Wilson six one 95 Pro Staff

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  1. Terrytennis61

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    Just bought this amazing stick after I demoed it three times and man I love this thing!!! Amazing control!! Strung with luxilon big banger at 58 it brings the ball down just right. I'm a 4.5 base liner and so far been impressed! I used to use the ncode six one pro staff and loved it but this new stick puts the old one to shame!
     
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  2. BC1

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    I'm loving the pro staff 95 as well. Very surprised how easy it is to play with and I don't find it lacking in power like many reviews have said. Mine is strung with Lux Alu in the mains at 50 and NRG2 at 52 in the crosses. Great combination. Comfortable and control. Ive only been hitting with it for a few days so I admit I'm still on the honeymoon, but so far so good. And btw I'm just an upper 3.5 (4.0 on a good Day), so I encourage anyone at that level or up to give it a try. String setup is the key to making this racquet work on many levels.
     
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  3. v-verb

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    Add me to the believer list. Great sticks IMO
     
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    Hey BC! Still liking your VCore Xi98? I got a demo coming. I see you're selling your Instinct. What didn't u like about it?

    About the BLX95...isn't that a 12 oz. racquet? I tried it once briefly and was surprised at how easily it swing for a 12 oz racquet. But I am currently trying to stay away from "players sticks" until my play improves. I am trying to make things easier on myself...especially with the brutal Atlanta summer coming :)
     
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  5. BC1

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    Jack,
    VCore Xi98 and G Instinct - both are very good racquets. Nothing wrong with either of them. I'm not using them now only because I got the sickness that we all have. I played as good with them as I have any other racquet. But because I am a holic, I can always find something not to like. For example, the vcore xi98 looks started bothering me, head shape started to bug me (looks only) and the color of the deep red/maroon PJ. How is that for being superficial!? But I'm being honest. As far as the instinct, it's about as ridiculous... The very oval head shape was bothering me and the HEAD grip shape. All of this should and could be easily overlooked, but there's just too many racquets out there and neither of these excited me enough to give up the pd2012 or to stop looking. Both racquets seemed to be very good in all areas, but nothing stood out as being special.

    The Wilson Prostaff 95 that I just got is 11.7 strung (.2 oz over spec - not too bad for a Wilson). It is approximately 7 pts HL strung. With over grip the static weight is 11.9 but the SW is definitely manageable and very manueverable. I would guess the SW is around 315-318. It only feels slightly "heavier" over the course of a match the all of the others I've been using. And I'm playing just as consistent, but feel like I'm playing "better" tennis. The pluses are I'm hitting some amazing angles and controlled targeted winners, and heavier shots. I wasn't getting this with the others and the feel is much better. It's got the control you would expect, but it is more forgiving then you would think, and because of the string job, the power is there - IF you swing at it. You can't just throw it out there and expect a winner - though it is possbible, just not as likely.

    True the PS95 is not as "easy" as the tweeners, or say the 104, but I'm starting to believe it doesn't matter what I play with. Over the course of a match I seem to have the same end results. I may miss a few that I would have made with an easier racquet, but I make up for it with more control and unreturnable shots. I find myself getting lazy with the pd or tweeners, and i don't seem to fall into the same bad habits with PS95 (you can't). But I'm not saying I finally found "the one", I know myself way too well. But I can say it is a much better racquet, and easier to play with, then I imagined. And it's not just a "light players racquet". It really is unlike any racquet I have tried. BUT IF YOU TRY, I BELIEVE YOU MUST GO WITH LOW TENSION 48-50. AND A HYBRID SET-UP.

    I would actually be curious how the PS95 stacks up with the TEC 315 16x19 that is getting all the attention lately. The specs are almost identical except for the slight difference in flex. The PS is a little stiffer so I would imagine a little more powerful and slightly easier, however the 315 has a 98in head. Makes me want one! Did you ever try the one you ordered?

    Call me crazy, but I bet most players at our level can do equally well with ANY racquet from 10.5-11.7 ounces, 95-104 headsize, and SW 300-320. It comes down to personal preference and "believing" in the racquet. That translates into confidence - which is everything.
     
