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#12820369 - 07/08/18 12:40 PM Recommendations for new casting reels
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Sorry, I know this topic comes up often. With there being so many new reels out and good sales on older reels it is hard to choose. I am not looking for the best reel out there because we all know those are going to be the most expensive. I have been trying to find the best quality I can Staying under $200 msrp. I have all the old lews reels in that price range along with a few abu's. I just purchased the tatula ct that someone else posted the sale about, haven't used it yet but seems to be good quality for under $100!
So, what reel would you guys buy right now for the best value but under $200?

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#12820382 - 07/08/18 12:51 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Curado k or Tatula for my money.

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#12820453 - 07/08/18 01:53 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I would take the 200 and go buy two Shimano Casitas reels at a 100 bucks a piece they are very good reels.
Or if just wanted one I would recommend the Daiwa Tatula SV TWS itís right around that 200 mark


Edited by Ripinlip (07/08/18 01:57 PM)
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#12820520 - 07/08/18 03:03 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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For me I just started with a Tatula so I will probably start adding those over time otherwise I will just stick with Lews. I have cheaper Lews and more expensive and they all seem to perform well. You might also look at BPS reels when they are on sale. The salesman told me that they are all made by Lews and rebranded for BPS. I guess that is why they did not sell Lews for so long.

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#12820559 - 07/08/18 03:44 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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#12820574 - 07/08/18 04:03 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Curado K. Bar none.
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#12820592 - 07/08/18 04:25 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Curado k or lews speed spool.
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#12820606 - 07/08/18 04:36 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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My money under $200 goes to the 13 Concept A. Curado K is nice too and Lews Tournament Pro
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#12820707 - 07/08/18 06:27 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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#12820715 - 07/08/18 06:34 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
Bruce Allen Offline
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I just bought my 3rd Johnny Morris signature platinum 8:2 and can't be happier. To date all of my other reels are Shimanos: Curados, Metaniums, chronarcs, and calcuttas.

They sell for $200 but I got one on sale last year for $150


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#12820735 - 07/08/18 06:51 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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That new Curado K is an awfully nice reel for the money.

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#12820736 - 07/08/18 06:51 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I'd go give that CT a shot before making a decision. See if you would rather have two more of those or if you feel like you need the upgrade to a $200 reel.
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#12820805 - 07/08/18 07:54 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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There are quite a few Lews reels that you can get for under $200, the Daiwa Tatula Ct and the Tatula SV TW would be my first choices. I haven't tried the Shimano Curado K yet because I was really disappointed in the Curado I reels that I used to have.

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#12820827 - 07/08/18 08:12 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I have revo stxís, sxís, and Lews speed spools.

Iíve won the Lews in tourneys or got them as door prizes.

I bought the stxís when they were on clearance for $80.

I wonít spend a dollar over $130 and will only buy Revo SXís. Can find them for $120. Only reel I will purchase going forward.

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#12820989 - 07/08/18 10:38 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Supposed to be a new Curado coming to I cast. The K series curado is what I would choose today for a sub $200 reel.

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#12821093 - 07/09/18 06:56 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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lews great selection at different price points. they are all nice well functioning reels. been using mine in fresh and salt. from the $60 to $200 all been great reels.

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#12821117 - 07/09/18 07:46 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I love my Lews reels. Even their reels on the low end of the price spectrum have performed well for my kids. The other thing about Lews is they have great customer service. The other day I was cleaning a reel and lost a part. Called Lews the next day to order it. Their rep pulls up the part number very quick, then ships it to me for free! No charge for shipping. No charge for the part. I was floored. I'm a big believer in good customer service. It's a rare thing these days so I try to support the companies that try hard to serve their customers.

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#12821200 - 07/09/18 08:57 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: Ken A.]
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Originally Posted By: Ken A.
That new Curado K is an awfully nice reel for the money.


+2, I just bought 5 more... great reels
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#12821301 - 07/09/18 10:14 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: Mike Keenan]
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Originally Posted By: Mike Keenan
Originally Posted By: Ken A.
That new Curado K is an awfully nice reel for the money.


+2, I just bought 5 more... great reels


I am looking forward to the new Curado DC's. Supposed to be $250 with the digital cast control.

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#12821347 - 07/09/18 10:44 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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A couple of days ago I bought a new 7.3:1 Tatula on eBay for $81.00 with free shipping. This was the regular sized one, not the compact model. I have been a Shimano guy since the early 90ís, but I am now transitioning to Daiwa Tatulas, and this makes five now. For $81, theyíre hard to beat.
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#12821372 - 07/09/18 10:58 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: Taylored]
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Curado k or Tatula for my money.


