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Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp   

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Boutique-style 30W class-A valve combo with valve rectifier.

The BC30-212 tube guitar amp is a musical instrument unto itself; it's the complement your guitar has always lacked, and the extra band member you've always needed. That's because unlike most amps, the BC30-212 actually communicates with you and your guitar, responding to the subtle characteristics of your playing technique and giving your creativity a voice all its own.

It's a concept that forced Bugera to concentrate on the essence of tone and dynamics. As is often the case, it is the simple, straightforward design of this tube amplifier, combined with the most refined components available, which yields the highest fidelity and most dynamic response. In the end, Bugera succeeded in creating a 30W amp that will change how you play and perfect your sound.

The Bugera BC30-212 amplifier is the ultimate in tonal purity. The preamp conditions your signal then lets the power amp and speakers have their way with it. The amp becomes an extension of your guitar and your fingers - no channel switches or signal boosting devices to change the tone. Instead, you control the amp from the guitar; your dynamic nuances, picking technique, pickups, volume control, and tone knobs determine the sound you hear. Pick gently for crystal-clear clean tones. Pick hard, and you'll be rewarded with bone-shattering crunch. It's that simple.

The power amp section of the tube amp feature four EL84 valves, the highly reactive, breakup prone secret to the sound that made England's finest amps (and guitarists) world famous. With the simple flick of a switch, you can choose two EL84's (15 W) or all four (30 W), giving the BC30-212 the power to restrain volume for smaller venues, or peel the paint off the walls in larger rooms.

In short, the Bugera BC30-212 guitar amp thinks the way you do. And in true Bugera fashion, it offers you a multitude of ways to customize its voice to meet your sonic tastes.

The power amp works hand-in-hand with the Bugera BC30-212's all-valve rectifier to give you natural compression and sustain not available from solid-state rectifiers. Put simply, a rectifier converts the Alternating Current (AC) entering your amp into the Direct Current (DC) it needs. Most modern amps have silicon based rectifiers that quickly convert the current, so when you strum a power chord, it bursts out big and loud, then decays. But a valve rectifier converts current at a slower rate, which means when you hit that same huge chord, you still get that powerful response, but the notes naturally compress and sustain much longer.

The kind of rectifier you choose has a lot to do with your sound. That's why Bugera provide two options on the BC30-212: use a single 5AR4 rectifier to deliver bigger-than- life stadium rock; or plug in a pair of 5U4's (not included) for a smoother, more-buttery sound.

The rectifier and power amp are the BC30-212 combo amp's heart and soul, respectively, but the preamp works to predispose your sound to cleanliness or high-gain grind. When you're at your job and your workload is too heavy, you probably get a bit angry and likely do a little (or a lot of) griping. Valves work in much the same manner, except when one of them is overworked, the sound they make is often perceived as "totally kick-ass" instead of "bitching and moaning."

Bearing that in mind, the Bugera BC30-212 amplifier's first channel holds a pair of 12AX7s, the V1 stage of which creates a parallel triode circuit. More tubes share the workload, so the signal it conditions is tamer. Channel 2, on the other hand, holds a single ECC83A valve that works in a cascading dual-triode configuration. The accompanying 6-position tone switch allows you to dial-in a tone that can become beautifully disgruntled (or high-gain, in amp-speak) in a hurry.

Both channels on this Bugera amp feature their own effects loop. You can also use these loops to create a virtual third channel. By using a short 1/4" instrument cable to patch the Channel 2 Effects Send into the Channel 1 Input, you can take advantage of increased gain and use the Channel 2 tone control to govern the sound.

Another feature unique to the BC30-212 is its two different 12" speakers. One, the 12G100B8, creates a high-sensitivity, in-your-face sound. Bugera went to considerable lengths in its quest for tone, tweaking the suspensions, cone shape, and even optimizing the pulp from which the cone is made. Bugera did all this at its in-house speaker plant, achieving the most mature and fullest guitar sound possible, which definitely possesses hair-raising bark. The other speaker, a 12G80A8, is slightly less sensitive, but with a warm, round low end and clear midrange. Individually, these speakers can easily hold their own against the most highly acclaimed speakers on the market. Together, they create a tonal balance that is unsurpassed.

