I think youll find that there are enough endorsements of the Rancilio Silvia on this and other coffee sites to mean that you can buy one and feel that youve made a good choice. *You will not really hear a bad word said about them, and their resale value speaks highly of the regard in which they are held.
It would seem clear that, if used properly, they are capable of making consistently excellent coffee - and I am yet to read anyone say how they regret buying theirs or how over-rated they are. *For a (relatively) modest price you are getting a very well built machine that will serve you well for as long as you want to keep it.
I really fail to see how a single persons review - in the face of so much positive press from all over the world could persuade you one way or the other.
Buy one and get a compatible grinder - then forget about the hardware and just enjoy the coffee! :)
Anyway .. Heres a link to a coffeegeek review:
and another from Alan Frew;