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It's hard to say. How's the machine been looked after? Has it been descaled regularly? Has it been backflused regularly? Has it been cleaned regularly? What's the state of the boiler?

 

A well-kept and looked after Gaggia Classic machine with the Steam Wand and OPV mod goes for around £150 in this forum.

 

Good luck.

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Having recently re-read this thread I now really appreciate the time and expertise taken in clarifying what can be a confusing and counter intuitive subject. Thank you.

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Really helpful thread for a beginner like me!

 

Thanks!

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I was wondering what people's thoughts on the Duo Temp were. I have a Smart Grinder Pro and am using a DeLonghi Scultura with a an unpressurized filter and am not sure exactly how much it is going to improve on my current set up. One main thing would be a decent stream wand but I'm less sure about the shot itself.

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The Gaggia Classic is at 250gpb brand new on Amazon. Is it worth it at this price or better go for second hand? Bearing in mind the need to get a good grinder as well (I am starting from scratch, budget of 400-450gbp)

 

Thnks

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The Gaggia Classic is at 250gpb ... Is it worth it at this price or better go for second hand?

You might get lucky and find that our own @gaggiamanualservice.com on here has a properly refurbished pre-15 model with the 3-way solenoid for sale which may be better (or at least as good but £100 cheaper). That will leave you enough to get a better grinder (more important than the machine at that price point) plus the usual necessities like decent tamper, basket, scales etc.

 

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Thanks for this post and thread. Doing some serious research into getting myself a machine and grinder again, and things like this are invaluable.

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