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Post subject: How do you grade this?  PostPosted: Jan 10, 2010 - 07:43 AM
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I got 45's and the covers are in just good condition, but the record where the needle plays on looks like in NM condition, cause I don't see any scratches or scuffs or anything. Do I have to play it to really deem it as a NM record, because even if it looks nice, it might not play that way? Also, let's say it is a NM record, but the cover is just in good condition. What do you list it as? Do I separately say, "Cover is in good condition and record is in NM condition?" or do I average them out and say "very good condition"??
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jan 10, 2010 - 08:22 AM
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Describe them separately so the buyer knows EXACTLY what the situation is. If you don't play them, explain in your description that they are VISUALLY graded. That is quite acceptable!

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I grade record first then jacket. For example - John Denver Windsong VG+/VG+. I was told to grade as if I was buying it and if you have a conflict of vg or possible vg+ always grade to the lower.
 
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2 more questions...

I don't have a record player. Should I mention that I never played these records for 2 decades? If I look at the vinyl and I don't see any major scratches on it, should I assume it plays well?
 
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Explain that it is VISUALLY graded and not play-graded.

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If you are not already doing so, I recommend using a good light before calling a record near mint by visual imspection.
 
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14 Post subject: No mercy while grading vinyl recordings  PostPosted: Jan 22, 2010 - 09:29 AM
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throbbingpuppy wrote:
If you are not already doing so, I recommend using a good light before calling a record near mint by visual imspection.
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    Yep! The best is, to use white light-emitting diodes, their light is mercilessly. I have this kind of lights above my turn table, and it shows each little surface mark.

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If I think something is really, really mint or near mint, I'll take it outside and look at it in bright, natural sunlight.
 
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12 Post subject: Natural light  PostPosted: Jan 22, 2010 - 10:12 AM
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hrtshpdbox wrote:
If I think something is really, really mint or near mint, I'll take it outside and look at it in bright, natural sunlight.
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    HSB,

    that's another very good option! Wink

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Great ideas and points. You guys were right, after looking at the records under a brighter light, you can see it much better. Thanks for everyone's advice.
 
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