Grading system

We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase, so we painstakingly grade each record and sleeve that we sell. Although our grades are industry standard, here’s exactly what we think they mean:

  • Professionally Cleaned
  • Vinyl Gradings
  • Sleeve Gradings
  • Other Quality Issues

Professionally Cleaned

All our records are cleaned with our Loricraft Audio Professional Record Cleaner

Vinyl Gradings

Our grading system is the same used by most record stores. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here are descriptions of each grade:

  • New: The record has not been played, but is not sealed. 
  • Still Sealed: Record is in it’s original seal and has not been played. 
  • Mint: Mint (as new). In perfect condition. 
  • EX: Excellent: Also known as M-: Mint minus. A near perfect record. The record may have been played but shows signs of use or wear. It will play perfectly. 
  • EX-: Excellent Minus: The record shows only very minor signs of use, or very minor lessening in sound quality. 
  • VG+: Very Good Plus: The record has been used but well cared for, with minor signs of use that do not affect the sound quality, the record will play very cleanly. In general, if not for a couple of minor things wrong with it, this would be EX-
  • VG: Very Good: The record has been played regularly and is showing signs of wear. Defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song’s intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, with light scratches that will affect the sound. 
  • VG-: Very Good Minus: Significant wear and marks, usually quite noticeable surface noise. 
  • G+: Good Plus: The record has been played many times, the sound quality has noticeable deteriorated and has pops or crackles due to surface scratches and wear. Or it may simply be a poor pressing – see above. Will be intrusive if the music is quiet, but will play. 

In the record world, ‘Good’ is not good! From here on down (Poor), we’re talking about a record that is not playable, because it may jump, stick etc. Only of use as a collection filler. Unless the Record is insanely rare, we don’t stock such items.

Sleeve Gradings

Any issues with sleeves, labels, inserts, posters etc are detailed in the individual description of each listing.

If no grading is given, then the record will come in a Generic paper sleeve. A sleeve that is graded as “generic” needs no further grading, as a generic sleeve generally adds little value to the item and can be easily replaced.

  • New: New. 
  • Mint: As new condition. In perfect condition. The sleeve should appear to never had a record in it. 
  • EX: Practically as new, clean. No writing, no ring wear, no splits, it has been used, but handled carefully. The cover should have no creases, folds, seam splits, or other noticeable similar defects. 
  • EX-: As above, BUT include very minor blemishes and/or wear. 
  • VG+: Can include minor creasing, visible ring wear, minor splits, very minor spindle marks, edge wear, small writing on sleeve. Basically normal wear and tear from careful handling, but no damage to the visual beauty of the sleeve. In general, if not for a couple of minor things wrong with it, this would be EX-
  • VG: Sleeve wear is beginning to detract from cover art. Can include creasing and/or seam splits (but not sleeve separation), noticeable spindle wear,  staining and/or ring wear, tape or stickers still attached or their residue. However, it will not have all these issues at the same time.
  • VG-: Very Good Minus: Significant wear, can include major creasing and/or seam splits (but not sleeve separation), noticeable spindle wear, major staining and/or ring wear, tape or stickers still attached or their residue. 
  • G+: The sleeve deterioration is bad. Can include sleeve separation, part of sleeve missing, major tears, water damage, writing and major creasing.

Other Quality Issues

In addition to the grades we give the vinyl and sleeve, we may also include additional quality information, abbreviated as follows:

  • CO / COC: cut out / cut out corner – A cut out is usually either a rectangular clipping from the edge of the sleeve or a corner of the sleeve cut off.  Generally done in the late 1960s and 1970s to denote the LP is out of print
  • Correction Fluid: Tippex etc
  • DH: drill hole a Hole Punch of 5/6mm diameter 
  • bc / obc: on back cover
  • fc / ofc: on front cover
  • Matrix Number: The run-out groove code. It can identify which pressing the record is.
  • POC: punched out centre – the centre has been removed from the 45
  • RW: ring wear – circular wear on the sleeve
  • Sellotape / tape: clear sticky tape ie scotch tape etc.
  • sm: small
  • SOC: stamp on cover
  • SOL: stamp on label
  • S/T: self titled
  • STOC: sticker on cover
  • STOL: sticker on label
  • TOFC: tear on front cover
  • TOBC: tear on back cover
  • TOL: tear on label
  • V.: very
  • WOC: writing on cover/ written on cover
  • WOL/XOL/#OL: writing on label/ X on label/ number on label