In addition to sounding great on stage, this configuration offers tons of flexibility to sound engineers both in recording studios and for live performance applications. And if you need to use additional speaker cabinets, the Impedance switch can be set to 4, 8 or 16 Ohms, making it compatible with virtually any speaker cabinet on Earth.

An amp with as much intuitive ability as the BUGERA BC30-212 would normally cost you about as much as a car! But because Bugera believes all musicians should have access to this caliber of equipment, it has managed to create a sophisticated, beautifully voiced and durable instrument that will leave you with more than enough gas money to get to your next gig. Plug into a BC30-212 and create a sound that's thoroughly your own.

FEATURES
  • Hand-built 30-Watt Class-A guitar combo driven by 4 x EL84 valves
  • Mind-blowing distortion with terrifying punch and breathtaking vintage clean that breathes with headroom
  • True valve rectifier gives you the flexibility of using one 5AR4 for a explosive attack or two 5U4s (not included) for a smooth and round response
  • Channel 1 features two 12AX7s creating a parallel triode circuit and an interactive EQ with amazing responsiveness
  • Channel 2 sports a high gain channel based on a specially selected 12AX7 valve coupled to a 6-position tone switch
  • Power amp section features a Cut control for rolling off the high end plus a Master volume control
  • Power switch reduces output power to 15 Watts for more sound variation
  • Speaker Reverse switch reverses the direction of the speaker to influence the amount of distorted sound
  • Each channel offers an independent effects loop
  • Illuminated front panel and logo for a super cool look
  • Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
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BugeraBC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Warm / comfy (11)
  • Easy to use (9)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

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  • Performances (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Home studio (6)
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Very Nice

I had a Marshall Bluesbreaker 212 combo amp that I had to sell last year when I broke my wrist riding my dirt bike, I had worked on getting it to sound good with...Read complete review

I had a Marshall Bluesbreaker 212 combo amp that I had to sell last year when I broke my wrist riding my dirt bike, I had worked on getting it to sound good with swapping tubes and had all NOS tubes in it when I sold it to a friend, that amp was my favorite and I wanted and planned to buy another when I got back on my feet and could afford it, when I saw how expensive they were new I almost cried because I bought mine used in mint condition for cheap and had sold it for the same, then I saw this Bugera BC30 and thought it looked killer with the Matchless style design and I wondered if it sounded as good as it looked, so after doing some listening on Youtube and reading some reviews I decided to take a gamble and buy one online because no one stocked one in town, nows where the heartache begins, when the amp showed up it was DOA and I had to send it back and after a month I got the replacement and found it would light up but had no sound, I thought about it for awhile and decided to keep it after I had pulled the chassis out of the cab to find that it had some very strange looking inline fuse holder that was broken and the fuse was rolling around in the amp, well I alligaitor clipped the wires together (not recommended as I'm sure I've voided the warranty by now) and the amp came to life and sounded pretty good so I took it in and had the fuse holder replaced with a standard inline fuse holder instead of the funky designed one that it had, when I got the amp back I hooked it up to my attenuator and cranked it up to hear some power tube overdrive and it sounded pretty sweet and after awhile of experimenting with pickup height it just nailed the AC/DC type sound for overdrive and I was really diggin it at this point but it had some upper midrange fizziness so I thought I'd try my Vox 212 cab with Greenbacks with it and then it just killed, I'm just loving this thing now and I'm thinking about getting some greenbacks to swap into the amp, oh I also put a solid state rectifier plugin into the amp to track better for speed picking when using overdrive pedals, I did a recording of some AC/DC last nite and it sounds exactly like it to my ears and I think it sounds as good as the bluesbreaker now and I still have some NOS tubes I've got to try out in it , so if your looking for the classic rock tone you can get it from this amp from Foghat to Zeppelin, I have other more expensive amps but I Love this amp.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It will depend what much you paid.