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  6. Tamiya

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    currently holding an Amplifeel BLX 6.1 PS95... owner swings flat & looking for more spin/bite

    any advice on best poly - Rough or gear/angular better?
     
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  7. JackB1

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    Hey thanks for the update on what's been going on with you :)
    I have to say I TOTALLY AGREE with what you said about the racquet not making much difference at all. I have played with everything from a Dunlop 200 to a Red 105 and everything in between and can play pretty much my regular game with any of them. As long as the racquet isn't too heavy or too low powered, my game will be just like usual. I have also stayed with one racquet for as long as 6 month's and saw some improvement with the familiarity, but nothing game changing. I really only need a few days with a frame to get used to it completely. So frame choice should be mostly based on personal preference IMO. As long as you aren't playing with something totally out of your league or completely wrong for you.
     
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  8. tennis_enthusiast

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    Add me to the "clan". I picked up three within the last week and am really excited to play with them. What are you all stringing with?
     
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  9. BC1

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    Yes, that's pretty mucch what I was trying to say in my way to long previous post, but now I'm wondering if it was all a bunch of bull. I just played for two hours with it. I was tired and sluggish to begin with (no sleep) plus its in the high 80s and feels like 100 with the humidity. Anyway I guess I'm making excuses but the play wasn't as successful or enjoyable asit was the last couple of times. Hopefully just an off day. I hope I just wasn't honeymooning with it!! I was still able to pull off some good shots and remain pretty consistent. Just nothing to brag about.
     
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  10. BC1

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    Lix alu power in the mains at 50 / Technifiber NRG2 in the crosses at 52.
    Low tension is necesssry with the racquet Imo.
     
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  11. dgoran

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    I agree with bc1 it's awesome racquet that feels like pro stock. Stock needs low tension but if you lead it it feels even more flexible and comfy
     
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  12. oldcity

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    I just bought two, that's a first for me. Didn't like the demo at first but once I warmed up and got the feel for it was awesome. The control, the angles, that solid feel is sweet. Can't wait to try them out. I had strung with rpm/ biphase. 53/55. That thin box beam sliced through the air on the demo. Way more maneuverable than my pro open.
     
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  13. oldcity

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    ok..so its just us six. I cant stop looking as these things.They look like they were carved out of solid fiberglass. almost hate to use one on hard court and scratch it.
    i think my demo was strung with wilson nxt @ mid tension but don't remember if it was tour or control. it felt nice, i just hate crooked strings. if I don't like my first setup i might try the wilson's and use silicone spray on the bed so they don't get stuck out of line.
     
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  14. YesTennis

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    Any string recommendations that you've found work with this racquet? Some of the TW playtesters found the racquet to be somewhat lower powered. Was thinking of trying one with gut/poly, or possibly full bed NXT Control. I'm not a string breaker and don't want to go full bed poly, also for arm health for a 50 yo.
     
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  15. BC1

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    Gut/Poly Hybrid or a Poly/Multi hybrid seem very good in this racquet. String low 48-52 and the power should be fine.
     
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  16. mats88

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    You should definitely try Isospeed Control CLASSIC.
    It's a multi (gut-like feeling). I string it 25/24 kg (it lose about 2 kg in 24 hours). It gives power for this low-powered frame. Decent control, enough spin and great pocketing effect. I love that string.
     
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  17. mats88

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    I spent much time to customize this frame! In my opinion it needs leather grip and some lead tape to achieve something like 348g strung, 31.5 cm balance and 320 SW at least. (mine was 312 SW originally). Don't be afraid about using lead tape! It makes difference :) Of course everyone needs something other.

    This customization let me to get more depth especially. It's more maneuverable and better feel.

    It's really amazing racquet. However I wait for better paint-job from the Wilson !
     
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  18. oldcity

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    You get out of it what you put in power wise. The main thing with the low swing weight is that you need racquet head speed. If you have a slower swing or you prefer heavy swing weight you may want to go with something else. I get nice power with a med fast swing and good timing. If I reach back a little more I can rip it. It not so low powered that can't flick one over from the baseline though. I like it this way. I'm not good enough to control extra power from the racquet. Poly should be on the low side. Something soft. I'm going to try bab rpm 17g in the mains at 53.
     
