Just got my 58mm in. But a little confused, there's no "click" sound. When compressed you just hear the handle touching the base and if you go slow you don't hear anything except you feel the handle stop at the base. I've read even on other forums people say that theirs clicks (and not the sound of the handle touching the base), and others say theirs has never clicked. Someone even mentioned the mechanism inside is design to audibly click.
It seems like a nice piece, solid and heavy.... but don't know if it's faulty or not, or the "click" sound is really just the thwack sound (nothing like a click) of the handle hitting the base.
I bought a used one and worried it was broken because of no click sound. I talked to them at the SCAA booth and tested with a new one that they said worked as it should. There is no click sound. It is just a feeling of the spring.
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That's what I figured as it felt fine, there's just a big difference between an audible/tactile "click" and the solid thwack it actually makes, I guess some associate that as a "click". Just wanted to make sure the tamper was fine lol. It's a nice solid piece, got it for a bargain on Ebay, almost half off the normal price. Just to be sure the tactile feel you mention, is nothing to do with the spring, but actually the feel of the handle hitting the base right?
When you hit the "magical Canadian 13.636363636363636 KG" [30 pounds], the spring inside no longer holds the two pieces as a "unit" and the spring releases. If you put the tamper on a solid surface and tamp down with a force increasing as slowly as you can, you will feel that "release" point. Any noise generated is the plunger-handle portion of it bottoming out.
Hmm mine just feels tense all the way down even as slow as possible, don't feel any sorta of tension release with the spring. Maybe that's why some are saying they feel a click, and others say they don't? QC issue? Oh well....
Here's something else I just noticed, I know the tampers shouldn't be the exact size, i.e. 58mm tamper should usually be slightly smaller like 1-2 mm to fit. But I measured the Espro at it's only 54 mm which leaves a good amount of play in the basket (which I measure exactly at 58mm on the CC1). I wonder if that's one problem with shots as the sides aren't getting compacted as much as the center. The stock tamper is 55mm, and I measured another cheap one I had laying around for a different machine. That one is dual sided, 50mm and 58mm, and measures 49mm and 54mm also.
4mm doesn't sound like much but it seems to leave too much room in the basket.
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