Good to hear from you again. The basket I sent is brand new, never used, so
may have to be worn in a bit to work smoothly. A new basket can work and be
placed and removed but it helps to be familiar with the normal operation and
know when to push, when to pull, and when to tilt. If it is seated properly
in the portafilter you should be able to place and remove successfully.
If the portafilter is a true Cremina part it is made of heavy brass which is
chrome plated. Brass is a relatively soft metal - if there is an indentation
- can't imagine how that could be on a true Cremina portafilter, they are so
thick - you can sand it smooth with a dremel tool, hand drill or any similar
tool with a very fine sanding disk. Can you post a picture of the
portafilter online (or send picture offline if not) so we can see what might
be wrong and what we can recommend to fix it.
Also, if you look up into the grouphead - the big nosed bell-shaped object
that sticks out the front of the machine you should see the dispersion disk
and a rubber gasket around the dispersion screen that makes contact with
the basket and holds it in place. Can you see the gasket? Does the
rubber look worn? Is the basket getting jammed because there is no rubber to
keep it further down in the grouphead? Pictures!!!
Without familiarity with the machine, most anything you do to "fix" it
will probably mess it up more and possibly lower the value. So if you are
interested in raising money for the Sister's cause then at least consider an
"as is" sale, just being honest about what you have and what you know about
it. But showing us pictures may help us suggest some non invasive ways of
getting it to work. Wish I was in the neighborhood and could just drop in to
take a look...
On 4/2/07, Skip wrote: