how to grade records

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Re: RE: Re: how to grade records

Post by webkrawlerr » Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:26 am

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.
And I agree opinions are a dime a dozen. However, I need to chime in with my 10 cents worth on this.

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.

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