Best Reverb Pedals

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The creative process can be described as surreal, romantic and joyful. But it can be frustrating, only sustained by the unbridled passion musicians feel towards their art. Few art forms truly reflect this scenario better than music. But all artists rely on the proper tools to execute their art. If you’re a guitarist, access to the best reverb pedals can make or break the quality of your compositions.

As a composer, you’re always coming up with variations of existing sounds but might find yourself stuck when trying to recreate them. As it turns out, a reverb pedal could be a formidable tool in your arsenal of instruments to achieve the sound you had in mind. It will make the music sound that much more vitalized, clear, and well defined. You might be a solitary guitarist or a heavy worker in the studio but having the best available reverb pedal at your disposal is in many cases a key part of completing a song just as you envisioned it.

 

What Is Reverb And Where Does It Come From?

When guitars became “electrified” guitarists began seeking new and different types of guitar sounds. The concept of acoustic reverb was already well known. Analog reverb effects (chamber reverb, a spring reverb tank, etc.) had long been used in the recording industry. The advent of sustain and delay time made the delay pedal an important part of the guitarist toolkit. Electronic and digital breakthroughs gave still more control to guitarists, allowing tones to be changed and warped. This allowed for a highly adjustable delay time as well. Meanwhile, ambient reverb could duplicate a guitar’s sound, not just delay or echo it. All are used today in modern guitar effects pedals.

 

Why Would I Need a Reverb Pedal?

 

Even the best amps can sound dull under adverse conditions. Reverberation adds depth to your sound. There are many reverb types available to guitarists just by plugging into a pedal and spinning the right knob. By adding some controlled decay to your tone, you create a sense of space and depth to round out your sound and give it authority. Modulated reverb and long reverb are powerful effects. They add sustainability and mobility to your sound. When performing live, a musician is subject to the acoustic qualities of the venue such as room reverb. A reverberation pedal can be used to overcome the acoustic brightness of a performance space, making the sound more expansive.

 

Finding the Best Reverb Pedals

 

Here are some considerations when shopping for your own best reverb pedals.

  • Complexity: Multiple Controls vs. One Knob
    A good reverb pedal can have as many as six knobs and multiple mode settings for delay time, or as few as 3 simple control tone knobs (or even less). The more complex the controls, the more types of reverb can be produced and the more versatile the pedal will be. But the more complex the controls, the steeper the learning curve.
  • Analog vs Digital
    The majority of reverb pedals on the market today are digital. Analog pedals are harder to find, but they can be more reliable and produce a richer sound effect. They tend to offer fewer reverb types than digital pedals, though.
  • Cost
    Reverb effects pedals cover a wide range on the price scale, from several hundred dollars to less than a hundred bucks.

 

Apart from the qualities above and a few other basic criteria like build quality and durability, there cannot really be an objective winner for the best reverb pedal of them all. A lot depends on what guitar a musician chooses. Each musician will no doubt have their own unique conceptions about the kind of sound quality they want and just about any high-quality reverb pedal out there has a fair shot at creating it. So when considering the best reverb pedals for guitar, it’s all about preferences and options. In the list below we offer eleven top-rated reverb pedals as well as the best reverb pedals for the money.

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Why we like it: Bless your ocean loving ears if you ever happen to experience the magical sound quality that this thing produces.

Editor’s rating:

You will no longer be able to settle for anything less when you get your ear attuned to the kind of overtones that this produces. Only someone with real desire for a perfect tone could come up with this product. If you are a frustrated guitarist with the same ear for perfection as us here at bestseekers.com, this is beyond any doubt the device that is going to set you free.

It is perfectly compatible with many musical set ups. The overtone is just so well defined and delightful to listen to. It is quite a reliable tool as well. It is described as exotic, which is exactly what the ocean is like as well. And on top of that, it is not in any way cumbersome. It only weighs 16 ounces and measures 10 inches long. From east to west, it measures 7 inches. Whatever the creative process that involves composing or manipulating sounds that mimic the sea itself, this

Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb Pedal

Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb Pedal

 

 

Product Info
  • Spring, Hall, Plate and Reverse reverb
  • 9.6DC-200 power supply included
  • True bypass for maximum signal path integrity
Why we like it: A reverb that has quite simply outdone itself for both sound quality and convenience.

