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Should I buy a used “first run Londinium 1”, or buy new LR?

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I have a 2nd gen L1. It is set to a boiler pressure of 1.1 bar. I've yet to try a light roast (including Nordic types from Tim Wendelboe, &C) that I couldn't extract satisfactorily by raising the lever, after low-pressure pre-infusion, to near the catch point and holding it a while before releasing. This is using fine grinds and VST baskets.

 

 

 

 

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On 16/08/2019 at 11:30, aaronb said:

I've got a first version L1 (which is what I assume 'first run means? mine was off the second production run end of 2012 but identical to the first run) and am very happy with it. I use light roasts too.

The answer id say depends on price being asked, what you're willing to pay etc. The side panels really aren't an issue, I've taken mine off maybe 3 times since I bought it. It should have had new seals on the piston at least once I'd have thought but check when they were last done and factor that in if its needed. Maybe a new shower screen and seal too and you're good to go.  

You’ve all been so very helpful & informative with your comments & discussion. Very much appreciated, indeed. 

 

One remaining question: Any ideas on what sort of price is reasonable for a first run L1 model?

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