll be making 2-3 cappuccinos max and likely only a couple of times a week (for now). Thoughts ? Than
  7. Hello to all you fine coffee lovers and Merry Christmas what's left of it. Simply put I have been lurking on this forum for far too long dipping in and out of posts when I had 5 minutes spare or to try and find the reason behind my poor shot pulling abilities its a rocky road which many find themselves giving up and going the easy route, not for me I take the difficult route every time maybe for all the wrong reasons at times but anyway thats me and my little opener. Thanks to you all for your help that I have not yet thanked in my lurking days, I am here now to make amends
  8. Hi folks - having some trouble with my Classic recently and not sure what to try next. Symptom is that it seems to be getting repeatedly blocked up (no water running through the grouphead). I've descaled it fairly regularly in the past, and a lot more recently in case it was some scale stuck somewhere that was causing it. I thought it was scale in the Solenoid valve last time and tried the steam on/off method, but this didn't do anything and it cleared after cleaning the holes in the grouphead. I'm going to try it again this evening, but recently when it gets blocked it seems to be becau
  9. Hi all. I put up a video here with a problem with my Gaggia Classic a few days ago, and the consensus seemed to be that the solenoid valve had gotten blocked with scale debris. The machine is 2011 but new to me, bought second-hand recently. I have been trying to get myself set up over the last month or so, getting a second-hand Baratza Vario from a forum member, tamper, scales, airtight container etc. Also got a brass shower screen holder and gasket as the originals did not look too good. The issue occurred, I think, after I put the machine on its side, to fit the new parts. (Reall
  10. Hi all, I was hoping I could get a bit of help with something please! I bought a 2011 Gaggia Classic second hand, and it was working fine at the very beginning. I then ordered a new shower screen holder (brass) and gasket as the originals were looking a little tired / corroded. However, now that I’ve replaced them (correctly I think, but you never know) I’m not getting any water flow at all. The answer may be staring me in the face but I’d rather suffer the online embarrassment than more frustration! I’ve added the links to the two parts below, and (I think) a video of the issue. Any
  11. Anyone who read my introduction post the other day will have seen that I just recently entered the world of home espresso making by purchasing a Delonghi Scultura ECZ 351. I quickly realised I'd made a bit of a mistake and should have gone with a Gaggia Classic, but by that stage it was too late to return to the shop. So, I persevered and got a bottomless portafilter and modded the steam wand a little. I'm now pulling what, to me, seem like pretty good shots. But then I am an absolute novice. However, I can't help feeling some buyer's remorse, and despite my better judgement I'm alre
  12. Gaggia Classic Ri8161/40 purchased from Currys 24/11/2011 (still have receipt). Light use as I only drink coffee at the weekend and then only 2-3 cups per day. Regularly cleaned with puly caff and backflushed. The machine is working absolutley fine and produces great coffee, but could probably do with the grouphead seal being replaced (as I never have) and showerscreen. Probably best bet for a new owner would be to buy the service kit for £20 and replace seals and gaskets and then it will be as new. Some light scratches on the top where cups have been warmed. The machine comes with all origina
  13. Evening all. After a bit of searching and a bit of considering, I think I know the answer here but....... My 2003 classic, unmodified apart from Rancilio wand, regularly descaled and cleaned etc etc has suddenly stopped pushing shots in a decent time. One day, ~30g in 30 seconds, next day we're talking a minute plus for a shot. Pump sounds ok, water flow seems alright if a little light with no group in place from the block, steam pressure fine. Personally I think the pump, which lets be honest is 15 years old now, might have shit itself. However, your thoughts most welcome, learned c
  14. Hey peeps, I'm going to adjust the opv valve on my Classic tomorrow, I've watched a few vids & been through the forum & it all seems pretty straight forward but I've seen conflicting info re a couple of things Whether to have the steam wand opened (which doesn't seem to make any sense to me, wouldn't that let some of the pressure out)? Whether to fill the portafilter with water before starting (wouldn't it just fill up during the start of taking the pressure anyway)? Sorry to ask about a topic with so many posts but finding it difficult to find anything concrete.