Editor’s rating:

Welcome to the Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Max Reverb. If you have not already bought one, you probably should, a) because it is multi-functioning, b) because it is portable, and c) because it is awesome. In addition to the Holy Grails mega Spring and Hall reverbs, it also has a Plate reverb, which is just rich, and a Reverse reverb which for more sonic experimentation. And of course, it is all adjustable according to the decay and reverse time of your choice.

When we said multi-functional, we really meant it. This pedal has all the effects necessary to sustain a full-on musical show. Our personal favorites are the Spring and Hall effects without question. And being portable does not only mean that it is small enough to be tucked in some pouch. The construction is solid die-cast metal that manages to stay light at just 1.3 pounds. The power source is a formidable 9.6-volt

Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Max Reverb

Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Max Reverb

 

 

Product Info
  • Six meticulously crafted reverbs in one pedal
  • Dry path is 100% analog
  • Relay true bypass and delay trails modes
Why we like it: It is not the quantity that matters here but the quality.

Editor’s rating:

Ok, so it only has 6 reverb styles to play with, but you will not get too hung up on that when you know they have been tuned and crafted to perfection by MXR’s design team. They have all been packaged into a fairly normal-sized MXR box featuring a simple three knobs and a hi-fi analog dry path along with 20 volts of headroom courtesy of Constant Headroom Technology. In our opinion, the reverb styles coming out of this thing, few as they may be, are a total match for those in high-end rack units or plug-ins.

Every one of them is just so well defined. The plate setting simply shimmers the way anyone working in the studio will feel excited about. The Spring setting is simply on a whole other level completely free of that coiled metal-a recreation of the usual amp-driven effect. Room setting induces a more subtle projection of sound at a relatively short decay time. Tone control will take you through a range of exotic places, each

MXR M300 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

MXR M300 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

 

 

Product Info
  • TonePrint- instant access to custom pedal-tweaks made by your idols!
  • True Bypass - zero loss of tone
  • Stereo in & out - added flexibility to fit any set-up
Why we like it: An absolute gem containing some of the best reverbs you will ever hear in your lifetime.

Editor’s rating:

What you are looking at here is among the very best collections of reverbs all fitted into one compact little box. Whatever sound you feel will light up the atmosphere and is literally in the palm of your hand ready for its summons. It may be a small and unassuming thing, but make no mistake, it is packed full of the latest available technology. Many guitarists can affirm that its capabilities are enough to make them dribble.

So what kind of technology exactly is generating all this fuss? Most distinctly of all, this reverb pedal is equipped with ‘Tone Print’ technology which allows you to play with pre-set custom pedal tweaks, Contains True Bypass, and causes no appreciable loss in tone. There is also the stereo ‘in’ and ‘out’ feature which will assist you greatly in adapting to any type of mix. Tonal integrity is preserved in its purest form thanks to the Analog-Dry-Through. Does it all work? It

TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal

TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal

 

 

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Why we like it: With as many as 86 different types of effects, this pedal would be any guitarist’s wet dream.

Editor’s rating:

Ever wanted the kind of power that comes with a multi-effects pedal combined with the kind of flexibility afforded by a good amp modeler? As it turns out, dreams really do come true with the Zoom MS-70CDR, and never mind that we could not bother to repeat the rest of its long and uninteresting name. It takes the best qualities of a pedal with multiple effects and a good amp modeler and packages them in a simple single stompbox. Yeah, baby!

The pedal has a footswitch along with analog selection knobs on the primary control board. It would be fair to say that musicians are quite simply spoilt for choice here with as many as 86 different types of effects: specifically 15 tonal effects, 16 classic choruses, 26 delays, and 29 reverbs to play with, a very user-friendly LCD interface, variable power adjusting, and an auto-chromatic tuner. Spoiled musicians, you bet. You link this device to electrical power using a no

Zoom MS-70CDR MultiStomp Reverb Pedal

Zoom MS-70CDR MultiStomp Reverb Pedal

 

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Why we like it: With as many as 86 different types of effects, this pedal would be any guitarist’s wet dream.

