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We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase, so we painstakingly grade each record and sleeve that we sell. Although our grades are fairly standard, here'd exactly what we think they mean:

Vinyl Gradings

Our grading system is the same used by most record stores. If you're unfamiliar with it, here are descriptions of each grade:

  • New: The record has not been played, but is not sealed.
  • Sealed: Record is in it's original seal and has not been played.
  • Mint: Mint (as new). In perfect condition.
  • EX: Excellent. The record has no major marks or audible faults. It has been played, but well taken care of.
  • EX-: Excellent minus. The record shows some sign of having been played, but has very little lessening in sound quality. On an LP perhaps one or two tracks will have faint crackles or pops.
  • VG+: Very good plus.The record has been played regularly. There may be visual marks on the disc that are beginning to sound e.g. crackles on several tracks.
  • VG: Very good. The record has been played regularly and is showing signs of wear. There will be visual marks, and surface scratches, thus there will be audible pops and crackles. Or the pressing run may be poor, causing hiss.
  • G: Good. The record has been played many times, and has pops or crackles due to surface scratches and wear. Or it may simply be a poor pressing (see above). Will be intrusive if the music is quiet, but will play.
    • Any grade below Good indicates a record is not playable, because it may jump, stick etc. The vinyl would be effectively worthless, only of use as a collection filler.

      Sleeve Gradings

      • co sl: Company sleeve, plain paper sleeve with label logo matching the record eg Pye.
      • p/s: Picture sleeve.
      • New: New.
      • Mint: As new condition. In perfect condition. The sleeve should appear to never had a record in it.
      • EX: Practically as new, Clean. No writing, no ringwear, no splits, it has been used, but handles carefully. It may have minor blemishes and wear.
      • EX-: As above, BUT possible minor creasing and/or slight edge scuff, very slight ringwear, small writing on back cover i.e. a name in pencil.
      • VG+: Can include minor bending, visible ring wear, minor splits, small writing on sleeve. Normal wear and tear, but no damage to the visual beauty of the sleeve.
      • VG: Sleeve wear is beginning to detract from cover art. Can include major creasing and/or splits (but not sleeve separation), major staining and ringwear.
      • G: Sleeve deterioration bad. Can include sleeve separation, part of sleeve missing, major tears.

      Other Quality Issues

      In addition to the grades we give the vinyl and sleeve, we may also include additional quality information, abbreviated as follows:

    • rw: ring wear, mark made on cover by the record inside
    • CO / COC / COH: cut out / cut out corner / cut out hole - usually to denote record is out of print, a cut out is usually rectangular and the hole is usually hole punch sized.
    • correction fluid: Tippex, Snopake etc
    • DH: drill hole
    • bc / obc: on back cover
    • fc / ofc: on front cover
    • POC: punched out center
    • PSOC: promo stamp on cover
    • PSOL: promo stamp on label
    • Sellotape/ tape: clear sticky tape ie scotch tape etc.
    • sm: small
    • SOC: stamp on cover
    • SOL: stamp on label
    • S/T: self titled
    • STOC: sticker on cover
    • STOL: sticker on label
    • TOFC: tear on front cover
    • TOBC: tear on back cover
    • TOL: tear on label
    • WD: water damage (stain)
    • WOC: writing on cover/ written on cover
    • WOL/XOL/#OL: writing on label/ X on label/ number on label