The rancilio should be the espresso machine purchase that you can count on.
Positive Product Points
The Silvia is 'the bomb', 'the rock', the 'tank' and so many other names defining sweetness in counter-top kitchen couture!
Negative Product Points
One has to but follow the Rancilio trick course outlined by mark prince and others to understand the Silvias few idiosyncratic tendencies.
I signed out, what must be for some, the benchmark of home coffee and kitchen countertop espresso experiences. This could be the machine for me, but I do not know and I cannot speak for everyone. Let us just say that it has all the sweet features and savvy that a home espresso machine should have: that is, brass boiler, group, delivery, and shiny steel accoutrements and touches for the true coffee obsessive. If you are a first timer to the world of Rancilio, make sure you read your manual carefully and talk to the seller for a demo and some tips. This machine has a few quirks but delivers time and time again, great espresso coffee when you treat it right.
Colin Newell does not buy espresso machines, he is given them!