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  1. Hi everyone, A couple of weeks ago I had a mishap with my Mecoffee Pid, which sadly resulted in the melting of what I believe to be the switching transistor (though I might be totally wrong, see pics attached). I've tried contacting Mecoffee, to no avail. My only remaining options are either to go for another PID with a better heatsink on the chips, or try a cheaper solution, which would simply mean replacing the melted chip and crossing my fingers that it would pop back to life.... However, since the chip is kinda FUBAR, I can't read the serial number, and there are hardly any high-res pics of the board online from which I could get the model of the wayward chip. Has this happened to anyone before? Does anyone have any thoughts on this, or could someone perhaps post a high-res pic of the board or chip? Huge thanks, Nitay
  2. Hi All, My Silvia V2 for sale, had for about 4 years. Been well looked after descaled/backflushed regularly. It comes with a Bottomless Rancillo PF as well as the normal PF with a single & double basket Looking for £140. Any Question please ask. Collection only. Consider meeting part way, I live in Bedford. Thanks Satpal
  3. I've been a happy http://meCoffee.nl PID user since a year ago. As of a few weeks ago, it seems my meCoffee has died (more on that below) and despite several attempts to contact meCoffee through email and their contact form, I've had no reply. Does anyone know if they are still in business, or a better way to contact them? Failing that, can anyone recommend an alternative PID that is as simple to install and doesn't require making permanent mods to my Silvia? And just in case someone recognises this as an issue with something other than the PID… The problem On the day my PID died, I used my Rancilio Silvia twice successfully. On the third attempt, hours after earlier uses, I encountered a problem… At first, the machine heated up as normal. After an unknown number of minutes, it stopped heating up. The boiler light was completely off. I flipped the brew switch on and although the light turned on, the machine did not do anything. I tried connecting to the meCoffee over Bluetooth (which I do frequently) but the device does not show up at all for connection. This leads me to think the meCoffee is not working or not powering on. I have checked each of the buttons on the Silvia: All buttons will light up when flipped, including the power button. The brew button does nothing when flipped, other than turn on the light. When I flip the hot water deliver button, the pump kicks in as normal. The steam button does nothing, other than turn on the light. I've opened the Silvia and examined the meCoffee and associated wires. None of the wires appear to be damaged. The meCoffee case is slightly heat-warped, but the warped portion is not touching any circuits. The circuit board has some discolouration around a few of the chips. I'm not sure how significant that is.
  4. I have recently decided I would like to try some home espresso, and after lots of reading around, I often found myself on these forums!! The general consensus over the years seems to be that fot a starter budget espresso machine, the Gaggia Classic or Rancilio Silvia is the best way to go. Is that still the case in 2017? I am looking to spend up to £200, and after lots of research, decided that a used, pre 2015 Classic would be my choice. But then I came across a few images of how badly the aluminium boilers can corrode, and I started to question whether a used old style Classic would really be a good idea. Do the older aluminium boiler take a lot of looking after? Is excessive corrosion inevitable, or avoidable? I live in an area with hard water, although I could switch to a filter. I was quite keen on the stainless steel boiler of the 2015 Classic, but not so keen on the looks, the lack of rockers switches and also the 3 way solenoid. I work on electrical machinery day in, day out (CNC and automation), and can see this is a step backwards- but can also understand it from a manufacture and service sense. This may be a silly question, but is it possible to retrofit a ss boiler into an older classic? Is the 2015 Classic still considered to be that bad, even without the 3 way solenoid and OPV? Likewise, it seems that years ago, the Silvia was more expensive, but looking at used prices the Classics and Silvias are similar now - does that still make it a case of either-or, or is the Silvia a better option at a similar price? The build looks better on the Silvia to my eyes, and the brass boiler a plus - but I have read it can be a tricky machine to master compared to the Classic? I currently have a Krups flat burr grinder that I have been using for drip and aeropress - I am more than happy with it for that, but can see that it will not be consistent enough for espresso use, so plan on buying a used Iberital MC2 or similar, and use that for espresso only. Other than the Classic and Silvia, are their other options at this budget worth considering now? I have seen a Francis Francis X1 advertised close to me at a fair price, but have read more bad than good about that particular machine. The Sage Duo Temp looks good also, but out of my budget unfortunately. So if anyone can help a newbie out with a little advice, that would be much appreciated
  5. I've added a Cafelat group seal and a wooden handle for the naked portafilter..really like the looks and feel of it. It is an Italian walnut and was only 35 PLN which is around 8,50 EUR
  6. has anyone done this, BUT mounted in the lower panel (the one that covers the 3way valve)?
