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DV8 Deviant Pearl, DV8 Bowling Ball, Reviews, bowling ball reviews, bowling ball review, video, DV8 Bowling Ball Review, DV8 Bowling Ball Videos DV8 Deviant Pearl
Specs: RG - 2.562 Finish - Polished - Ball Color - Black/Silver Pearl - Lane Condition - Medium-Dry - Coverstock - Pearl Reactive - Ball Quality - First Quality - Ball Warranty - 2 Year Factory Finish - 500 Siaair, Royal Compound - Breakpoint Shape - All Purpose with Backend Flip Coverstock Name - Composite Pearl - Core Name - Deviant Medium RG Symmetric Differential - 0.050 - Flare Potential - High Core Type - Symmetric - Performance - High Performance[8] Release Date - 08/09/16

We drilled ours 55x4x45 and left it box finish. This ball is comparable to the original Vandal but, it is cleaner down lane and makes a very powerful angular motion into the pocket. The Vandal Smash is great for heavy to medium oil conditions. This is a great benchmark ball, so if you want to play in or out on the lane this ball provides you with all angles to the pocket...


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DV8 Vandal Smash, DV8 Bowling Ball, Reviews, bowling ball reviews, bowling ball review, video, DV8 Bowling Ball Review, DV8 Bowling Ball Videos DV8 Vandal Smash
Specs: RG - 2.499 Finish - Matte - Ball Color - Purple/Dark Purple Lane Condition - Medium-Heavy - Coverstock - Solid Reactive Ball Quality - First Quality - Ball Warranty - 2 Year Factory Finish - 500/4000 Grit Siaair - Breakpoint Shape - All Purpose with Backend Flip Coverstock Name - Composite Flip Solid - Core Name - Vandal Asymmetric Differential - 0.055 - Flare Potential - High Mass Bias Diff - 0.011 - Core Type - Asymmetric Performance - High Performance[8] - Release Date - 08/09/16

We drilled ours 55x4x45 and left it box finish. This ball is comparable to the original Vandal but, it is cleaner down lane and makes a very powerful angular motion into the pocket. The Vandal Smash is great for heavy to medium oil conditions. This is a great benchmark ball, so if you want to play in or out on the lane this ball provides you with all angles to the pocket...


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Columbia 300 Tyrant, bowling ball review, bowling ball reviews, Columbia Bowling Ball Reviews, Columbia Bowling Ball Review, Columbia Bowling Ball Videos Columbia 300 Tyrant

Specs: RG 2.48 - Finish - Matte - Ball Color - Black/Yellow/Blue Lane Condition - Heavy - Coverstock - Solid Reactive Ball Quality - First Quality - Ball Warranty - 1 Year Factory Finish - 500/2000 Abralon - Breakpoint Shape - Powerful Overall Hook Coverstock Name - Reflex Solid HST - Core Name - Tyrant Differential - 0.056 - Flare Potential - High Mass Bias Diff - 0.011 - Core Type - Asymmetric - Release Date - 11/15/2016 - Release Date - 10/18/2016

The Tyrant is dull out of the box. Good for medium to heavy oil patterns. This ball rolls well in oil and handles carry down. It travels further down the lane before making its move than I would have thought but when the ball flips it goes. Amazingly enough that when it hits dry the ball did not over react just rolled up. Truly a must have for the heavy patterns and when you catch carry down and need that extra movement down lane.

