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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:09am
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No, the Baratza will run rings around the Rocky . . .

 
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:10am
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The Vario or Preciso?  The Vario is out of my range.
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:20am
Subject: Re: First Machine - Rancilio Silvia or Ascaso Steel Uno w/PID
 

Both.

Keep in mind that Rancilio has made very few changes (and those relatively minor) to the Silvia AND the Rocky in (proverbially) "forever."  And while they were considered to be the "top" machines for home use, that train left the station "umpteen" years ago.  The Silvia still holds its own, remains popular, and continues to get recommendation -- and justifiably so.  The Rocky, on the other hand, has long been surpassed by a number of grinders, most notably by the Baratzas . . . .

 
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:24am
Subject: Re: First Machine - Rancilio Silvia or Ascaso Steel Uno w/PID
 

RVDave Said:

The Vario or Preciso?  The Vario is out of my range.

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Both should work well and exceed the Rocky.  Look at the Baratza site for refurbs.  Preciso refurb has been $239 + shipping of about $10 - 15.  Also good Vario refurb prices, subject to availability, mostly Thursday mornings.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:37am
Subject: Re: First Machine - Rancilio Silvia or Ascaso Steel Uno w/PID
 

Here is a good link for a package deal (same as I bought last year):

http://www.wholelattelove.com/Baratza/silvia_preciso.cfm

In your budget (actually less), has everything you need. You can also bargain a little from there.

I love my Silvia and Baratza Preciso. Great combo. Very durable, very consistent!

Good luck!

 
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:38am
Subject: Re: First Machine - Rancilio Silvia or Ascaso Steel Uno w/PID
 

You can do all your research on the Preciso right here on CG. For consistency and reliability in an espresso grinder, I recommend you look for a grinder with a rigid burr carrier.  I've been watching and waiting for the fix from Baratza since the Preciso was introduced.....
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 12:12pm
Subject: Re: First Machine - Rancilio Silvia or Ascaso Steel Uno w/PID
 

Good call on the Baratza site, looks like I can get a vario for $360.  I think thats doable.  For a machine, I am leaning towards the crossland CC1.
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 3:56pm
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Quick update: I went with the Baratza Vario refurb, the price was within my range.  I am leaning heavily towards to the Crossland CC1 an dwill probably order shortly.
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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012, 2:58pm
Subject: Re: First Machine - Rancilio Silvia or Ascaso Steel Uno w/PID
 

Just took delivery of a Pasquini Livietta T2.  Still waiting on the Baratza Vario, but it should be here thursday.  In the meantime, I'll be using the Cuisinart grinder. We'll see how it does!
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