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MarissaMc
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Posted Thu Dec 26, 2013, 3:48pm
Subject: Re: Upgrading from Gaggia Classic
 

Definitely not pressurised baskets with mine. It did however, come with a strange contraption to put on the end of the steam arm, supposedly to make steaming the milk more successful. I never used it and soon replaced the steam arm for a rancillio one.
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Posted Thu Dec 26, 2013, 5:13pm
Subject: Re: Upgrading from Gaggia Classic
 

I don't know if I just missed this or if you haven't told us WHY you are upgrading?
What is it that you are looking for that you aren't getting from the Gaggia Classic?
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Posted Fri Dec 27, 2013, 11:00am
Subject: Re: Upgrading from Gaggia Classic
 

MarissaMc Said:

I am thinking about upgrading my Gaggia classic. I have been offered an ex demo model Isomac Venus for $650.

Posted December 25, 2013 link

Already mentioned above but SBDU to SBDU isn't really an upgrade.  You'd be better off upgrading the grinder.  As always, the grinder matters more.

MarissaMc Said:

The grinder I have is a sunbeam. I know it is not ideal (hence why I tried to avoid naming it in my op :p ), but I am happy enough with it for now - I get a pretty good crema on my shots.

Posted December 26, 2013 link

"Not ideal" is really a euphemism.  It's not just about making crema.  What you'd spend on the Venus could get you a good grinder (that could be used even after upgrading the espresso machine down the road) and fix your Classic.
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