Editor’s rating:

 

Product Info
  • Top quality TC-Helicon Reverbs, Delays and Pitch Correction
  • Adaptive Tone for the perfect mix
  • Simple controls, easy to use, instant effect
Why we like it: Innovative in its functions while remaining entirely practical and user-friendly.

Editor’s rating:

Have you ever found yourself in these hellish situations: dead room? Lack of a sound engineer? Flat mic? The Mic Mechanic from TC Helicon is your easy-to-use trump card in all of these circumstances. All of its tones have stood the test of time… and location as well. It turns out the sound effects being offered here will work just about anywhere. This does not just alleviate your fears, it obliterates them, destroys them… crushes them. And the good news keeps getting better.

First off, the design is simply one of the best we have ever come across in the modern market down to the very simple elements. The sizing, for instance. The whole thing weighs just one and a half pounds. Its metal construction is both strong and compact making it entirely portable. Its ‘Adaptive’ tone controlling feature is cutting edge technology that was not featured in past devices to alleviate defects in tone. But overall simplicity remains the central focus of this pedal which retains just 3 sta

TC Helicon Mic Mechanic

TC Helicon Mic Mechanic

 

 

Product Info
  • Compact and versatile reverb pedal with rich, expansive soundDial in sophisticated, top-level reverb tones quickly with...
Why we like it: The Typical Boss showing of innovative design and technology combined with a superb level of quality and refinement.

Editor’s rating:

Boss claims that the main strengths of their RV-6 Digital Reverb are a combination of high-quality sound with plenty of options. It sounds like they are describing a whole new level for pedal reverb technology. But of course, stretching past the accomplishments of past products is a staple part of the Boss philosophy. But have they managed to pull it off with the RV-6? Yes, they have. We already have validated Boss’ expertise in this business many times over.

And once again, it is being showcased here sublimely in tandem with the latest developments in pedal technology. Simply writing about it hardly does it any justice. The reverb tones you can get out of this thing are simply out of this world, from fragile rooms to modernized shimmering, all of which will inspire you like nothing else. Of course, all the classics are present here, from Room to Hall to Plate and Spring. Yet it remains to be compact and highly adjustable to th

Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb

Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb

 

 

Product Info
  • Thick spring reverb
  • Delivers just the right tone and warmth
  • A kick pad to give an effect that sounds like a kicked amp
Why we like it: Specially configured for use on stage and durability, it almost knows no bounds.

Editor’s rating:

The Danelectro DSR-1 Spring King Reverb is certainly not the smallest pedal on the market but it is certainly one of the more modern ones. We certainly like the square angled stepped design and the overall retro look. It has a durable metal construction that is guaranteed to last. In terms of sound quality, it delivers a ‘spring’ reverb at a thickness that can be minutely adjusted by the user. Not only does it provide the ‘spring’ reverb but the perfect sound tone to go with it.

What this reverb pedal sacrifices in size, it more than makes up for with sheer usability for the stage. After all, it has its own kick pad, which functions quite similarly to a kicked amplifier. However, you should frequently remember to keep tabs on the battery level as well as cables and connectors even if the pedal is fully charged. Power is drawn from a 9-volt 300mA 005P battery that is rechargeable so long

Danelectro DSR-1 Spring King Reverb

Danelectro DSR-1 Spring King Reverb

 

 

Product Info
  • A reverb pedal that functions just like a real deal outboard spring reverb unit
  • The DWELL knob controls how much signal is going into and driving reverb springs.
  • The TONE knob allows you to roll off just the right amount of high end from only your wet signal. Roll this knob back if...
Why we like it: Apart from the paint job, there really is nothing old school about it, not that there needs to be anyway.

Editor’s rating:

Straightaway, just by looking at it, we were already drawn to its aesthetics, no doubt an ode to the swinging 60s. That old-school effect really does have a charm of its own. But we are well into the 21st century and this 60’s style Topanga is very much at the forefront of the competition, and it is not only because it oozes nostalgia for a bygone decade. It has been designed and engineered by people who know what they are doing.

