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  • MRWILLL
    Senior Member
    • Aug 2000
    • 107

    What is the very best deal you ever received in HT/Audio??

    Hello folks...

    I have received over $6,000 in Monster spk wire and inner's, which I paid $1,000. It was 130 feet for the "REF" Z3 & M1 spk cable. I use all the cable because I passive bi-amp my spks. Custom lenghts (4 meter) of 7 pairs of M1000i. Also I have M1000d, M1000v, M550i, and Z series S-VHS cable. I got lucky.

    Through a good friend, I paid $1600 for (2) FSR-18 Velodyne subs. The best thing about this is I got to see my subs being built from A to Z. At the time, I called two other buddies of mine to see if they were interested in this one time deal, they were both strapped for cash. I bought two of them, and sold one to another buddy of mine. I regret it in a way. At the time, I didn't know nowhere as much as I know now about subs. I would have stacked or placed them right next to each other. I always tease him about who got him a great sub. I know there's someone out there that can top this, let's hear it. One of my buddies that wasn't able to get a sub always kids me about if my house was ever on fire, just give him enough time to run in and grab the Velodyne.




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  • Ken McDaniel
    Senior Member
    • Aug 2000
    • 170

    #2
    Had to copy this one over.

    Lex, Andrew, if were going to do the greatest-bargain-ever topic, can we create a seperate thread? This has to potential to be good.
    My greatest bargain: I was parusing my local hi-fi store's dent-and-chipped trade in pile and saw what appeared to be a THX Denon receiver. I asked the sales manager, " How much for the Denon?" He replied, " 900 hundred bucks." Having my eye on a B&K and a Parasound pre-amp I declined and went home.

    Later that evening, my wife approached me and asked, " Honey, did you see the Denon pre-amp?"

    " Pre-amp?, I saw a receiver," I replied.

    " Well, I'm talking about the Denon AVP-8000 pre-amp they had in the used section."

    ZOIKS! 2 years ago you couldn't find those bad boys at all much less for 900 bucks, they still listed for $3750. " We must go back now!"

    " Calm down," the wife replied, " I have his number."

    It's in the cabinet, my wife rules!




    Ken
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    • Ken McDaniel
      Senior Member
      • Aug 2000
      • 170

      #3
      Also. Sonus Faber Concerto Grand Piano, $2350. Sonus Faber Solo Center Channel, $650, new.




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      • Andrew Pratt
        Moderator Emeritus
        • Aug 2000
        • 16507

        #4
        how come I don't feel so lucky anymore about the deals I've found Great stories guys!




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        • SiliGoose
          Senior Member
          • Aug 2000
          • 942

          #5
          H/K AVR-7000 Retail: $1700 - traded my AVR-65 which I only paid $500 for to begin with.

          Sony Wega 36" XBR400 - $1900

          Monster Cable and Monster Power - I really couldn't say...probably 80% off retail -maybe better?




          -Sili
          www.campmurphy.net

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          • MRWILLL
            Senior Member
            • Aug 2000
            • 107

            #6
            Ken...

            "What a Lady."




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            • Lexman
              Super Senior Member
              • Jun 2000
              • 1777

              #7
              Will, what do you mean, you saw them built from A to Z?

              My greatest A/V deals:

              1. Toshiba 9000 DVD player. Are you ready for this? 500 bucks! Demo, as new.
              2. Infinity Kappa 7.1 3 way speakers with emit-r tweeters, polydome mid-range, and 10" woofs. 800 bucks for the pair! Demos.
              3. Mirage M590-si, NIB, 400 bucks for the pair!
              4. STRICKEN
              5. I almost forgot, Sf Concertos, used in mint condition with Lovan Ballet II stands, 1200 bucks!!!

              Paid 2800 for my GPs, so my deal not as good as Ken's. Ken, you'da man!

              There are others, but that's my most impressive deals.

              Lex





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              • Markj
                Senior Member
                • Aug 2000
                • 323

                #8
                My deals aren’t nearly as impressive but, 4 Apogee slant 8 new $6000, Classe CA-300 $2700 demo.

                I think I need to hang with you bargain hunters!

