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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 8:45am
Subject: Re: FS - Used Grimac La Valentina Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing
 

Tony, is "bumpi" an Italian for bump? :)

It is amazing to me that it is still available. This is a great machine. I'd buy it myself if I didn't have too many myself.

Bumpi!

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Bumpi

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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 9:22am
Subject: Re: FS - Grimac La Valentina HX Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing (will ship)
 

I see that this is a single boiler.  I wonder if there is any way to PID it?
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 10:29am
Subject: Re: FS - Grimac La Valentina HX Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing (will ship)
 

ECM Said:

I see that this is a single boiler.  I wonder if there is any way to PID it?

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There's always a way to PID it.  Run the heating element separate from the built in controller with the pid and thermosensor controlling the temps.  You can even tap somewhere, use liquid gasket to seal your new connection and have a thermosensor right in the boiler.

Great looking little machine, so eventually it's bound to make someone happy.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:17am
Subject: Re: FS - Grimac La Valentina HX Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing (will ship)
 

Yeah no doubt!
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:42am
Subject: Re: FS - Grimac La Valentina HX Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing (will ship)
 

ECM Said:

Yeah no doubt!

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It's not a single boiler machine as jargon in this universe would suggest. While it technically HAS a single boiler used for steam and hot water, it IS a heat exchanger.  The brew path includes a head exchanger pipe (the water in the brew path is heated by passing through this pipe that passes through the boiler), so that's why the thermometer was introduced a while back.  It reads the water temperature at the grouphead. A PID on an HX doesn't really make sense IMHO, especially if you have a read out of the water temperature hitting the puck.  You do need to learn how to dance with the water... Which as long as you know how long to flush for, you're good to go.  Like most machines, you learn the machine's nuances and it will reward you with EXCEPTIONAL espresso, no doubt.

vberch Said:

Tony, is "bumpi" an Italian for bump? :)

It is amazing to me that it is still available. This is a great machine. I'd buy it myself if I didn't have too many myself.

Bumpi!

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I just decided to make it sound nicei.. 0_o
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:05pm
Subject: Re: FS - Grimac La Valentina HX Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing (will ship)
 

Yeah I use to an HX ... had a Giotto P for ten years.  

I see your point concerning the PID.  It probably woldn't work very well although I see venders doing it.  

I'm really interested in the Alexia but want to find a used one with PID if possible.  Just comming off the GS3 I'm spoiled in terms of temperature stability... it's a must for me now.

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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:55pm
Subject: Re: FS - Grimac La Valentina HX Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing (will ship)
 

Oh well I just edited this post, the Alexia is a single boiler.  Completely different animal.

I think you should buy this!  I'd say more machine for your money.  haha
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 4:29pm
Subject: Re: FS - Grimac La Valentina HX Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing (will ship)
 

No question!

However, I'm looking to get away form the HX side of things.  I don't want to flush again.  I want a machine that with a PID and as I don't steam that function is of little use to me.  

I think it's wierd that no one has taken this off your hands.  You could be asking a lot more for it which is why I don't understand.  It has some really good quality internals under the hood.  

Good luck
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Posted Mon Jul 29, 2013, 7:40am
Subject: Re: FS - Grimac La Valentina HX Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing (will ship)
 

I agree, weird is a good word... ALSO




BUMPI!
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Posted Wed Jul 31, 2013, 6:08pm
Subject: Re: FS - Grimac La Valentina HX Automatic Model Volumetric Dosing (will ship)
 

Hello:

It's Rob ...   I may be interested in buying your Espresso Machine.  

I have a couple of questions for you.  

  1.  I see you are including a bottomless PF what kind of PF is it?

  2.  Is there a group pressure meter?

  3.  How does one adjust the group pressure?  

  4.  Do you have any VST baskets you would be willing to sell?

  5.  As I sold all my gear recently I need a tamper, frothing pitcher, tamping mat and knock box.  Do you have any of these items you would be willing to sell?  

  6.  Can the pre-infusion be programmed - start and stop or is it a typical E61 pre-infusion?  

  7.  How would you describe the quality and character of the shots?  I am not a milk drinker so for me the quality of the shot is everything!
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