Preliminary Dead Gaggia Diagnosis Solicitation (PDGDS)

Q: In a fit of.... mumblemumblemumble... I bought a dead Gaggia Baby on Ebay tonight. Its description mentioned that although it worked fine when last used eight years ago, when recently plugged in and switched on, "nothing happened." I clarified with the seller this means no lights came on at all. I'm giddily anticipating tearing this thing open when it arrives, but in the meantime, I thought I'd ask the alt.coffee Gaggia-guru crew for their diagnostic guesses. If the thermal fuse had gone, would the lights still come on? Can anyone speculate what would cause no lights, no nuthin' on a Gaggia? As far as I know, the machine likely suffered little physical trauma over its life, as it was described as having sat on a kitchen counter for eight years: From the Ebay description: "My husband bought this Baby Gaggia Espresso/Cappuccino maker about 8 years ago, and the first week we had it, we used it, maximum, two or three times. Since then, it has been sitting in the kitchen looking nice, but we never used it again." To see it in all its glory, and to check out my dramatic bid that got entered with 2 seconds left: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=465216059 Thanks for any guesses, speculation, etc.

A: I agree that the machine and portafilter look to be brand-spanking...but am I the only one who thinks the steam wand looks well-worn (or hopefully just unclean)? In any case, I'm green with envy - and I'm sure the fault is trivial. Oftentimes, a film will develop on the main switch contacts, causing this problem. The solution can be as simple as turning off, and on, the main switch rapidly several times, or of opening the switch and cleaning the contacts. "Owen Egan" wrote in message. news:QkbtOUnXL53qzMOlCLOQHZIL1agf@4ax.com...Re replacement parts, I have a Gaggia Espresso that's old and beige and that has a lame pump. I've been waiting to cannibalize bits of it for some time, and I think now's the moment to light the bonfire and start that big pot boiling...