Now our shots are much more consistent. Being reasonably frugal, we probably would not have upgraded our grinder if our old one hadn't actually quit. However, I am actually quite happy about that particular misfortune. Once again, I ended up spending more than we originally planned on, - but when it comes to tools, we are willing to spend a bit more if it will actually make a difference. This purchase does make a difference. At the same time we bought our Sette 30, I also picked up a scale, and that certainly did help me see what was going on while dialing it in. However, If I keep on using the scale, it will only be to develop a little finesse. The grind is so consistent that I haven't pulled a bad shot since I found the sweet spot in the settings. Whereas I was often reasonably "on" before, I remained occasionally wildly "off" with my old grinder. Now, instead of an intermittent sweet spot, I seem to have found a reliable sweet range of possible shots.
Besides the fact that the coffee is better, there are a number of other things I like about this grinder. The features such as digital timer and lack of waste coffee because of the down flow design are worthwhile and pleasing. On a slightly negative side (& as I suspected), the ability to rotate the supports to become a portafilter holder is an interesting idea, but a bit wobbly and messy for practical use the arms as a portafilter holder. However, I have seen YouTubes of people adding little funnels to guide the coffee into the portafiliter. Regardless, to my surprise, I find that the container that receives the ground pours coffee into the portafilter well enough that I'd rather use that anyway. Beyond the features though, I particularly like the philosophy behind building a product that you can repair. It even comes with shims so that you can adjust the grind adjustment as the burrs wear. The feel of the unit does bring hope that this unit is built well enough that it will still have lots of life left when the burrs wear down.
Bottom line regarding the Baratza Sette 30: The build seems robust, the design seems well thought out, and best of all, the coffee is great!