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sunsurf
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Espresso: Elektra A3 Sixties Model
Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly
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Posted Sat Nov 9, 2013, 2:47pm
Subject: Replacement tip for Elektra A3 Sixties Model
 

I want to swap out my 4 hole tip for one with 3 or fewer holes as I'm not getting the oomph I need to obtain microfoam. I've taken to extracting with the A3 and steaming with my stovetop frother.

I measured the thread on the wand it looks like 9mm male. So I believe I need a 9mm female tip.

ChrisCoffee has mostly 10mm tips, 1st-Line has several 4 hole replacements for my Elektra. Anyone know of a tip that will work for me?
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SylvainMtl
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 4:21am
Subject: Re: Replacement tip for Elektra A3 Sixties Model
 

Not a cheap replacement, but the foam knife from EPNW (for the La marzocco) fits.  I've been using it since August.

(Edit: changed the online store name)
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SylvainMtl
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 4:24am
Subject: Re: Replacement tip for Elektra A3 Sixties Model
 

Re-reading your post, I a bit perplex, you say the Elektra doesn't have enough power for micro foam?

I'm using the foam knife, actually because otherwise it is too powerful for small amounts of milk, well anyway, the foam knife makes it effortless when steaming a few ounces only.
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sunsurf
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 6:55am
Subject: Re: Replacement tip for Elektra A3 Sixties Model
 

I had the A3 for going on 9 yrs now. Did not have any trouble in the beginning. We moved a year ago to 8500 ft and a well (softener added). I don't know if any or both of these, or just some calcification/blockage is at work but past 6 mo I've had a really hard time stretching the milk--just gets to temp before that. Played with the rheostat and raised from 1.2 to 1.5 cut-off but still no luck.

My single-hole, stove-top frother is like a turbo jet blowing into the pitcher of cold milk and can easily provide the thick, rich foam I desire. My thought was, until I have the time and desire to dismantle the A3 in search of the issue, I want a cheap, easy fix. With fewer holes I'm convinced we'll have what we need.
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Sashas
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 2:26pm
Subject: Re: Replacement tip for Elektra A3 Sixties Model
 

I own Elektra Deliziosa which is pretty much same internals and with the original tip and smaller amounts of milk I'd get <5 s "blow the pitcher out of my hand" steaming. The tip's 4 holes were 1.3~1.5mm so I got a few Rancilio tips 3 & 4 holes 0.9 and 1.1mm dia with 4 hole 1.1mm being my favorite.
They might work for your A3 as well but I'm under impression that it actually needs a good clean/decal from your last post. My machine is set very low btw ~1.0-1.1bar max.
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sunsurf
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Espresso: Elektra A3 Sixties Model
Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly
Roaster: Local
Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 5:49pm
Subject: Re: Replacement tip for Elektra A3 Sixties Model
 

I'm thinking the decal might be the issue, too. I feel like if I'm not at 1.2 or higher the pressure is too weak. It also feels as though it doesn't hold long enough for me to finish. I'm always trying to catch it right before it cuts off before I start and sometimes pause in the middle and wait for it to kick back over and start heating back up.

We had to shut the water off a couple of times for a repair on the lines a month or so ago. When we turned it back on for the 2nd or 3rd time it seemed as though the machine was working hard, sucking water into the boiler. It gave me the impression some sediment might have moved somewhere and lodged itself. I seem to recall a higher flow through the grouphead prior to this occurence. My extractions take longer to materialize through the portafilter whereas it used to be within a 2-3 sec, it now is closer to 5-6 sec.

Can you save me time looking up the details of how to perform a "good clean/decal"? I'm embarrassed to say I have never actually performed one in the time I have owned the machine, and I was second owner. So far I have only removed the lines and inspected for signs of blockage.

Thanks.
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sunsurf
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Posted Sun Nov 24, 2013, 11:20am
Subject: Re: Replacement tip for Elektra A3 Sixties Model
 

Happy to report a decal was all that was required. Going to have to change my program now that we are on a well. Thanks all for suggestions.
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