Careful is something I am not very good at. At least she got a lot of money. I would just end up with a burn in an uncomfortable place.I'm a little leary about buying some bigger items. I’m afraid of getting burned.
Oh c'mon, as long as you're more careful than the McDonalds coffee lady, you shouldn't burn anything
If you're willing to spend that kind of money, get a better grinder and an espresso machine. If you don't want to get both now, just get the grinder and use the stovetop, press pot or drip until you can get the espresso machine. That said, a friend went with the Rancilio Silvia/Rocky grinder combo 5 or so years ago and is still happy as a clam. I have a Gaggia Baby Class that I'm very happy with, but I do just black espresso, no steaming. I might not be as happy if I used the steamer, I dunno. Also, I did have to replace the solenoid valve, which was pretty cheap and easy to do.Thanks for the info. I'm about 99% of the time black espresso. My wife likes Cappuccinos. I talked about the Silvia/ Rocky combo with her and we probably will buy that or get the machine and check Craigslist for a grinder. Personally I would use the stovetop one and put the money for a new machine towards a good beer engine.
This forum is great for advice(and great comments) for just about anything! Thanks for all the responses.