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                • Ken McDaniel
                  Senior Member
                  • Aug 2000
                  • 170

                  #9
                  Oh, I almost forgot. Lex this is for you:

                  Granite stones for Sonus Faber GPs, 20$ and a twelve pack. Cut and hewn at a local quarry; polished by the local headstone guy.




                  Ken
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                  • John Holmes
                    Moderator Emeritus
                    • Aug 2000
                    • 2703

                    #10
                    My best deal was getting all four of my Infinity 2000.5 speakers for $400 (demo)

                    Next would be the MIT&#39;s for 60% off (new)




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                    "I have come here, to chew bubblegum and kickass. And I'm all out of bubblegum!!!"

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                    • Paul McGowan
                      Junior Member
                      • Aug 2000
                      • 17

                      #11
                      TEACH US oh great finders of bargains!!! Teach us!!!!

                      Pioneer 333 DVD player reg $499 purchased for $327.... Canadian of course......

                      We want to learn from the experts!!! How can we even come close to your &#39;vast-ness&#39;??!!! hehehe!!!




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                      • MRWILLL
                        Senior Member
                        • Aug 2000
                        • 107

                        #12
                        Lex...


                        My buddy use to work for Velodyne. Their production plant is in San Jose Ca (45 minutes from my house). My friend was the head man of customer service, and we had talked about problems I was having with my FSR-12 at the time. Another friend of mine told me about most companies having certain monies set aside for unhappy customers complaining about product not doing what it&#39;s suppose to do. The money is set aside for upgrades to the custoer. This is the same thing that happened with my Monster cable. At the time, I helped my buddy get started into HT, and for my services, he let me and my other buddy come to the plant and see our FSR-18&#39;s built piece by piece.




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                        • Lexman
                          Super Senior Member
                          • Jun 2000
                          • 1777

                          #13
                          Ken, that is an awesome deal. I paid a wee bit more. 350.00 for italian marble that as you know, listed for 500. But at least I don&#39;t have my speakers sitting on tombstones! Oh, that had to hurt.

                          Paul, patience grasshopper. To walk the path of the wise ones takes time. You must first give sacrifice at the alter, and chant &#34; I will find a bargain, I will find a bargin, over and over and over, all this while covering yourself in siliputty and telling all your friends about HTGuide! Please let us know when you are prepared to walk the walk of the great ones. lol.

                          Oh gee, I need some new Grand Pianos. I wonder if Will can get me into the factory over in Italy, rofl. That's classic stuff! Watch your sub being made at Velodyne, lol. I needed a good laugh. hehe. *JK* That's just kidding. You da man Will!

                          Lex





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                          • John Beavers
                            Member
                            • Aug 2000
                            • 34

                            #14
                            Let's see, where to begin:

                            Dynaudio Contour 3.3 - $5K
                            Dynaudio Contour 1.3MKII - $1250
                            Dynaudio Center - $800
                            Lexicon MC-1 - $3K
                            Plinius 8150I - $1900
                            Velodyn HGS-12 - $1400
                            B&K 7250 5-channel amp - $1600

                            d**n, it still adds up don't it

                            Lex, you put some school marm software on this darn forum of yours? Can't even have a good swear at spending too much money

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                            • Ken McDaniel
                              Senior Member
                              • Aug 2000
                              • 170

                              #15
                              It always does, John, it always does.




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                              • Lexman
                                Super Senior Member
                                • Jun 2000
                                • 1777

                                #16
                                LOL John. We thought we took that out for the time being, but obviously, the system didn't like your post, lol. I will just blame it on Mats, haha.

                                I will take a look at it and give you guys a little more freedom of speech.

                                Lex





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                                • Lexman
                                  Super Senior Member
                                  • Jun 2000
                                  • 1777

                                  #17
                                  Ok damnit, you want free speech, you got it!

                                  Lex





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                                  • Jerry Pease
                                    Member
                                    • Aug 2000
                                    • 37

                                    #18
                                    I picked up today a brand new spanking Linn Power Amp AV5105 with aktiv card and 5.5 meters of LK-400 Speaker cable for $1,700. The amp and active card alone is 2,299. I do not even know what the cable cost. I feel good!




                                    JP
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                                    • Trevor Schell
                                      Moderator Emeritus
                                      • Aug 2000
                                      • 10935

                                      #19
                                      I felt I got a heck of a deal on my Paradigm Reference Studio v2 speakers.

