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Record Grades
All records are described in detail and graded according to the UK published magazine: Record Collector.
Please make sure to check conditions and grades of records before you actually purchase them.
Vinyl Grading
Grade Codes
M- Mint Minus - A nearly perfect, almost unplayed record.
EX+ Excellent Plus - Almost new with only a few superficial signs of use that don't affect play. Only well cared for vinyl will be graded at to EX+. Will satisfy all but the most demanding collector.
EX Excellent - An used, reasonable copy. There will be obvious signs of wear and the possibility of light surface noise between tracks and passages, but still quite nice.
EX- Excellent Minus - Significant wear and marks and usually quite noticeable surface noise.
  
VG+ Very Good Plus - From here on down (VG, VG-, G) is regular condition for 2nd hand records imported from Jamaica, we're talking about beat-up records.
VG Very Good - Beat-up record. Noticeable scratches or scuffs, minor surface noise.
VG- Very Good Minus - Even worse beat-up record. Worn out with deep scratches and scuffs, distracting surface noise. (any complaints not accepted for VG- graded record)
G Good - Worst condition of beat-up record. Trash record with major noise, surface damage, deep scratches, and skips.(any complaints not accepted for G graded record)
Other Codes
Sleeve Condition
WOS Writing On Sleeve
SPSE Split Seams
SD Sleeve Damage
SOS Sticker On Sleeve
  
Labels
WOL Writing On Label
SWOL Small WOL
LD Label Damage
SLD Slight Label Damage
SOL Sticker On Label
LOC Label Off Center
ML Miss-Labeled
LR Label Reversed
LT Label Torn
CO Cut Out: drilled hole in label or cover, or saw mark/cut corner on cove
NOC No Original Centre: UK pressing only
CE Centre Extended
COC Chipped Off Center
  
Groove Condition
JS Juke-box Scratch
Warp Warped
EW Edge Warp
SEW Slight Edge Warp
OC Off Centre
Crack Crack
ACI A Cave In Record
HS Hissing Sound
HD Heat Damage
Stain Dull / Cloudy Surface
Mark Marked
Polished Sign of being polished
  
H Heavily, Hard: use with above codes
S Slightly, Small: use with above codes
Press Code
Pre Pre-Release: test pressing with white label
Blank Unknown producers white label test pressing
2ND 2nd press
Re Re-issue, Re-press
Old Press Old Reissue
County Code (Jamaican pressing unless country code is given)
UK United Kingdom Pressing
US United States Pressing
CA Canadian Pressing
EU European Pressing
JPN Japanese Pressing
JA Jamaican Pressing
CD Grading
Disc Condition
M- Mint Minus - Almost a brand new CD - no sign of being used
EX Excellent - A good second hand CD - no obvious sign of wear
VG Very Good - A few visible scratches on the disc
G Good - Noticeable scratches on the disc
Case Condition
M- Mint Minus - Almost a brand new case - no sign of being used
EX Excellent - Almost no scratch, sign of wear, missing tabs or other sort of case damage
VG Very Good - A few scratches, sign of wear, missing tabs or other sort of case damage
G Good - Lots of scratches, sign of wear, missing tabs or other sort of case damage
   
SOC Sticker On Case
WOC Writing On Case
Liner Condition
M- Mint Minus - Almost new
EX Excellent - Almost no tear, fold or other sort of liner damage
VG Very Good - Some tears, folds or other sort of liner damage
G Good - Lots of tears, folds or other sort of liner damage
   
SOL Sticker On Liner
WOL Writing On Liner
Other
CO Cut Out: drilled hole in case or liner