I have a brass boiler Family that I purchased off gumtree for $40! Has been working beautifully... but turned the machine on the other day and something ( i am thinking the element?) on the top of the boiler went bang...with flames and smoke. Question, does the Silvia element fit the family. I have tried Coffeeparts but they do not list any boiler parts for the Family. I am unfortunately in the middle of rebuilding our original Family (bought new in Fivedock in the nineties) with the ally boiler so we are back to using the trusty atomic.
Wow, that is another way for your espresso machine to wake you up in the morning! Do you have a photo of the top of the boiler? I just emailed faemacanada regarding some parts, maybe they can help.