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DV8 Grudge Hybrid, DV8 Bowling Ball, Reviews, bowling ball reviews, bowling ball review, video, DV8 Bowling Ball Review, DV8 Bowling Ball Videos DV8 Grudge Hybrid
Specs: RG 2.490 - Finish: Matte - Ball Color: Black/Red/Yellow - Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy - Coverstock: Hybrid Reactive - Ball Quality: First Quality - Ball Warranty - 2 Year - Factory Finish: 500/4000 Grit Siaair - Breakpoint Shape: Maximum Backend - Coverstock Name: Composite Hook Hybrid - Core Name: Grudge Low RG Asymmetric - Differential: 0.056 - Flare Potential: High Mass Bias - Diff: 0.014 - Core Type: Asymmetric - Performance: Pro Performance[10] - Release Date - 07/12/16

This new version of the Grudge gave us more length and a much stronger motion off the breakpoint with continuous motion through the pin deck. This ball gives you extra length than the original Grudge and saved its energy until it hits the pins. This is a versatile ball and it is especially made for heavier oil pattern.


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Columbia 300 Impulse, bowling ball reviews, bowling ball review, video, Columbia Bowling Ball Review, Columbia 300 Bowling Ball Columbia 300 Impulse
Specs: RG 2.49 - Finish - Polished - Ball Color - Red/Purple Pearl - Lane Condition - Medium - Coverstock - Hybrid Reactive - Ball Quality - First Quality - Ball Warranty - 1 Year - Factory Finish - 500/1000 Abralon w/Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish - Breakpoint Shape - Length with Strong Backend - Coverstock Name - Reflex Hybrid - Core Name - Impulse - Differential - 0.050 - Flare Potential - Medium-High - Core Type - Symmetric - Performance - High Performance[8] - Release Date - 10/18/2016

The Impulse is a little stronger than advertised. We drilled our ball to be long and smooth off the spot, yet this ball is quite angular still with this layout. Very clean through the fronts and offers a strong backend finish that is PERFECT for the transition games in tournament or after THS breaks down.


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Columbia 300 Swerve FX, bowling, ball, review, video Columbia 300 Swerve FX
Features: RG: 2.47 - Finish: Polished - Ball Color: Blue/Teal/Smoke Pearls Lane Condition Medium-Heavy Coverstock Reactive Resin - Ball Quality: First Quality - Factory Finish: 500/2000 - Abralon w/Powerhouse: Factory Finish Polish - Breakpoint Shape: Strong Continuous Hook - Coverstock Name: Reflex Pearl - Core Name: Swerve - Differential: 0.052 - Mass Bias Diff: 0.007 - Core Type: Asymmetric - Release Date: 02/02/2016

We used a layout of 70x4.25x30 which allows me start straighter and venture into the middle part of the lane but not lose the reaction down lane, we found this ball very smooth and continuous.
The swerve FX is the ball to put in your bag. With the all new HYPERSHOCK technology this ball is a monster. The all new HYPERSHOCK technology is and enhanced material added for the ball to power through the pins and keep a strong continuous motion.


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900 Global Big Dream Pearl, bowling, ball, review, video 900 Global Big Dream Pearl
Specs: RG 2.48 - Finish: Polished - Ball Color: Silver/Pink/Blue - Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy - Coverstock: Reactive Resin - Ball Quality: First Quality - Ball Warranty: 1 Year - Factory Finish: 1500 Grit Polished - Breakpoint Shape: Long and Strong - Coverstock Name: 79 Alert Pearl - Core Name: Identity - Differential: 0.054 - Flare Potential: High Mass Bias - Diff: 0.024 - Core Type: Asymmetric Performance - Release Date: 01/11/2016

We tested this ball out on three different conditions, heavy, medium and dry lanes. And we found an area to play on all three. Our test said they could not remember the last time that they had a ball that they could use on just about any condition. This ball has lots of pop off the break point on heavy oil, just about perfect on medium to medium heavy and gets great length on dry conditions without losing energy. Drilled the ball at 70x4x40 and the tester was between a tweener and a stoker with 15mph speed.