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  19. oldcity

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    Epic failure on the string combo I tried. Way too boardy, poor feel.couldnt get through the ball. I might have to cut this out of two sticks. Racquet seems unsuitable for poly. I used the same main string in a ps gt @ 56 with good results. I stuck on some lead at 12 and an og at the courts. Was a little better. It just takes away some of the flickability. It played great with the Wilson nxt demo. Seems to need a lot of weight in the hoop to get the poly to flex.
     
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  20. oldcity

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    got some multi...going to try one with prince premier attack16, one with wilson nxt 16 @ about 55. Hopefully i can get back to that demo bliss.
     
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  21. MikeHitsHard93

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    I just tried a friends prostaff 95...oh my lord these are nice!!! I can see that these would be amazing with some lead @3&9 and a couple over grips...highly debating buying one instead of a pure drive...
     
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  22. BC1

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    MikeHitsHard, give it some time, and if you can, play with it a while. I felt the same way at first but fell out of love with it after a few weeks. And it wasn't your typical honeymoon period. The play was consistent and stayed good, but I started to dislike the "feel ". As others have said it can seem boardy even though it doesnt have a stiff flex rating. After the excitement of being able to play well with it wore off, the unique feel became more noticeable. Some may love that feel, but being the racketholic I am, it gave me reason to move on. Don't get me wrong, it is a very nice frame, but as with any racquet you need to play with it as much as possible to be sure, and that goes for comfort as well as results.
     
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  23. MikeHitsHard93

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    What don't you like about the feel? Is it just the boardy feeling that you didnt like? I think I need to stop worrying about rackets lol. I just got smoked 6-1 tonight...but this racket just felt amazing to me and all I wanted was a little higher sw.
     
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  24. WilsonWand12

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    So this racquet has a flex of 62, and that's what has me interested considering it's one of the more flexible Wilson racquets. Just wondering, does it play softer or does it feel stiffer than what TW has posted? Thinking about switching to it next year if it's more comfortable to use than the PS90.
     
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  25. BC1

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    Mike and wilsonwand, yes it has a low flex rating, but it isn't necessarily comfortable. Its hard for me to explain, and "feel " is such a personal opinion type of thing. At times I liked it and at times I didn't. At times it felt comfortable, at times it didnt. It did not feel like a 62 flex to me. As with any thin beam player racquet, hitting the ball in the sweet spot makes all the difference! I now know why the views on this racquet are mixed. Got to try it for yourself, I would go with a softer string at a low tension and that will help a lot. Once again, I'm not knocking this racquet at all. Its a very good racquet and relatively easy to play with, but as usual, i like them all and I can find fault with the best of them.
     
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  26. MikeHitsHard93

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    Thanks BC1! I've been on a babolat kick lately, thinking that they can just raise my game because I'm a baseliner, but to me this rackets feel was spot on. It needs a little mass in the hoop, and I would throw on an over grip but honestly I could see this being a really great racket for developing my game.
     
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  27. BC1

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    I agree with your comments on pd and the ps95. You cant be quite as lazy with the ps95 and it rewards good strokes.
     
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  28. MikeHitsHard93

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    About 8 hours ago I was about to buy a pure drive...now I'm not even thinking about it. On another note, have you hit with any volkl rackets?
     
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  29. Fintft

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    Good for you, my self I find it too light and use the BLX 6.1 95 (especially the new 2012 Amplifeel model)
     
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  30. BC1

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    I have played with the organix v1 Mp and the new x7 295. Both good racquets depending on what you're looking for. The Xv1 mp is really a great all around racquet and very comfortable. I have been wanting one ever since I demoed it but never purchased one. But I may be doing it soon. Its a little light but doesn't play that way. Very easy power yet extremely comfortable and a great feel snd decent cintrol. Worth a demo for sure!!
     
