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  1. I've noticed a big difference in steam power when making 2 milky coffees. 1 Cappuccino and 1 Latte 1. I'll switch the machine on and wait a minimum on 20 mins before using it. It can be left 20,30,40 mins depending on how busy I am. 2. I'll then make the espressos and once done, flick the switch for the steam wand. (rancilio silvia) 3. Wait about 10 second then purge the wand, wait another 15-20 seconds then start steaming the milk. It starts slowly and eventually comes to a nice swirl as I reach 70c. That's the cappuccino made 4. I press the button to run some wat
  2. For sale is my 2006 (pre Philips) Gaggia Classic in good condition and which has all the common mods: - PID upgrade - Rancilio steam wand - Brass dispersion plate - VMS shower screen - OPV set to 9 bar The group seal gasket has also been recently replaced (and I will include a brand new, spare gasket). Also includes portafilter, single and double baskets, blind basket and I'll throw in a milk frothing jug. No tamper is included in this sale. I bought this second hand prior to modification in 2014 and it has performed faultlessly since. I don't have the original pa
  3. hi everybody i hope somebody can help me with this as this issue is very frustrating i have the said classic(new in 2014/15) and have carried out the following recently -descale using correct fluid -carried out the pressure redn adjustment (as illustrated on this forum using 2/3 anticlockwise turn, but still waiting for parts to check exact pressure) -cleaned inside shower head My problem is that i get a great brew(good extraction, volume, colouring) etc with my first cup, but when say 5 minutes later i return for second brew(using the same recipy/tamp/grind size) i get
  4. Free PID Removed from my Classic, which wasthen serviced and sold. I can NOT guarantee that it works,the temp sensor looks worn. Might just need that. I really have no idea. All that’sincluded is in the pictures. But hey it’s free, all I wouldlike it a picture of your classic without a PID and it’s yours. I’ll even paythe postage. Post your pic on the thread. Boxed up ready to go. Collectionfrom Norwich if you want. Cheers Steve
  5. Ok - my first sales post.... This was my first machine in January of this year and since upgrading to a Brewtus 4 I have no need for it and it has sat dormant since April. It is a 1300w Gaggia Classic. The label on the base says 2008/2 (does this mean a 2008 machine?) It has an IMS show screen, brass dispersion block, Cafelat blue silicone group head gasket and a rancillo steam wand. One portafilter with a double spout with a single and 2 double baskets (and a double pressurised basket along with the black thing that goes in the portafilter). The old dispersion block, s
  6. So I was idly thinking about dual boiler machines and started wondering if there would be any mileage in getting 2 classics side by side and using one for espresso and one just for steam. Obviously there is a counter space argument against this and aesthetically it might be a bit of a train wreck. Just wondered if there is an OPV or PID style mod that could turn the gaggia internals into a steam demon. Is this a dumb train of thought?
  7. I'm quite new to posting to this forum but i have read quite a bit. My (very average) Delonghi Icona packed up so i looked into getting a Gaggia Classic as a step up but read a lot about how the older Italian models were better quality machines. I ended up getting a 1998 model off someone on eBay for £60 which she said had been stored away in a box for a long time but is in good condition and when tested worked fine. Does anyone have any advice on what I will need to look out for do? Is there a steam wand upgrade I should be getting? Or am I just a total idiot for buying a ne
  8. First post! So I just bought a use Gaggia Classic, to replace my little DeLonghi EC155... (yeah, I know). The previous owner had modified it and stuck a Silvia steam wand on, so that could be nice. Previous owner stated it hadn't been used in a while, so I started out by priming the pump, etc. as directed on some of the stickies... Holy shit. As soon as the pump started going I thought there was an earthquake happening. I had water flowing through the steam wand and the group, so things seem to be functional at least. I wanted to post here for thoughts, I'm pretty sure I've fo
  9. Hi guys, I'm really the only coffee drinker but my wife has started to like mocha's so made two. The first shot pulled fine but the second took ages, almost like choked but came through eventually. I rinse the group after each shot and did notice that normally there is 4 streams in a flush but in between shots there was only two. Could this be the issue? I got the machine with the opv already done. Anyone else suffered from this? I'm due for a descale and back flush clean this weekend which might reveal something? Thanks Jez
  10. 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.
