RyanP wrote: If you need steaming in a small compact lever setup I can't really think of a better machine....
I've owned both a 1981 (67) cremina, and an Elektra MCAL (micro casa a leva)...the MCAL is by far a better steamer...totally dry foam, whilst the Cremina was wet, even with a serious 10 second bleed.
I've owned Bezzera Strega as well. Not sure why, but I enjoyed the fully manual process, and that was without any sort of pressure gauge.
Randy, other than Gabor's handiwork, you've done a significant # of upgrades to make your Cremina top flight. I think Grog NAILED IT. We love toys.
That said, if the volume you're getting from the Cremina per shot is sufficient 90% of the time, and you're loving the taste, hang on to it. If however, you feel too often that you'd like those 40 gram shots, and still enjoy the lever process, I'd say look at a Bosco lever, or something you could plumb in, if that passes wifely inspection. Word here is plumbed in allows the absolute MOST flexibility. I believe the Londinium R, Bosco, and Gaggia Achille all utilize the same group? I may be wrong there.
The key is, are you OK with the SLOWER process...if you're getting the volume you'd wish for? If not, it's PUMP CITY, sir!!!