                                      In the equivalent U.S. dollars:
                                      Studio 100's --$1,067
                                      Studio 60's ---$800
                                      Studio CC Center $267
                                      Second Servo-15--$832
                                      Total--$2,966 U.S.




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                                      • Abdul
                                        Junior Member
                                        • Aug 2000
                                        • 4

                                        #20
                                        ok, let see what I got..

                                        EAD Ovation: list 4500 paid $2650 new
                                        EAD PM1000: list 2750 paid $1700 new
                                        Servo 15: list 1500 paid $400 used mint.
                                        Paradigm s-100v2 : list 2200, paid 1300 new
                                        paradigms S-CC: list 500, paid 280 new
                                        paradigm adp 350: list 700??? paid 300 used
                                        theta pearl: list 1250 paid $750 new.
                                        Citation 7.1: list 2800, paid $950 B stock.

                                        how much do I saved?

                                        now I want buy the countour 3.3 if I got the same price as John!




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                                        • Lexman
                                          Super Senior Member
                                          • Jun 2000
                                          • 1777

                                          #21
                                          Wow, you guys are good shoppers. Especially Abdul! I get the feeling that he has them standing on their hind legs begging him to buy, rofl. I think I could fly you in as negotiator on my next purchase and still come out, hehe.

                                          Lex





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                                          • Andrew Pratt
                                            Moderator Emeritus
                                            • Aug 2000
                                            • 16507

                                            #22
                                            $400 for a Servo 15 thats awesome.




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                                            • Stoopalini
                                              Member
                                              • Aug 2000
                                              • 99

                                              #23
                                              Well, my "Good Deal" doesn't really compare to what you guys got, but non-the-less, it was a pretty good deal to me!

                                              I bought a Pioneer 508 Receiver ($300) and a Sony S530 (I think that was the model 3) DvD player ($200) for a total of $550. Then I bought a complete set of KLH speakers for $150.

                                              Now that's not a very good deal, right? But then a neighbor of mine traded me my Pioneer Receiver, Sony DVD player, and all 6 KLH speakers for his Yamaha 795 Receiver and Yamaha 795 DVD player!

                                              At that time, the receiver retailed for $699 and so did the DVD player.

                                              So in actuality, I feel like I got $1400 of equipment for $700! :B

                                              Thomas.

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                                              • Abdul
                                                Junior Member
                                                • Aug 2000
                                                • 4

                                                #24
                                                Lex, yeah...
                                                I was on my knee begging for another 10 bucks off!
                                                whatever it takes....

                                                sometimes you got to bring flowers and a ring to shop..

                                                hehehe..

                                                hey,,today's my 24th birthday!!
                                                am I too young to hang with you guys?




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                                                • Andrew Pratt
                                                  Moderator Emeritus
                                                  • Aug 2000
                                                  • 16507

                                                  #25
                                                  Abdul nope i'm not that much older then you Happy Birthday




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                                                  • trickstar74
                                                    Junior Member
                                                    • Sep 2000
                                                    • 5

                                                    #26
                                                    Hello MRWILL,

                                                    One buy I'm very proud of are my twelve cinema seats which I purchased when the local theatre was refurbishing... all TWELVE for $1.10 EACH that's $13.20 TOTAL! I buy more expensive magazines usually! Also I am in Australia, so taking into account exchange rates that's $7.60US!

                                                    I haven't stopped smiling.

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                                                    • KennyG
                                                      Moderator Emeritus
                                                      • Sep 2000
                                                      • 745

                                                      #27
                                                      I had heard a pair of Legacy's Focus speakers, and it give me the upgrade blues. So to cure those blues I started shopping for a used pair. I called a guy in Ohio, and he was in the process of selling the advertised pair I gave him my number in case the buyer backed out.
                                                      About an hour later he calls back and ask if I'd pay $500 more for a brand new set, shipped straight from the factory!!! Seems he was also a factory rep. All I had to do was take them in antique walnut, instead of the rosewood I wanted...it took me all of 10 seconds to say yes So I got a brand new set of Legacy's for $3600 delivered vs $5600 retail.

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                                                      • Bing Fung
                                                        Ultra Senior Member
                                                        • Aug 2000
                                                        • 6521

                                                        #28
                                                        Well my best deal to date would have to be my Energy e:xL12 sub for $360 cdn on a Boxing day sale.

