I want to bring to light some interesting observations I have come across.
I restored an 81 Cremina last month that came with the original single and double basket.
I wanted another basket as it works well with my set up if I have two so I ordered another Cremina double basket from Cerini.
It turns out that its not the same basket. The hight is the same being 23mm but the holes are different and it has an LF stamp. It also appears to be slightly wider but not by much. It doesn't extract better then the old basket and I think it probably needs a different dose or finer grind but so far im not satisfied. I also read a previous post where someone else observed the same findings.
I was a bit frustrated so I decided to try the Elektra double basket on Amazon which is supposed to be 26mm in depth. To my surprise it was an almost duplicate of the newer Cremina double being 23mm except for one thing and that is the lip is slightly wider. I returned it and decided to order the Elektra basket from Stefano's and this one was 26mm and very different than what I received from Amazon except for the lip. The extraction was better at higher doses but overall I still preferred the original.
I then came across this thread regarding the Strietman baskets made by IMS being a good alternative once slightly modified to fit that gives a good result for this poster that was closer to the original basket.
49 mm basket comparison
I ordered one today. I then went back to the thread and noticed something that caught my eye. The Strietman IMS basket looks identical to both the new Elektra and new Cremina basket except that its shorter by about 2mm. The stamping and hole pattern is an exact match.
What does this all mean.
I have a strong suspicion that the new Cremina basket is made by IMS for LF. LF also makes almost the same basket for the Elektra except for the lip which probably fits the Elektra better. The Strietman basket is just a shorter version of both. I have also noticed that the hole size on the IMS basket appears to be slightly larger and could be why I need a finer grind.
I have owned competition baskets from both VST and IMS in the past for different machines and had mixed results. The question is will the IMS competition basket be different than the LF new stock basket.