  7. Hi, ive finally decided to upgrade from my Baby Gaggia to a Silvia and was going to go for a E that id seen for £375 http://www.myespresso.co.uk/product/rancilio-silvia-v4-semi-automatic-espresso-machine-2015/ but ive just seen these for £311 on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rancilio-Silvia-V3-Coffee-Machine/dp/B004S7BIRA/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1488652386&sr=1-1&keywords=rancilio Which one would everyone recommend? thanks! Al
  8. ​:coffee:​​:coffee:Hello I'm selling my gaggia classic as I'm not getting enough use out of it and not doing a great machine justice. It's a 2001 classic in immaculate condition both inside and out, It has been descaled and set OPV tp 10 bar. New group head seal fitted when originally purchased from super forum member GCGlasgow in December, I've only used a little since then and used only filtered water. Comes with two baskets and tamper. £160 inc. Silvia steam wand (not fitted) Collection from Forest row, East Sussex or I can​ post, parcel force 48hr delivery is £16.40. payment by BACS transfer preferable or via paypal.
  9. Since moving to a dual boiler, I'm selling my Silvia V3 limited edition white. I added an Auber PID about 2 yrs ago which made loads of difference to the temperature control and stability, timing shots and speeding up the stream function. Always regularly backflushed and descaled. Does not come with bottomless portafilter, just the standard 2 spout with single, double and blank basket. Also, Rancilio and Auber instruction manuals. Any questions, feel free to ask. Collection from Sittingbourne, Kent.
  10. Title says it all. Looking for you humble members to weigh-in your opinions for these entry level espresso machines installed with a PID. Which works better for you and why. AK
  11. Is there a preferred retailer to buy a Silvia from either in the UK, or which delivers to the UK?
  12. I have a Miss Silvia with the production date 01/00, which I assume is January 2000. I have read somewhere that machines pre May 2000 do not have the M4 thread for a temperature sensor. So is it not possible to PID it? Or do I just need some other temperature sensor, and if so what kind? Thanks!
  13. For sale my very loved Gaggia Classic 2009 which now needs to make way for a recent Sage Dual Boiler purchase. The machine has provided me with several months of great times and I can’t fault the quality of coffee it produces. I’ve completed the majority of the suggested upgrades/mods (apart from adding a PID) and therefore will be a great machine to get cracking on with straight away. I’ve tried to summarised the key points below but any other questions just let me know. Collection/meet from Christchurch, Dorset or around M27/M3 preferred but will safely package up ready for collection. Looking for £180 due to the bits included and only selling on here for now. Usage · Approximately 5-7 uses per week, mostly Cappuccinos · Predominately Brita filtered watered used · Backflushed weekly with Cafiza · Daily clean of portafilter/basket · Descaled quarterly with Gaggia Decalcifier Fluid · Thorough clean of basket, dispersion plate quarterly · New group gasket fitted approximately 6 months ago · No leaking/dripping from head or wand Cons · Minor mark/scratches as per photos in line with age · Some of the marking on the switches has come off (as per photos) Upgrades · IMS Gaggia GA 200 IM 54.7mm Integrated Shower Screen · OPV Mod set to 10 (9) Bar · Brass Gaggia Dispersion Plate · La Marzocco 17g Precision Double Basket · Rancilio Silvia V2 Steam Wand Conversion Also Included: · 1x Original Gaggia Single Wall Portafilter · 2x Original Gaggia Singe Wall Double Baskets · 1x Original Gaggia Single Basket · 1x Blind Basket (for backflushing) · 1x Original Gaggia Dispersion Plate · 1x Original Gaggia Shower Screen · 1x 566g Urnex Cafiza Cleaning Powder (approximately half used) · 1x Original Plastic Tamper · 1x Original Pannarello Wand · 1x Pressure gauge with socket for future OPV adjustments · 2x Tape rolls for secure fitting around OPV pressure gauge joint · 1x 0.1g Mini Precision LCD Scales · 1x Andrew James 600ml Stainless Steel Milk Jig Lots more photos here - http://imgur.com/a/opGFt Thanks for loooking!
  14. Since I got my Heston over a year ago I havent use my Silvia so its probably time to see if it has any value. It needs a good clean but no dents etc, complete with naked portafilter. Purchased from Hasbean in October 2010, used just for espresso generally one a day, steam used probably half a dozen or so times during its life. As you can see from the picture the steam knob is broken, it still works fine just it has cracked and comes out in your hand. Also the washer in the steam wand is missing. I was going to repair these but as its a year on and I still havent got round to it I suspect that I never will. Any ideas on what to put it on at? Regards Peter
  15. So I recently picked up a Nuova Simonelli Oscar to replace my Silvia, which had replaced my Classic. At home he's paired with my Anfim Caimano that I got for an absolute steal off eBay I have a new set of genuine burrs on the way for the Anfim too, as the ones in at the minute are cheapo copies and I want peace of mind that I'm getting the best grind possible from this grinder. Oscar has no mods yet, apart from fitting my La Marzocco spout to the pf. I use it mainly with an 18g VST although I recently got a 15g that I want to play around with. I've a few things I want to add to Oscar; - Anti-vac valve - Boiler Pressure gauge - Maybe an adjustable OPV We'll see!
