Shopping Bag. M Vinyl. EX grade vinyl. A VG Vinyl. G grade Vinyl. ArneW , Sep 12, Location: Chicagoland. Unfortunately, playing the record is proof in the pudding. Joe Koz , Sep 12, Location: Lambertville, NJ. That version is greatly embellished. More on still sealed below. Should be used sparingly as a grade, if at all.
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Many dealers won't give a grade higher than this implying perhaps correctly that no record is ever truly perfect. The record shows no obvious sign of wear. A 45 rpm sleeve has no more than the most minor defects, such as almost invisible ring wear or other signs of slight handling. An LP jacket has no creases, folds, seam splits or any other noticeable similar defect. No cut-out holes, either.
And of course, the same is true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves, and the like. Basically, Near Mint looks as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap. 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 sign are OK.
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The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but is should be barely noticeable. The center hole is not misshapen by repeated play. Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turn-up corners, or a slight seam-split. An LP jacket my have slight signs of wear also and may be marred by a cut-out hole, indentation or corner indicating it was taken out of print and sold at a discount.
In general, if not for a couple of minor things wrong with it, this would be Near Mint. All but the most mint-crazy collectors will find a Very Good Plus record highly acceptable. Surface noise is evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during the song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise.
Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as will light scratches deep enough to feel with a fingernail that will affect the sound. Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers or their residue attached. The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time, only two or three of them. A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be put onto a turntable and will play through without skipping.
But it will have significant surface noise and scratches and visible groove wear. A jacket or sleeve has seem splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine.
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Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects will start to overwhelm the object. If it's a common item, you'll probably find another copy in better shape eventually. Pass it up.
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But if it's something you have been seeking for years, and the price is right, get it. Poor P , Fair F : The record is cracked, badly warped, and won't play through without skipping or repeating. The LP jacket barely keeps the LP inside it.
Inner sleeves are fully seam split, and written upon. Except for impossibly rare records otherwise unattainable, records in this condition should be bought or sold for no more than a few cents each. It's too easy to reseal on. Yes, some legitimately never-opened LPs from the s still exist. But if you're looking for a specific pressing, the only way you can know for sure is to open the record. Also, European imports are not factory-sealed, so if you see them advertised as sealed, someone other than the manufacturer sealed them. Steven , Sep 12, Location: Lodi, New Jersey.
Obviously people could use this grading system for their own use modified with grades like 7.
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MMM , Sep 13, Location: Hamilton, Canada. I think that a big part of the problem is that seller's are basing their ratings solely on the visual appearance of the vinyl. In fact many will admit to not having heard the album. While this might be acceptable when selling used records for a dollar or two, this is not good enough, when putting records up for auction or selling them for large amounts of money. If people are bidding twenty or thirty dollars for an LP, I don't think it is unreasonable to expect a listenable album.
Bruce Burgess , Sep 13, Location: United Kingdom. For sure there a many sellers over-grading on eBay to ensure they get top dollar for their records, but a large part of the problem is that they grade visually, without even listening to them. I very rarely buy on eBay these days, but if I do, I always ask if the grade is a visual one or a listening grade.
If the response is "visual only", I don't bother bidding, no matter how badly I want the record. Location: Scotland. I play grade all my records now for ebay as I've got some genuine mint ones that sound like crap. Phil4 , Sep 7, It's the people doing the grading that are the problem.
Just like schools -- there is a huge problem with grade inflation these days. Been going on quite some time. EdogawaRampo , Sep 7, Location: Analogue Dr. Calgary, AB, Canada. Johnny Vinyl , Sep 7, Would any of you buy a record that is correctly graded as VG? Have got an interesting question about grading to ask. When I was listening to an Australian Jimi Hendrix LP a 2LP live album , I noticed that there's a slight skip aprroximately 10 seconds, possibly due to a scratch at the beginning of one side of one record.
The rest sounds well, with only a little background noise if any at least it doesn't cause any discomfort when listening to and does not overcome the music. I'm not going to sell this record, but I'm still curious about how should one grade this one when it comes to grading. I think that grading the record G or less for only one slight skip is a little bit unfair, but over-grading is unfair as well. Mint Minus is a grade best avoided.
It's either Mint or it's not. You wouldn't describe something as being perfect minus!