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Motiv Paranoia, bowling, ball, review Motiv Paranoia
Specs: RG 2.53 Finish Polished Ball Color Purple Pearl Lane Condition Medium Coverstock Reactive Resin Ball Quality First Quality Ball Warranty 1 Year Factory Finish 5500 LSP (Laser Scan Polish) Breakpoint Shape Controlled Angularity Coverstock Name Agitator Pearl Core Name Oblivion Differential 0.047 Flare Potential Medium/High Core Type Symmetric Performance Release Date 03/09/2016

Built as a controllable upgrade from the original Octane, this ball fits very nicely into the Medium Oil-Angular motion chart slot. On the fresh this ball is super clean, saving its energy for a very strong, yet predictable, backend motion. A sanded Paranoia and an out of box one can be a dangerous one-two punch in medium conditions that easily burn. Over all if you need a medium oil, quick responding ball that gives you control and power through the pins, ook now further than the Paranoia!


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Ebonite Adrenaline Overload, bowling, ball, review Ebonite Adrenaline Overload
Specs: - RG 2.50 Finish Matte Ball Color Black/Blue/Silver Lane Condition Medium-Heavy Coverstock Reactive Resin Ball Quality First Quality Ball Warranty 1 Year Factory Finish 500/3000 Abralon Breakpoint Shape Strong Backend Coverstock Name GB 12.0 Pearl Core Name Adrenaline Differential 0.056 Flare Potential High Core Type Symmetric Release Date 01/19/2016

The Adrenaline Overload might be the smoothest reactive resin ball I've ever thrown. It almost reminds me of a urethane ball but with more overall hook. This ball is going to be a monster on sport conditions and patterns where the backends are flying. High rev players are going to love this ball because they can put as much hand as they want and know that this ball won't overreact on the backend. Slow speed bowlers will eat this up as well because it will get down the lane and not jump on the backend.
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storm fight, bowling, ball, review Storm Fight
Specs: - RG 2.62 Finish Matte Ball Color 2-Tone Red Lane Condition Medium Coverstock Reactive Resin Ball Quality First Quality Ball Warranty 1 Year Factory Finish 3000-Grit Abralon Breakpoint Shape Maximum Flare and Axis RotationCoverstock Name R4S Solid Reactive Core Name Iron Cross Differential 0.043 Durometer 73-75 Rex D-Scale Flare Potential 3-5" (Medium-High) Fragrance Candy Apple Core Type Symmetric Performance Advanced Performance[6] Storm Product Line Thunder Release Date 02/02/2016

We drilled one Fight so far and have been able to use it on multiple patterns. When we drilled this ball, my goal was to create a shape for flatter, harder patterns. We drilled it as: 3 ½ x 3 ½ with a medium sized hole directly on my axis. We haven’t tweaked the surface at all, we just let lane oil shine it for me.
We have been able to use this Fight mostly on medium to shorter patterns. Even with the big core, the RG is high enough to create a good amount of length through the front part of the lane. Because of the strong drilling, I’ve taken a lot of the motion away from down lane, and used more energy through the front and mid-lane.
If you are a looking for a slower response time, smooth, but predictable shape in your bag, the Fight will be your best bet. It compliments the Alpha Crux, IQ 30, and HyRoad very well.
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Roto Grip Hy-Wire, bowling, ball, review Roto Grip Hy-Wire
Specs: - RG 2.50 Finish Polished Ball Color Blue/Yellow/Purple Pearl Lane Condition Medium Coverstock Hybrid Reactive Ball Quality First Quality Ball Warranty 1 Year Factory Finish 1500-Grit Polished Breakpoint Shape Breakpoint Control Coverstock Name 62M Hybrid Reactive Core Name Middle Roll 70 Differential 0.043 Durometer 73-75 Rex D-Scale Flare Potential 5"+ (High) Core Type Symmetric Performance High Performance[8] Roto Grip Product Line HP3 Release Date 03/15/2016

