emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,305 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Mon Oct 1, 2012, 9:39am Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia and Reg barber tamper
I bought my first good tamper (and each one since) from Reg. My first two were when I still had my Silvia. I chose to opt for the standard 58mm base, but didn't send in my basket or go through the process of measuring the basket to see if I needed 58.2, or some other off the mark of 58mm base. I don't think the stock bases that come with the Silvia are manufactured with stringent enough parameters to allow someone to tell you exactly what size you need. If you can get a hold of some good calipers for measuring I.D. that would be your best bet. Another option would be to get a VST basket, which would not only be better than your stock basket for pulling shots, but also be easier to get an exact fit tamper.
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
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