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timmangan
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 9:57am
Subject: Removing Espro tamper base
 

I have a 58mm espro tamper but just bought a mini-vivaldi, obviously my tamper won't fit this basket so I jumped online and bought a 53mm base for the tamper.

The only problem is I can't seem to get the base of my tamper to switch them out.

Any suggestions? Is there a trick? Or do I just have fairy hands??

Thanks guys
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 11:35am
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You bought the base from Espro? I ask because they do not list bases separately on their website from what I can see.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 12:32pm
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Not direct from espro. It was on eBay and claimed it just swapped out. And seriously, why would I question waft they said? It was the internet...
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 2:06pm
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I just tried to loosen mine with about as much force as I would care to apply to my favorite tamper, and no budge. Drop the Espro folks an E-Mail and ask.
Is it just the flat base with a threaded female hole?

 
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 2:34pm
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Or ask whomever sold you the espro compatible base how to change them out.  I know they are available on eBay, but I never removed the base on mine when I had it.  Nice tamper really, and was more than happy to give it a new home with someone learning espresso.

(I wonder if there is a screw/bolt under the logo of the handle?)
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 2:45pm
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I have tried to unscrew the base but it does not want to move.

I too have been wondering what lies beneath the logo on top, but it just looks so pretty I don't want to mess it up :)

I'll shoot espro a line and see what they have to say.

I'll update with results
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 5:27pm
Subject: Re: Removing Espro tamper base
 

Can you post a photo of the replacement base?
I think that the adjustment for the "click" is under there. It could be that this is also the way to get the base off, but I like mine too much to find out.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 26, 2014, 5:03am
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The base and handle have been red loctite together, you have to find the way to hold the base tight (vise) use rubber strap
wrench to turn the handle counter clockwise. Older Espro tamper, base and handle have been pressed together, you have to use
a wedge tool to wedge them out. Please take a look at following picture from youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqmRJdrvex0
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Posted Thu Jun 26, 2014, 1:26pm
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Hi Hai!

Just so you guys know, Hai Pham, the guy who knows all about loc tite, is one of the best tamper makers on the planet Earth.  He owns Coffee Complements and also sells his tampers through his flea-bay storefront, Precision Tamper Maker.  If you're looking for a new tamper, look at his stuff.  

Among other things Hai will sell you an Espro base with your choice of his handles.  He knows Espro.  

I have two (non-Espro) Complements.  A "Billiards" (really an 8-ball), with a VST sized, "serrated" (aka "ripple") base; and a "Brass Handle" (the one which looks like a door pull), also VST sized, with a "semi-flat serrated ("C-Ripple") base.

In addition to those two, I've bought three others as gifts.

Reg Barber offers more handle choices than Hai, but otherwise Barber's just cost a whole bunch more.  Whether it's materials, workmanship, design, or design-whimsy, nothing is better than one of Hai's tampers in any way.  If you want some choice in base geometry and a VST sized tamper, Complements and Barber are your only bets.  

Let me add that Hai's an honest business man.  Class is something which only emerges when there's a problem.  The Post Office lost a one of a kind tamper I'd ordered from Hai and he took care of the problem exactly as he should have -- but faster.  

If I sound as if I've had too much coffee... well, OK.  

Rich
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Posted Thu Jun 26, 2014, 5:54pm
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Another shout-out to Hai Pham. I bought more tampers from him than I can count. Affordable pricing, great tampers, great to work with and I can highly recommend him. Great to have you here.

 
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