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maple_ridge_newbie
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Espresso: giotto classic
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Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 10:32am
Subject: What to do with a Giotto Classic?
 

Hi. I bought the machine used. The original owner supplied repair bills with the sale - he recommended another general servicing of the machine. I did that. The following repairs were done: replaced piston gaskets, replaced pressure stat, replaced group gasket screen Worked for a month before it crapped out. It's been sitting on my counter for the past three years - I haven't bothered to repair because I wonder if it's worth it? Is this machine a "high maintenance" machine. I want a machine that as long as I do my bit with basic maintenance it will last for years.

I decided to put off repairs and bought a home cheapo which surprisingly did a decent job of making espresso for 4-5 shots per day times 3 yrs. But that one has crapped out and it is definitely not worth fixing as I paid a 100 bucks for it.

So the last I remember of Giotto, little heat and pressure came from the machine as well, the pressure gauge needle is at 2.4 at this very moment - I don't recall it moving from when I had it last on.

Is it worth the repairs? What's it worth as it is?

THanks in advance for your thoughts/opinions on the Giotto.
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Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 12:46pm
Subject: Re: What to do with a Giotto Classic?
 

Classic Italian espresso machines often use the same parts and can be fixed for many years.  If it is the one I think it is, I would fix it.  The one I saw in the web search photos looks like a nice stainless e61 group head machine.  But then I am crazy. (see the link in my sig file for proof)

 
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Posted Mon Dec 16, 2013, 5:27am
Subject: Re: What to do with a Giotto Classic?
 

I would fix it if I owned it.  Because I can't stand to think of it sitting un-used.
If you describe the symptoms, we could probably tell you how easy it'll be to fix it.
When you turn it on does it start heating?
If you lift the control lever, does the pump make any noise?
If you pull the wire off of the boiler-fill probe, does the pump make any noise?

Or you could sell it. buy and sell .  I would restrain myself from buying another Giotto, but I'll bet someone would love it and use it.
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