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ultraman
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Posted Mon Aug 21, 2006, 5:45am
Subject: just installed my PID Kit from Jim G. on my Sylvia...wish I had a year ago
 

kit was totally complete, every connector done and done right, controller top-flight and pre-set, all hardware and brackets fit perfect, incredibly well described instructions that left nothing to question.  Looks great.  Personally i have felt all the temp surfing required to get Sylvia to make a great cup was fun for the first week and just utter bullsh*t after that.  NOW you just slide the cup under and go.  My Mazzer has always done its job perfect so now I can just play with diffent beans.  Jim is a pleasure to deal with...really could not be happier.  Did the whole install yesterady afternoon in about 1 1/2 hours
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Posted Mon Aug 21, 2006, 8:07am
Subject: Re: just installed my PID Kit from Jim G. on my Sylvia...wish I had a year ago
 

Can you provide a link?

I am on the fence about the PID thing but if I drop the coin I want to make sure
a moron like me can do the install :-)
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ultraman
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Posted Mon Aug 21, 2006, 9:57am
Subject: Re: just installed my PID Kit from Jim G. on my Sylvia...wish I had a year ago
 

dont know why its not posting....I'll ask that he post on thread
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jasestu
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia (PID)
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Posted Mon Aug 21, 2006, 11:04am
Subject: Re: just installed my PID Kit from Jim G. on my Sylvia...wish I had a year ago
 

With all the good things I've read about PID I am definitely keen.  However my Silvia is only a few months old, so I figure I ought to see the 12 month warranty out before I start tweaking the beast.  

Was this the PID kit link you were speaking of - MLG Properties PID Kits ?
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JGG
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Espresso: PID Silvia; PID Alexia
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Roaster: Hottop D w/HTC+TC4C
Posted Mon Aug 21, 2006, 11:29am
Subject: Re: just installed my PID Kit from Jim G. on my Sylvia...wish I had a year ago
 

ultraman Said:

dont know why its not posting....I'll ask that he post on thread

Posted August 21, 2006 link

Thanks for the nice words, Ultraman.  Always appreciate positive feedback from good Texas customers.

I'm not completely familiar with CG's rules on commercial postings, so I'll just offer to answer questions sent my way via PM.  Or, you can Google "silvia PID" where you will get links to several good web sites, including ours.

Thanks.

Jim G
MLG Properties, LLC
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ultraman
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Posted Mon Aug 21, 2006, 11:30am
Subject: Re: just installed my PID Kit from Jim G. on my Sylvia...wish I had a year ago
 

yes that is him/it.  Your new to your sylvia and i am assuming you are temp surfing with a good pyrometer and stopwatch or similar.  It is the only way to get consistently good espresso from Sylvia and seems like a fun ritual in the beginning.  I drink several cups with friends in the morning and when interupted by phone call or whatever and she cycles off ....then back again with pulling water till temp light comes on and stopwatch again...refilling reservoir again etc etc.  After 2 years it is a drag.  This system keeps the boiler at the exact temp you set and i would not hesitate to put it on anynew machine.  All connectors are perfectly done, nothing is left bare or undone and the whole thing could be reveresed without ever knowing it had been done.  I sound like I sell this thing but I am just a very impressed customer....very little of what you study and order ever turns out really good and this turned out great.
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ultraman
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Posted Sat Mar 24, 2007, 6:25am
Subject: Re:  PID Kit from Jim G. on  Silvia...FOLLOWUP-from 8-06 to date
 

still works great, absolutely no probems but what got me writing this morning is THE SERVICE.  Whenever I have had a question or a self-induced problem (like yesterday) Jim has been right there with a thorough answer.  I accidently left my steamer function on and ran the boiler dry, tripping an overload underneath wiring that I did not know existed-Jim was right there was an answer and a fix.  A GREAT PID SYSTEM AND A GREAT GUY TO DEAL WITH.
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Posted Sat Mar 24, 2007, 7:43am
Subject: Re: PID Kit from Jim G. on  Silvia...FOLLOWUP-from 8-06 to date
 

The kits look great for anyone that doesn't want to have to do their own crimping and figuring out the wiring details, etc.  Just curious, which model PID did you get?  It would be nice to see a factory-installed PID with the Silvias just because it seems to improve the stability so well.  I was also thinking it might be kind of cool to install the PID in one of those two drawer Rancilio bases, but it would almost have to be in one of the drawer fronts as the gap between the two drawers isn't big enough for an install there.  If it was a bit wider I think that would be a great spot for one.
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Posted Thu Mar 29, 2007, 12:10pm
Subject: Re: PID Kit from Jim G. on  Silvia...FOLLOWUP-from 8-06 to date
 

Gah!  I really didn't need to see this...  Guess I'll be contacting Jim to get one now.
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Perpetual_Buzz
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Posted Thu Mar 29, 2007, 1:14pm
Subject: Re: PID Kit from Jim G. on  Silvia...FOLLOWUP-from 8-06 to date
 

As an owner of one of Jim's kits since last August, all I can say is...GET ONE!!!  Easy to install and looks great.  The case for the controller perfectly matches Silvias exterior.  It definately improved my shots having a consistant temperature to work with.  Here's a pic of my coffee bar...I got the Watlow 935A controller.

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Everybody needs an addiction.

I'm not addicted to coffee, I just have to have a cup EVERY morning.
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