We drilled our HyWire to rev up in the midlane then tip downlane and that’s just what it does. I have no problem getting the ball through the heads, but the famous MiddleRoll 70 Core (Disturbed,Haywire,Asylum) has no problem picking up in the oil. At the breakpoint the cover definitely wants to go sideways, but it does it very smooth and controlled so you know you’re not going to over skate the breakpoint or snap too hard off the dry. For those who love the Haywire, the HyWire will be the perfect piece to switch to once the Haywire stops finishing on the back. It’s one of my favorite balls already!
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Hammer Scandal Hammer Scandal
Specs: - RG - 2.48 Finish - Matte - Lane Condition - Heavy Coverstock - Reactive Resin - Ball Quality - First Quality - Ball Warranty - 3 Year Factory Finish - 500/2000 Abralon - Breakpoint Shape - Aggressive Overall Hook Coverstock Name - Semtex Solid CFI - Core Name - Scandal Differential - 0.054 - Flare Potential - High Core Type - Symmetric - Performance - Pro Performance[10] Release Date - 2/16/201

The Scandal is about 3-5 more than the Red Legend Solid, but offers a much strong movement in the backend part of the lane than the Red Legend Solid. With the new 3 year warrantee that Hammer provides for this ball, this is the BEST bang for your buck! I think this ball will be a must have ball for those that are looking for something offers a great motion that does not stop rolling in the backend – it really continues through the pin deck! Very versatile ball…
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Brunswick Ultimate Nirvana, Bowling Ball, Review, Reviews Brunswick Ultimate Nirvana
Specs: RG - 2.518-2.531 Finish - Matte - Lane Condition - Heavy Coverstock - Hybrid Reactive - Ball Quality - First Quality Ball Warranty - 1 Year - Factory Finish - 500/4000 Siaair Micro Pad Breakpoint Shape - Length with Extraordinary Backend Continuation - Coverstock Name - ECS (Enhanced Composite Segmentation) Hybrid Core Name - Nirvana Ultra Low RG - Differential - 0.054 Flare Potential - High - Mass Bias Diff - 0.013 Core Type - Asymmetric - Performance - Pro Performance[10] Brunswick Product Line - Hook - Release Date - 02/16/2016 Ball Specs: Goto Website Learn More!!!

The Ultimate Nirvana is a great ball goes longer than the original with a stronger back end. When moving in I still get a great read on the ball. Used this ball on multiple Shots same great read down lane....
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Hammer Black Widow Red Legend Solid, Bowling Ball, Review, Reviews Hammer Black Widow Red Legend Solid
Specs: RG 2.50 Finish Matte Lane Condition Medium-Heavy Coverstock Reactive Resin Ball Quality First Quality Factory Finish 500/2000 Abralon Coverstock Name Juiced Core Name Gas Mask Differential .058 Flare Potential High Mass Bias Diff .016 Core Type Asymmetric Performance High Performance[8] Release Date 08/04/2015 Ball Specs: => Goto Website Learn More!!!

The Red Solid legend is a great compliment to the legend series. The solid has a strong ball motion that hooks in midlane and gives you a strong continuation arc on the backend. The solid is earlier than the black legend and more midlane that the pearl, but the solid gives you the awesome legend backend. The solid is very driller friendly, so put your favorite drilling in it. The surface is also very versatile. ...
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Motiv Forza Redline, Bowling Ball, Review, Reviews Motiv Forza Redline
Features: Motiv Forza Redline Specs: RG: 2.50 Finish: Polished Lane Condition: MediumCoverstock: Reactive Resin Ball Quality: First Quality Factory Finish: 5000 Grit LSPBreakpoint Shape: Benchmark Coverstock Name: Helix Pearl Core Name: Torx Differential: 0.051 Flare Potential: 5"+ (Med-High) Core Type: Symmetric Performance Advanced Performance[6] Release Date 08/26/2015

