Since everyone grades records a little differently, please take a moment to read this page before purchasing from us so you know exactly what our grades mean.
We have provided you with COMPLETE UNADULTERATED MP3s of the ENTIRE RECORD so you can PLAY GRADE the 45 for yourself. However, we are happy to also provide a visual vinyl grading to give a more complete picture of the record as this is the standard practice in record collecting.
All our records are graded under BRIGHT BULB LIGHT so our visual grades tend to be lower than most sellers. A record that looks M- in regular light can quickly drop to VG under bright bulb light.
For our VISUAL VINYL GRADING, we stick close to Standard Goldmine Grading with a few adjustments as follows...
M- A nearly perfect record. The 45 shows no obvious signs of wear at all. (We rarely use this grade, as it is so overused)
EX A 45 between M- and VG+
VG+ This 45 will show some signs that is has been played by a previous owner who took good care of it. The record surface may show slight signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches. The center hole will not be misshapen. It can have slight lifts (warps).
STRONG VG A 45 between VG+ and VG.
VG Many of the defects found in the VG+ record will be more pronounced in the VG 45. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as well as scratches (deep enough to be felt with a fingernail) that will affect the sound in some way. Lifts (warps) that do not significantly affect the play are acceptable for this grade.
VG- A 45 between VG and G
G This 45 has multiple scuffs and scratches of various kinds and visible groove wear which will produce moderate to significant surface noise depending on the thickness of the vinyl. Some G's look terrible but sound much better than they look. Others will honestly sound as bad as they look but are listed here for sale because they tend to be rarer records and they are suitable as fillers for those who wish to play them or for those who just want to have a copy of the 45.
G- A 45 between G and P
F This 45 is just above a P
P This 45 will either be cracked (anywhere from a tight hairline which is not noticeable when playing and has no to little effect on the sound, to a more severe crack that can be heard when playing), is severely warped, or has such a deep scratch it won't play through without skipping or sticking. Many sellers won't list P's. We only list P records that are cracked if they are Rare OR if the irrelevant flip side is the side that skips or sticks OR if the record sticks at the very end. We've sold many, many records of this grade to very happy customers!
PICTURE SLEEVE GRADING:
M- The sleeve should have no more than the most minor defects such as almost invisible ring wear or other signs of slight handling.
EX The sleeve will be between a M- and VG+
VG+ The sleeve will have some slight ring wear, lightly turned up corners, or a slight seam split.
VG The sleeve may be marred by writing or have tape or stickers (or residue) attached with minor wrinkling. It may have seam splits.
VG- The sleeve will be between a VG and G
G The sleeve will have multiple large seam splits. Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects will start to overwhelm the sleeve.
P The sleeve may have water damage, be split on all three seams or may be heavily marred by wear and/or writing.