Vinyl Grading Guide

The vinyl is graded with the standard UK Record Collector Magazine grading system.

All items listed are UK release, standard black vinyl unless stated.

Covers and packaging are graded first, then the disc(s)... for example:

Ex- / Vg+ - (Cover / Disc)

Mint (M)
The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. 

Excellent (Ex)
The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packag­ing might have slight wear and/or creasing.

Very Good (Vg)
The record has obviously been played many times, and may have slight deterioration in sound quality, noticeable sur­face marks and the occasional light scratch. Sleeve will have wear and tear, as expected for it's age.

Good (Gd)
The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and scratches. The cover and contents suffer from significant folding, scuffing of edges, discoloration, etc.

Fine Tuning...

These grades are sometimes fine-tuned with a plus (+) or minus (-).

A grading on it's own such as "Ex" would indicate the item only has a plain paper, card or plastic sleeve.

Please note our "Vg" or "Vg+" will NOT be as good as the same US grading.

Items below the standard of Gd- are not usually offered for sale. An item marked good will probably have a fair amount of surface noise but will not jump.

Other Details...

Standard abbreviations used may include:

p/s - picture sleeve

pic disc - picture disc

noc - no original centre

orig - original

wos - writing on sleeve

wol - writing on label

gate or gfld - gatefold sleeve

2xlp - double album

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