^^^Yep

Stay away from Lews if you can.
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#12821938 - 07/09/18 05:36 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Originally Posted By: lucky55
Sorry, I know this topic comes up often. With there being so many new reels out and good sales on older reels it is hard to choose. I am not looking for the best reel out there because we all know those are going to be the most expensive. I have been trying to find the best quality I can Staying under $200 msrp. I have all the old lews reels in that price range along with a few abu's. I just purchased the tatula ct that someone else posted the sale about, haven't used it yet but seems to be good quality for under $100!
So, what reel would you guys buy right now for the best value but under $200?

Just got a Revo x cranking reel very good reel probably need a couple more.
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#12822118 - 07/09/18 07:54 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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If you are buying new, I would go with the Curado K. I have one. Haven't used it a lot, but seems to be a good reel.

If you don't mind used, you can find the Curado E and Chronarch E series reels for $140-$150 or you could get two Citica E's for about the same price. All of which are outstanding reels and make up the majority of my arsenal. As others have stated, stay away from the Shimano "i" series...they are junk.

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#12822178 - 07/09/18 08:36 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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You can get a Daiwa Fuego CT on ebay for $65.00 shipped.

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#12822196 - 07/09/18 08:46 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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If you don't own a Revo SX...get one.
They hover in the $149 range, but can be found as low as $99.
It's a great mid-range reel at a low end price.

I was just gifted a Lews Speed Spool....not terribly pricey either...so far (3 trips) I really like it.
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#12822375 - 07/09/18 11:23 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Iím a big Daiwa Tatula fan and will continue buying them.
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#12822614 - 07/10/18 09:05 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I'm starting to switch over to Lews and so far I love them. Got a couple at a good price so even better
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#12823542 - 07/10/18 08:08 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I have also been switching over from Shimano to Lews and Daiwa. Shimano B, D, and E were awesome reels then they came out with the G series and it was so bad that Lews took over a lot of the market share from Shimano at the time, then Shimano comes out with the I series and they were better than the G but still not good. Because of that I will have to wait a while longer before I even think about getting a Shimano K reel. I want to give it more time to see how well it holds up. I bought a bunch of the I's because of the great (early) reviews of that reel and I got burned on that one in the end. I got rid of all of them. I haven't had a problem with any of my Lews reels or my Daiwa reels. Shimano needs to step up to the quality they used to make.

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#12823568 - 07/10/18 08:18 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I think I'd take a serious look at the new entry level Shimano with DC...digital cast control. Supposed to retail for around $250.
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#12823609 - 07/10/18 08:41 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I will check out the DC and the Curado K when they are time tested some.

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#12823638 - 07/10/18 08:59 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: ezbassin]
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Originally Posted By: ezbassin
I will check out the DC and the Curado K when they are time tested some.


They have been time tested. In JDM products. For years. It's only "new" for the states. Or at least the technology is time tested. The actual model numbers are new.
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#12824066 - 07/11/18 08:52 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: ezbassin]
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Originally Posted By: ezbassin
I will check out the DC and the Curado K when they are time tested some.


You are recommending lews on one post then calling for time tested products on another??? Lol

Look around...the complaints on the lews reels are starting to roll in. Seems like hitting the 6 month mark and issues are stacking up. Kind of what I figured from a straight importer company.
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#12824358 - 07/11/18 01:07 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I bought my first Tatula at the Classic Expo in Houston for $75. Since then, every T-Wing Daiwa that comes up for sale at a good price, I have snatched up. I am up to 5 or 6 now and couldn't be happier. I need to quit buying them though. Two of them are still sitting on the counter because I don't have rods for them. Its just hard to pass up a deal on a reel that good. Try one out. You may end up with 2 reels instead of 1 for the same money!
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#12824666 - 07/11/18 04:32 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I switched from Shimano to Lew's some years back after they quit making the E's which is when they stopped making them in Japan IIRC.

Seems like they also swapped out to cheaper materials (? Maybe ?) so people were having problems with them.

I have had zero problems out of the Lew's but if Shimano has brought out a great reel (from all reviews the Curado K is) then I will give them a go again.

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#12824690 - 07/11/18 04:44 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I've sold off all my Shimano's and Abu's and narrowed my collection down to two different reels in your budget. Tatula SV TW's and Concept A's and honestly I think the Concepts are smoother. I did recently pick up a left handed Lew's Orange Crush for my wife and have to say other then the fat grips which I hate the reel is pretty impressive.

