And I agree opinions are a dime a dozen. However, I need to chime in with my 10 cents worth on this.vinylvillela wrote:my take on grading....
VG has a bazillion small problems. most folks won't want these.
that doesn't mean they won't still play.
I never liked the VG rating. It is rather ambiguous and can meet a very wide assortment of problems.
First, in Goldmine sense, I believe it relates to the vinyl and not the label. Goldmine says
" Generally worth 25 percent of Near Mint value. Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc." among other things.
I think there should be a VG++ and an EX rating mixed in there.
VG++ is a NM- record that has been played at least once but still looks and SOUNDS brand new.
EX - (above the VG rating). Upon inspection looks like a NM- or VG+ disc however on playing has minor imperfections rather typical of the disc's age.
I save VG when there are really annoying pops or ticks present...maybe not overpowering the music but still present. Or has cue burn.
Good is something I rarely deal with and usually do not keep unless it's an ultra-rare record and I have it as a place keeper until I can find a better copy.