                                                        Next would have to be the Super flex 12 awg speaker wire $36 cdn for a 100 foot roll at Cosco.




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                                                        • Paul McGowan
                                                          Junior Member
                                                          • Aug 2000
                                                          • 17

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                                                          • MRWILLL
                                                            Senior Member
                                                            • Aug 2000
                                                            • 107

                                                            #30
                                                            Over the Labor Day Weekend, my nephew came away with some goodies.


                                                            PIONEER ELITE VSX-29THX receiver POLK AUDIO RT-2000p front POLK AUDIO CS-400 center POLK AUDIO RT-35 rear POLK AUDIO PSW-1200 sub BELL O`ggetti AR-711 glass stands (2)


                                                            All of this for $3500/no tax. The receiver and stands were mint conditioned demo's. Plus 150 feet of Monster cable.




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                                                            • Race Car Driver
                                                              Super Senior Member
                                                              • Mar 2005
                                                              • 1537

                                                              #31
                                                              OLD OLD Thread I see...

                                                              To bring it back from the dead...

                                                              I just picked up Two B&W Nautilus 802s for $140 USD each...
                                                              B&W

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                                                              • Patt
                                                                Senior Member
                                                                • Feb 2005
                                                                • 922

                                                                #32
                                                                You guy's have landed some r e a l l y good deals

                                                                Being somewhat new at this hobby, my turn must be right around the corner :P .
                                                                ......Pat

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                                                                • audioqueso
                                                                  Super Senior Member
                                                                  • Nov 2004
                                                                  • 1930

                                                                  #33
                                                                  Bought a brand new Marantz SR6400 for $300.
                                                                  B&W 804S/Velodyne SPL-1000R/Anthem MRX720

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                                                                  • PewterTA
                                                                    Moderator
                                                                    • Nov 2004
                                                                    • 2901

                                                                    #34
                                                                    Only real good deal I ever got was the Yamaha RX-v1400 when it was first released with PLIIx - retailed for $899 everywhere, I got it for $524 shipped to my house, the place was out of the RX-v1300 and they shipped the 1400 instead.

                                                                    I don't think I got too bad of a deal on my Rotel gear either... RMB-1095, RSP-1098, RB-1080, RT-1080 for ~$5,000 (I'd need the receipt for the exact amount since I bought speakers as well).

                                                                    I'm looking for my next deal with some N802s. RaceCarDriver...hook me up with some help! lol :T
                                                                    Digital Audio makes me Happy.
                                                                    -Dan

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                                                                    • billz260
                                                                      Member
                                                                      • Dec 2004
                                                                      • 40

                                                                      #35
                                                                      I got a 1000' spool of 16ga speaker wire for $64 shipped on ebay.....

                                                                      I am not sure what most of the products even are in you guy's posts or what the actual retail prices were for that matter, but I couldn't resist posting my deal

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                                                                      • Doop
                                                                        Junior Member
                                                                        • Dec 2004
                                                                        • 22

                                                                        #36
                                                                        Pre-wired house

                                                                        When we built our house about 10 years ago, we decided to go with Primestar because we were in the country with no cable service available. Primestar wired the house, put double-conductor heavy-duty quad insulated RG6U into every room, routed them to a common area in the basement, and buried a line to a post in the front yard. Also left about 300 feet of unused cable. No charge for any of it, and when I told them about the leftover cable, they told me to forget about it.

                                                                        Primestar has long since disappeared, but the wiring has not. In fact, I just used some of the leftover stuff to make component cables for my HT projector.

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                                                                        • denverdoc
                                                                          Member
                                                                          • Aug 2004
                                                                          • 66

                                                                          #37
                                                                          DEQX for 2750 USD with bal out--not so much as a bargain v retail, but given its capabilities, a steal at twice the price
                                                                          John

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                                                                          • whoaru99
                                                                            Senior Member
                                                                            • Jul 2004
                                                                            • 638

                                                                            #38
                                                                            A "blown" Sansui 9090DB receiver (yeah, I know...) for $20 at a garage sale. It's amazing what a fuse will do!

