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expobar
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Posted Thu Jul 22, 2004, 9:55pm
Subject: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

I just found a store that sells Gaggia MDFs for 130 dollars new.  Should I buy one?
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Posted Thu Jul 22, 2004, 10:06pm
Subject: Re: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

also, is it possible to fix the doser to it isnt crappy?
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Posted Fri Jul 23, 2004, 2:42am
Subject: Re: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

expobar Said:

I just found a store that sells Gaggia MDFs for 130 dollars new.  Should I buy one?

Posted July 22, 2004 link

Dude - let me know if that grinder is actually available for that price.
If so, then I will buy one myself.  Today.  

I found a site that claims to sell this grinder for $129
(but it's "out of stock")

 
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akin
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Posted Fri Jul 23, 2004, 4:00am
Subject: Re: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

I modified my MDF a while ago and now I am quite happy with it.
(search for "my Gaggia MDF modification , almost stepless" )
It is a very robust grinder giving very good results however the distance between two adjustment steps are just huge. This makes it for some beans almost impossible to dial in.
For this reason I would not buy it again.
If you are not changing your beans often than for that price I think you should go for it.
Ciao ...
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Posted Fri Jul 23, 2004, 8:14am
Subject: Re: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

I made one mistake and that was buying the MDF even though sometimes i can get a good espresso out of it I find the grind to be too here and too there for my liking.
I guess like most people at the end of the day all I wanna do is sit down and have that good last short black before  going to bed.
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Posted Fri Jul 23, 2004, 8:43am
Subject: Re: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

It's a good price for that grinder. I use mine with a Solis SL70 and couldn't be happier. Between Starbucks, Vivace, and 2 different beans from Intelligensia, all decaf, it's done very well. There have been a couple of times were I felt a half step may have put me at the ideal grind setting, but I consider that to be just a minor complaint. I hope mine lasts a very long time.
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Posted Fri Jul 23, 2004, 1:53pm
Subject: Re: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

i had one for awhile and then bought a rocky doserless which i like a lot better

the mdf suceeds in the most important area, it produces a consistent grind the works well for espresso

it fails in one main area in my opinion, and that is the doser mechanism which is not the best especially if you only drinks 1-2 espresso's a day

i hope you aren't looking at "the gaggia shop" because they are out of business

good luck
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Posted Fri Jul 23, 2004, 1:56pm
Subject: Re: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

Frogman Said:

i hope you aren't looking at "the gaggia shop" because they are out of business

Posted July 23, 2004 link

Well Jon, there's the reason they haven't replied to your emails.  That sucks, I thought i could get a great deal on a good grinder.  It looks like I still have to buy a used grinder.
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Posted Fri Jul 23, 2004, 3:06pm
Subject: Re: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

Have you looked at the Cunill Tranquilo?  Looks like this site still has them re-badged as Astras for $184.

Click Here (www.gomezcoffee.com)

I don't know anything about the vendor and the place i bought mine from (Cora) has since run out.   Looks like a good price on a great grinder considering that the new ones are selling for $230-270.  I'm very happy with mine: 60mm burrs and 1/3HP low speed motor :-)
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Posted Fri Jul 23, 2004, 3:18pm
Subject: Re: New Gaggia MDF for 130 dollars, should I jump all over this?
 

I have that site bookmarked, but i'm kind of skeptical about it.  I don't know why, but I can't seem to trust the site or the product.  Probably because i haven't heard of any experience with the store, and i dont like the lack of instructions on it.

I'll probably buy a used or refurb Rocky sometime
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