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#12825003 - 07/11/18 08:29 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: txwhitetail]
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Originally Posted By: txwhitetail
Originally Posted By: ezbassin
I will check out the DC and the Curado K when they are time tested some.


You are recommending lews on one post then calling for time tested products on another??? Lol

Look around...the complaints on the lews reels are starting to roll in. Seems like hitting the 6 month mark and issues are stacking up. Kind of what I figured from a straight importer company.



Where are you finding complaints on Lews baitcasters? I see more way more positive comments than I do negative ones. I have about 25 Lews reels and have not had a single problem with one of them, so I speak from experience, not just from what I heard or read somewhere. The models I have are the BB1 BB1 Pro, MG, and the Super Duty.

What are you talking about...6 month mark???


Edited by ezbassin (07/11/18 09:06 PM)

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#12825032 - 07/11/18 08:53 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: SteezMacQueen]
ezbassin Offline
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: ezbassin
I will check out the DC and the Curado K when they are time tested some.


They have been time tested. In JDM products. For years. It's only "new" for the states. Or at least the technology is time tested. The actual model numbers are new.


Im just hesitant because the Curado I series got great reviews early on but then developed problems with noisy brakes. I got rid of all them and bought Lews reels to replace them and haven't had a single issue with any of them.

I will get a Curado K if the reviews continue to be positive. So far, all of the ones I have seen are all positive.

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#12825065 - 07/11/18 09:22 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I have Daiwa Steez and I just got a Daiwa CT-

For the money, you canít go wrong. You can find CT around $100 give or take
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#12825081 - 07/11/18 09:34 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I bought a couple of the piscifun Torrent reels for lures I don't throw a lot. Crankbaits and topwater.
These are the best $40 reels ever.
I've bought 4 more and use them for worming, flipping, even frog fishing.
Why spend $100 and it turns out not that good a reel?
The drag is great, and love the larger handles.
Just my two cents worth.

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#12825088 - 07/11/18 09:35 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: basseditor]
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[quote=basseditor]I have Daiwa Steez and I just got a Daiwa CT-

For the money, you canít go wrong. You can find CT around $100 give or take [/quote


Daiwa makes several different CT models at different price ranges.

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#12825112 - 07/11/18 09:52 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Shimano. I have owned 1 Lews and will never buy another. I have E series Citicas and Curados that are still work horses after 5+ years and still perform better than the Lews ever did.
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#12825274 - 07/12/18 06:40 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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I have always been a Curado person and still have about 6 of them some really old that still work great. Recently have been looking into other reels. Have always followed Greg Hackney and was recently interested in the Quantum Smoke reels he uses but never seem to find anyone talking about them. I pretty much fish a lot of shallow power type baits like he fishes (even though I seem to rarely catch fish these days) and thought they might be worth checking out.
Anyone have an opinion regarding these reels?
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#12825670 - 07/12/18 11:46 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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#12825676 - 07/12/18 11:50 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Revo STX

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#12825982 - 07/12/18 02:47 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Imo the only viable options are lews and daiwas right now, I have mainly lews right now, around 20 of them, and I have picked up an sv103 and tatula ct and I'm slowly replacing my lews for daiwas. I got my first lews in 2013 and haven't cleaned it the first time and it still fishes extremely well and have never had any problems. I have bb1, bb1 pro, tournament mb, tournament pro, tournament laser, team magnesium. I've had multiple Revos from different generations and have had problems with all of them crapping out on me. I have one lews that I have on my frog rod that's starting to make noises on castes every now and then. Other than that they've been great to me.
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#12828252 - 07/14/18 02:07 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Start fishing with that Tatula CT - you may really like it!

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#12828888 - 07/15/18 08:11 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Shimano will never get another dime of my money. I've purchased a couple over the years and acquired several others. Had a Shimano reel fail in a tournament too. None performed as well as my older model Abu's (or newer models) or my Quantums.

With as much man love for Shimano in this thread I almost thought it was the saltwater/inshore forum!
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#12829329 - 07/15/18 04:41 PM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: ezbassin
I will check out the DC and the Curado K when they are time tested some.


They have been time tested. In JDM products. For years. It's only "new" for the states. Or at least the technology is time tested. The actual model numbers are new.

Iím a daiwa guy through and through but I picked up a few scorpion DCs last month in Tokyo...I will be getting more

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#12829746 - 07/16/18 12:24 AM Re: Recommendations for new casting reels [Re: lucky55]
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Tatula or BPS Pro Qualifier

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