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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 a reaction to occur. Am I over thinking this? I realise I was replacing the original as it was degrading, but at least there I knew what was degrading (even if I wasn't happy about it). Now I am not only worried about lead, but also what might be happening between the screws, the boiler just above...
If this is the first time you'd like to participate in the group buy, please read http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?14547-Group-Buy-Rules By participating in this Group Buy all participants agree to release Coffee Forums UK, its Owners, Administrators, Moderators or any other staff of any and all liability and waive all rights I may have under all laws and governing bodies. By posting in this thread you agree you are entering a binding contract between the Organiser and the Participant. As it seems like a very popular upgrade to a Classic I decided to fit the brass shower plate holder and an IMS 200um integrated shower screen to my machine. Browsing through the forum, I stumbled upon a previous group buy thread and decided that there may be quite a few more people interested (few guys didn't make that last one) in the above upgrade, so hopefully we can make it work! With Glenn's approval this thread is now live and orders are being taken General: To make it time and cost effective, the minimum order quantity for each of the parts is 1, so ideally we would find 15 participants for a set each. You may decide that you'd like a set (1 of each) or that you either have one or the other and get just one of the above, but the priority will go to people ordering sets. Obviously, it works out best if these are sold as a set, but if I'd struggle to get suitable number's for all items, the number of participants will be capped at 20 for whatever combination this may be. Otherwise, the maximum limit of total sets to be sold is 20 (Forum rules), should we predominantly get people committing to set purchases. Parts are new and from a UK supplier. I would like to have the finalised list by eop 15/08 so I can place the order for delivery for Mon/Tue and than have the individual parts distributed by the end of that week. Update (v3, 22.08.2015) - final call for participants, especially those interested in the IMS Screens or whole sets Sign up to be closed end of play Sunday 23rd with order being placed Monday 24.08.2015!!! ONLY 4 SCREENS REMAINING BUT ADDING A COUPLE MORE HOLDERS SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE. Cost & payments (inc VAT): Brass Shower Plate holder - £10.50+p&p IMS 200um integrated shower screen (GA 200 IM) - £9.15+p&p which works out circa £6.75 less than buying direct (no delivery included) and is on par with the last group buy ran by @majnu. P&P is currently estimated at £3.00 in total (2nd Class RM non-recorded + small jiffy bag) for both items. If you'd like to use a different type of postage, I am happy to get a quote. Update (v2, 11.08.2015): RM 1st Class with £20 cover is just short of £1.70 but has no tracking (total postage cost £2.00) while RM 2nd Class Recorded with £50 cover is £1 more (total postage cost £3.00 as previously indicated). I've just ordered the jiffy bags as well. 1 set TOTAL: £19.65+p&p (£3 estimate) = £22.65 (approx £8.25 cheaper than buying direct) - £22.70 inc 1st class Recorded Payment by PayPal gift or Bank Transfer only, and prior to dispatch (and before 17/08 please - not applicable - I will let you know as soon as we know how the total participant numbers look like). Participants: SETS: 1. destiny - 2 sets 2. timmyjj21 - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 3. Resurrection - 1 set - PAID 4. bclarke - 1 set 5. Batfink - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 6. Degsey - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 7. Steveop - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 8. Syenitic - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED 9. Lor - 1 set - PAID AND POSTED HOLDERS: 1. Gingerneil - 1 holder - PAID 2. Brewster - 1 holder - PAID AND POSTED 3. Kai - 1 holder 4. Risky - 1 holder - PAID AND POSTED 5. Roaringboy - 1 holder - PAID AND POSTED SCREEN: 1. bronc - 1 screen - PAID AND POSTED 3 screens still available for sale @£9.15+p&p (£11.50 with 2nd RM Rec) - 26.08.2015 Change control: Version 1: 04.08.2015 - First post/release Version 2: 11.08.2015 - Up to date participants list and minor update - see red comments. Version 3: 22.08.2015 - Participants list + sign up deadline updated - see blue comments. Version 4: 26.08.2015 - Final price list with postage, payment/delivery update for each participant Unfortunately, this group buy is for UK residents only and I would not be prepared to post abroad. Ps. Please let me know if you think it would be a good idea to add pictures/video for the holder and shower screen within this post. Ps2. I will have irregular internet access for the next few days, so please bear with me if. I will try to respond within 12-24hrs.
**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 Mail Signed For 1st Class** **Update 2 - Cost now £12.50 each as I can send this as a First Class Large Letter** **Update 1 - Maximum number of participants I need is 15** I've been given the nod by Glenn and hopefully there is still enough interest for these following the closure of the previous group buy. These will be ordered direct at a discounted price from Espresso Services. Cost breakdown as follows: Total £13.50 each which includes Royal Mail delivery UK only (small parcel size £2.80 - Non Recorded) and the cost of a jiffy bag (20p). Cost of each brass plate is £10.50 inc VAT. So basically £5.22 saving compared to buying direct and £4.30 compared to the last group buy attempt. I'm not gaining any profit from this and the maximum number of participants I need is 19. The final closing date for the group buy is 28th November and payment is expected no later than December 2nd (Bank Transfer Only) I will have the plates with me by next week, so if the list is filled before the closing date I can send payment details and have the items ready to post immediately (no waiting on the items to be ordered from supplier). Please start a list adding your name and the number of plates required. This Group Buy is for UK residents only, I will not send items abroad. Cheers