SHEET MUSIC SIZE
LARGE FORMAT - This is music published mostly before 1920 (although some examples of later dates exist) and is approximately 10" x 13" with about 1/2" leeway in any direction.
STANDARD - This size was phased in beginning around 1918 (although earlier examples exist) and is approximately 9" x 12" with some small leeway in any direction. After about 1960, 8" x 10" sizes became quite common.
WAR EDITION (small folio) - This size was originally produced during the WWI years to conserve paper. The sheets measure between 6" and 8" side and 8" to 10" high. Sizes varied by publisher. Some later examples of this size exist, mostly by small publishers.
OTHER - if the size is unusual for it's period, I will specify the size in inches.
Because terms such as “Excellent”, “Very Good”, “Good”, “Fair”, etc. are vague and subject to different interpretations I DO NOT USE SUCH TERMS in describing the condition of sheet music. Hopefully, there will be someday be an industry-wide, published and accepted set of standards (such as Overstreet for Comic Books or BGS/PSA for trading cards.)
I do my BEST to describe all flaws, but I'm only human and sometimes miss something. Please also depend on the scan included with the ad to see the exact piece of music you will receive.
I use only THREE GRADES:
MINT – As good as the day it was sold as new. ONE QUALIFICATION ALLOWED: A store stamp/sticker may be present on otherwise Mint sheet music as the music was sold this way. If such a stamp is present, it will be noted.
NEAR MINT – This is otherwise Mint material with some small defect such as a small edge nick, corner bend, scuff from shelf wear, etc. I will always disclose the defect that causes this rating.
USED – This rating is used for all music that has signs of handling, wear or use. The wear can range from almost none to very worn. I DESCRIBE THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF ANY DEFECTS. These defects can include edge tears, spine separations, corner wear, creases, stains, soiling, wrinkling, water damage, scuffs, abrasions, writing or other defects which affect the appearance or stability of the sheet music.
I DISCLOSE ALL REPAIRS made to the music as well as the type and extent of repair. Repairs may be of the following types:
GLUE – any form of pure adhesive, such as paste, mucilage or rubber cement, which has been use to repair the paper.
TAPE – this may be cellophane, invisible, paper, fabric, glassine or masking and will be identified.
ARCHIVAL – this refers to modern, acid/lignin-free archival tissues and mending tapes
SIGNATURES AND STAMPS
I NOTE ANY MARKINGS ON THE MUSIC. These may be store stamps, owner stamps, owner signatures or marks, autographs and facsimile signatures. I do not include artist signatures that are part of a photograph in this category.