Not a bad amp, if you can get it under $400, like I did. The mind blowing distortion that Bugera advertises is a joke, but the cleans are nice and clean whether through...Read complete review

Not a bad amp, if you can get it under $400, like I did. The mind blowing distortion that Bugera advertises is a joke, but the cleans are nice and clean whether through the 1st channel (Vox AC-30) or 2nd channel (Matchless DC-30). But it is neither a Vox or a Matchless. I now run a Line 6 POD HD500 through and use several amp simulators through the clean channels and they sound real good. I have a Mesa 5:50 express that runs circles around this amp, but cost far more. So, once again for the right proce, this amp is good.

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5.0

Total Tone Machine!

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  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

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    Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is all about tone.It can produce amazing sounds with EXTREME punch and power.It has a Class A power amp with an AC30 type circuit.The big difference I notice is the speakers.The AC30s have 30 watt speakers that start breaking up at moderate volumes.This amp has a 80 and 100 watt duo that deliver a lot of clean headroom.Its like you get that chime like an AC30 but without that 'hair' (speaker distortion).Its a great sound.Like most AC-type amps it's very picky with overdrives and distortion pedals.Modulation and filter effects take on new heights of sound.Prepare to rethink your pedalboard.By the way this amp is really loud.It can offend my neighbors if necessary.Great buy.

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    1.0

    DID NOT WORK AT ALL

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          Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

          First one DOA, no sign of life, second one DOA also. I was talked into ordering the Bugera 333 which worked about 20 minutes and died. So after a month I still have no amp. On the third return I was told they have a lot of problems with this brand of amp and they suggested I choose another brand. If you buy this amp I suggest you get the extended service warranty. A good idea also, you should check out the musicians forums before you buy. My recommendtion save up and buy a name brand amp like VOX, Marshall, Fender.. google top ten guitar amplifiers.

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          5.0

          Unique

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

            Amp has a unique sound that is different from my other amps. I like different colors in my music so this is a cool amp. I wish I would of bought it when it was the stupid deal of the day but I snoozed on that one. I hope it's reliable since what I have read, most Bugera amps aren't. I have a friend who builds boutique amps and this sounds a lot like his.

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            5.0

            The DRILL SERGEANT of amps!

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            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful

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                Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

                I bought an open box BC30 from MF and received it a few days ago! This is my first Bugera purchase. I have owned the gamut from Peavey to Victoria and most points in-between.

                First impressions:

                -excellent condition really only one minor and I mean MINOR scuff on a corner protector and this was rated a "level 2" condition open box. I will buy open box from MF whenever possible if they will knock off 20% for such a minor infraction.

                -beautiful looking amp, solid construction, knobs are tight and smooth, inputs tight, much better than previous generation Bugera that I have tried in stores.

                -simple layout, user friendly

                -very heavy as others stated, knew that coming into this purchase. 80 pounds, like a Fender Twin, but Bugera provided the 3 handles which made it much easier to lug downstairs where it will be staying. I don't gig anymore.

                -very LOUD amp, it's "in your face" as stated by others, even at half power. This can be tamed with effects in the loop I have found. I just use reverb so far.

                -awesome clean tones, very rigid in your face on the overdrive. Something I am not used to, but I think it will be an acquired taste. Again, a reverb in the loop "softens" this, but not too much. It's still there, telling you everything you want and don't want to know about your playing style.

                Like many have said, this type of circuit forces you to play different, it tells no lies. EL84's at this volume and clarity are a new thing to me, and pleasantly (if not disturbed a little) about my chops. But it's okay. I might rename this amp "drill sergeant".

