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  • Rancilio Silvia Manufacture date Aug. 2006 with PID

    Hello! I am so happy to find this forum. I am an affirmed coffee snob that has been progressing in my illness for some time. My Breville Duo-temp pro has been not happy and finally started smoking yesterday. It seems that the pump is the culprit but I have not opened her up to look. Instead I have been cruising Offerup and Craigslist for a better machine. My question is this:

    I found a decent looking Rancilio Silvia with PID (Manufacture date Aug. 2006, does this mean V2 or V3) and they are asking $450. Assuming it all works well, is it worth it? Or should I just try and fix my breville? Or should I hold out for a new machine? I also found a Gaggia classic for $320 that still within warranty period at wholelattelove. Please help!

  • #2
    A Silvia with a PID can perform very well. Whether it's worth $450 depends a bit on the PID, what brand, does it do steam and brew temperatures etc.

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    • #3
      That was my train of thought. What is the best way to test the brew temp? Can I just hold an instant read thermometer in the water flow from the brew group?

      I will try and make a cappuccino and espresso to test the machine but beyond that what should I look at during my inspection. The PID is a Watlow SD.

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      • #4
        The only way to accurately measure temperature is with a scace device. You could set it to steam mode and see how dry the steam is, and how much steam there is.

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