Sides 1 and 3 are VG- with numerous surface scuffs and surface scratches. It actually looks worse than it sounds though and plays surprisingly well but there are some pops and crackling. Sides 2 and 4 are better, closer to a VG with less overall wear and less surface noise but still the occasional tick or pop. I played the entire set and although there was some surface noise it was usually overpowered by the music and mainly audible during quiet passages and in between trax. I did not detect any skips or needle sticks that needed a nudge.
The cover is actually very very clean but the booklet is separated from the inside booklet cover.
Does not include the Poster, but has al three original insert sleeves in pretty clean condition.
Record grading is, in the end, a subjective process. So please take everything into consideration: the grading, the description, and the pictures before making your purchase.
All records are cleaned with Disc Doctor Miracle Record Cleaner and inspected and graded for condition using modified Goldmine Record Grading System before being listed. I do not have the time to test play every record in its entirety, but I do spot check playback when I see visible scratches that might cause audible defects and will note these in the description of each record listing when necessary. If you are seriously interested in a rare or expensive record please contact me and I will play test the entire record for you first.
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I accept returns if you are not satisfied with your record purchase. See the "Returns" conditions for details. On some occasions I will not accept returns for a record that is very rare. I cannot take the chance that someone will buy it, swap out the vinyl and then ship it back. Sorry, that happened once and I cannot allow it to happen again. Records listed as "No Returns Accepted" fall into this category. So please look at the pics carefully before you purchase it and contact me if you want me to play test it first.
I am now using this modified Goldmine Record Grading System in order to be more consistent in my record and sleeve grading. Please read it carefully if you are not familiar with how records and sleeves are graded for condition. One thing I have realized is that for the average person the term "Very Good" does not mean the same thing as it does for the experienced vinyl record enthusiast and buyer. Sometimes I will include a plus (+) or a minus (- ) if I feel a grading is just shy of the next highest or next lowest grade.
Absolutely perfect in every way. Certainly never been played, possibly even still sealed. Should be used sparingly as a grade, If at all.
Sealed but that does not mean Mint because there may be hidden damage to the vinyl that will only be known if you open it.
Near Mint (NM)
A nearly perfect record. Many dealers won't give a grade higher than this implying (perhaps correctly)that no record is ever truly perfect. In layman's terms, a Near Mint record means it looks like you just bought it at the record store new but it may have one or two very minor flaws.
The record should show no obvious signs of wear. A 45 RPM or EP sleeve should have no more than the most minor defects, such as almost invisible ring wear or other signs of slight handling.
An LP cover should have no creases, folds, seam splits or other noticeable similar defects. No cut-out holes, either. And of course, the same should be true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves and the like.
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.
I include an EX rating for records that overall look NM, that is they look like you just bought them new with original sheen and luster but they may have a few minor surface "marks" or surface "scuffs" or even one or two surface lines but DO NOT effect playback. The covers also look new but may have a few very minor flaws such as a ding on a conner, or very very minor ring wear but otherwise looks brand new. These records and covers fall in between VG+ and 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.
Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and will have some slight scuffs or very light "hairline" scratches that don't affect one's listening experiences other than an occasional pop or tick. There may be some crackling especially during quiet passages and in between tracks but generally does not over power the music, it may be reduced after professionally deep cleaned. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are "OK".
The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. The center hole will not have been misshapen by repeated play.
Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turned up corners, or a slight seam split. An LP cover may 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 things wrong with it, this would be EX. All but the most mint-crazy collectors will find a Very Good Plus record highly acceptable.
Very Good (VG)
Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise and crackling will be evident upon playing and persistent during soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, and will sometimes overpower the music. Groove wear will start to be more noticeable, losing most of the original sheen and luster, and with numerous light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will occasionally affect the sound. There may even be one or two deeper scratches that cause pops and minor skips.
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, showing more pronounced ring, edge, and corner wear and ding, and shelf wear which looks like "snow" on the front and sometimes even the back cover. Thee may be a seam split as well. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time.
Good (G), Good Plus (G+)
Good does not mean Bad! A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be put onto a turntable and will play through without major skipping. But it will have significant surface noise, crackling, and scratches and visible groove wear with most of the original sheen gone and the overall look of the vinyl being flat and dull.
A cover or sleeve will have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Ring wear, shelf wear "snow" and other defects will start to overwhelm the object.
It is a common item, you'll probably find another copy in better shape eventually. Pass it up. But, if it's something you have been seeking for years, and the price is right, get it...but keep looking to upgrade.
I only list items that have a G or G+ rating for either the cover or the vinyl but not both. It is intended for people who are seeking to replace just one of these, but not both. You have a fine record but you need to replace the cover or vice versa.
The record is cracked, badly warped, and won't play through without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve is water damaged, split on all three seams and heavily marred by wear and writing. The LP cover barely keeps the LP inside it. Inner sleeves are fully seam split, crinkled, 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.
I only list items that have a P rating for either the cover or the vinyl but not both. It is intended for people who are seeking to replace just one of these, but not both. You have a fine record but you need to replace the cover or vice versa.