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    just got the latest myer catalogue and saw the classic on sale for $449 for anybody thats interested.

    im still tossing up between gaggia or silvia.

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    Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

    Welcome "kefa".... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Best of luck getting any useful advice from any of the staff at Myers if things go wrong :.... Thats why we love our Site Sponsors, they provide service and advice long after the sale has been completed.... 8-)

    Mal.

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    • #3
      Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

      hi mal,

      yeh thats a fair call. wasnt thinking too much about the after service.

      if i get stuck i could always ask you guys right!

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      • #4
        Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

        Originally posted by 7D737077160 link=1264408518/0#0 date=1264408518
        im still tossing up between gaggia or silvia.
        The Silvia will probably last longer and have better resale value if you ever decide to upgrade.

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        • #5
          Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

          Originally posted by 78767572130 link=1264408518/2#2 date=1264413950
          hi mal,

          yeh thats a fair call. wasnt thinking too much about the after service.

          if i get stuck i could always ask you guys right!  
          Yes- you could....On the other hand, finding someone who knows what theyre doing and is prepared to repair it may be a whole heap harder

          The Gaggia is no Silvia competitor in my opinion...

          Happy shopping

          2mcm

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          • #6
            Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

            Originally posted by 154A52444F4448414142424A4649270 link=1264408518/4#4 date=1264416867
            The Gaggia is no Silvia competitor in my opinion...
            Hi 2mcm,

            Regarding the Gaggia Classic in your opinion, what are its shortcomings when compared to the Rancilio Silvia?

            Lindsay

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            • #7
              Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

              I would happily take on anyone in a gaggia - silvia comp. There is so much talk about how the gaggia is no match for the silvia, but I have never had a brew out of a silvia that would beat what I get out of my gaggia. Obviously, this study is scientifically flawed, but just my $0.02.

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              • #8
                Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

                Originally posted by 3F60786E656E626B6B6868606C630D0 link=1264408518/4#4 date=1264416867

                The Gaggia is no Silvia competitor in my opinion...
                Originally posted by 6F67686E663C390D0 link=1264408518/6#6 date=1264456359
                I would happily take on anyone in a gaggia - silvia comp.
                is there smack down brew off coming up

                insert "rocky balboa" music here

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                • #9
                  Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

                  Originally posted by 360A170C060710050D06620 link=1264408518/3#3 date=1264414473
                  The Silvia will probably last longer and have better resale value if you ever decide to upgrade.  
                  Hi TG,

                  I would love to know of the details of your experience and thinking that have  lead to your above statement?
                  Would you be so kind?
                  It would be very illuminating for many Im sure.

                  Lindsay

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                  • #10
                    Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

                    Originally posted by 3336313B2C3E262D3E5F0 link=1264408518/8#8 date=1264464884
                    Originally posted by 360A170C060710050D06620 link=1264408518/3#3 date=1264414473
                    The Silvia will probably last longer and have better resale value if you ever decide to upgrade.  
                    Hi TG,

                    I would love to know of the details of your experience and thinking that have  lead to your above statement?
                    Would you be so kind?
                    It would be very illuminating for many Im sure.

                    Lindsay
                    Hi Lindsay,

                    The aluminium boiler in Gaggia machines (at least those I am aware of) will not last anywhere near as long as the Brass Silvia boiler. Its also a fair bit smaller.

                    Chris

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                    • #11
                      Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

                      Id take the Silvia any day. My mother has had both and I have made many on both of hers.

                      And as Chris says, the Silvia has a brass boiler that is larger and gives far more longevity.

                      Knowledgethirst, I dont doubt you can make a better coffee on your Gaggia than others have made you on a Silvia, but thats a different matter than which machine is better.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

                        Pavoniboy, it was me that said that. Also, when I said that, I meant competent Silvia users - so I feel it unfair for people to be making comments suggesting that the Gaggia is no match.

                        Im going off anecdotal evidence here, but I have seen some Gaggias with aluminium boilers that are 25 years old. 90% of the time something else will go before the boiler does.
                        Taking it at face value, I would choose a brass boiler over an aluminium boiler any day of the week, but in this case it seems like the boiler is built like a tonne of bricks, and as far as I am aware, it doesnt have any heating elements in direct contact with water leading to a reduction in any corrosion or scale buildup (this is not saying you do not need to descale a gaggia).

                        So if someone wants to bring some stats to the table about longevity of the silvia brass boiler vs the gaggia aluminium boiler, then I am willing to be proven wrong. Until then, those thinking about buying a Gaggia Classic - go and find a sponsor who sells them and try it out for yourself!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

                          Originally posted by 5F57585E560C093D0 link=1264408518/11#11 date=1264475354
                          So if someone wants to bring some stats to the table about longevity of the silvia brass boiler vs the gaggia aluminium boiler, then I am willing to be proven wrong. Until then, those thinking about buying a Gaggia Classic - go and find a sponsor who sells them and try it out for yourself!
                          My mum has a 25yo bialetti...No way Id drink out of it though...More barnacles than your local ocean floor wreck.

                          Sorry, but Aluminium boilers just dont do it for me. Dont cook with it and I dont drink out of it either.

                          Well used theyre a good machine, but not the one Id choose.

                          Chris

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                          • #14
                            Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

                            Originally posted by 596C6166524E626B6B68680D0 link=1264408518/9#9 date=1264465979
                            Originally posted by 3336313B2C3E262D3E5F0 link=1264408518/8#8 date=1264464884
                            Originally posted by 360A170C060710050D06620 link=1264408518/3#3 date=1264414473
                            The Silvia will probably last longer and have better resale value if you ever decide to upgrade.  
                            Hi TG,

                            I would love to know of the details of your experience and thinking that have  lead to your above statement?
                            Would you be so kind?
                            It would be very illuminating for many Im sure.

                            Lindsay
                            Hi Lindsay,

                            The aluminium boiler in Gaggia machines (at least those I am aware of) will not last anywhere near as long as the Brass Silvia boiler. Its also a fair bit smaller.

                            Chris
                            Thanks Chris......Lindsay, will that suffice?

                            Also, I know you thirst for knowledge but my style is to lead the horse to the water and if it wants to drink its up to the horse to decide if it will proceed.

                            When directly asked, theres a good chance Ill answer but Ive always taught by helping others find the answers for themselves.
                            That way they take ownership of the knowledge rather than just have it handed to them.

                            Usually my answers are a damned sight more cryptic than the one you questioned above.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Gaggia Classic v competitors

                              Originally posted by 7B4A5D4445424944522B0 link=1264408518/10#10 date=1264473758
                              Knowledgethirst, ...
                              Originally posted by 49414E48401A1F2B0 link=1264408518/11#11 date=1264475354
                              Pavoniboy, it was me that said that.
                              Oops, sorry for the mixup there.

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