Our grading system for classical vinyl records.

Record Grades

  1. Excellent condition, no spindle marks, scuffs or scratches.
  2. Very good condition, possibly with a few spindle marks and/or surface scuffs.
  3. Good condition but with a few minor scratches or blemishes.
  4. Average condition, several scratches or blemishes.
  5. Showing its age, but playable.
Two grades are used to describe the condition of records.  The first refers to the record itself and the second to its cover.  Additional comments are added to some entries.  Remember, records offered for sale on this website are mostly around 20 to 40 years old.  The grading system used reflects this and provides a realistic guide.

Cover Grades

  1. Excellent condition, no record outline marks, tears or creases.
  2. Very good condition, possibly with a slight record outline or a few small creases.
  3. Good condition but with outline marks, creases or blemishes.
  4. Average condition, maybe lifting laminate, worn opening, several creases.
  5. Tatty, torn or dirty cover, loss of lamination or severely 'dog eared'.

Inner Sleeves

Records often seem to end up with the wrong inner sleeve, and some are in such poor condition that they are more likely to harm the record than protect it.  Where the original inner sleeve exists and is in reasonable condition it will be supplied with the record, although we will usually insert an anti-static liner as well.  Where the original sleeve is missing or in poor condition we will replace it with a new one.  Sorry but this is just a fact of life.

Records are graded visually.  We cannot play every record, the grade refers to the look of the record not its sound unless it is specifically stated that a recorded has been play graded in its description.

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