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Posted Tue Feb 21, 2012, 7:53pm
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I just purchased a Riviera "Eagle" espresso machine off of craigslist.. it needs a new water level glass, and probably new gaskets (it hasn't been used in a decade). Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to disassemble the lever piston to change those gaskets? I'm afraid to just dig in without any information...
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Posted Wed Feb 22, 2012, 4:20pm
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rezz Said:

I just purchased a Riviera "Eagle" espresso machine off of craigslist.. it needs a new water level glass, and probably new gaskets (it hasn't been used in a decade). Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to disassemble the lever piston to change those gaskets? I'm afraid to just dig in without any information...

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Posted Tue Mar 13, 2012, 1:30am
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If your Riviera EAGLE leaks water when hot through the top of the group, or the bottom, or you have bleed off of pressure during the shot then you need new seals.   It is a simple repair job, made easier by removing the group from the machine.   Use a large clamp to release the spring pressure and renew the seals in the direction of the old ones. This set contains the 3 piston seals you will need to rebuild your Riviera Espresso Machine Piston.

 
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Posted Tue Apr 24, 2012, 9:50pm
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I have a chance to get it for a good price. Can you please share some thoughts about the machine? Is it well built?

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Sashas Said:

I have a chance to get it for a good price. Can you please share some thoughts about the machine? Is it well built?

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I had one years ago for at home use not connected to a water line.  I would say:

Pros:
*Very artistic looking
*Very solid and well built

Cons:
*Have to heat up entire tank before using, and its a big tank
*Spring loading is nice in that it supposedly means you have uniform pressure and all shots should be the same, but in practice it is very finicky and means you need to get the grind & tamping EXACTLY right because the spring isn't super-strong and you can't strong-arm through it like you would with a non-spring unit.  I found the margin of error for grind/tamping virtually nonexistent if you want to get a quality cup at the end.

In the end, I think they are nice and beautiful but the world has moved on and there are so much easier ways to do it now...  This might be exactly the reason you want it though, which is fine.
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