Condition/Grading

VINYL GRADING:

MINT - This will be a 10/10. I do not use this grading unless the vinyl has not touched a deck and/or has zero defects! This grading would also be used for sealed/unopened vinyl but sold with the possibility that even new vinyl could also contain a pressing flaw.

NEAR MINT - This will be a 9/10. Most would actually consider this as MINT, but if the vinyl has seen a deck, has been played a few times or, maybe, has the odd FAINT surface mark (which you can even get on new vinyl!), I class this as NEAR MINT. This condition applies to the majority of the vinyl we provide!

EXCELLENT - This will be an 8/10. A few more FAINT, quite possibly LIGHT, surface marks than NEAR MINT. This vinyl may sound the odd pop and crackle during playback.

VERY GOOD - This will be a 7/10. A few more noticable LIGHT surface marks,  pops, and crackles than EXCELLENT. Guaranteed no skips or jumps!

GOOD - This will be a 6/10. Clearly, well used. Guaranteed no skips or jumps!

FAIR - This will be a 5/10. Very well used. Guaranteed no skips or jumps!

POOR - This covers 1/10 to 4/10. You will NEVER find any vinyl of this grade in my shop!

 

SLEEVE GRADING:

MINT - This will be a 10/10. I do not use this grading unless the sleeve clearly has zero defects!

NEAR MINT - This will be a 9/10. Most would actually consider this as MINT, but if the sleeve has even the slightest wear (which you can even get on new sleeve!), I class this as NEAR MINT.

EXCELLENT - This will be an 8/10. May exhibit some SLIGHT storage and handling wear. Stronger sleeves MAY have some wear to their spines and vinyl opening. This will be the highest grading that I will give to paper sleeves as they tend to exhibit some storage and handling wear, despite best efforts to preserve their health.

VERY GOOD - This will be a 7/10. SOME storage and handling wear clearly evident. Stronger sleeves WILL have some wear to their spines and/or vinyl opening. The sleeve may also have creased or slightly compressed corners. Paper sleeves of this condition MAY be replaced!

GOOD - This will be a 6/10. Clearly, well worn spines and/or vinyl opening. This sleeve may contain a tear but this will also be noted. Paper sleeves of this condition MAY be replaced!

FAIR - This will be a 5/10. Very well worn and WILL be replaced with a plain sleeve.

POOR - This covers 1/10 to 4/10. You will NEVER find any vinyl with sleeves of this grade in my shop!

 

DISCLAIMER:

I may be forgiven for paying more attention to detail when grading the vinyl condition over sleeve condition. The sleeve condition quoted may, in some cases, be up or down a grade from that quoted in my product descriptions. If you would like me to double check the condition of a specific sleeve before making your purchase then please do not hesitate to contact me via email: contact@vinylsurgerecords.co.uk

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