  15. Hello, New to this forum, however it seems to be the most active, and I see lots of good advice being offered. I did a couple of searches but did not see my issue discussed, apologies if I missed it. I have used my Classic since I purchased it new in 2015 without any issues, however within the past week or so it seems to have developed a problem with the steam cycle. I pull roughly 20 shots/week, approx. 50% with steaming milk involved, clean the grouphead etc. every couple of months, and backflush at least once per month. 3 way valve seems to be working fine when backflushing and af
  16. I am selling this Classic. It is a 1997 model, so with higher wattage (1425) and larger solenoid. It is in very good condition. I have descaled it and set the opv to 10 bar, can be reset if required, also has a new grouphead gasket fitted. Slight scratches on cup warmer but otherwise very shiny. Comes with portafilter, single and double basket and will also include a 58mm tamper. I am looking for £150 posted or £140 collected which I would prefer, pick up in Glasgow or could deliver/meet within reason.
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    Looks shiny lol. https://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/gaggia-classic-espresso-coffee-machine-italian-made/1253308250
  18. Hi Guys, I'm selling my Gaggia Classic set up and wondered if you guys could give me a ballpark figure of what its worth. Set up as follows: 2003 Gaggia Classic (Pre-Phillips), Rancillio Steam Wand, I.M.S Shower Screen, MyPin P.I.D, O.P.V set @ 9 Bar. 3 x Group Handles, 1 x Bottomless, 1 x Double Spout, 1 x Solid Cleaning Head. 1 x I.M.S 18g Basket, 1 x VST 15g Basket. 7 x various Standard Gaggia Baskets Super Jolly with Clean Sweep, Mr Whippy, Lens Hood, Laser Cut Grind Setting Disc, (Large Hopper Also Included) Walnut Torr Goldfinger 58.4 Convex, MBK
  19. Yes, I know this is a commonly debated question, but even after searching, I haven't been able to find the answers. According to some people, the Silvia is "much better built" than a comparable (pre-2015) Classic: and But after reading about people's experiences, I've noticed that the pre-v5 Silvias have issues of build quality that come up. Some issues I've noted. Rust in the drip tray. I mean, this is pretty obvious. There are numerous threads about the work required to fix this. Plastic flaking off the grouphead cover. Again, this is another well-documented
  20. I am in the UK and wish to start my journey with espresso making. I have been manually brewing coffee with a siphon and a cafetiere for a few years now with a hand grinder. I am looking at getting a Gaggia Classic - second hand it seems you can find them in decent condition for ~£200, though I am happy to be swayed to a different option if I can understand the merit (and justify additional cost!) For a grinder I have been looking at the Mignon Manuale as an option as it has a stepless adjustment and is also not bank breaking. However I understand the coffee starts with the grind so
  21. Hi all, I've looked for a link in the stickies but can't fine the info so I am asking here. I'm thinking about getting a classic off ebay and wanted to know the basic differnces over time. I understand that Gaggia was bought by Philips in 2009 but were any changes made to the classic then? The only thing I can find out is that in 2015 the solenoid valve was no longer used. I can find info and a thread on the brand new but not the older ones.
  22. Hi, First post here and first Gaggia machine. Loving the machine so far even though it did highlight that I need a new grinder, the Bodum Bistro just wasn't good enough even with the 0.8mm offset top burr holder - ROK manual grinder does the job though. Anyway, I notice a lot of folk are sticking card in to the power switch to hold it in keeping the machine from automatically turning off after 9 minutes or so. This isn't great, if the switch has backed off a bit there's a chance of a poor contact which could mean high resistance meaning lots of heat and or fire. My solution, whi
  23. [TABLE=width: 1062, align: center] [TR] [TD]2008 model, 1300W Recent gasket and wand o-ring change Rancillio silva wand upgrade Portafilter handle slightly wobbly needs tightening Switch slightly loose again needs tightening Functions well Recently backflushed and descaled Pickup or delivery at buyers cost - offers please! Location - Newcastle upon Tyne[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  24. Gaggia classic 2006, serviced, large solenoid, new rancillo wand, new seals, comes with standard accessories and stainless steel tamper and milk jug. Black gaggia mdf grinder and Base station with knock out drawer. Perfect kit.£280 collected or can post if needed.
  25. Thought I'd share my restoration project here to maybe inspire some others as well as to get some pointers from Gaggia veterans! I wasn't satisfied with my old Breville BES830XL machine and some searching led me to either the Gaggia Classic or the Rancilio Silvia. After watching a couple of teardown videos on the classic and seeing how mechanically simple the machine was, it was the route I decided to take. I found a used Classic from the late 90's for sale and began the project. To say it wasn't well maintained would be a serious understatement! I forgot to take a pic of the machine
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