OUR GRADING PHILOSOPHY AND STANDARDS
We are not fans of "VG+++++” type grading that seems to have permeated
the online vinyl sales universe.
A platter is either Near Mint (M-) or it ’ s not.
In order to make sure you know what you are bidding on or buying,
the following are our grading standards.
Near Mint (M-)
The Jacket (s): Only minor imperfections due to handling are present. Certainly n o seam splits, cut-out holes, egregious writing or other noticeable defects. Jackets may have very minor corner bumps or slight wear. The condition and presence of any inserts like lyric sheets, printed inner sleeves or posters will be described.
The Vinyl (s): Vinyl and labels will appear rarely if ever handled or played. There may be only the slightest indication of handling in the form of an inconsequential very light scuff, or a very light spindle mark. The surface of the record will have retained all of it’s original lustre and shine and will look, feel and sound like an almost-new record. Aside from any surface particles and/or dust that can be easily blown or cleaned off; playback will not be impeded by surface noise.
Very Good Plus (VG+)
The Jacket (s): Light shelf, seam, spine or corner wear may be present. Light discoloration and light foxing may also be present. Egregious COH's, saw mark's, cut corners or writing will lower the grade however the presence of non-egregious marks will not. It’s case by case. Any inserts may show signs of handling i.e. seam splits or corner creases. Anything more than a few of the minor defects listed above will lower the grade.
The Vinyl (s): Vinyl and labels will likley reveal signs that the record was gently played and handled. Record surfaces may show some light signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light surface scratches that don’t sound. Spindle marks may be present, minor pops and clicks may be present but will not detract from playback. Our VG+ records are excellent and will provide a very enjoyable listening experience.
Very Good (VG)
Jacket and Vinyl will show moderate signs of handling and play. Surface noise will be evident upon playing but will not overpower the music. Groove wear may start to be noticeable, and light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) will likely affect the sound. Labels may show moderate spindle marks or other light defects, and jacket may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. Checks, writing, minor seam splits, creased corners and/or tears may be present.
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