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  31. oldcity

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    The racquet is flexible, the low swing weight with poly feels boardy if you string it too high. My rpm @ 53 was too stiff. It's slacked up a bit and is a little better than it was, which makes me believe it would play much better around 48-50 in the mains. I tried a Wilson nxt multi @ 55 and its fantastic. Soft , control, nice pocket, comfortable feel, and i can rip it when I want to. Might try 57 next time. My consistency is also up from my pro open. Something about flex that helps me. I whittled down my mid weight demos to this one and a Yonex vcore 97 tour. It was really nice but a litter stiffer.
     
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  32. WilsonWand12

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    It sounds promising. Can it be customized relatively easy to make it about or over 13 ounces?
     
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  33. oldcity

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    i'm sure it can be customized where you want it.
    i just weighed both of mine and with over grip, head tape, dampener... i have one at 11.9 and one at 12.05. the latter weighed in at 11.7 strung with nothing on it. thats a little annoying. two different multi strings... but there cant be that much difference.
     
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  34. sunof tennis

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    I use Klip gut in the mains and Sonic pro in the crosses. Nice set up. Gut gives the racquet some pop. Sonic pro is fairly soft for a poly so this combo is good for my arm.
     
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  35. joke-a-vich

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    Just got this stick two days ago so Im still honeymooning a bit but I really do like it a lot! I switched from the blx90 and now I feel like I can just put my racquet out there and hit a solid shot from wherever. Also living the extra spin I'm getting too.
    I'm using champions choice at 53lbs but next time I might go to 51. I also added a leather grip, about 2grams of less at 12 and about a while strip in the butt cap.
     
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  36. tmc5005

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    This is a great racquet and one of my favorites
     
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  37. BreakPoint

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    No, it's only 11.5 oz. strung. That's its problem. It's way too light. :(
     
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  38. Sup2Dresq

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    With a dampner and overgrip it came to 11.8oz strung on a babolat RDC machine.

    I added a leather grip and came out to 12.3oz strung (second racquet) on the same machine.

    It does swing easily. Pretty nice stick.
     
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  39. ilovetennis212

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    I'm using this with 20x18.
    I'm wondering is there big difference between 20x18 with 18x16.
    I'm more volley player and recommended to use 20x18 but in switching to base liner.
    Any ideas?
     
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  40. Sup2Dresq

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    Am I in the wrong section? I'm talking about this stick.

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    Does it come in two string pattern versions?
     
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  41. sunof tennis

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    No. Your is the ProStaff BLX 95. They are talking about the 6.1BLX 95. That is heavier 12.2 or so and not box beamed.
     
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  42. Silent

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    Well I'll be frank, I was convinced this thread was about the Pro Staff 95, but after seeing Sup2Dresq's post, I reread the title which says "six one 95 Pro Staff" which is misleading. But Sup2Dresq is right. This thread is about the Pro Staff: sub 12oz strung weight = can't be a 6.1

    My n95 weighs 12.66oz strung with a TW leather grip + Tourna Grip.
     
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  43. BreakPoint

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    Huh? The OP clearly states "ProStaff" in his OP and in the title of this thread.
     
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  44. BreakPoint

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    The "ProStaff 95" and the "Six-One 95 ProStaff" are the same racquet. Wilson just recently took the "Six-One" moniker off the racquet.
     
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  45. Down_the_line

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    Ok, so to be clear we're not talking about the BLX Six.One 95? We're talking about the BLX Pro Staff 95.

    If so, I'll show myself out. The Six.One is the frame I'm thinking of switching to, although now I'm getting interested in trying out the Blade 93 and 98.
     
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  46. BreakPoint

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    Hmmm.....I wonder why? :wink:
     
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  47. Silent

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    They sure know how to confuse people. The n95 has Pro Staff written all over it.
     
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    After playing with mine for a few months and getting used to the 12ish weight with damp and overgrip, I've started experimenting with weight. I've added lead at 11,1,7,5. 3&9 are weighted by Wilson. 348 grams each now. Plow through is better, plusher feeling. Heavier shots are available. F&b slices are way better, defensive slices are now possible. The boardy feeling on off center shots went away. Still getting used to weight and timing. i thought defensive shots woud be way worse but I've pulled off some impressive def shots I couldn't get back before.
     
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