emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,228 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 6:03am Subject: Re: Anyone upgrade their Rancilio Sylvia V1/2 steam wand to the v3?
YES! Do it! I delayed for a long time, wondering how much difference could it really make. It wasn't until I couldn't get my steam valve apart to replace the internal o-rings that I finally gave in and got it. Afterwards, I was kicking myself for not having done it sooner. Watch the how to video on SCG...not that it's hard to do at all, but there's a washer you have to leave out, and they show you which one and why.
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
JPatrick Senior Member Joined: 13 Oct 2012 Posts: 9 Location: Sonoma County Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 11:08am Subject: Re: Anyone upgrade their Rancilio Sylvia V1/2 steam wand to the v3?
If you steam milk often, you might enjoy it.
I know I did.
The arm is articulating and it's a bit longer as well. Though, since the steaming performance comes from the boiler (and not the arm), I'm not sure what benefits there are outside of being more adjustable.
Like many others, my V1 arm was leaking... when I calculated the costs of rebuilding the valve assembly and replacing a split wand (from the previous owner's years of neglect) the total "upgrade" price was about $25.
I've actually taken the V3 wand a step further and added a Rancilio 4-hole tip to it as well ($6 or so from one of the site's advertisers). The 4-hole tip (plus a little extra steaming power) makes quick work of a large pitcher of milk.
More than enough for two six ounce lattes, and quickly!
One more added bonus of the four hole tip? It's a bit longer, so I can now steam in deeper pitchers.
Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 11:44am Subject: Re: Anyone upgrade their Rancilio Sylvia V1/2 steam wand to the v3?
I upgraded my Silvia v2 and there was a noticeable improvement in steaming. The upgrade was pretty straight forward. The articulated arm is very nice. And, the microfoam improved. It was well worth the money.
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