It has been tough but let us set aside the lovely color scheme for a moment and scrutinize the design. It still looks rather elegant and its responses to player inputs are immediate. There are 4 knobs located in the center for Dwell, Tone, Volume and Mix. Signals to the system are controlled by ‘Dwell’ while ‘Tone controls the reverb. It is worth mentioning that the reverb effect here is delightfully accurate. All things considered, this is a well-made, well

Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb Effect Pedal

Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb Effect Pedal

 

 

Product Info
  • Three of the most popular reverb sounds available in this one reverb pedal
  • 50s Plate reverb, 60s Spring reverb & the universal music hall reverb pedal effect
  • Digital design with True Bypass circuitry reverb pedal for guitar
Why we like it: Simply and ergonomically designed and uses a cool new digital system to generate its simulations.

Editor’s rating:

Here is one more pedal that offers a wealth of heavenly reverb sound effects. From 50s Plate to universal music Hall to 60s Spring, the Xvive can kill them all with ease. Interestingly, none of its simulations are generated by the analog method. Rather, a digital system is how it is done here. There is nothing analog about it from the outside either. The design is very simple and very minimal, scoring it plenty of ergonomic points when you try it in your hands.

The responses from all the controls are acute and well-defined. Even the blend function is easy-peasy, alternating between fully ‘Dry’ and fully ‘Wet’. For reverb mode functions, there is a toggling grip switch of high quality. And the sound manipulation possibilities continue to grow with the true bypass technology. But not everything about it is quite so groundbreaking. To indicate specific sound effects as being on or off, a simple L

Xvive Reverb Effects Pedal

Xvive Reverb Effects Pedal

 

Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb Pedal

 

Why we like it: Bless your ocean loving ears if you ever happen to experience the magical sound quality that this thing produces.

Editor’s rating:

You will no longer be able to settle for anything less when you get your ear attuned to the kind of overtones that this produces. Only someone with real desire for a perfect tone could come up with this product. If you are a frustrated guitarist with the same ear for perfection as us here at bestseekers.com, this is beyond any doubt the device that is going to set you free.

It is perfectly compatible with many musical set ups. The overtone is just so well defined and delightful to listen to. It is quite a reliable tool as well. It is described as exotic, which is exactly what the ocean is like as well. And on top of that, it is not in any way cumbersome. It only weighs 16 ounces and measures 10 inches long. From east to west, it measures 7 inches. Whatever the creative process that involves composing or manipulating sounds that mimic the sea itself, this reverb pedal from Fulltone is the business.

Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Max Reverb

 

Product Info
  • Spring, Hall, Plate and Reverse reverb
  • 9.6DC-200 power supply included
  • True bypass for maximum signal path integrity
Why we like it: A reverb that has quite simply outdone itself for both sound quality and convenience.

Editor’s rating:

Welcome to the Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Max Reverb. If you have not already bought one, you probably should, a) because it is multi-functioning, b) because it is portable, and c) because it is awesome. In addition to the Holy Grails mega Spring and Hall reverbs, it also has a Plate reverb, which is just rich, and a Reverse reverb which for more sonic experimentation. And of course, it is all adjustable according to the decay and reverse time of your choice.

When we said multi-functional, we really meant it. This pedal has all the effects necessary to sustain a full-on musical show. Our personal favorites are the Spring and Hall effects without question. And being portable does not only mean that it is small enough to be tucked in some pouch. The construction is solid die-cast metal that manages to stay light at just 1.3 pounds. The power source is a formidable 9.6-volt DC and also comes with a 200-volt adapter.

MXR M300 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

 

Product Info
  • Six meticulously crafted reverbs in one pedal
  • Dry path is 100% analog
  • Relay true bypass and delay trails modes
Why we like it: It is not the quantity that matters here but the quality.

Editor’s rating:

Ok, so it only has 6 reverb styles to play with, but you will not get too hung up on that when you know they have been tuned and crafted to perfection by MXR’s design team. They have all been packaged into a fairly normal-sized MXR box featuring a simple three knobs and a hi-fi analog dry path along with 20 volts of headroom courtesy of Constant Headroom Technology. In our opinion, the reverb styles coming out of this thing, few as they may be, are a total match for those in high-end rack units or plug-ins.

