LOL. You sound like me back in Fall 2011 when I got mine. I had just gotten a big promotion and was going to reward myself with a GS/3. Then the BDB came out and was crushing Scace tests and had stainless boilers and a stainless portafilter and then the 30% off sale at Williams Sonoma, and I just said WTH?! (Only with something other than the "H") At that point I had to give it a try. Fully expecting to get the warranty period plus a little more and not much more than that. But... as each little thing happened off warranty, the community figured out the DIY. Turns out everything boils down to two things (besides bad water which affects every machine). And then I started discovering really probing the pre infusion for light roasts. Then we discover we can get full blown infinitely variable flow control by switching around some tubes on the inside. In addition to now having a pretty good grip on the usual suspects that need periodic attention. I'm still spring loaded with to get a GS/3. But I've just never had the excuse. And if do get one, I'll be needle valving it like my BDB, per one of my mates who figured out that mod for the GS/3. Oh and if you head down the path of flow profiling, the pressure gauge is group pressure. Which is immensely useful.Snow27118 wrote: I would like I would like to support a small Italian company continue to innovate. However, it just seemed like too good to pass up. If I decide to continue exploring other machines, I thought I could sell it at a small loss and explore another;)
If you for sure pull the trigger on this:
Breville Dual Boiler Mods and Maintenance
And the general owner's thread:
Breville Dual Boiler, five+ years on
Stay engaged. There are some great contributors in the community.