  16. Its happened again Family descended on us again, invited I might add. Out goes the call " Gaz can you make a coffee make that 7 lattes and a cappachino Help my baby Gaggia just won't cope, any suggestions Gaz
  17. My next mod / upgrade is to PID my beloved Silvia, but which PID? Research on the Internet shows there are several models with differing features, different suppliers including sellers on eBay and possibly importing them directly from the USA. Being retired (AKA fiscally challenged!) means I have to get it right and buy once only. Would you be prepared to help me through this minefield by teling me your experiences? Your model, features, approximate cost, and perhaps most importantly, would you buy the same model from the same supplier again? (I am technically competent and will have no issues installing it.) Thanks, Dick
  18. Hi all, After my Ascaso Dream packed up yet again, and after much deliberation I have just bought a Silvia from Has Bean. After emailing Steve to check stock etc I ordered it about 11.00am yesterday and 10.00am this morning it arrived! Unbelivably good service! Got it all set up and can't belive how strong it feels, the portafilter alone is heavy enough! Spent the afternoon playing with my new toy, shots are getting there, need more practice/coffee The only thing I did notice when pulling a shot was a slight water leak from the grouphead, maybe not tightening enough or too much coffee in the basket? Any tips from Silvia owners about using/living with one of these would be most welcome as I think I have taken a big step (forward hopefully!) Just tried the steam wand-- you could do some serious damage with that! Regards Mike
  19. Afternoon all, I'm hoping I could ask for some suggestions for beans that work well with milk based drinks like cappuccino as that's what I mainly drink. I've just got a brand new Silvia and rocky grinder. I also got some Costa rican beans from happy donkey which are ok but I'm looking for something a bit stronger as I find these too weak even after varying the grind. I'm very new to all this so any help or advice would be so appreciated. Thanks Ross
  20. My new Silvia has two water pipes in the tank, I understand the second is a recent modification. One is long enough to reach to the bottom of the tank and is retained by a prong on the tank, this is clearly the suction pipe. What is the other pipe for? It won't reach to the bottom. Looks like an overflow but I can't see why one would be needed. Anyone any ideas? Barry
  21. Had 3 goes-not much crema yet but the steam wand makes fantastic microfoam. I'm looking forward to Soya lattes, cappuccinos and mochas. Looks like I'll have to adjust the grinder. practise, practice my tamping and when I get the hang of use a timer. Must admit Ms Silvia looks really smart and my flat smells like a coffee shop. Really glad I bought Ms Silvia. I bought Ms Silvia from Coffee Italia and can't complain. They answered my emails and I suppose I'll see what they're like if Ms Silvai goes wrong. Hopefully she won't.
  22. Come across the ascaso arc stainless steel at fairfax for £199. Macine specs look really good: brass boiler & brewhead plus solenoid valve (I think). Anybody have opinions on this machine or Fairfax? I was looking at a Silvia, but for £200 less, this seems a very good machine. Fair fax also has a La Pavoni at £335, which again seems a good price/machine. Thoughts/opinions welcome! thanks
  23. Hi Everyone has anyone successfully replaced the boiler in a Silvia, and if so, be able to point me in the direction of some sort of step-by-step guide? thanks a million
  24. Here's the info about it I've just read: http://www.coffeeitalia.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=RANCILIO_SILVIA_VE_2016 Thoughts?
  25. Hi everyone, I just picked up a 2007 Rancilio Silvia, which looks very much like the v2 model (left-right steam arm, old version steam knob, and chromed plastic group head cover) - it's all working but missing a few parts. When I bought it I was under the impression it was complete (excluding the portafilter), but it appears I'm missing a couple of bits. Essentially, I have the grouphead all attached and a shower screen separately, but nothing in between (and no shower head screw). I know a few things changed between models, so I was hoping someone with a model form around the same time could tell me if I need a group spacer (20200182) and water spreader (25139001) like the v3, or something different? The part numbers are form here - http://cdn.espressoplanet.com/images/D/group-head-parts-01.jpg My reason for asking is the difference between these diagrams - I just don't know when the change over date was, or how to tell! Pre-2007 http://www.espressocare.com/assets/uploads/SilviaComplete.pdf Post-2007 http://www.espressocare.com/assets/uploads/SilviaParts2007.pdf Thanks for any help!
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