Every one of them is just so well defined. The plate setting simply shimmers the way anyone working in the studio will feel excited about. The Spring setting is simply on a whole other level completely free of that coiled metal-a recreation of the usual amp-driven effect. Room setting induces a more subtle projection of sound at a relatively short decay time. Tone control will take you through a range of exotic places, each tremendously exciting in its own right.

TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal

 

Product Info
  • TonePrint- instant access to custom pedal-tweaks made by your idols!
  • True Bypass - zero loss of tone
  • Stereo in & out - added flexibility to fit any set-up
Why we like it: An absolute gem containing some of the best reverbs you will ever hear in your lifetime.

Editor’s rating:

What you are looking at here is among the very best collections of reverbs all fitted into one compact little box. Whatever sound you feel will light up the atmosphere and is literally in the palm of your hand ready for its summons. It may be a small and unassuming thing, but make no mistake, it is packed full of the latest available technology. Many guitarists can affirm that its capabilities are enough to make them dribble.

So what kind of technology exactly is generating all this fuss? Most distinctly of all, this reverb pedal is equipped with ‘Tone Print’ technology which allows you to play with pre-set custom pedal tweaks, Contains True Bypass, and causes no appreciable loss in tone. There is also the stereo ‘in’ and ‘out’ feature which will assist you greatly in adapting to any type of mix. Tonal integrity is preserved in its purest form thanks to the Analog-Dry-Through. Does it all work? It is made by the Japanese. Need we say more?

Zoom MS-70CDR MultiStomp Reverb Pedal

 

No products found.

Why we like it: With as many as 86 different types of effects, this pedal would be any guitarist’s wet dream.

Editor’s rating:

Ever wanted the kind of power that comes with a multi-effects pedal combined with the kind of flexibility afforded by a good amp modeler? As it turns out, dreams really do come true with the Zoom MS-70CDR, and never mind that we could not bother to repeat the rest of its long and uninteresting name. It takes the best qualities of a pedal with multiple effects and a good amp modeler and packages them in a simple single stompbox. Yeah, baby!

The pedal has a footswitch along with analog selection knobs on the primary control board. It would be fair to say that musicians are quite simply spoilt for choice here with as many as 86 different types of effects: specifically 15 tonal effects, 16 classic choruses, 26 delays, and 29 reverbs to play with, a very user-friendly LCD interface, variable power adjusting, and an auto-chromatic tuner. Spoiled musicians, you bet. You link this device to electrical power using a normal AC power adapter or even a USB port.

TC Helicon Mic Mechanic

 

Product Info
  • Top quality TC-Helicon Reverbs, Delays and Pitch Correction
  • Adaptive Tone for the perfect mix
  • Simple controls, easy to use, instant effect
Why we like it: Innovative in its functions while remaining entirely practical and user-friendly.

Editor’s rating:

Have you ever found yourself in these hellish situations: dead room? Lack of a sound engineer? Flat mic? The Mic Mechanic from TC Helicon is your easy-to-use trump card in all of these circumstances. All of its tones have stood the test of time… and location as well. It turns out the sound effects being offered here will work just about anywhere. This does not just alleviate your fears, it obliterates them, destroys them… crushes them. And the good news keeps getting better.

First off, the design is simply one of the best we have ever come across in the modern market down to the very simple elements. The sizing, for instance. The whole thing weighs just one and a half pounds. Its metal construction is both strong and compact making it entirely portable. Its ‘Adaptive’ tone controlling feature is cutting edge technology that was not featured in past devices to alleviate defects in tone. But overall simplicity remains the central focus of this pedal which retains just 3 standard knobs for adjustment.

Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb

 

Product Info
  • Compact and versatile reverb pedal with rich, expansive soundDial in sophisticated, top-level reverb tones quickly with...
Why we like it: The Typical Boss showing of innovative design and technology combined with a superb level of quality and refinement.

