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Rockaway Records are committed to grading our vinyl accurately, honestly and conservatively. We want our customers to be completely chuffed when they receive our records.
We believe that by listing defects and grading honestly, the collector will be able to visualize the condition before bidding.
We hope this eliminates any surprises for the buyer. We visually grade all items carefully under a very bright light. Whether the record is worth $50 or $5000 or whether it was issued in the 1950s or the 1990s, all records receive equal scrutiny.
Perfect, flawless. We rarely (if ever) use this grade
M- or NM (MINT MINUS OR NEAR MINT)
Usually our highest grade. Records from the 50s and 60s in this condition are truly rare. Vinyl is virtually perfect. At most perhaps a light scuff appears on the record but should play without any noise or skips. Record cover should also be near perfect with only minor signs of wear. There should be no "ring wear". (Ring wear is the outline of the record inside shows through the cover)
EX or VG++ (EXCELLENT OR VERY GOOD ++)
Beautiful collectable condition. Vinyl should play with no skips of any kind. There can be minor scuffs but they should not affect sound quality. The cover is generally in great shape, it may have minor "ring wear" and minor corner creases, but no seam splits.
VG+ (VERY GOOD +)
Vinyl will show some wear including scuff marks and some light scratches. If held up to a bright light, tiny lines may be seen on the vinyl. The sound may be affected with some minor clicks and pops but no deep scratches. The cover may be slightly more aged, with corners slightly bent but not broken. There may be wear to the seams, but no tears or holes.
VG (VERY GOOD)
Vinyl doesn't necessarily look good, but plays well enough. Surface noise will probably be present including pops and clicks, which would be diminished at higher volumes. The cover will look worn and used with some seam splitting and noticeable ring wear.
VG- or G (VERY GOOD MINUS OR GOOD)
Generally not collectable condition, unless its a super rare record. Vinyl looks well played and dull. It should play without skipping but with substantial surface noise. Quieter styles of music will struggle with the grading, whereas louder music may still sound OK at higher volumes. The cover may have problems such as seam splits, writing or tape etc.
WBR (WRECKED BUT RARE)
Otherwise known as a "Starter Copy". Not cracked, but a poor copy. The only reason to have a record/cover in this condition would be if it was extremely rare.
If you have any questions about our grading feel free to contact us.