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ThePeginator

Member since Sep 2016 • Last active Jan 2020

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    Are they that much better then? I’m really a newb to all this. The classic seems to be the go-to machine as the ideal between pro features, consumer price point and decent build quality, I have seen the Rancilio mentioned but hadn’t really paid it any attention.

    I want a decent machine and a decent grinder than can basically grow with me as I improve my brewing skill. I’ve always been a believer in buy the best thing you can afford and buy stuff that’s built to last.

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    Yeah fair point well made. 9/10 I’d have made that same decision already - all my bikes are 2nd hand for example.

    Was more wondering about any empirical arguments of one machine over the other or any overall reasons to buy a machine new over a used one. Warranty is the main one but they’re so repairable and parts are so readily available it doesn’t seem like such an issue which is unusual for a modern item. Gaggia UK will even do a full service for £85... if I did that I’d still be spending half what the new machine would cost.

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    Is that based on anything in particular? Assuming the older ones are better made?

    I’d be inclined to agree, it’s definitely the case with most things I’ve come across, tools etc.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    So to complicate matters I’ve just found a pre-2015 Classic 2nd hand, locally to where my parents live, for £70.. it looks in very good nick and is advertised as lightly used. I’d want to do the steam arm upgrade, but that’s not an expensive job.

    Call it £100 for the 2nd hand pre-2015 plus the steam arm and some descaled etc to get it all cleaned up vs £315 for the new one... decisions...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Sadly I’m not, and the offer expires tomorrow so I’ll most likely bite the bullet and order it anyway, £315 is still a steal.

    That you though, assuming you were offering the use of your membership!

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Model number ‘ RI9480/18’ is correct and is the new 2019 model with the upgrades, so assuming they’ve got that right that is a very good deal. Shame you have to pay £15 to become a member in order to buy it - but still a very good deal! Might well order it.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Indeed. The online reviews seem favourable, some even saying it’s the best one yet. Comes with a professional steam want now I think instead of the one that everyone used to immediately bin off and upgrade. I’m by no means an expert, only know what I’ve read online hence wondering if anyone who’s ‘in the know’ has had a play with one and can see any obvious drawbacks with it.

    Same with the MDF grinder, generally good reviews but some people online suggesting you can get a lot more out of the classic with a better grinder, seems you can get a 2nd hand super jolly grinder for roughly what a new MDF costs.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Has anyone had hands on experience of the new Gaggia Classic, the new ‘2019’ model?

    Was planning on buying the whole setup with the matching Gaggia MDF grinder, but as costco have the 2019 machines for £299 I’m wondering if I’m better off buying the machine and then looking at a 2nd hand grinder of a better quality?

    Any thoughts?

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Nae idea, hope not!

  • in Classifieds
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    $199 Hammerhead Karoo, fill your boots.

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