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Driver shaft - best bang for the buck... to you?

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I recently got into a new hobby - shaft experimenting

To me, especially driver shaft experimenting is most fun.
I haven't tried anything under $30, but I haven't tried anything over $400 either.

To me, Aldila NV green (new version) 55g has been best bang for the buck - long, feels good, etc.

What's your best bang for the buck driver shaft?

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  • Red4282Red4282 Members  968WRX Points: 393Posts: 968 Golden Tee
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    I just picked up a new uncut diamana ahina for 50 bucks... pretty good imo

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  • ValtielValtiel Konica-Minolta Bizhub Members  3704WRX Points: 1,722Handicap: 1.7Posts: 3,704 Titanium Tees
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    Yeah I would definitely say that second and third generation Diamanas are huge bang for the buck. Ahina/Kai'li's and B-series/W-series can be had quite cheap, often much cheaper than the first generation or any of the newer offerings obviously. The same goes for the Project X LZ Handcrafted shafts which were top dollar new and now can be had under $100, even under $75, all day.

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    Mizuno ST190 9.5* Diamana X'17 70XX || Taylormade M1 430 8.5* Tensei Pro Orange V2 70TX
    Titleist 915FD 15* Kuro Kage 80XTS || Taylormade RSI UDI 16* Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 9.8 Tour-Spec X
    Titleist 915FD 18* Kuro Kage 90XTS || Titleist 818H1 18.25* Diamana Kai'li s103x Prototype 
    Callaway X-Forged UT 20* Kuro Kage XT 100TX Hybrid
    Callaway X-Forged UT 23* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Bridgestone J40 DPC 5i-7i 27*- 35* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Bridgestone J40 CB 8i-PW 39*- 48* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey Mild Raw 8620 54* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey SM6 58* Oil Can Low Bounce K-Grind Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey Special 61* Black Oxide V-Grind Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
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  • Howard_JonesHoward_Jones Members  11313WRX Points: 2,085Posts: 11,313 Titanium Tees
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    i would say it like this, ALL shaft models who was top notch when they came to the marked and proved their quality, is still top notch, and thats goes all the way back to True Temper EI 70 and later Graffaloy PRO-Lites.

    What fits each player is a different ball game, but if you find a classic with the right flex and profile, they are most likely a bargain vs "the latest" models out there.

    The profiles that i like is Pro-Lite evo versions, my favorite so far is Grafalloy RED AXIS where everything feels just right in a driver to me, and it was top of the line from Grafalloy when it came, and there is no "best before" date stamped on it or any of the other, so i have no plans to change it, even if the shaft is close to 10 years now.

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  • tanker44tanker44 Members  419WRX Points: 134Posts: 419 Greens
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    Agree on any old Diamanas.. same applies for any Speeder TS, Speeder Evos, Project X Handcrafted, UST V2, majority of 10 yr old ACCRAs, Fubukus, older Kuro Kages.. spotted a few Fuji Pro TS' for under $40..

    I play the Speeder Evo I 757 in FW which I just found for $49. Also like the Fuji Pro 53 which I played in an M2 for years which can be found for $50. Biggest waste of money ever spent was on a new Oban. Second biggest waste of money has been has been any Project X made in last three years.

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    TM UDI 17* UST Recoil
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  • Stuart_GStuart_G New HampshireMembers  25280WRX Points: 1,755Posts: 25,280 Titanium Tees
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    For me it's:
    Aldila VS-Proto, vs-voodoo. UST PF v2 or AxivCore Green, and the aftermarket Diamana S+ (not a fan of the second gens).

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  • phatchrisrulesphatchrisrules Southern Ontario, CanadaUnregistered  2130WRX Points: 394Handicap: 6.5Posts: 2,130 Platinum Tees
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    For me, the best bang for my buck has always been a V2. I seemed to (at least at the time) hit those things on a rope all day long especially in fairway woods and hybrids. A close second is the Ping Tour shafts (since they are free), I always hit those awesome too in every club I've used them in. Ping Tour shafts can be had brand new with a tip and grip for less than a $100 CAD and the USTs you can find a bunch of clubs for cheap on eBay, pull the shaft, and then you have a head you can turn around and sell again.

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    Taylormade R510TP - Speeder 757
    Sonartec NP-99 14* and 17* - NV Green 85
    Nickent Genex 3DX 21* - Dynamic Gold SL
    Titleist 660 4-P - Dynamic Gold
    Cleveland 54* and 59* - Dynamic Gold
    Scotty Cameron Teryllium

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  • Darth_BladerDarth_Blader Members  1011WRX Points: 102Handicap: 4Posts: 1,011 Platinum Tees
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    I bought a Wilson Triton for $49!! Chucked the head and kept the Rogue. Its been a great shaft!

