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TheCav
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 6:24am
Subject: NS Oscar for a beginner: care for mods?
 

Hi guys!
I am from Italy and I was looking to buy a semi-automatic machine....been watching a lot of Youtube videos and reading CG forum posts, and decided to go with a Nuova Simonelli Oscar paired with their Grinta grinder.
I exclusively drink espresso and cappuccino....being an italian....:)
Would that combo of machine plus grinder be a good choice? I will be doing 2 to 4 drinks a day.

I came across an online reseller that proposes the Oscars with several mods: Sirai, Opv, and anti-vacuum.
Are they really useful or can I skip them?
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 2:04pm
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I did the vacuum breaker and the musica restricters.  I also like the steam wand mod.  See the link in my sig file.

 
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 2:20pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

I did the vacuum breaker and the musica restricters.  I also like the steam wand mod.  See the link in my sig file.

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What about the Opv? Would it be beneficial at all?
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 2:27pm
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Hi Helen. Quick question...where did y'all get your restrictors? I only found 1 site...can't recall the name but prices are shown in Euros. Thank.

TheCav...i think newer machines come with sirai...older ones are mater.
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 2:51pm
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I don't know about the Grinta grinder.  I'd go with the Mahlkonig Vario Home for a little more. Click Here (www.dmitalia.info)
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 5:59pm
Subject: Re: NS Oscar for a beginner: care for mods?
 

What is the main reason for your gender? If it is espresso only, there are much better grenders but they cost more.  for multi use, the Vario works OK.
Osacar out of the box is a able matchine, no mods are required to get very good espresso. You CAN do mods and get even more performance too.

 
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 6:37pm
Subject: Re: NS Oscar for a beginner: care for mods?
 

calblacksmith Said:

What is the main reason for your gender? If it is espresso only, there are much better grenders but they cost more.  for multi use, the Vario works OK.
Osacar out of the box is a able matchine, no mods are required to get very good espresso. You CAN do mods and get even more performance too.

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Wayne, you can't expect everyone to start with commercial equipment.
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 7:42pm
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calblacksmith Said:

Oscar out of the box is a able matchine, no mods are required to get very good espresso.

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Able, perhaps.  But a very cranky, and not particularly user-friendly "dragon."  My experience with an unmodified Oscar in my office was that it made it too difficult for the para and secretary to make espresso for clients.  If you're going to buy an Oscar, do the mods.

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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 8:11pm
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Probably the vibratory pump, I'm guessing?  I don't know of any that are quiet.
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Posted Mon Jan 20, 2014, 2:02am
Subject: Re: NS Oscar for a beginner: care for mods?
 

Looks like mods can make the life easier....also I've read that the Sirai should come preinstalled only on US machines.

What do you guys recommend as a grinder *for espresso only*? The Grinta bundled with the Oscar would cost me 160 euros while the Eureka 260 euros.
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