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Message started by charlieboy on 10/13/19 at 01:24:39

Title: Recent upgrades as of late.. With a few surprises!
Post by charlieboy on 10/13/19 at 01:24:39

Some upgrading as of late. Current reference setup with the James Burgess 45/2A3 S.E.T. amplifier, easily interchangeable to Burgess Eiclone 6550 triode monoblocks. A James Burgess tube preamp/phono stage, PeachTree Audio 65SE (serving as DAC), Modified AT1240 TT with AT33EV cartridge and Cardas wiring straight to the Burgess phono stage. Media is also served up via an Otari MTR10-2, Teac 1040Sl, Akai 280D-SS and Akai X-150D Reel to Reel machines, a PC music server with over 25 terabytes of Hi-Rez files, and plenty of great vinyl selections. All playing through a pair of 105db efficient Klipschorn loudspeakers with an 18” Velodyne sub crossed over around 40Hz. Room is 24x20x8.



Will be treating the room in the coming weeks finally. I also have two more bucket list pieces of gear coming. A pair of GPA Altec 604H III speakers, custom crossovers and Stonehenge cabinets and some 300b Thorsten Loesch “Legacy” circuit inspired monoblocks to drive them.

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Post by bikehappy1 on 10/13/19 at 06:38:47

Would love to hear your system! You’re welcome to hear mine! We’ll be in the Bay Area the first weekend of Nov.

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Post by charlieboy on 10/14/19 at 00:41:49

Sure. Im 3 hours south of the bay area though.

Charlie

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Post by Geno on 10/24/19 at 03:49:06

Charlie,

You should post these photos on the Listening Rooms Facebook page. Gosh, it is such a beautiful room!

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Post by charlieboy on 10/25/19 at 19:56:36

After a long "break in" period my Stonehenge V cabinets with GPA Altec 604H II speakers and custom crossovers are home and sounding amazing.

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Post by Donnie on 10/25/19 at 22:22:00

Your Stonehenges look real interesting.
I'm kind of in a big speaker mode right now, seeing prints online, Hmmmm.

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Post by charlieboy on 10/31/19 at 08:20:10

Unexpected time off so it's been jazz all day.... set the lights for a blue mood this morning and before I knew it the day was done. Swapped out the 2A3's for some 45's today. Glorious midrange with either but it's fun to hear the 45's and how 1 watt per channel can sing so good!





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Post by Geno on 10/31/19 at 15:14:51

Love that room! And your tastes in equipment, as well as decor.

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Post by Radarek on 11/02/19 at 00:58:14

Nice setup. Love the speaker choice...

Title: Re: Recent upgrades as of late.. With a few surprises!
Post by charlieboy on 11/04/19 at 18:41:06


Title: Re: Recent upgrades as of late.. With a few surprises!
Post by charles hidalgo on 11/23/19 at 05:39:19

These Thorsten Loesch "legacy" circuit 300B monoblocks with Tribute iron are going to get a listen with the GPA 604HII's. I have been waiting for this opportunity.

Title: Re: Recent upgrades as of late.. With a few surprises!
Post by charles hidalgo on 01/08/20 at 07:10:24

Holiday guests are now all gone and things are returning to normal. I am excited to get started on a full room treatment in the next weeks, but for now things are sounding better and better with each little upgrade over the last months. I am excited to hear what the room treatment brings as it is long overdue.



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Post by JD on 01/08/20 at 11:47:44

Charles,

Fantastic room, guaranteed the tunes sound great.

JD

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Post by Geno on 01/08/20 at 12:10:36

Hi Charlie! I went with a single theatre recliner myself in my listening room. I wouldn’t have anything else now! I look forward to seeing what you do with room treatments. Keep the photos coming - love the room!

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Post by busterfree on 01/08/20 at 23:50:43

What are the diffusers on the back wall?

Title: Re: Recent upgrades as of late.. With a few surprises!
Post by charles hidalgo on 03/16/20 at 23:03:50

Another James Burgess beauty! Type 46 tube amplifier.


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Post by Geno on 03/17/20 at 03:00:43

Very nice Charlie. But you’d better watch out that Donnie doesn’t try to swipe it from you. He seems to have an affinity for red amps   :D

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Post by Delta 77 on 03/17/20 at 14:33:18

Hi Charles,
I just saw this same amp on the James Burgess Facebook page..
I was just drooling over this amps looks, and the fact that it was made just 45 minutes away from me..

You have great taste..!
I Moved just a couple weeks ago, and I’m still working on my system setup but I would love to get your ears on my system, and critique it for me..
Some of your advice just might lead to an incredible sounding system..

