I was able to find this on coffeegeek from another user. Even though it's a 2nd hand 3 year old model is still works like new. The commercial portafilter, wand and 12oz boiler really make it feel like your using a small commercial machine at home. Amazing cafe quality or better espresso and crazy steam compared to my EC155! Even for $700 new in Canada this espresso machine is a great deal and will clearly last for years and years to come! I thought this machine would be less forgiving but I was able to dial in a Hario Skerton on the 2nd try with great results.
Coffeegeek user was friendly and easy to work with. Shoulda stayed away from UPS though. $100 C.O.D :s
Three Month Followup
Machine still runs like when I bought it 3 months ago. Still happy to wake up in the morning to brew a shot. :) My caffeine addiction has gotten worse over the last 3 months. I have since upgraded to the triple bottomless portafilter and it was worth it. I am pulling great looking espresso .
One Year Followup
The Silvia still runs great. NO issues. I descale every 6 months (drinking maybe 1-2 espresso's per day), Weekly backflush. I didn't expect a second hand Silvia to last this long without problems. I will soon be replacing the frame ($80) and Rustolium painting it to make it rust proof. Since I have been able to get used to temp surfing without really knowing it. A good tip would be to keep a frothing pitcher under the steam wand sitting on the drip tray. makes surfing cleaner and easier. Other than a bit of rust (from me not watching how full the drip tray gets) this machine is great! Produces amazing espresso and truly is built to last for a single boiler machine. Now all it needs is a PID for temp profiling. :p I plan to hide one under the cup warmer to make it easily accessible but easy to hide. I have no issue with steam power. If you do a 20 min warm up before flipping the steam button to warm up for steam you get a ton of steam power that won't empty the boiler much. I can refill in about 10 seconds after steaming. :) Will buy again!