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    Cobra F9 9* Rogue 125
    TM M3 3HL Thump FW
    Vsteel 5w 7W06
    Vsteel 7w Rogue 80
    Ping S55 4-PW DG TI X100
    Scratch 8620 50* DG x100
    Vokey SM6 56* DG S400
    Scratch 8620 STI 60 DG S400
    Odyssey LE PT10 KBS CT Shaft

  • mwink822mwink822 Members  2699WRX Points: 157Posts: 2,699 Titanium Tees
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    For a driver my favorites are Grafalloy Prolite 35, Aldila NV, Pro Force V2, Diamana Whiteboard and 'ahina, Fujikura Motore F1

    For fairway woods, Aldila VS Proto and Voodoo VS, Diamana Blueboard and Kai'li, Fujikura Motore F3, and the old blue Project X Tour Issue.

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    Titleist TS4 8.5* Diamana D+ LTD 70 X
    Titleist 917F2 18* (turned down to 17.25*) Diamana S+ 80X
    4 - 718 Titleist AP3 Project X 6.0
    4-P 718 Titleist AP2 Project X 6.0
    White Satin Mizuno MP T7 51-08 Modus 3 105X
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    Attas Elements MK and currently the Diaman 'Ahina. Found both for about $60. Used the Elements MK all season, and I just recently purchased the 'Ahina. It spins slightly less than the MK, so I can play my M3 at 9.5* instead of lowering the loft down like I had to with the MK. Lowering the loft with the MK made my miss to the right on bad days or when I'm tired even worse.

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    Driver: 9.5* M3 Aldila Tour Green 65s or Evenflow White t1100 65s 
    Fairway: Cobra F9 Tour 3 wood set to 15* with Aldila 2kxv Blue 7s or Cobra F6 Baffler set to 16.5* with Proforce V2 7f4
    Hybrids: 19* Adams XTD Super Hybrid VTS 100s or 20* Adams Super Pro with AD DI 95s , 23* Adams Super 9031 S300 (swap with 4 iron on occasion, but the hybrid is usually in the bag)
    Irons: 4 (DG Pro s300), 5-PW Ben Hoga PTx Pro DGTI S400
    Wedges: 48* bent to 49* Hogan TK wedge, RTX 4 52* bent to 53* Mid, and New Level Golf 58*. All wedges have DGTI S400
    Putter: Toulon Las Vegas or Kingston KP1 Carbon Oil Can Finish
  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members  3243WRX Points: 1,368Posts: 3,243 Titanium Tees
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    Rogue Tour, Old Diamana, Aldila NV, Fujikura PRO or XLR8 - all can be had under $40 a shaft and are fairly recent models (2015+)

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    Epic Flash - 44.75" D2 Pro 2.0 6 TS [Testing: Motore X F1] / 42" D3 Ventus 7 Blue / 41" D3 Pro 2.0 7 / Epic - Apex 19 - Apex Pro 19 D2 1050Gh HSx1 / MD5 / Phantom X5 - X5.5 Shaft Swap SS Mid Slim 2.0

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    On -, @Darth_Blader said:

    I bought a Wilson Triton for $49!! Chucked the head and kept the Rogue. Its been a great shaft!

    I've got one of those Triton Rogue's and love it. The standard Rogue Silver is excellent too and quite affordable. Maybe not as cheap as some of the other shafts being mentioned in this thread but affordable none the less.

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    Ping G400 Max driver w/Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60S
    Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 5 wood w/Aldila Rogue Black 70S
    Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 Hybrid w/Aldila Kuro Kage 80S
    Ping G410 irons w/Recoil 95S
    Ping Glide 55/60 wedges w/Recoil 110S
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  • ChipNRunChipNRun Members  2389WRX Points: 579Posts: 2,389 Platinum Tees
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    Got my first driver fitting in late 2008. Since then, clubs and shafts:

    • Calla HyperX Tour, 10.5° (bonded) with Fuji 360 Fit-On / R-flex and 68 grams (Note: 0.350" tip!)
    • Calla Razr Fit, 9.5° (adjustable) with Aldila NV RIPd R-flex and 60 grams (self-fitted)
    • Calla XR 16 Pro, 10.5° (adjustable) with Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 / R-flex and 62 grams

    The two Fuji shafts - both available among stock offerings - seem to have worked the best.

