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I just got a screaming deal on a 2002 Astra Mega SC. I love the stability of a plumbed in machine (I have a NS MAC currently) but I'm using a reservoir and (my wife) would like to reclaim some kitchen space. I have not fired it up yet, but it looks amazingly clean.
One question I have though. There is a single gauge for boiler pressure, no brew pressure gauge (see photo).
I have seen other instances of that model online with both the standard dual gauge and my single gauge. Can anyone explain the reasoning behind this?
I can't imagine it being an issue of economy, but you never know. I am going to try to figure out how to add the dual gauge. Other than that, it is an excellent candidate for restoration. Also, I have never seen the self-tamping configuration for Astra- how does it differ from the regular groupheads?
More than likely it is an economical issue. Pay more, get more sort of thing. As for self tamping, if you search this forum you'll note that your machine has a thicker dispersion screen that does the tamping when you insert the portafilter. How does it differ?... regular groupheads don't have that kind of screen.