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Record Grading

I use the Record Collector grading system to describe the condition of the records on Vinylshrine. If you require any more information about any aspect of the item on offer do not hesitate to contact me.

The Record Collector grading system has seven categories: Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor, Bad. To these I have added plus and minus to reflect more subtle gradings, for example, and "Excellent minus" will be slightly better than a "Very Good plus".
I have added an eighth grading of my own, "Quite Good", which slots in between "Very Good" and "Good" as I felt the gap between the two was too large.

I very rarely grade anything as "Mint" so it is not listed here. I very rarely list anything for sale that falls below "Good" unless it's an extremely rare item that can be useful as a collection filler.

If you require more photographs, aural grading, or want any further information about any item, please get in touch.

near MINT: The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality.

near MINT: The cover and any extra items* (*if relevant - please see item description above) such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition.

EXCELLENT plus: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality.

EXCELLENT plus: The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.

EXCELLENT: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality.

EXCELLENT: The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.

EXCELLENT minus: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality.

EXCELLENT minus: The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.

VERY GOOD plus: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch

VERY GOOD plus: Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items* (*if relevant - please see item description above), without any major defects, is acceptable.

VERY GOOD: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch.

VERY GOOD: Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items* (*if relevant - please see item description above), without any major defects, is acceptable.

VERY GOOD minus: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch.

VERY GOOD minus: Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items* (*if relevant - please see item description above), without any major defects, is acceptable.

QUITE GOOD plus: The record has obviously been played many times, and has some deterioration in sound quality, with noticeable surface marks, audible scratches (but no jumps), and possibly finger marks etc.

QUITE GOOD plus: The cover and contents may have corners creased, partial scuffing of edges, and may have some or all of the following: partial spine splits, minor discolouration, price sticker damage and/or writing on sleeve.

QUITE GOOD: The record has obviously been played many times, and has some deterioration in sound quality, with noticeable surface marks, audible scratches (but no jumps), and possibly finger marks etc.

QUITE GOOD: The cover and contents may have corners creased, partial scuffing of edges, and may have some or all of the following: partial spine splits, minor discolouration, price sticker damage and/or writing on sleeve.

QUITE GOOD minus: The cover and contents may have corners creased, partial scuffing of edges, and may have some or all of the following: partial spine splits, minor discolouration, price sticker damage and/or writing on sleeve.

QUITE GOOD minus: The cover and contents may have corners creased, partial scuffing of edges, and may have some or all of the following: partial spine splits, minor discolouration, price sticker damage and/or writing on sleeve.

GOOD plus: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches.

GOOD plus: The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges,spine splits, discoloration, etc.

GOOD: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches.

GOOD: The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges,spine splits, discoloration, etc.

FAIR: The record is still just playable but has not been cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump.

FAIR:The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced.

POOR: The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing.

BAD: The record is unplayable or might even be broken, and is only of use as a collection-filler.