Posted Mon Aug 18, 2008, 11:28am Subject: Re: how to change gaggia classic steaming wand
They both appear to be the same part, and I used the one from WLL on my Gaggia Evolution without much work at all. If you're pretty sure it'll work on your Classic, the only thing I used is a small wrench to remove the old stock wand. From there, I removed the original nut from the Gaggia that held the steam wand on to the valve, and used that with the Silvia wand. I tried to test fit the wand in the Evolution and it did fit but was very tight, so I just used some fine sandpaper for metal work and scuffed some of the chrome from the very tip of the Silvia wand (the end that fits into the valve, not the steam tip). It didn't need any additional o-rings or anything, and swivels smoothly and no leaks at all. That's how I did my Evolution, but I don't know for sure that it'll be the same for the Classic - it should be the same procedure, but differences in the fittings based on the age of the machine could exist. I wouldn't go back to the stock Gaggia wand after upgrading...it worked that well for me.
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Posted Wed Aug 20, 2008, 9:21am Subject: Re: how to change gaggia classic steaming wand
Hello, just wanted to give some feedback on what I did on my Gaggia Classic. I too was quite tired of using the turbo frother, so I bought the Silvia wand from espressoparts.com. I had to remove the tip, the rubber insulator to get the Siliva clamping nut off this new wand since the clamping nut is too large to fit on the classic. Once I removed the stubby wand off my classic, I test fit the new wand (minus the clamping nut) to confirm there we no sealing or fit issues. I then removed the old stubby Classic wand and had to bend the wand to straighten the tube enough to fish the existing clamping nut off the wand. I didn't plan on ever going back, so I didn't take care to preserve this wand. Once I harvested the clamping nut off the old wand I put it on my the Silvia wand, tightened everything up then used some soapy water to push the insulator back on the wand, after that I fastened the tip to the end of the wand. I then proceeded to test out the steam power. Additionally I tried the single hole tip and also purchased a 3 hole tip from 1st Line Products. Be aware though, the tip will cost you $4.95 + $10 + Shipping if you are a first time customer and have not purchased a Siliva from them. You might be able to get a 4 hole tip cheaper from espressoparts.com
The one thing I noticed off the bat with this new wand was the increased volume when the tip was fully plunged to the bottom of my pitcher at the initial stages of milk steaming. It was way too loud and resonated so much I thought something was indeed wrong. I discovered that you don't want to plunge the wand much below the surface of the milk or the pitcher will act as an echo chamber, thus hurting your ears and bothering the neighbors :-) I have been playing with this new wand for a few months and can get nice micro bubbles. I happy to not hassle cleaning the silly turbo frother anymore :-)
Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012, 7:48pm Subject: Re: how to change gaggia classic steaming wand
Raider, were you able to remove the wand off your Classic with getting inside the machine? I also want to replace my wand, but want to make sure I can get the old one off before I purchase the Silvia wand.
Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:05pm Subject: Re: how to change gaggia classic steaming wand
Not Raider, but this thread is 2008. The nut to loosen is at the wand, just outside the machine. Take off the top and put a wrench on the inside nut. I can't remember the metric size, IIRC it is the same as the outside? The nut turned easily. There is an O ring seal up in the machine so the nut does not have to be very tight.
The far end of 49 inside the machine and the nut of the wand.
You could try turning the wand nut gently, and if it turns you may not need to get inside. I was afraid to do that because of fear of putting torque on the tubing from the valve to the wand. Mine actually turned easily. Lifting the lid off and putting a wrench on the nut was quite easy.
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