Note that the following grades are general guidelines. Extra grading terms are used to give a better indication of condition. Please remember that we handle some very rare items.
We do not play all the LPs and in most cases only do a visual
appraisal. That said we try to be objective, consistent and
conservative in our grading.
Mint (M): Absolutely perfect in every way - certainly never played, possibly still sealed.
Near Mint (NM or M-): A nearly perfect record. The record shows little or no obvious sign of wear. Jacket has no creases, folds, seam splits or any other noticeable similar defect.
Very Good Plus (VG+): Shows some signs that it was played but otherwise handled carefully by previous owner(s). Record surfaces may show some slight signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experience. Slight warps that do not affect the playing. The jacket may have some ring wear or discoloration, but is acceptable. Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turn-up corners, or a slight seam-split. Jacket may have a cut-out hole, corner indentation or corner cut indicating a deletion.
Very Good (VG): More pronounced defects than a VG+ disc. Some surface noise may be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages etc, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear may be noticeable, as will light scratches. May have writing, tape or stickers (or their residue) on the jacket.
Good (G), Good Plus (G+): Will play through without skipping. But may exhibit surface noise and scratches, has visible groove wear. The jacket may have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Also may have some tape repairs, writing, ring wear or other defects.
Poor (P), Fair (F): The record has some noticeable scratches, bubbles, or warped, and plays with some skipping. The jacket may be water damaged, split at the seams and shows wear and/or writing.
Descriptive terms used:
LS = LIGHTLY SCRATCHING
GF = GATE FOLD
SB - SPLIT BORDER
SW - SHRINK WRAP
HU - HUMIDITY
P - PEELED
ST - STICKER ON COVER
WC - WRITING ON COVER
WL - WRITING ON LABEL
DC - DAMAGED COVER
SS - SEALED (NEW)
TB - TAPE ON BORDERS
UP - UNPLAYED
CC - CUT CORNER
HL - HOLE IN COVER