                I don't want to get too critical yet as the honeymoon is on. This is not like other amps I have owned in regard to how this thing is VERY dynamic in your face and will take some getting used to. I would advise anyone buying this to not expect any forgiveness, it does not hide anything (good or bad) in your playing style. It is very much a "mirror amp", but that can be a good thing and I think it will force me to pay closer attention to my playing and ultimately improve my chops. I can handle that. Best to be honest with oneself right? :)

                Ultimately, for the price I think you really can't go wrong. Heck a pedal or two will cost you this much anyway and this amp will likely be something that I keep around to keep myself honest. It's like the good friend who doesn't tell you any lies about your chops, and it won't break the bank.

                I will post again down the road after the honeymoon is over.

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                5.0

                BC30-212 = Excellent Amplifier - Great Tone

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                from Port Orange, FL

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Well Constructed

                Cons

                • Manual Needs Help

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

                I purchased this BC30-212 to complement my 112 amplifier. Out of the box I was surprised at the built quality, how solid and smooth the chicken head control knobs and selector switches operate, and the tone this amp delivers. Channel 1 has a great clean sound and worked best with my Tele and Strat. Channel 2 has a great drive sound (but not like a Marshall w/o pedals) and works best with my ES335 but sounded amazing with the Tele. My hollowbody Gretsch with humbuckers sounds great on both channels. The CH2 Tone Selector is a very useful feature. Now I wish I had a Les Paul. It has 2 Volume Controls and a Master Volume for total control. The Cut Control is effective at controlling the highs. The 2 effects loops are friendly to my pedal board. This is a loud amp at full 30W and I found the 15W reduction will work best in small venues which is were I play. This amp has a lot of tonal capabilities and features not found on many others ie; Channel Cascading. I think this is a great looking, well built amp with many great tone options that has undeserved negative ratings. The manual could be better as I could not find the instructions on changing the rectifier tubes which I hope to try later. No Rating Reduction For A Manual - this is about tone. BTW - I knew it would be heavy, and it is. I will keep this amp.

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                4.0

                Best in class for the money!

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                from Eastern Ohio

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Powerful
                • Value And Tone

                Cons

                • Manual Needs Improvement
                • Very Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Everywhere
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

                This amp, at the 299 "Stupid Deal of the Day" price is a steal. I think it's a great deal at the regular price of 349 as well! The tone is great, very warm with the sound of REAL tubes. The 15/30 power selectable switch is an added bonus. The display graphics light up with impressive bravado and are easy to see on stage. Simple to use and operate with easy tone shaping. Pedals work well with this amp. And, for 30 watts, this thing goes LOUD! No need to worry about sufficient volume with this dude, especially when compared to a transistorized version of a 30 watt amp. The manual is in the several distracting languages version and could use some more detail, especially with the selectable power setting and ohms selections. In fact, the unit I have is apparently a bit newer than what the manual depicts because the graphics on the ohm and power selector switch do not match up what is in the manual, so I had to guess what is the proper setting between the two. (If anyone knows what is the proper setting, let us know, please!) The last caveat: this thing is HEAVY so it is not for the weak of heart (both literally and figurtively) - at least it has three handles to assist you with lugging it around. Better get yourself a crane, a friend, a roadie, or a "Rock 'n' Roll" cart to move it. One little last annoying thing: there is a plastic film that needs to be peeled off the face plate and this is difficult to do without leaving bits and pieces of the film on it since all the knobs, etc. were installed over it. This is the infamous "pickguard film dilemma" which forces one to sometimes remove stuff to get it all off cleanly. Those are the issues that I see with this amp. Again, it is tremendous value for an amp like this. It even has metal corner caps! Try and find another comparable amp for this little money. Highly recommended!

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                5.0

                Loud, clean, and mean when you want it...awesome!

