I've been using by Silvia for the past 3-4 years, slowly getting the hang of decent coffee once I finally learnt to change my tamp/grind behaviours. Anyway, I've got a wega 6.4 grinder (effectively a compak k6). I liked the solidity of the silvia and the quality of the shots but the whole temp surfing thing had me buy an auber PID a couple of weeks ago - installed yesterday, confident....whump went 'something'.
So now I get only the main unit light coming on, no heat, no lights at the PID and I'm note going to leave the machine switched on in case I've shorted something.
So, my options are all still going to be around a semi-auto machine.
I could get a new silvia V3 for around £440 (UK). There are of course second-hand machines available for around £100 less....although I will probably still need to PID it.
What other options are there available? It's to be used solely for espresso. I have an aerocinno for our quick nespresso machine so bulk espresso is not required...1-2 cups in 15 minutes, every morning. I'd avoid a lever machine only because it's another process - i would prefer something that operates like a PID'd machine.
I am waiting on a voltmeter....however I'd also ordered 4x250gr bags of roasted coffee beans from londinium espresso.
I'm hopeful the PID can be re-done, but not sure how long I'll need to wait for any replacement parts.
So, I was wondering then, if the time ahs come for an upgrade, to what machine should I look - I checked prices/availability of the alexia, but it's only available in the US and the import/delivery charges alone are almost the same as a brand new silvia.
I would just 'undo' what you did and try again. test all the parts with a multimeter. The PID should 'turn on' without really even being attached to the machine and i'd test that before doing anything else.
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