We drilled ours Redline with the pin down below my middle finger, cg kicked out a little with a hole in the P2 position. This layout still gives us length and smoother than expected response in the backend. We could throw the Redline on fresh conditions or late in a block during regionals. It's nice to have a pearl ball that gives you length but doesn't turn left in the back. This ball is a must for...
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storm lock, Bowling Ball, review Storm Lock
Features: Specs: RG - 2.48 - Finish - Matte - Lane Condition - Medium-Heavy Coverstock - Hybrid Reactive - Ball Mfg Part # - BBMTKE Ball Quality - First Quality - Factory Finish - 3000-Grit Abralon Breakpoint Shape - Superior Hook and Motion - Coverstock Name - GI-15 Core Name - RAD-X - Differential - 0.054 Durometer - 73-75 - Flare Potential - 6"+ (High) Mass Bias Diff - 0.018 - Fragrance - Ginger Snap Core Type - Asymmetric - Performance - Pro Performance[10] Storm Product Line - Premier - Release Date - 10/06/2015

We drilled the lock with a 45° x 5" x 40° Dual angle layout placing the pin above the ring fingers. This is a favorite layout on Asymmetrical balls. The layout will provide me great length with a strong and continuous backend motion.
The Lock rolls best on longer patterns and heavier volume lane conditions. The motion of this ball reminds of the all time favorite Virtual Gravity. We were able to get the ball to tip even from the oiliest lane conditions. Based on performance, we give this ball an...
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roto grip haywire, Bowling Ball, review Roto Grip Haywire
Features: RG:2.50 Finish: Sanded Lane Condition: Heavy Coverstock: Reactive Resin Ball Quality: First Quality Factory Finish: 2000-Grit Pad Breakpoint Shape: Benchmark: Coverstock Name: 80H MicroBite Core Name: Middle Roll 70 Differential: 0.043 Durometer: 73-75 Flare Potential: 6"+ (Medium-High) Core Type: Symmetric Release Date: 08/11/2015

The new RG in the HP3 Line is the Haywire. RG took the successful Disturbed core (Middle Roll 70 and wrapped it with the Hyper Cell Coverstock (80H Microbite). This combination has created a very strong continuous motion. The Color scheme has great shelf appeal. I drilled mine with my favorite drilling 5 x 4 x 2 3/4 pin up. This ball has amazing backend reaction and recovery. It just doesn't quit on the backend, even when you think you missed too far right the Haywire comes back. I have used it on sport and house patterns.

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Storm Ride, Bowling Ball, review Storm Ride
Features: Color: Scarlet Red/Platinum Pearl - Coverstock: Reactor Hybrid Reactive - Weight Block: Cruiser Core for 14#-16# (Modified Centripetal Core for 12# & 13#) - Finish: 1500-grit Polished - Recommended Lane Conditions: Dry-Medium - RG: 2.58 (15#) - Diff: 0.021 (15#) - Fragrance: Paradise Punch

We drilled our Ride pin down with a weight hole and it does everything we expected it too. We could get our feet right and close angles but, also have the ability to cover some boards and open up an area. The Ride gets down the lane great but rolls very heavy so you don’t have be afraid to hit the dry. It has a controlled but effective response off friction that is very predictable. If you bowl on a lot of dry patterns, or bad surfaces, or are looking to get right on some sport patterns, then go give tbe a Storm Ride a try!!!

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brunswick, soul, bowling ball, review Brunswick Soul
Features: RG: 2.542-2.583 Finish: Polished Lane Condition: Medium Coverstock: Reactive Resin Ball Quality: First Quality Factory Finish: 500 Siaair Micro Pad, Royal Compound Breakpoint Shape: Controllable and Continuous Coverstock Name: CPTv2 - Control Core Name: Soul Medium RG Core Differential: 0.041 Durometer: 75-76 D-Scale Core Type: Symmetric Performance: Performance[4] Brunswick Product Line: Affordable Performance Release Date: 05/05/2015
This is an amazing ball for the price. If you are a bowler that is just getting into the sport, or learning to hook the ball, this is a really good solid reactive ball that will help you to learn how to hook the ball without it over reacting like a more aggressive ball can do. For more experienced bowlers, this ball allows me to play the oil line on conditions that tend to play a little more wet/dry. The CPTv2 coverstock allows ball to pick up a little if I miss slightly in, and still recovers well when it gets a little more into the friction on the outside of the lane. The Soul allows you to see a good amount of lane area for a little amount of money. If you feel the Soul may still hook a little earlier than you would like, take a look at the Soul Mate. The Soul Mate has the same stable core, with a pearl cover that will allow you to get the ball down the lane with ease.

