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LP GRADING
THE GOLDMINE GRADING SYSTEM

 

This grading guide is reprinted from Goldmine magazine, which is considered to be the standard for record collectors worldwide.

Mint | Near Mint | Very Good Plus | Very Good | Good/Good Plus | Poor/Fair

Mint (M) : Absolutely perfect in every way - certainly never played, possibly even still sealed. (More on still sealed below). Should be used sparingly as a grade, if at all.

Near Mint (NM or M-) : A nearly perfect record. Many dealers won't give a grade higher than this implying (perhaps correctly) that no record is ever truly perfect. The record shows no obvious sign of wear. A 45 rpm sleeve has no more than the most minor defects, such as almost invisible ring wear or other signs of slight handling.
An LP jacket has no creases, folds, seam splits or any other noticeable similar defect. No cut-out holes, either. And of course, the same is true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves, and the like. Basically, Near Mint looks as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap.

Very Good Plus (VG+) : Shows some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Record surfaces may show some slight signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experience. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are OK.
The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. The center hole is not misshapen by repeated play. Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turn-up corners, or a slight seam-split. An LP jacket my have slight signs of wear also and may be marred by a cut-out hole, indentation or corner indicating it was taken out of print and sold at a discount.
In general, if not for a couple of minor things wrong with it, this would be Near Mint. All but the most mint-crazy collectors will find a Very Good Plus record highly acceptable.

Very Good (VG) : Many of the defects found in a VG+ record are more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise is evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during the song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as will light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound.
Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time, only two or three of them.

Good (G), Good Plus (G+) : Good does not mean bad! A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be put onto a turntable and will play through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise and scratches and visible groove wear.
A jacket or sleeve has seem splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects will start to overwhelm the object. If it's a common item, you'll probably find another copy in better shape eventually. Pass it up. But if it's something you have been seeking for years, and the price is right, get it.

Poor (P), Fair (F) : The record is cracked, badly warped, and won't play through without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve is water damaged, split on all three seams and heavily marred by wear and/or writing. The LP jacket barely keeps the LP inside it. Inner sleeves are fully seam split, and written upon.
Except for impossibly rare records otherwise unattainable, records in this condition should be bought or sold for no more than a few pence each.

Still Sealed (SS) : Let the buyer beware, unless it's a U.S. pressing from the last 10-15 years or so. It's too easy to reseal on. Yes, some legitimately never-opened LPs from the 1960s still exist. But if you're looking for a specific pressing, the only way you can know for sure is to open the record. Also, European imports are not factory-sealed, so if you see them advertised as sealed, someone other than the manufacturer sealed them.

TERMS
TERMS & CONDITIONS

 

TERMS OF SALE AND USE

 

Binary Records reserve the right to alter prices to take into account forces beyond our control (e.g. currency fluctuations).

 

Binary Records are unable to supply minors (under the age of 18).

 

We accept no liability whatsoever for any consequential loss, excepting loss by injury or death.

 

We accept no liability (to the fullest extent allowed by law) for the accuracy of information contained on vintage vinyl details, which may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors.

 

All goods supplied are for personal use only and not to be sold or offered for re-sale.

 

We reserve the right to refuse to supply any person or company for any reason.

 

We shall have no liabilities to you for any failure to deliver your purchase or any delay in delivery caused by any event or circumstances beyond our reasonable control.

 

If any part of these terms and conditions are held by an appropriate authority to be unenforceable, this shall not effect the enforceability of any other part of these terms and conditions.

 

You will become the owner of your purchases once they are delivered. However, you shall not obtain any right of copyright (or similar rights) in your purchase of which any unauthorised use including copying, letting for hire or sale is strictly prohibited.

 

These terms & conditions contain the whole of our agreement relating to your purchase, together with our web site prices and contact details.

 

 

 

PAYMENTS & ORDERS

 

PAYMENT SECURITY

 

Your credit/debit card security is a major priority to Binary Records. We use a secure payment service provider that has the latest technology to protect your payment card information.

 

We accept all major credit cards and PayPal

 

To place an order:

  • Use the secure online card facility or Paypal

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  • Please read Binary Records Terms and Conditions and tick the ‘accept’ box before proceeding with your order

  • If you have any queries regarding an order, please send an email to binaryrecords101@gmail.com

 

 

 

DELIVERY

 

Binary Records ensures 95% of all orders are dispatched within 48 hours. In the event of any unforeseen delays, Binary Records will contact the buyer via email.

 

If you have any questions regarding delivery, please email binaryrecords101@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

POSTAGE COSTS

 

 

 

  • UK - £ 3.00 | 2 - 3 working days | FREE P&P for orders over £ 50.00

  • Europe -  £ 6.00 | 3 - 5 working days - Allow upto 10 days | FREE P&P for orders over £ 60.00

  • International - £ 9.00 | 5 -7 working days - Allow upto 10 days | FREE P&P for orders over £ 70.00

 

 

CANCELLATIONS

 

Binary Records can accept a cancellation for an online purchase at any time before dispatch. Once an item has been dispatched the order cannot be cancelled, however buyers have the right to return an item within a seven working day period.

 

 

 

RETURNS & REFUNDS

 

At Binary Records we aim to listen to 95% of all vintage records to ensure our record grading is as accurate as possible for our customers and to ensure all of customers are happy with their purchases.

In the event that you are not happy with your purchase, or you simply change your mind, in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations, Binary Records offers a 7 working day return period.

Unwanted items must be returned in the same or similar packaging in which they were delivered and items must be returned in the same condition. We cannot accept damaged goods. Postage costs for returns are at your expense. Unauthorised returns will not be processed. This does not affect your rights under UK Distance Selling regulations.

 

FOR ALL RETURN ENQUIRIES please send an email to binaryrecords101@gmail.com

 

Binary Records cannot accept returns for any downloaded purchased digital music.

 

 

 

DAMAGED IN TRANSIT

 

We pack our LP's very carefully and try to ensure maximum protection during delivery, however the postal service is not always perfect. If you receive an item that has been damaged in transit please email us immediately binaryrecords101@gmail.com

 

 

 

ORDERS NOT RECEIVED

 

In the unlikely and unfortunate event that you do receive your ordered item/s within 7 days of the estimated delivery time please contact binaryrecords101@gmail.com

 

 

PAYMENTS
DELIVERY
POSTAGE
CANCELLATIONS
RETURNS
DAMAGED GOODS
LOST IN TRANSIT
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