Ok, it seems that you guys are right that it is the equipment and thanks again for the input. Today Andrew from WLL sent me an email then we spoke on the phone and he is sure that it is an OPV issue - most likely faulty/partially clogged OPV. just ordered the necessary parts and will update after i have replaced it. I definitely think Andrew was taking more interest in the issue.
sorry for bouncing back and forth on causes but i think you guys and now WLL have me pointed in the right direction.
heres my update. this weekend i finally decided to open up the machine, remove the old opv and install the new one. after a lengthy discussion with the WLL guy and reading the instructions on the operation i decided i could do it. what a disaster. no can do. also, couldnt put it back together. so tonight i am taking it UPS and having the pros do it - which is precisely what i should have done to begin with.
Once that gets taken care of i will have to decide if i really want to continue with this obsession. tough to let go but i could just go out for a really great coffee/espresso. the guys at Peregrine here in Washington DC are top notch.
After WLL confirms that it is all 100 percent - i may just sell the thing.
I guess if someone is real handy and was willing to reattach the hoses and replace the opv with the new one that i already have you could get a sick deal now but i feel better about spending the money to ship and repair knowing it was 100% perfect. I'm just saying if someone was willing to take the risk and was confident in their skills i'd let it go on the cheap.
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