                                                                            Makes a great garage/party piece along with my old Cerwin-Vega D9's.
                                                                            There are some things which are impossible to know, but it is impossible to know which things these are. :scratchhead:

                                                                            ----JAFFE'S PRECEPT

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                                                                            • Foxman
                                                                              Senior Member
                                                                              • Jan 2003
                                                                              • 434

                                                                              #39
                                                                              Well my birthday was coming and my Wife was willing to get me some surrounds so I began my search. During that time my local Klipsch dealer was in the process of being bought out by Tweeter who doesnt carry Klipsch. So, I narrowed the search between the RB-35 and the RS-7. I settle on the RS-7 with an MSRP of I think $800.00 or $900 a pair (going from memory) and I decided they were too much so I purhcased some used. The day after I got the used pair for $450.00 the salesman I had always delt with called me with a deal. It seems that Tweeter wanted the Klipsch gone and they were able to sell the demo stuff dirt cheap. I was ready to offer $500 and he came out with $400 for the pair but they didnt have a demo pair so I had to come and get the new ones in the box. :T

                                                                              When I got there I realized he was disgruntled about the buy out and was sticking it to the man so to speak, by pleading ignorance to his bosses.

                                                                              Not long after they officially became Tweeter I got a flyer in the mail from my salesman who had opened his own store, not surprising.
                                                                              IMO

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                                                                              • billz260
                                                                                Member
                                                                                • Dec 2004
                                                                                • 40

                                                                                #40
                                                                                Forgot about my TWO sets of SANUS HTB-2 Speaker stands I got from Amazon for..... $2! That's..... $.50 per stand!

                                                                                I ordered a set, they were $32 on sale, B&H had them for $90!, and if you signed up for an Amazon CC you could get 30 bucks off your first purch w/ the card. On top of all that they were set up for super saver shipping SO I thought, man a pair of the rear stands I want for $2, what a deal right? Well two weeks later UPS says they delivered to the adress, while i was home, but I never got them. Called up Amazon and the immediatly ship next day a second pair out. About a month after all that, some lady from across town said she had got them and thoght they were her brothers or something and they were just sitting inthe garage. Cool that she brought them back!

                                                                                Long story but a pretty sweet deal.

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                                                                                • Sonnie Parker
                                                                                  • Jan 2002
                                                                                  • 2858

                                                                                  #41
                                                                                  Nobody can top this deal...

                                                                                  Three 4m pair of Kingcats
                                                                                  Fourteen various lengths Silvercats
                                                                                  Three 3m Jagwires
                                                                                  Two 3m Panthers
                                                                                  One 5m Coolcat

                                                                                  All for $100.00

                                                                                  You are da man Lex!

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                                                                                  • Sonnie Parker
                                                                                    • Jan 2002
                                                                                    • 2858

                                                                                    #42
                                                                                    Of course I was just kidding!

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                                                                                    • Azeke
                                                                                      Super Senior Member
                                                                                      • Mar 2003
                                                                                      • 2123

                                                                                      #43
                                                                                      An absolutely free 120" Dalite 4:3 Diagonal Screen, before that wall projection, it was a heavenly gift.

                                                                                      Azeke

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                                                                                      • Uncle Clive
                                                                                        Former Moderator
                                                                                        • Jan 2002
                                                                                        • 919

                                                                                        #44
                                                                                        Funny this thread is up

                                                                                        I have just come into a great deal (I hope) 3pcs Brystons amps 3Bs all for $700.00 Canadian.

                                                                                        There is an infocus PJ the LP335 coming up for me this wknd for $350.00 Cnd.

                                                                                        I have an opportunity to buy a Janis sub Amp for $80.00 bucks too! What do you think is this 100 watt amp worth it?

                                                                                        Last month pickup a Sharp PJ with a 100 in. screen both for $200.00cash in perfect working order > 431 hours on bulb and sold it for $1000.00 and $600.00 for the screen.

                                                                                        Bought in China town NY a sony CD player with pitch control for $40.00 sold it here for $250.00 couple years back.

                                                                                        Hope this qualifies :E
                                                                                        CLIVE




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                                                                                        • Sonnie Parker
                                                                                          • Jan 2002
                                                                                          • 2858

                                                                                          #45
                                                                                          That musta been one of those DJ Sony CD players with it having pitch control. That one might qualify the buyer on a thread with who got gouged the most? lol

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