When the PID's were becoming widely popular, the Silvia was more affordable and surplus or used PIDs were readily available on eBay on the cheap. With the dollar falling fast enough to put an eye out, and the cost of putting together a PID setup (or buying a ready-made kit) your assertions are correct.HB wrote:Furthermore, I'm puzzled by the popularity of a PID'd Silvia as a first-time purchase. It may make sense for those who already have one and wish to free themselves of the temperature surfing routine, or for those willing to put a kit together themselves on the cheap. But dropping $600 on a Silvia and then investing even more for a PID kit when the total cost is within a hair's breath of an entry level E61 heat exchanger espresso machine? I don't get it.
But we are dealing with a lot of variables-
SAYS: "Well, dear, the Silvia is held in high regard and has a good resale value, even though it costs more than we planned."
THINKS: 'I can just add the PID later... huh huh.'
My best advice to new Silvia users: Taking for granted that a quality grinder and quality FRESHLY ROASTED coffee is being used, is to grind, one click at a time, finer until it chokes the machine. Then grind one click more coarse, tamp with a 5-10 pound tamp, lock the portafilter, remove the portafilter, and if there is only the slightest mark from the screw, then you are half way there.
As I have said, if espresso was easy, Starbucks could do it...