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Posted Mon Jul 23, 2012, 6:09am
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Tomcody Said:

Now why would you ask a question like that....LoL  Answer...Because we can.  Thats why we mod.  I mean if you have 10 grand you can go get a Kees Van der Westen Speedster, and not have to mod.  But I don't have 10 grand in disposable income for that.  a hundred bucks..why not.  When I do it I will post.  Thanks.  Here is a pic of my "coffee bar".

Posted July 23, 2012 link

Now, a PID gives you better temperature control, a new steam wand might improve you milk frothing abilities. What improvement, besides looks, do you expect from a Clever Steam Valve?

By the way, that's one cool home coffee bar!

 
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Posted Mon Jul 23, 2012, 6:22am
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Ok ok I see your point. Aesthetics is the only reason to do this. I like the look of the handle.
Thanks for the thumbs up on the coffee bar. Has a mini fridge below and a pullout for syrups as there are a few ppl about the house that like a toffee nut or mocha latte now and then. Me?  I like coffee flavored coffee.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 23, 2012, 8:28pm
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nice looking coffee corner.

will love to see your result with the clever as it changes Silvia look to something else...

 
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Posted Mon Jul 23, 2012, 9:43pm
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Tomcody Said:

... I like the look of the handle ...

Posted July 23, 2012 link

They do look stylish!

 
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Posted Wed Jul 25, 2012, 3:24pm
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Probably. Of course the front panel will need to be cut to fit the wider knob. But comparing them side by side they appear to be about the same length. The real trick is going to be getting the pipe to accept the larger 3/8" BSP male thread on the back of the Clever valve...

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Posted Wed Jul 25, 2012, 11:29pm
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I'd like to see the size of the handle in relation to the Silvia's casing.

 
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 3:03am
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Looks Large.  small machine large handle...hope it doesnt get a complex....

 
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 3:14am
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That may be something for me to consider, if there will be  much a pressure drop going from silvia size to clever size.  It may be nominal but Silvia isnt known for her steam pressure.

 
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 3:49am
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Would there be a way to attach the Clever knob to the original Silvia valve?

 
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 5:27am
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The Clever is a quarter turn valve, spring loaded to center if you press it down or open of you push it up both quarter turns.  I see no use in turning that big handle around, besides the quarter turn thing interested me too.

 
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