Record Grading Standards
To make sure customers know the condition of our used vinyl records for sale on this website,
we use a basic system to define the condition of each record and the cover separately.
Our condition grading system is based on a previous and over the decades, very popular system introduced by Goldmine. The terms we use and the relevant descriptions are listed below for you:
The record (vinyl) expected condition is listed 1st and then cover (inc sleeve) 2nd
Unused, Un-played record with all sleeves in factory condition.
Please note; Mint does NOT mean the record may not suffer from static or crackling.
New records are not guaranteed to be clean or static free, however mint from us will be 100% guaranteed to be an un-played record from the factory.
Near Mint (NM)
An opened record which may have been played a few times only or not at all.
Shop stock bought in as Mint for example, or a demo / review record, again which may not have been played.
Privately owned will have been stored, cleaned and looked after very well.
Vinyl rarely played but may have static crackle from long storage.
The centre labels will have no spindle marks or damage. No vinyl wear.
Cover may have the lightest marks from handling or storage but no creases and no damage.
Very Good Plus (VG+)
Note: Some dealers describe this between VG+ / VG++ to NM-
We feel this does not define anything particularly useful or specific, therefore we try to physically describe any apparent defects separately.
A played record with possible minor sound degradation, for example crackle and possibly minor wear at quiet moments in the recording, possible wear apparent at high pitches.
Vinyl surface may have hairline scratches or scuffs or marks, but only very light which do not affect playback.
Cover totally original and in undamaged condition. No holes (unless from an original out of stock or discontinued product which were typically punched with a hole or a clipped on one edge).
No rips or tears and no wear through any of the edges. Likely it will have light marks, scuffs or creases around the edges and/or possibly light score marks front and rear.
Very Good (VG)
A well played record. No skips or jumps when playing. Likely track noise (crackling, popping from dust or dirt),
or minor wear degradation from being played many times, but does not seriously effect listening.
The vinyl surface is likely to have scratches and/or marks, but does not adversely effect playback.
Sleeves all intact and original with no damage such as rips or tears but very likely to be creased, show vinyl ring marks and/or worn around the edges and on the front and/or rear for example.
Good (G) and Good Plus (G+)
A heavily played record. Record is playable with no skips or jumps, but will suffer from crackling & wear, sometimes heavy, most likely on the most popular tracks frequently played.
Likely to have vinyl surface scratches, some could be deep and look bad and will effect playback with clicks or pops.
Sleeves likely to be bent rather than just creased, very likely worn or scored, torn or scratched for example, but all intact with no evidence of repair (glue/tape).
A heavily played record, scratched, plays and suffers from loss of sound quality, might skip or stick, may also be warped and the surface is likely to be heavily surface marked along with scratches.
Covers and sleeves are all with the record, but likely to be worn and/or damaged, repaired, torn or ripped. Likely to be of interest to someone looking for a rare record or of specific interest but can't pay mint prices.
Record scratched and serious deterioration of sound, may be warped, playable but expect playback problems, such as sticking and / or skipping and heavy wear.
Covers likely to be ripped, torn, laminate removed, heavy wear and creases also likely. Inner sleeves damaged or missing.
Other NOTES about how we check our stock:
We aim to source and supply records in Very Good condition or better, however there are times when we feel a record in worse condition may be desirable to our customers and we will keep it in stock or, for example, the cover may be Poor to Good condition, but the record is very often Very Good condition or better.
Stock records are listened to once only and not always all the way through, unless we find issues and investigate further.
This is to prevent further wear or potential handling damage.
Record and sound quality cannot be defined in great detail, as each individual has a perception of sound quality that differs, therefore we will highlight any imperfections we see or hear. The same applies to the visual check of the record sleeve, internal sleeve and any other artwork.
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