> Grading System
All the items
are graded sleeve/record : M-/EX/VG++/VG+/VG...
When you see a description EX/VG++, it means EX sleeve and VG++ record.
The records are generally visually graded under a strong light. Please
note that we do not have the time
to play-test most LP's and if we do, we can only evaluate
them according to how they sound on our system and
with our ears!
For the most part, items listed on this site are
USED VINYL RECORDS (i.e., not new, not CDs).
They are guaranteed to be in the condition listed, so please contact us
if you are not happy with a grade once you've received your parcel.
SS : Still Sealed (see note below)
(Mint -) : A
record in new, shiny condition, never played or looking like it.
(Excellent) : A
record in superb condition, very rarely played.
VG++ : A really nice record, in "keeper"
condition. There may be some hair lines, some very
light "paper scuffs" resulting from contact with the
inner sleeve, but nothing that affects play.
VG+ : The record has been played often,
has some visual defaults (lines, light scratches, scuffs...) but plays
without major problems. Some tracks
can be a bit noisy or click. It's the lowest grade
to provide consistently acceptable listening on a
high quality turntable.
VG : The record is in playable condition
but it doesn't look nice because of several scuffs, lines, scratches,
the sleeve has writing on it...Some/all tracks are noisy or click. The
audio can be globally OK, but depends a lot on the quality of your
VG- : A noisy record, with clicks. We very
rarely offer such items to sell, only if they are of specific interest
to some collectors.
records graded below VG- are not offered in our lists (except
for some really rare items).
NB : The items graded SS are Still Sealed,
in shrinkwrap. They are presumably, and normally, in Mint condition.
However be aware that
it's impossible to tell their exact condition without
opening them! Some may have been resealed by distributors
before they arrived in our stock. For your information,
we don't have or use a sealing machine. IMPORTANT:
sealed LP's CANNOT be returned once opened. We can
unseal any SS LP here for inspection before shipment,
if you wish to have a return privilege.
UK : English pressing
F : French pressing
GER : german pressing
NL : Dutch pressing
ITA : Italian pressing
CAN : Canadian pressing
US : US pressing
BEL: Belgian pressing
JAP : japanese pressing
wobc/wofc : writing on back/front cover (name,
logo or signature)
wol : writing on label
LS : Label sleeve (generic "company
PS : record only,
in a blank paper sleeve (mostly used for 45s)
wlp : white label promo
or "re" : reissue;
orig : original
coh : cut-out hole(small hole in the
: saw mark (small
cut on the edge
of the cover) ;
cc :cut corner (one corner of the
cover cut off)
shrink : records
still in their original shrinkwrap
rw : ring wear
cw: cover wear
gtfd : gatefold cover
lblis : original label inner sleeve (for LPs
: inner sleeve with repros of other LP sleeves, lists, promos for the
LP = Long Playing Album, 12" format;
or 45T = 7"
EP : 7" single with 3 tracks or more
If you don't understand an abbreviation, just ask !