  11. https://www.gumtree.com/p/coffee-machines/gaggia-coffee-machine-coffee-grinder/1265461436
  12. Afternoon all, About 2 years back I got rid of my Gaggia Classic in favour of a more simple Bialetti stove top, as I found myself having mainly americano or espresso. The Bialetti is pretty good, but its been pretty inconsistent of late for one reason or another, and I do miss the smoother consistency I had with the Gaggia. When I bought the Classic around 7 years ago, it was the one to go for in terms of value, a good starter machine etc. I now wonder is there's anything else out now that is of similar quality? for around the same price. I still use my Iberital MC2 which I thin
  13. Evening all, Recently gone for a different setup and about to move house. I've been told by the 'powers-that-be' that these need to go before the move. Both are forum purchases and have served me very well. Collection from Portishead, Bristol ONLY but I will consider travelling within reason. 1) Gaggia Classic [Dec 2012] - £140 NEW upper boiler NEW steam valve (original supplied - very minor drip) NEW steam knob (original supplied - scratched & slightly loose) NEW complete seal kit & fresh bolts Upgrades: Silvia Wand OPV adjusted (not measu
  14. £150 for the lot, collect from Stockwell, London. Thanks! A few additional modifications: - Rancilio Silvia wand. I will include the original wand in the purchase as well. - Brass dispersion plate - IMS Precision shower screen - Stainless steel tamper - Portofilter basket (can't remember the brand but it's the one that doesn't add all the artificial crema to the coffee) Some minor scratches on the side towards the bottom of the machine. Otherwise - great condition and was descaled regularly. Will include the original aluminum dispersion plate, original baskets, wand e
  15. I think my classic, after 7 years great service, has passed the point of no return (boiler). The new Classics aren't Classic so any feelings about a new machine? I was considering the Sage DTP...... Thanks Dave
  16. £150, collect near Sheffield. Lovely, regularly serviced, pre 2009 (12/2005) original Milan made machine. Some minor marks, but otherwise great condition. Mods: - Rancilio Silvia wand (original also included) - Brass dispersion plate - IMS Precision shower screen - OPV adjusted New Parts: - Complete new boiler - New 3 way valve Extras: - Blind basket for back-flushing. - Bottle of Gaggia de-scaler All usual parts included, portafilter, plastic tamper, single basket etc. Also available separately - Naked Portafilter (with wooden handle) and 58mm M
  17. Good morning everyone, I've been keeping an eye out for a classic for a while no but not actively looking.... I have been offered one with a cracked water tank (apparently it doesn't leak though) it already has the silvia steam and fitted, the thing is I don't know what it is worth. It is a RI8161/40 2014 model, 1200W, made in Romania and also has the chrome pipe that points towards the drip tray on the opposite side to the steam wand (I'm no sure what this is for though) It has a single, double and triple basket as well as a back flushing disc How much would you say I should p
  18. Does Anyone know where i might pick up a wiring diagram for the new classic ri9403? Ronnie
  19. 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.
  20. Hello everyone, been reading lots of useful posts so thought it was time to officially say hi, and basically "thanks" for the excellent advice that various members have contributed to here. I'm Stu, from Ramsgate in Kent and have very recently jumped headfirst into home espresso making! A brief summary of my path to coffee... Grew up not really caring for it; my Mother was a big Nescafe instant fan but I always hated the bitterness so never drank any. Spent my honeymoon in Italy and discovered beautiful espresso (=hooked!) My wife bought me a set of Dinicaffè espresso cups a
  21. Hi all, I've had a used Gaggia classic (2005 model) since christmas and having gone through a full stripdown, service, descale and rebuild I'm now trying to work out if my solenoid is functioning fully. I took the solenoid apart as part of the service and after recomissioning the machine and pulling a few shots, I noticed a small puddle of water around the pump/back of the machine internals. With help of a mirror, I could see it was the solenoid weeping out from where the brass 'post' screws into the brass bottom part. Having trained as a plumber I decided to use PTFE tape to seal th
  22. Looking to sell my Gaggia Classic 2014 model, bought in March of 2015 - one of the last true Gaggia Classics off the production line before they were gelded for the 2015 model. I've just taken delivery of an Expobar Dual Boiler, so this one now needs a new home. It has the three way solenoid, no auto shut off and has been upgraded to a Silvia v2 steam wand. I'm also going to include a 58mm stainless steel tamper as well as a few other useful bits. It works flawlessly and has generally been used to make one flat white a day with a few extras on the weekends. Used only with filtered wa
  23. Going out on a limb here, guys. Do FrankenBabies exist...? The good points about a Baby are removable case for easy access to internals and easily accessible water tank. The bad things are switches and PCBs that just stop working due to moisture etc. The Classic is simpler and much more reliable, but you have to delve into the innards to service it, take off boiler to access OPV and solenoid etc. So is it possible to just fit all the Classic internals into the Baby and mount the three way switch assembly on the front - probably fits the Baby Class with a plate to hold it? Most of t
  24. I've been having some trouble with my Classic where there's limited flow out of the group head but lots out of the OPV. I thought maybe something was in there holding it open so I've taken it apart (I've got a pressure gauge so I can set the pressure correctly again afterwards). When I unscrewed the adjustment screw all the way out (13 turns, for my own reference when I put it back together...) then took the spring out, there's a little "bolt with a hole in and rubber on the bottom" - I've no idea what this part is actually called. Anyway, the rubber on the bottom is all perished and fal
  25. Where is the best place to connect a k type or pt100 temp sensor to the new classic? I tried to find it a home touching the top of the boiler but the temperature reading was about 30c lower than the water temp and didnt react very quickly to changes. Unfortunately both of the sensors i have are not a straight swap for the original button stats on this version of the classic. Any ideas? Sorry if this has been covered - I am sure its probably here somewhere but i can't find it using the search.
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