    After a happy Season #1 with RazrFit, I started having various control problems - adjustment tweaks never resolved for than a month at a time. RazrFit would probably have worked better with 10.5° head - only adjustments possible were face angle - open, standard and closed - and shifting head weights. Even with heavy weight on toe, I still had recurring problems with hooks.

    With the Fuji shafts I could feel if I was in tempo or not. I have gone to a semi-flat swing after being way too upright for years, and I can feel the Fujis load as I sweep back and then unload going into impact - if transition is smooth.

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    What's In The Bag *...

    Driver: Calla XR16 Pro 10.5° (set open) / Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 R-flex 63 gr.
    FWs: Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex 60 gr.
    or Calla Alpha 815, set 16° + 20° / Fuji Motore Speeder 665 R-flex 62 gr.
    Hybrid: Cobra FlyZ 3H 19° + 4H 22° / Matrix VLCT Altus Lite flex 73 gr.
    Irons: Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i - PW** / KBS Tour 90 R-flex 101 gr.
           4i refitted with SteelFiber 780 HLS Hybrid shaft R Flex 75 gr.
    Wedge: Calla MD3 48°/8.SS + 54°/12.WS + MD.PM 60°/10  | KBS Tour R-flex 110 gr.  | Note: MD4 58°/8.C-grind may replace MD/PM
    Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced) / 34" w. Ping Pistol PP60 grip (stock)
    Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag
    Ball: Calla SuperHot - orange
    * Either 7W or 3H left out, depending on course and season.
    ** Wedges: 46°and 48°are competing for bag space.
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    Rogue Tour, Old Diamana, Aldila NV, Fujikura PRO or XLR8 - all can be had under $40 a shaft and are fairly recent models (2015+)

    The rogue Tour is the one that looks like the Rogue silver yeah? Anyone know what the profile is like?

    For me I think the KKDC silver TS proto is a good shaft and can be had new on ebay for $40/50

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  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members  3243WRX Points: 1,368Posts: 3,243 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @Poolparty said:


    Rogue Tour, Old Diamana, Aldila NV, Fujikura PRO or XLR8 - all can be had under $40 a shaft and are fairly recent models (2015+)

    The rogue Tour is the one that looks like the Rogue silver yeah? Anyone know what the profile is like?

    For me I think the KKDC silver TS proto is a good shaft and can be had new on ebay for $40/50

    Yeah, there's a Rogue Tour Green and Blue, its got the 'microchip' graphics by the handle. One is HL and one is LL

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    Epic Flash - 44.75" D2 Pro 2.0 6 TS [Testing: Motore X F1] / 42" D3 Ventus 7 Blue / 41" D3 Pro 2.0 7 / Epic - Apex 19 - Apex Pro 19 D2 1050Gh HSx1 / MD5 / Phantom X5 - X5.5 Shaft Swap SS Mid Slim 2.0

  • BookerBooker Members  810WRX Points: 107Posts: 810 Golden Tee
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    If you can find the tour issued taylormade shafts that were painted to look like the stock shafts. R11 To sldr era I've gotten some great diamana, oban,ad di, speeder ts, for well under 100 uncut. Ahina and Kai li really stand out as great shafts you can get on the cheap now a days.

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  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range Sponsors  5079WRX Points: 384Posts: 5,079 Titanium Tees
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    Best shaft for the money, Aldila Synergy Green. $199 for a graphene, tour only prototype that was once $500.

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    HZRDUS yellow has been money for me. Best $90 I have spent in a while.

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    Bag 1                                                                                              Bag 2
    Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 9° Diamana W Series 60 S                    Ping G400 Max 10.5 UST Attas 4U 6TS
    Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 14° 3W Diamana D+ 70 S                     Ping G25 3W PWR S
    Callaway Big Bertha OS 19° Hybrid KBS Steel Hybrid S                         Ping G25 5W Steelfiber ss85 S
    Titleist 915H 24° and 27° KBS Steel Hybrid X                                       Ping G25 23°, 27°. and 31° Hybrids KBS Tour V 110
    Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 6-GW KBS Tour V 125 ss 2x                             Ping G25 irons 7-UW KBS Tour V 120
    Callaway MD3 54° W Grind bent to 55° DG S400                                  Ping Glide 54° SS KBS 610 125 S+
    Callaway MD3 60° S Grind bent to 59° DG S400                                   Ping Glide 58° TS KBS 610 125 S+
    Odyssey O-Works Red #7s                                                                 Ping Sigma Tyne H
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    On -, @Darth_Blader said:

    I bought a Wilson Triton for $49!! Chucked the head and kept the Rogue. Its been a great shaft!

