Grading

Welcome to our LP Grading Page

Generally represented by two-letter abbreviations for vinyl first/cover second.

Example of how grading will be displayed : NM/NM

NM, EX, VG+, VG. G. F represent the record cover and vinyl grading.

We've listed each grade with a few brief descriptions below.

Vinyl Grading

Most of the Used LPs have been Cleaned on the Degritter Ultrasonic RCM or the VPI 16.5 RCM and they often have new inner and outer sleeves.

Unless otherwise stated, vinyl is visually graded. Certain records will be play-graded, and the results will be provided in the description of these records.

Note: we never use M or Mint in the Used Record Category

NM (Near Mint): is a very clean copy with a nice sheen and absence of visible inner sleeve chaffing or marks. It  was cleaned using the Degritter Ultrasonic RCM.  We supply new inner and outer sleeves and also include any original inners sleeves. 

Note: We reserve this grading for the nicest copies of used records we see. 

EX (Excellent): Just below perfect with the lightest wear, slight spindle wear and should play nicely

VG+ (Very Good Plus): Shows light wear, maybe the lightest hairlines, no *feelies, minimal spindle wear, should play nicely.  

VG (Very Good): Still an excellent record but may feature some writing on labels, with spindle wear. It will play with light surface noise, mainly heard between tracks, and visible light hairlines that generally do not affect play.  

G (Good): You won’t see many of these records listed on the website, but if you do, it will have significant wear but no repeating skips. It will play with surface noise audible throughout the LP and not just between tracks. It will have some light *feelies that are barely audible. I probably listed it because the cover is in good condition, or perhaps it’s a rare record, so worthy of listing based on that!  

F (Fair): Why would anyone want a Fair condition LP? It probably accompanies a rare cover (such as a Haunted LP or a Butcher)! Either way, there was a reason for listing it, and once you’ve read through the description, it should be obvious WHY!   

*Feelies are scratches or scuffs you can feel by running your finger over them. So, if you can feel a scratch mark on a record, you’ll be able to hear it.

 

Record Cover Grading

NM (Near Mint) This is a nearly perfect cover, edges are strong, without ring wear, sharp corners and glossy. 

Note: We reserve this grading for the nicest copies of used records we see. 

EX (Excellent): Just below perfect, with the lightest edge wear, no ring wear, and no hole punch or cut corners! 

VG+ (Very Good Plus): It is showing light wear, maybe the lightest ring wear and edge/spine wear but no writing of any kind and no hole punch or cut corners. 

VG (Very Good): Still an excellent cover but may feature some writing or initials, a hole punch, a cut corner, or small seam splits. 

G (Good): You won’t see many of these records listed on the website, but if you do, it will have ring wear or edge wear, perhaps a taped seam, or it may have un-taped seam splits. I probably listed it because it comes with a nicer condition LP, or maybe it’s a rare record, so worthy of listing based on that! 

F (Fair) Why would anyone want a Fair condition sleeve? It probably accompanies a rare piece of vinyl (such as a Haunted LP or a Butcher)! Either way, there was a good reason for listing it. Once you’ve read through the description, it should be obvious WHY!