Editor’s rating:

Boss claims that the main strengths of their RV-6 Digital Reverb are a combination of high-quality sound with plenty of options. It sounds like they are describing a whole new level for pedal reverb technology. But of course, stretching past the accomplishments of past products is a staple part of the Boss philosophy. But have they managed to pull it off with the RV-6? Yes, they have. We already have validated Boss’ expertise in this business many times over.

And once again, it is being showcased here sublimely in tandem with the latest developments in pedal technology. Simply writing about it hardly does it any justice. The reverb tones you can get out of this thing are simply out of this world, from fragile rooms to modernized shimmering, all of which will inspire you like nothing else. Of course, all the classics are present here, from Room to Hall to Plate and Spring. Yet it remains to be compact and highly adjustable to the finest quality and detail.

Danelectro DSR-1 Spring King Reverb

 

Product Info
  • Thick spring reverb
  • Delivers just the right tone and warmth
  • A kick pad to give an effect that sounds like a kicked amp
Why we like it: Specially configured for use on stage and durability, it almost knows no bounds.

Editor’s rating:

The Danelectro DSR-1 Spring King Reverb is certainly not the smallest pedal on the market but it is certainly one of the more modern ones. We certainly like the square angled stepped design and the overall retro look. It has a durable metal construction that is guaranteed to last. In terms of sound quality, it delivers a ‘spring’ reverb at a thickness that can be minutely adjusted by the user. Not only does it provide the ‘spring’ reverb but the perfect sound tone to go with it.

What this reverb pedal sacrifices in size, it more than makes up for with sheer usability for the stage. After all, it has its own kick pad, which functions quite similarly to a kicked amplifier. However, you should frequently remember to keep tabs on the battery level as well as cables and connectors even if the pedal is fully charged. Power is drawn from a 9-volt 300mA 005P battery that is rechargeable so long as you can get it to an AC power line.

Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb Effect Pedal

 

Product Info
  • A reverb pedal that functions just like a real deal outboard spring reverb unit
  • The DWELL knob controls how much signal is going into and driving reverb springs.
  • The TONE knob allows you to roll off just the right amount of high end from only your wet signal. Roll this knob back if...
Why we like it: Apart from the paint job, there really is nothing old school about it, not that there needs to be anyway.

Editor’s rating:

Straightaway, just by looking at it, we were already drawn to its aesthetics, no doubt an ode to the swinging 60s. That old-school effect really does have a charm of its own. But we are well into the 21st century and this 60’s style Topanga is very much at the forefront of the competition, and it is not only because it oozes nostalgia for a bygone decade. It has been designed and engineered by people who know what they are doing.

It has been tough but let us set aside the lovely color scheme for a moment and scrutinize the design. It still looks rather elegant and its responses to player inputs are immediate. There are 4 knobs located in the center for Dwell, Tone, Volume and Mix. Signals to the system are controlled by ‘Dwell’ while ‘Tone controls the reverb. It is worth mentioning that the reverb effect here is delightfully accurate. All things considered, this is a well-made, well designed, compact kit with a sense of humor on top.

Xvive Reverb Effects Pedal

 

Product Info
  • Three of the most popular reverb sounds available in this one reverb pedal
  • 50s Plate reverb, 60s Spring reverb & the universal music hall reverb pedal effect
  • Digital design with True Bypass circuitry reverb pedal for guitar
Why we like it: Simply and ergonomically designed and uses a cool new digital system to generate its simulations.

Editor’s rating:

Here is one more pedal that offers a wealth of heavenly reverb sound effects. From 50s Plate to universal music Hall to 60s Spring, the Xvive can kill them all with ease. Interestingly, none of its simulations are generated by the analog method. Rather, a digital system is how it is done here. There is nothing analog about it from the outside either. The design is very simple and very minimal, scoring it plenty of ergonomic points when you try it in your hands.

The responses from all the controls are acute and well-defined. Even the blend function is easy-peasy, alternating between fully ‘Dry’ and fully ‘Wet’. For reverb mode functions, there is a toggling grip switch of high quality. And the sound manipulation possibilities continue to grow with the true bypass technology. But not everything about it is quite so groundbreaking. To indicate specific sound effects as being on or off, a simple LED light is all you will need.

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