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                from Lake Orion, MI

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                Pros

                • Good Warmth
                • Powerful
                • Tone

                Cons

                • Weight

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

                I was interested in an upgrade to from my current rig and this one had a nice price and some very positive reviews...some negative ones, too but I'm an optimist to a fault, so I took a chance to buy. After a few jams with this, I am very pleased with the value and range this amp provides. Very, very, very clean tones out of the gate...some fiddling with the volume and master control yields a pleasingly dirty growl (and blending the channels via short instrument cable gives an even dirtier growl...mucho cool). You can go from nice twang to crunchy blues/rock to grunge...all without the need for external pedals! Very capable at filling up a room or club with sound. Seems solidly built...while durability over the long-term is an unknown the fit/finish/feel leads me to think that this unit will stand the test of time. The looks of this amp are very nice, too...backlit logo and face plate are a cool bonus, IMO. One downside is the weight (I'm guessing 80lbs/36kg). However, Bugera thoughtfully put three handles on the top of the unit for a variety of handhold positions. If you're looking for value, buy this amp! If you're looking for tone, buy this amp! These two features don't often come packaged together as nicely as this, so enjoy!

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                5.0

                nice amp...

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                from Fresno, Ca

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
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                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This amp is another behringer product (which I am a fan of). This amp due to the amount of tubes and speakers is pretty heavy (80 lbs), but has a well built box and three heavy duty handles. It has four inputs for two separate channels and two separate effect loops in the back. The amp has two separate types of tubes for channel 1 and 2 (for two distinct sounds). The amp has a switch that puts half of the four power tubes off for 15 watt and on for all four at 30 watt. the amp when on is backlit for a nice visual effect and boasts two separate speakers (a 100w and an 80w) for a harmonic sound. The amp is clean, looks vintage in design, and plays very well as a warm tube amp should. no reverb but who cares about stock reverb anyway (right)? for the price of this amp (as with all behringer products) you get more quality for the money. I love it.

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                  5.0

                  Wonderful tone and harmonics, fantastic deal onALL tube amp

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                  from Santa Cruz, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Class A Tube Amp
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Powerful
                  • TONE TONE TONE
                  • Tube Rectifier

                  Cons

                  • Heavy Weighs A Ton

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I cannot believe the value this amp represents, especially at the Deal of the Day price I paid.
                  I won't be changing out tubes until they need to be - wonderful harmonics; I've done so much tube swapping on so many amps, this will be the first I'm leaving alone. Same with the speakers - they're not broken in yet and sound great - why mess with it? This amp sounds rich and toneful, it is so touch responsive and dynamic. However, I have not found the "bone-shattering crunch" claimed by Bugera - not even close, at least not without a pedal. The half-power switch is great for lowering the output down for smaller rooms, the 30-watt setting gets very loud. I also had to get used to the separate effects loops on each channel - haven't had that before. One odd feature is that the logo on the front and the control panel labels light up in an orange color, oh well whatever. As stated previously amp weighs a ton, you could hurt yourself. I think the cab is MDF, the speaker magnets are huge and the iron is big as well. I won't be moving mine around but if I was, I'd install heavy duty casters on it. I've had lots of tube amps and I love this inexpensive, well made, wonderfully toneful "gem" made by a manufacturer that we all mostly try to avoid. If you're sitting on the edge on this, get one - you will love it! Oh, forgot to mention, I'm not sure why MF calls is a hybrid???

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                  5.0

                  great sounding amp!

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                  from minneapolis,mn

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                  Pros

                  • Great Tone Built Solid

                  Cons

                  • heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Mid To Larger Venues

                  Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

                  If a line 6 or similar type amp is your thang, then this is not the amp for you, This amp is very crude and simple( it is a total tone machine) the amp has wonderful clean tones through tbe whole volume dynamic, The dirty tones ar not of the mushy swarm of bees variety, If you do metal and hide your sloppy palm muting or alt picking in a mush of distortion, this amp will show your slop quickly, everything this amp does it does well with clarity. The lack or reverb complaints ive read are far superceeded by the tone and quality of this amp. Im not a livingroom player and this amp is not a livingroom amp, the price is a total joke for what you get, its a 1800.00 amp tone wise.

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