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calblacksmith
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
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Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 1:20pm
Subject: full Silvia rebuild and minor mod with pics.
 

I have been looking for a machine for work and I bought a Saeco Aroma from Mike here in the BST forum.
Not being able to leave well enough alone, I kept looking and never removed the Saeco from the box.
I found this Sylvia on Craigs list as a parts machine. The owners had tried to draw some clear water from it and got white water in place of clear water. They started to take it apart and gave up. I paid them $40 for it and drug it back to work (I was on a work job when I made a detour to buy the machine) I cleaned it up a little (it was VERY nasty) took the covers off and saw that the wires were removed from the boiler. The wires were sitting on the boiler so it looked like I was able to find where each went.

I connected them, filled the boiler with water and let it heat up. The tube for the steam leaked a little and a check showed it was only finger tight. A second later with a wrench and no more leak.

The boiler needs a descale badly and it needs a gasket but I can't see much else it needs. It gets hot but the lights don't ever go out, not on the power button (not the big light but the small one on the switch) or on the steam light either. It does seem to get hot enough to steam and I get what seems to be good temp water from the brew group so it can't be far wrong.

Now for the techs, are the wires correct? Who can place the age of the unit?

Anyone want to buy a nearly new, in the box Saeco Aroma? LOL!

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calblacksmith
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 1:20pm
Subject: Re: calling all Sylvia experts and techs.
 

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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 1:21pm
Subject: Re: calling all Sylvia experts and techs.
 

looking up behind the brew group from below (above the drip tray)

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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 1:23pm
Subject: Re: calling all Sylvia experts and techs.
 

The wires as I re-connected them to the top of the boiler. At the bottom of the boiler you can see the thick layer of lyme scale from a small leak.

After I open the boiler, I may decide to replace the heater, depending on what it looks like but otherwise, it seems to be in fairly good shape.

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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 2:43pm
Subject: Re: calling all Sylvia experts and techs.
 

I'm sorry, I should have posted this in mods and restorations, I was running late and just wanted to get it up.

 
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Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 2:49pm
Subject: Re: calling all Sylvia experts and techs.
 

Hey Wayne, no problem I just moved the thread.

Mod note: Thread moved to Espresso: Espresso Mods and Restorations

 
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 2:55pm
Subject: Re: calling all Sylvia experts and techs.
 

Thanks Craig!

 
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Grinder: BUNN FPG-2 DBC, Baratza...
Vac Pot: Bodum Santos manual, Yama 5...
Drip: Behmor BraZen, BUNN VPR-APS,...
Roaster: Refurb Behmor 1600, BBQ...
Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 3:07pm
Subject: Re: calling all Sylvia experts and techs.
 

calblacksmith Said:

Now for the techs, are the wires correct? Who can place the age of the unit?

Posted October 12, 2011 link

Anytime!
Going by your 2nd pic Wayne it says 03/06, so I'd say March 2006. {;-)

 
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Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 3:08pm
Subject: Re: calling all Sylvia experts and techs.
 

Wow, they sure took some nice care of the outside of that machine!
The number at the bottom right corner of the label is the date of manufacture.
The light in the middle next to the power switch is your boiler on/boiler off light.
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Posted Wed Oct 12, 2011, 3:12pm
Subject: Re: calling all Sylvia experts and techs.
 

CraigA Said:

Anytime!
Going by your 2nd pic Wayne it says 03/06, so I'd say March 2006.

Posted October 12, 2011 link


What he said. : )

What's interesting is how close your machine was to having the newly-designed Rancilio boiler, which according to this link: LINK  was installed in all machines after August of 2006.
New boiler shown below:
Nice find, by the way!

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