I have a ZROCK2 shipping this week, and a pair of Tekton subwoofers on order..
Also in the back of my mind, thinking of changing to a SSamp with a nice tube preamp, but when I plugged my Odyssey amp into the system it gave a huge “Ground Loop Noise”  so I just put it back in the closet..

Maybe a dedicated circuit would be my next upgrade..?

Anyway happy to see you got a nice new piece, enjoy sir..!!

I’m out of Fresno,and would love to hear from you..

THANKS, BURT..
647-4029

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Post by charles hidalgo on 03/17/20 at 19:49:08

Hey Burt. Yes the amp James posted ia mine. I just brought it home yesterday. Im 30 minutes south of Fresno. I will text you so you can have my number as well.

Charlie

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Post by charles hidalgo on 03/17/20 at 19:54:07

busterfree.... Here's the link. https://auralex.com/tfusor-3d-sound-diffusor/

I got them for cheap to try from a friend.

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Post by charles hidalgo on 04/29/20 at 15:15:03

Legacy Audio Whispers

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Post by charles hidalgo on 05/10/20 at 05:39:46

Not sure why the previous pic looks the way it does color wise. Here's another. Modified Teac 503 DAC with external Time Machine X 10 clock from Steve Davis, Legacy Whisper HD's, Emotiva power amp and other additions as of late.

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Post by charles hidalgo on 07/08/20 at 08:00:42

2” Eliptrac 400 wooden horns, tweeters, Crites cast woofers, and custom ALK crossovers.

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Post by Geno on 07/08/20 at 17:00:38

Charlie boy, you change equipment like some people change underwear ;D  

3 or 4 years ago, I had a pair of Klipsch Forte's that i upgraded with Crites crossovers and tweeters. Bob is a good guy.  Also, i've read rave reviews of Al K's crossover work.

Title: Re: Recent upgrades as of late.. With a few surprises!
Post by charles hidalgo on 07/13/20 at 22:33:06

The last year has been major speaker evaluation and I just received my dream preamp So things are damn near locked in especially after finishing my total room treatment. It sounds the best I personally have ever heard this room sound in 21 years.

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Post by Rivieraranch on 07/14/20 at 02:05:29

I have a friend named Hidalgo and I always ask him, “Rene, what did you hide?”

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Post by charles hidalgo on 07/14/20 at 07:25:50

26/101D preamp

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Post by Geno on 07/14/20 at 12:21:17

That is quite an impressive set up!

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Post by charles hidalgo on 07/15/20 at 18:04:00

View

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Post by charles hidalgo on 07/15/20 at 18:05:09

View

Title: Re: Recent upgrades as of late.. With a few surprises!
Post by charles hidalgo on 08/07/20 at 16:43:14

Years of patience has finally paid off. Custom built amps, preamp, and speakers rounded out the rest of the components and the full room treatment was long overdue. Only thing still in the works are a couple turntables that are getting full restorations.








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Post by Geno on 08/07/20 at 19:34:27

Now that is perfection!

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Post by Geno on 08/08/20 at 15:33:25

Hi Charlie. Just curious about your room treatments. Did you use a room treatment sound program to test the results?

The reason I ask is, it is possible that you have over treated. You may have made the room too dead. I don’t know that, but just curious.

Best,

Geno

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Post by beowulf on 08/12/20 at 07:55:00

Wow, tons of cool toys !!!  Very nice components you got there.

Title: Re: Recent upgrades as of late.. With a few surprises!
Post by charles hidalgo on 08/13/20 at 18:40:49

One of the TD-124 tables is together and though not fully restored as it could be it is enough that it's running great! The other ( with a black plinth, Ortofon RMG-212 tonearm, and Ortofon S 15-M/T both rebuilt to new standards) will be put in the system once everything returns from STS. It's time for a custom rack for the tables. :)




Title: Re: Recent upgrades as of late.. With a few surprises!
Post by charles hidalgo on 08/13/20 at 18:44:28

Hi Geno. Not over treated as many of those panels also have scatter plates that are diffusing as well as absorbing so as to keep the room live. I ran several test programs and added treatments as needed testing afterwards and so on and so on.

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Post by Geno on 08/14/20 at 01:30:22

I should have known you knew what you were doing ;)

That turntable is awesome. Is it a Lenco?

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Post by charles hidalgo on 08/15/20 at 06:51:20

It's a Thorens TD-124 with an SME 3009II arm aftermarket plinth. It's one of two I have. The other is almost done and is receiving a FULL BLOWN restoration with a 12" Ortofon arm. This one has been restored but not an all out one. All the necessities function great on it though.

