GRADING

GOLD MINE STANDARDS

Gold mining grading standards are the set rates based on which a vinyl is categorised.We at the Record Store to follow the gold mine grading to categorise our records.The categories and the percentage pricing are as follows:

Mint (M)

  • Gold mining grading standards are the set rates based on which a vinyl is categorised.
  • The vinyl falling in these categories are new and have never been used or used very sparingly. It is normally not used as a grade easily.

Near Mint or Nint (NM or M)

  • An almost perfect record is given a near mint grade. Since no LP is perfect so the graders assign this as the highest category applicable.
  • The vinyl should show no obvious signs of sleeve wear and tear, only minor almost invisible defects and small signs of handling.
  • The LP cover, posters, lyrics etc should show no signs of tear, crease, fold, split ends.
  • One look at such an LP makes the buyer feel that it has never been used just the shrink covering has been removed.
  • The LPs graded in this class are the highest paid for. If the record goes above the near mint category then it is definitely worth more.

Very Good Plus (VG+)

  • The LP falling in this mark are worth half their near mint value
  • They are basically well handled, yet show signs of depletion and usage.
  • The record surface has slight scratches which do not affect the listening quality. Slight wraps that cannot be detected are acceptable.
  • The vinyl must not show signs of excessive usage and the label must not have noticeable signs of wear and tear.
  • The packing of the vinyl might have slight dog ears or a seam split. The LP cover might have a hole cut in it indicating that it has been used before.
  • Apart from a few signs of wear and tear the vinyl collectors who like the Mint vinyl will find the very good plus vinyl acceptable.

Very Good(VG)

  • It is worth quarter the value of the near mint price. The defects of the very good plus category of LP will be more pronounced and surface noise that does not affect the quality of music will be more prominent during the beginning and ending of a track. Prominent scratches that affect the sound quality will be prominent.
  • Stickers or tape residues may be present on the LP sleeve, labels or picture sleeve. A few of these problems will be present not all of them.

Good (G), Good Plus (G+)

  • The LP falling in this category are worth 10- 15 percent of the near mint value. They will have more pronounced signs of usage with the audible surface noise and groves starting to turn white, yet they can be played on a turntable.
  • The LP cover will have dominant signs split ends, ring wear, tape glues and other defects.

Poor(P), Fair(F)

  • Such records are maximum worth 5 percent of the near mint value. They are badly damaged with seam splits, the LP is cracked, and does not play without being stuck or repeated. the LP cover cannot contain the record within.
  • only such rare records are worth buying in such conditions.