Hi Lucas and welcome to coffeesnobs :D I started off with a loaner sunbeam and quickly migrated to the Silvia and Sunbeam grinder which served me very well for nearly 3 years. *I had no trouble making some great coffees for family and friends who always looked forward to after dinner coffee *;D You wont go wrong with the Silvia and dont be intimidated. *You dont need PIDs and all the fancy stuff. Just stick to the basics first and spend some time with the machine and a bag of fresh beans and practice. *It wont be long before you understand the principles of making a consistent espresso and steaming some great microfoam. *You will get the occasional dud shot but hey thats part of the fun working out what went wrong! *Keep an eye on the sales forum and get in early as the goodies go really quickly as my Silvia did which now lives in Tasmania making some nice coffee down south Im sure. *I had succumbed to upgraditis as many do and have moved on to the "pointy end" with a new Giotto and ECM Best grinder for Christmas *:)
Good luck and if you get stuck there are plenty of friends on the CS site that will help you out.