    Yep!

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  • SUITSSUITS Members  1061WRX Points: 97Posts: 1,061 Platinum Tees
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    For my money it is the diamana White and blue, new for 100-120 , used market is loaded with them mostly with titleist tips on global and other sites.

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  • pompjrpompjr Members  663WRX Points: 74Posts: 663 Golden Tee
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    Currently using the Ust V2 Black in my M6 driver and have no complaints.. beat out Tour Ad Di and Ad Tp shafts.. And it’s only $54

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  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Minnesota, USAMembers  7352WRX Points: 1,415Handicap: 7Posts: 7,352 Titanium Tees
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    My answer would be the NV and VS Proto shafts, depending on which of the two profiles I'm needing at that point in time. Have used both with a fair amount of success over the last decade or more...

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    The Ever Changing Bag!

    Driver:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila ProtoPype 80x, 43.5"
    3w:  Cobra King LTD, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X, 42"
    3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, DGS400
    3-PW:  Mizuno MP-37, DGS300
    GW:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, DGS400
    SW:  Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS300
    Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34.25"
    Balls: in no particular order... Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Professional, or 50 Elite... will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time

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    Also sometimes swap in old school woods at top of bag, various Golden Ram, MacGregor, or Orlimar persimmons
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    On -, @Howard Jones said:

    i would say it like this, ALL shaft models who was top notch when they came to the marked and proved their quality, is still top notch, and thats goes all the way back to True Temper EI 70 and later Graffaloy PRO-Lites.

    The profiles that i like is Pro-Lite evo versions, my favorite so far is Grafalloy RED AXIS where everything feels just right in a driver to me, and it was top of the line from Grafalloy when it came, and there is no "best before" date stamped on it or any of the other, so i have no plans to change it, even if the shaft is close to 10 years now.

    I am also a fan of the Prolite family of shafts - I still have a driver with the original Prolite in the awesome, stealthy black color - works well for me.

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  • RogerinNewZealandRogerinNewZealand Maungakeikei Auckland New ZealandMembers  2875WRX Points: 293Posts: 2,875 Titanium Tees
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    Diamana Blue 65 regular in my 909! Im a prolaunch blue guy.Also just got an Illima 61? Regular with 910 tip to try in 4 wood.Also looking ex cally x2hot aldilla tourblue like then too.So smooth stable midhi launch

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    HZRDUS Black Smoke for $100 has been a steal

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    Diamana kai'li is still an excellent shaft. Kuro Kage Proto Tini is also very good.

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    DR: Callaway Rogue SZ 9° + Diamana W60x.
    FW: in the making.
    HY: Callaway Apex19 4h 23° + Tour AD IZ 95x.
    Irons: Taylormade R9 Forged 5i-PW + Quadra 100i Pro x.
    Wedges: iCleveland RTX3 52/58
    SeeMore SB1, Accra FX300.
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    Got an R15 on Craigslist with a Matrix Ozik 6Q3 Red Tie in X flex. That shaft in that club has produced one of my best driving seasons to date, and the shaft is findable on the bay for less than $30

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    +1 for Matrix Ozik
    Also OEM Grafalloy Prolaunch Red or Blue are easily sub $30/per

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    Cleveland Launcher 330 Titanium 10.5* driver

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    Cobra Bio Cell 19* hybrid

    Dynacraft Prophet CB flexface 5i-PW

    Acer XB 52* & 58* wedges

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    Matrix Red Tie MFS. They can be had for a good deal.

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  • thed0nthed0n Members  123WRX Points: 59Handicap: 9.2Posts: 123 Fairways
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    I've been tinkering with "bang for the buck" shafts forever now. Best of the bunch are Aldila Tour, Matrix Ozik, and Diamana S+/D+. These are the shafts you can consistently find at cheaper prices.

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    Ping G400 Max *9 w/ Fujikura Atmos Blue TS 6s
    Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 3W *15 w/ Fubuki Z 70s
    Adams XTD Ti *19 w/ Matrix Ozik Red Tie HQ3 Stiff
    Adams XTD Ti *22 w/ Matrix Ozik Red Tie HQ3 Stiff
    Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal 5-PW w/ Nippon NS Pro Modus 105s
    Mizuno S5 *52.08 and *56.14 w/ TT Dynamic Gold
    Callaway '19 PM Grind *60.12 w/ KBS Hi-Rev 2.0
    Odyssey #7 WHP w/ P2 Aware Tour

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    NV Green.

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