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Visual Grading Guide
Sealed / Mint (Sealed / M)
Absolutely perfect in every way – brand new, certainly never played, possibly even still sealed (if specified). This record will be rarely found on our website as we sell second hand vinyl.
Near Mint (NM)
Please note we rarely grade in 'NM', a lot of our 'EX' records may be considered 'NM.' A nearly perfect record, the record shows no obvious signs of wear. The vinyl should be shiny. Basically, an LP in Near Mint condition looks as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap. We rarely grade a record NM, you will find a lot of 'EX' records on our website seem 'NM'.
An Ex record will perhaps have the lightest of surface marks on the record, but certainly nothing that would affect play. It should appear clean and shiny as if NM. It may need a quick wipe to remove light dust, afterwards it should appear 'NM'.
Very Good Plus (VG+)
A Very Good Plus record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Minor scuff marks and a possible scratch that doesn't affect play is acceptable. Generally our VG+ records are very clean, with only one mark or so to speak of. If not for a these minor marks, a VG+ record would be 'EX'. All but the most mint-crazy collectors will find a VG+ record highly acceptable.
Very Good (VG)
Light scratches will be more visible on a VG record. You may find light scuffing, caused by removing and inserting the vinyl from its sleeve, this does not usually affect the sound. The shiny appearance of the vinyl could be diminished, which is a sign of regular past use. Generally, if we see more than one mark on each side, we will deem it as VG, these marks may produce a click or popping sound.
Good Plus (G+)
Good does not mean Bad! A record in G+ condition can be put onto a turntable and will play, but it will have significant surface noise, scratches and visible groove wear. Usually well loved Classic Rock or Hip Hop will be in G+ condition. It will play, and can still be loved, but typical crackle and pops may appear throughout the listen. Depending on the genre, a G+ record may be better than expected. Louder genres such as Rock or Drum 'n' Bass should not be affected by small scratches. Make note that we grade visually, unfortunately some scratches may skip, most will not.
Similar as above but may have warps or vinyl is further worn down. Please contact us before purchasing and we will listen through certain areas to check for skips and surface noise. An example of a 'Good' record may have many minor scratches and one pronounced scratch.
The record is cracked or badly warped. Most obviously, the record has many scuff marks and scratches on each side of the disc. The record may still play through but will most certainly have surface noise. Please contact us before purchasing and we will listen through certain areas to check for skips and surface noise.
Writing on or signature on cover/label.
Usually used to repair spine.
Appears as mould discolouration or warping.
A cut corner is for a promo record.
A hole punch is for a promo record.
A drill hole is for a promo record.
Sleeve split will be noted in description.
Promotional copy usually stamped in gold.
A vinyl record which is supplied with a plain white label before general release for promotional purposes.