Output Excerpt Manually

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There is always the_excerpt(), but that does some pretty specific stuff (e.g. adding paragraph tags, adding […], not respect the more comment, use the saved excerpt…). Advanced Excerpt is pretty good at customizing that.

If you want to get real simple though:

  $content = get_the_content(); 
  echo substr(strip_tags($content), 0, 130) . '...';