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Topic: Espresso machine repairs - San Francisco area (5 msgs / 120 lines)
1) From: Zara Haimo
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Does anyone know a reliable repair place in the SF Bay area?  The ball =
joint on the steam wand on my Giotto is leaking and after trying some =
fixes with the distributor over the phone, they are now recommending =
that I take it in somewhere to get it fixed as it may need a new valve =
and assembly.  Shipping it back to NY from the west coast doesn't make a =
lot of sense, and they thought any good small appliance repair shop =
could do the work.  Does anyone have any experience with a good repair =
place in this area?

2) From: Geary Lyons
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Hi Zara,
Sorry to here about the problem!!
In SF, Thomas Cara & Sons in SF. a  bit of an attitude at time, but very
knowledgeable and competent.
On this side of the Bay,  there is:
Mr. Espresso in Oakland, but they may only service their brands. they may be
able to recommend others,.
In Concord, there is a small repair shop, run by an Italian gentleman.  He
can fix anything espresso related.  I do not have his name and # at hand.
I'm at work. But could provide if you like.
Cheers,
Geary

3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Zara, did you check the price of the steam assembly? (assume talked with
1st-Line, also suggest check EPNW for a price comparison) Or are you not
technically comfortable attempting to replace it yourself?
Is there no one in the SF Bay area willing and able to aid a damsel in
distress?! I can't see how it'd be that difficult. And I'm sure Zara would
pay you well with wonderfully delightful home baked goodies from her
fabulous new kitchen:-)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Zara Haimo
	Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 1:31 PM
	
	Does anyone know a reliable repair place in the SF Bay area?  The
ball joint on the steam wand on my Giotto is leaking and after trying some
fixes with the distributor over the phone, they are now recommending that I
take it in somewhere to get it fixed as it may need a new valve and
assembly.  Shipping it back to NY from the west coast doesn't make a lot of
sense, and they thought any good small appliance repair shop could do the
work.  Does anyone have any experience with a good repair place in this
area?

4) From: Zara Haimo
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I got to the point with the tech guy at wholelattelove (it's Alfred's Giotto
which he bought there) where it probably would take fairly complete
disassembly of the machine and I seem to be better at taking things apart
than putting them back together...  Plus a place that does this kind of
repair all the time would have the workbench and tools all set up and I
still don't have the garage put together in the new house.
 > Is there no one in the SF Bay area willing and able to aid a damsel in
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Hmmm, I hadn't thought about bribery...

5) From: Michael Wade
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Well, of course!  However, the damsel asked for a repair shop, not a knight!
If the damsel has access to the parts, and needs someone to turn wrenches, I 
would be delighted to help.  I was variously a mechanic, machinist and 
millwright for many (many!) years before going into IT, but I have no 
contacts or supply channels for espresso machines.
Zara, if I can be of service please don't hesitate to ask.  I'm still 
planning on following your HGDB instructions one of these days. Thanks again 
for sending them.
Michael Wade
Milpitas, Ca
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