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About Vinyl Grading


About Vinyl Grading
*bevelmatt* uses Goldmine's Vinyl Grading System. Since grading vinyl is not an exact science, there is no guarantee that this vinyl is what you had expected. With that said, I mostly "undergrade" my vinyl collection, so don't be surprised if this vinyl record is in better condition than stated above. Whew! Now, with all that out of the way, here's how I grade records: (M) Mint - These are absolutely perfect in every way. Often rumored but rarely seen. In fact, I do not have a Mint record in my collection, so you will not see this grade in any of my listings. Let's move on, shall we? (NM) Near Mint - Just like it sounds, nearly perfect. This is the highest grade I use, and I only use it for records that are brand new, never played, or close to it. Near Mint records are shiny, with no visible defects, and no surface noise. (VG+) Very Good Plus - Except for a couple minor flaws, this vinyl would be "Near Mint" Most collectors and casual listeners alike will be happy with this grade. (VG) Very Good - Many imperfections on a VG+ record, are more obovious on a VG. That said, VG records are the biggest bargain in collecting, because most of the "big money" goes for more perfect copies. For many listeners, a VG record will be worth the money. (G) Good - Good does not mean bad! The record still plays without skipping, so it can be used as a filler until a better copy comes along. Significant surface noise and groove wear, worn label, writing, stickers and other imperfections cmay be present. (F) or (P)Fair or Poor- These are the bottom dwellers of vinyl. If these records play at all, they might upset your ears. I will only sell a record with this grade in a lot with others like them. Great for record cover collecting or even an art project. (SS) Still Sealed - If a record is still sealed in shrink wrap, I will use this term. For more information on grading vinyl, visit Goldmine's website.

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