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Post by Geno on 08/15/20 at 16:59:48

It is just beautiful. Nothing like restored vintage equipment.

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Post by Brian on 09/06/20 at 04:47:37

Charles, you did not tell us how well you liked your 300B amp. Did it give the sort of sound you were after?

46 directly-heated tetrode strapped to triode is one of my favorite amplifier sounds. How well do you like yours?

I imagine the 46 sounds better with your horn speaker than with those earlier speakers you posted.


"Equipment Envy Brian"

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Post by charles hidalgo on 09/28/20 at 15:44:11

Finally all together and in the system. Greg Metz STS modified Thorens TD124 MKII, rewired Ortofon RMG212 tonearm, with an Andy Kim Needle Clinic rebuilt and retipped Ortofon S15-T MC cartridge with a linear contact diamond tip, and aluminium cantilever. The Ray Brown Trio had the honor of first play.and it didn’t disappoint.

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Post by Showme on 09/28/20 at 16:21:14

What a beauty. Love the TD'124"s

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Post by charles hidalgo on 10/09/20 at 21:04:47

REK-O-KUT Rondine Deluxe mono setup With Gray Research and ROK arms. The 78’s and mono LP’s player.









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Post by charles hidalgo on 12/23/20 at 14:37:32






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Post by charles hidalgo on 12/23/20 at 23:34:57


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Post by Geno on 12/23/20 at 23:56:51

Charlie, what in the world is the cube tube amp??? I’ve never seen anything like it!

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Post by charles hidalgo on 12/24/20 at 00:47:50

It's a  Ken Uesugi 46/47 type tube amp.

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Post by charles hidalgo on 01/06/21 at 16:19:38

Plain black Tubelab Simple Single Ended EL34 Amp triode wired single-ended amplifier designed by George Anderson. This amplifier has a beefier power supply than usually offered in the basic design and, Obbligato coupling caps, Kiwame and PRP resistors, and Transcendar Output transformers. It's not the prettiest amp but sounds very very good!


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Post by Lon on 01/06/21 at 19:51:25

Love those rectifiers!

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Post by charles hidalgo on 01/07/21 at 13:35:23

Ken Uesugi 42 type tube amp/DAC.




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Post by charles hidalgo on 01/08/21 at 12:23:48

Custom Bottlehead Kaiju 300B amp with DC filament upgrade and Shuguang Audio Treasure Series 300B's.




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Post by Lon on 01/08/21 at 14:24:30

Looks as if it sounds very interesting.

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Post by charles hidalgo on 01/22/21 at 02:35:51

James Burgess 2a3




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Post by charles hidalgo on 02/02/21 at 17:20:59

Cleaning up the main room (moved three sets of huge speakers and tons of gear into the office room 2nd system area) in anticipation of my one of a kind Jon Anderson Shindo 604 builds which are almost done. It is very exciting times around here for sure.









Tease photo:

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Post by charles hidalgo on 02/03/21 at 18:43:22

diytube stereo35




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Post by charles hidalgo on 02/08/21 at 23:55:33

Greg Metz STS modified Thorens TD124 MKII in custom plinth, with an Alfred Bokrand Custom Ortofon Tonearm mounted on a black sourced armboard, with a beloved brand new NOS Ortofon SPU Royal A cartridge, topped off with Nordost Quattro-fil phono cable.




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Post by charles hidalgo on 02/09/21 at 13:51:42


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Post by charles hidalgo on 02/10/21 at 21:36:11

Jon Anderson Custom 604's  






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Post by Lon on 02/10/21 at 21:41:38

Mr. Hidalgo, you are an audio prince!

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Post by HockessinKid on 02/10/21 at 23:32:47

Beautiful Charles. Bet they sound magnificent.

HK

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Post by Tommy Freefall on 02/11/21 at 23:36:16

Charles, you have an amazing collection!

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Post by Geno on 02/12/21 at 00:27:22

Charlie, you constantly amaze me. Would love a tour if you weren’t on the other side of the country.

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Post by charles hidalgo on 02/12/21 at 19:09:29

Kind words everyone thanks.
Things have been running now 48 hours non stop and they are sounding better and better and I think by next week they will really be impressive though they sound amazing now. I moved them back closer to the front wall corners also. Damn impressive bass.




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Post by charles hidalgo on 02/16/21 at 02:05:48

Lenco PTP build... 65 pounds of analog goodness. She’s in the room now and will be fitted with a Fidelity Research arm this week. Three extra arm boards also for easy change out of tonearms.


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Post by Geno on 02/16/21 at 02:11:21

Wow! That is an absolute work of art!!!

