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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
  2. Hey everyone, After lots of research, I've decided on getting a Rancilio Silvia but unfortunately had no luck finding a reasonably priced one elsewhere, so I thought I would try on here! I have considered other e61 machines such as Berezza Hobby, Lelit Victoria etc but not the Gaggia Classic as I'm trying to stay away from aluminium boiler's. So if anyone is selling something similar, please let me know! I'm not really looking to spend more than around £300-400, hopefully this is feasible with what I have requested. Hopefully I can find something suitable on here, if not I wil
  3. 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
  4. Hi, I'm fixing up a Silvia v3 that has seen better days. I've read quite a few topics about sorting rust on the chassis. But there seems to be lots of different brands etc used. I'm not that experienced with rust removal and painting, but I'll figure it out. To get started are there any tried and tested tools and paints? Particularly the paint, I read a good guide https://www.home-barista.com/repairs/rancilio-silvia-restoration-and-mod-log-t40831.html#p463476 but can't find the exact primer and paint referred to. Additionally I noticed he cut the Drip tray holder
  5. 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!
  6. Is there a preferred retailer to buy a Silvia from either in the UK, or which delivers to the UK?
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. has anyone done this, BUT mounted in the lower panel (the one that covers the 3way valve)?
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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 muc
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. After the success of my 'screw in' Pt100 sensor, for the Gaggia Classic and pre 2006 Silvia's - I'm now trying to produce a Pt100 sensor that is embedded within a surface mounted thermostat housing, as used on the post 2006 Silvias. Essentially it's going to be a direct replacement for the cylindrical thermostat, that's held in place with the metal strap - like this (this is a standard Silvia thermostat, NOT my sensor!). I don't own a Silvia, so am initially looking for someone that has one - that either already has fitted a PID (perhaps with a K or J thermocouple) and they want to u
  21. Hi All, My Silvia has been sat idle for about a month whilst my grinder has been out of action. I tried to run some water through it yesterday, just in preparation for my grinder coming back and there's no water coming from the grouphead. I read the post here http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?22972-Rancilio-Silvia-No-water-through-the-brewhead and my only difference is that I can water out from the wand (as well as steam), so I'm assuming the pump is working as teh water would need the pump to be pumping??? So can I also assume this is most likely a scale problem? Cheers
  22. 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 sus
  23. 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
  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. Where can I find replacement rubber feet for the Silvia in the UK/EU?
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