THE ORIGINAL "PID" SILVIA: From Hitechespresso.com
The original source for PID Silvias, since 2006
Warranted for two years. Over 1,054 sold
$865.00 shipped, in the 48 states
Latest owner comment:
We are so happy with the new Silvia V3 with the pid mod.
Thanks so much for your efforts to make the world a better place.
Noticing our success over the years, there are others mimicking our offerings.
As usual, the copies are never better than the original, just CHEAPER.
We want to explain that there are actually vendors out there that STICK the box containing the brand X 'pid' electronics to the Silvia with adhesive foam tape!
How long to you think THAT will last?? Please see the photos.
Another hobbyist kit seller uses foam tape, glue, and an exposed wireloom.
(Update, that seller is NO longer in the business of kits.)
This practice is unsafe. There is the matter of 120 volts running into the box, to power the 'pid'.
But I guess if you keep some tape (or glue) around, you could re-tape (or glue) the electronics to the bottom of the Silvia whenever it falls off from HEAT and gravity.
A falsehood from imitators:
"PRE-INFUSION" is a gimmick from the other offerings . ALL Ulka pumps used on Silvias and hundreds of other makes have a pressure ramp characteristic that pre-infuses the coffee puck. i.e. it takes the pump 5 to 6 seconds to ramp up pressure to full.
Simple, automatic and inherent to all vibe (Ulka, Fluid-o-tech, Eaton, etc.) pumps.
"Hi Dave, Thanks for the quick reply. I guess that settles it then. I am going to order one from you here in the next couple of weeks. You have a great reputation, and that is why I am going with you over SCG or others. Thanks again and have a great day! Will be in contact real soon" . . . Steve
We have been asked: We use the Delta "pid" controller. From Delta Electronics --$25 billion manufacturer of reliable electronics -- NOT some $14.00 custom labeled unknown piece.
ALL SILVIAS ARE ALWAYS THE SO-CALLED "VERSION THREE."
The Silvia has proven to be the most rugged and reliable machine
of its type.
Comments from customers:"My friend Silvia is has been with me a year! The amount of money that I've saved (over running out to the local coffee shops) has been HUGE!. I have 2-3 espresso drinks per day while I work valued at $3.75 per drink. So in the course of a year, I SAVE $3500! As expected - my Rancilio Silvia was well worth the price. "
"First off, I have to tell you how very happy we are with our modified Silvia/Rocky combo. I don't know how a standard Silvia is to operate...but with your PID modification it is a dream machine. It only took me a week to sort out a coffee/grind combo that just knocks the socks off anything available locally. And that's using some of the least expensive beans I could find on [the] island! Absolutely wonderful crema and perfect 25 second pulls. Not 24 or 26....25 every time. Clean up and regular maintenance is easy and fun. Not often does one get to buy an item that truly exceeds all expectations, however high. The Silvia with your PID mod is one of those rare pieces of gear that delivers more than expected or hoped for on every count. WE LOVE IT! Many mahalos!" -- Ray M., Honolulu, Hawaii
"I know where you are coming from. Surfing temps for espresso seemed like way more effort and confusion than I was up for. I kept looking for a machine with a PID and ended up on eBay. Dave from hitechespresso.com sells a Rancilio Silvia with a sweet PID already installed. I swear by this combination. I'm still new to making my own espresso, and this purchase let me skip months of frustration and bad shots."
" Still performs AWESOME. I figure that I've pulled over 1300 shots on it in the last year and it still looks and runs just like it did the first week. The Rancilio Silvia is built more like a commercial espresso machine, except that it has a water tank instead of a direct line hook up. The PID temperature controller that I had HitechEspresso install - is still working great and has two major benefits for me: 1) with precise temperature - I get consistent flavor in my shots. 2) I can leave my Silvia on all day and not worry about it over-heating. "
NOT A KIT! WE DO THE WORK
YOU ENJOY GREAT, CONSISTENT ESPRESSO!
We take full responsibility for your machine,
with a top to bottom warranty, for TWO YEARS.Q: What is the main purpose of the electronics? The 'pid'?
BOTH BREW AND STEAM ARE CONTROLLED BY THE ELECTRONICS
A: To give you stable, controlled brewing temperatures, for GREAT espresso
time after time. This Silvia will idle at +/- 1 degree F,
rather than the 50 degrees variation of a stock machine.
Q: What about my warranty if I install any modification on a NEW Silvia?
A: You will have NO warranty, whatsoever.
That's why the kit sellers use glue, velcro, double-stick adhesives and other means so that should you have a problem with the machine, you can TRY to get the stuff OFF of the machine before you take it, or send it, for service.
Q: Do you really want electrical components GLUED onto your hot appliance??
A: Our controller is BOLTED on, with NO ugly exposed wires, leaky seams, breakable plastic or cheesy seams or screws to detract from a factory appearance. Also, how long does GLUE last when it is trying to stick to hot metal??
Hitechespresso's 1,000 plus proud Silvia owners, world-wide, would seem to agree. Just take a glance at our feedback, and comments in other listings for the Silvia. Not a single one of our machines has ever been returned. ZERO, NADA.Q: If I go the "kit" route, will there be more than one company involved in supporting my espresso machine?
A: Yes. At least two. Whoever sold you the Silvia, and whoever sold you the kit, and if you installed it yourself: YOU. That makes three, as you are supplying the labor!
Q: The support you speak of, who are the others?
A: The other sellers of electronics for espresso? It is a sideline, just a hobby.
You would want a company to support you that does this FULL time. Dedicated solely to espresso machinery and service. Period.
Hitechespresso is THAT company, the ONLY one.
At Hitechespresso, we are a manufacturer authorized service center for our Silvias and we deliver FULL support -- for the ENTIRE machine. Even over the phone, toll-free!
NO glues, double-stick tapes or Velcro are used as a method to evade any warranty issues! The enclosure is bolted with stainless steel hardware to the machine.
Better yet? NO exposed screws, or holes and FULLY splash proof, with NO seams, none.
Fully compliant with NEMA 4 and IP65 standards. Others cannot make this claim.
"Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect."
-- NEMA 4 / 65 spec.
We take full responsibility for your machine, with a top to bottom warranty for TWO YEARS
THIS IS THE LASTEST "VERSION 3" SILVIA -- NOW WITH FULLY ELECTRONIC CONTROL OF BREW AND STEAM MODES.
Pictures of Silvias installed were provided by two of my customers, Jeff and Guy. Thank you.
(Their machines -- pictured -- are earlier versions of the Silvia, purchased over five years ago.
Yours will always be the brand new, latest version (so-called "version 3") available from Rancilio.)
Complete instructions are included to help YOU get the most from your advanced Silvia machine.
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