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Post by charles hidalgo on 02/20/21 at 20:02:06

Fidelity Research FR-24 MKII tonearm is setup with an Audio Technica cartridge for starters. I'll be trying several different cartridges in the coming time.


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Post by piezoman on 02/21/21 at 01:43:34

a lab technician's paradise. incredible!

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Post by charles hidalgo on 04/11/21 at 05:17:39

Tascam BR20T wireless control hack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=_g8Vi59MOcc

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Post by piezoman on 04/11/21 at 13:48:48

my draw drops to the ground with drool. you are an obviously very dedicated audiophile. amazing. my hat is off to you.

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Post by charles hidalgo on 05/14/21 at 21:38:04

STS serviced with upgrades including a rewired and serviced Ortofon RMG-212 tonearm. A new idler wheel from AudioSilente, A WoodSong Audio thrust bearing kit with an 8mm thick bronze cap, a 6mm thick Torlon thrust pad, and a Grade 5 sapphire ball bearing. An MK2 conversion kit with the Hanze Hi-Fi Motor Spring Suspension kit is also installed. In this conversion, the 3 motor suspension mount studs of the MK1 motor, are replaced with longer motor suspension studs to give more motor suspension travel as well as allowing installation of the Hanze HiFi motor spring suspension system which reduces motor noise into the chassis by -16db over the standard double polymer bushing design which is still installed on most TD124’s. SPH copper mat copper record stabilizer, and Waynes outer ring round things out.

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Post by charles hidalgo on 06/09/21 at 22:39:00

I have wanted to do one of these correctly for a long time. Krebs Upgraded Technics SP10 MKII, DAS dual arm plinth, Fidelity Research FR24 MKII 9", Jelco TK-950L MKII 12", Sph copper mat and record stabilizer. Ortofon and Audio Technica carts.


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Post by charles hidalgo on 06/09/21 at 22:40:14

....

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Post by Archie on 06/10/21 at 16:10:18

I've often wondered, why two arms?  Is it only so you can have two carts mounted?  I've been under the impression that a 12" arm is superior to a 9".  If so, why one of each?

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Post by charles hidalgo on 06/11/21 at 17:03:20

Personal preferences over 25 years of searching for arm/cart matches that suite my taste for different types of music. 12" is amazing but it can be easier for a 12" to sound amazingly bad if all things are not right. Some surprisingly very inexpensive carts sound amazing with my FR24 MKII arm on less than great rock recording from the 70's and 80's. There are just soooo many factors involved from the source media to what makes it to my ears and these arms, carts, and tables represent years of experimentation. It's still fun, and interesting after all these years.






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Post by charles hidalgo on 06/16/21 at 21:36:24








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Post by Donnie on 06/16/21 at 22:13:23

All of that and yet not a 8-track player in sight. Sigh....

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Post by charles hidalgo on 06/18/21 at 03:55:38

Thank you John at Lynwardwoodworks.com/ for helping make my project a very beautiful and special one!

Audio-Technica LP1240 with bypassed internal phono section and Cardas cable wiring from the tonearm leads directly to the RCA's. An Audio-Technica cartridge on modified stock arm. Black Diamond feet between the TT and neoprene layered MDF internal base with kiln dried domestic hardwood that are at a max of 8% moisture content for the rest of the plinth. This was made from 3/4" curly maple inlayed with curly Claro walnut. Joints are mitered and biscuit joined to add strength. The very bottom and inner base of the the turntable sits on is 3/4" MDF and the base has threaded 1/4 20 inserts for my choice of footers which are currently Mapleshade. Copper platter mat and record stabilizer from Sien at SPH.





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Post by charles hidalgo on 07/14/21 at 16:49:57


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Post by charles hidalgo on 08/24/21 at 12:23:34

Welcome home..... Jon Anderson vertical 9844's


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Post by charles hidalgo on 09/04/21 at 20:33:28

Cain & Cain Supper Abby


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Post by ScottGA on 11/09/21 at 17:18:28

Charles,
When can we get some comparative reviews on all these amazing speakers?  Give us something about what you like about each and why you prefer one over the others or some such. Strengths versus weaknesses and rankings or anything like that as I for one will never hear these amazing speakers and have to live vicariously through you. Are you familiar with Glow In The Dark Audio's web page? http://www.glowinthedarkaudio.com  I would love to see something like that from you with whatever you wanted to post and when the DIY projects die down.
Thanks

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Post by Tony on 11/09/21 at 19:18:29

Scott,  

Thanks for the link.  Can you say anything more about the web site?  Have you found it useful, and how so? Thanks.

BTW, Great playlist on this site.

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