Hi Jai,Originally Posted by 0229213B20293A480 link=1334706506/0#0 date=1334706506
Yes its normal, because for simplicity most tampers are made to whole millimetre sizes (e.g. 58mm, 57mm, 53mm) but baskets vary all over the place. Most 58mm baskets are between 58.4mm and 59.4mm meaning a 58mm tamper could be a bit loose or really loose in any of those baskets. Even within a specific basket brand there can be variation - weve had genuine Silvia baskets with the same part number ranging from 58.12 to 58.72mm (http://www.coffeetamper.com.au/information/faq.html#basket-discrepancies). Some LM baskets and Cimbali are smaller than 58mm. Yet theyre all supposed to be 58mm baskets!
Trying to get a tamper to properly fit such a variation is difficult and would require lots of stock, so most people just sell straight 58mm tampers which is what most people use, which is why its normal to have the situation youve got.
Is it ideal? No. But many people would be in the same situation as you and just put up with it, or not care enough to do something about it.
Not necessarily. Youd just have to get a tamper made to fit your baskets properly. However as far as Im aware Reg Barber in Canada is the only other person offering this service if you order through his website. Im pretty sure the Australian RB distributors just carry whole millimetre sizes but shop around and you might find someone offering incremental sizes. Alternatively you might be able to find a second-hand version thats a bit bigger than 58mm. Exactly how big you need will depend entirely on the size of your baskets, which as mentioned could be anything.Originally Posted by 0229213B20293A480 link=1334706506/0#0 date=1334706506
The only other thing we offer which as far as Im aware no-one else is doing so far is supplying a tamper matched to a filter basket we supply (currently VST and Synesso in 58mm, or unpressurised Krups in 51mm), so you can get a tamper matched to a basket without having to send your baskets away or take a risk on making an accurate measurement yourself. So a Pullman is probably going to be the *easiest* way to get a perfect fit, but its not the *only* way.