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DV8 Hooligan, bowling ball, review DV8 Hooligan
This ball Skids easily through the front of the lane, and makes a very sharp and late turn towards the pocket. I have mine drilled with the pin 1.5 inches above my ring finger, but the ball will still easily get through the front if you would like to drill it pin under for a slightly smoother result. This ball plays best on medium to light oil. It pushes extremely hard through the pins...
Features: RG 2.553-2.593 Finish Polished Lane Condition Medium Coverstock Reactive Resin Ball Quality First Quality Factory Finish 500 Siair/Royal Compound/Royal Shine Breakpoint Shape Skid/Flip Coverstock Name Class 3F Pearl Reactive Core Name Hooligan Differential 0.040 Flare Potential Medium Core Type Symmetric Performance Advanced Performance[6]: Release Date 10/29/2014

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Columbia Melt Down, bowling ball Columbia Melt Down gave us a shorter slide through the heads with a longer transition to hook in the mid-lane with a smooth and continuous motion on the back-end… This was a great ball for medium to heavy oil patterns…
The Columbia 300 Melt Down was a good control ball for playing on fresh medium heavy lane conditions with drier back-ends...
Features: Color: Orange/Yellow/Purple: Weight Block: SD Medium RG: Coverstock: Bring-It MAX: Finish: 500/2000 Abralon: Reaction: Aggressive Hook: RG: 2.51 (for 15# ball): Diff: 0.053 (for 15# ball): Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil: RELEASE DATE IS DECEMBER 2nd 2014
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Brunswick, Mastermind, Intellect, Bowling Ball, review Brunswick Mastermind Intellect gave us a medium slide through the heads with a longer and smoother transition to hook in the mid-lane along with a strong and smooth ball motion on the back part of the lane... This ball had good continuation that was controllable. The Brunswick Mastermind Intellect will need oil to perform as designed and is best used on medium to heavy oil patterns..
Features: RG 2.540 Finish Polished Lane Condition Heavy Coverstock Reactive Resin Ball Quality First Quality Factory Finish 500 Siaair Micro Pad; Royal Compound Finish Breakpoint Shape Length with Strong Mid-Lane Traction and Strong Backend Coverstock Name Honor Roll A+ Solid Reactive Core Name Mastermind Ultra Low RG Differential 0.052 Flare Potential High Core Type Asymmetric Performance Pro Performance[10] - Release Date 09/15/2014
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DV8 Thug, Bowling Ball, Review DV8 Thug The DV8 Thug gave us a longer skid through the heads with a shorter transition in the mid-lane. In addition, to a longer and smoother back-end motion... This ball had more of an L shape ball motion and also had some fade back type entry angle to the pocket. The DV8 Thug did have good pin carry and was very controllable and it was like using a smoother ball that got down the lane and had a set up reaction to it. It seem to work good on medium to heavier oil volumes... We used 55 x 5 x 35 dual angle drilling layout, and the out of box surface finish, and bowled on a 39ft house pattern in testing this ball...
Features: RG 2.540 Finish Polished Lane Condition Heavy Coverstock Reactive Resin Ball Quality First Quality Factory Finish 500 Siaair Micro Pad; Royal Compound Finish Breakpoint Shape Length with Strong Mid-Lane Traction and Strong Backend Coverstock Name Honor Roll A+ Solid Reactive Core Name Mastermind Ultra Low RG Differential 0.052 Flare Potential High Core Type Asymmetric Performance Pro Performance[10] - Release Date 09/15/2014
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