Bill Evans Trio; Waltz for Debby; Riverside RLP 399, DG, blue lbl, mono
March 03, 2018
March 10, 2018
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This week's listing is for a rare one. The coveted mono, deep groove version of Waltz for Debby. BEAUTIFUL vinyl. Sadly, the cover didn't make it out as nice. Not the worst I've seen, but not "pretty" by any means. I'm reasonably certain this was a library copy at one time ... and nobody played it much. The vinyl looks quite "new" for an old vinyl. While I refuse to label anything as "mint," I will say that I am quite impressed with the quality of sound on this one. ... I'll leave it at that.
VINYL: VG+ (9.0 of 10): Amazing quality. The sound is phenomenal. And when I cleaned it, it took a few passes with the vacuum to clean it all out ... the grooves are quite deep. Audio quality is ... for sure there. Silent soundfloor. I'm positive that any pops I heard were because of static. I will say there is a slight haze in a place or two, but I also am reasonably certain it's imperfections from the initial pressing at the plant. ... either way it's a pretty stellar vinyl.
COVER: VG- (5.0 of 10): So it's not AWFUL. But it's far from ideal. There's some sticky residue from a sticker on the back ... I am pretty sure an old library sticker. The spine isn't "split" completely, but there's spotty chipping and splitting. I'd say it amounts to 1/2 of it overall is technically "split", but still holds together. There's a bit more splitting at the bottom. Front top corner definitely looks like someone had issues taking off a sticker. There's a few marks on front, like scratches, and some tape left. Normally, I'd try to clean the stickiness and tape left, but not with a record this rare. ... I'll leave that to better hands than mine.
COVER SPLITS: Spine has patchy splitting ... but holds together. 3" split bottom opening.
Vinyl Weight: Around 169g
VINYL SPECIFICS: Deep Groove, original blue label, microphone label. The real deal.
VINYL ABNORMALITIES: Mentioned before, but some slight factory hazing ... but I'm telling you, it plays phenomenally.
SPECIAL NOTES: Great option for the hardcore fan of Bill Evans. It should go for a decent price considering the deficiencies on the cover. The vinyl is top notch, and worthy of any high end system. It's cleaned and ready to go. I know this vinyl doesn't come around every day, and with the vinyl in the condition it is, I would hop on it for a decent price. Best of luck to you collectors.
THE SELLER: I'm an AVID jazz collector (and have been for quite some time). I do have all the pedigree classic rock, and dabble in blues and a few other genres, but overall I'm a jazz vinyl collector. That's my specialty. I try to present each album as a unique piece. I strive for an academic-level quality of evaluation. Every vinyl has its positives and negatives, and I hope to depict that reality in each of my listings. I used to sell for volume, but I now want to focus on quality and presentation. Each of my listings is presented after careful evaluation and note taking. As such, I probably won't have any more than 3 listings up at a time (if that), and they may be few and far between ... but when they do come up, rest assured it's a listing presented by a collector. The only reason I sell is to keep my collection on a rotational basis until I get the exact pieces I want. I recommend any potential bidder evaluate t he detail and photos critically to evaluate whether or not to add the piece to their collection. I've attempted to consider album historical importance, vinyl performance, overall aesthetic, and unique character.
Grading: My scale consists of ...
G, VG, VG+ ... NOTHING ELSE. I refuse to use the word "mint." Instead I use words describing luster, paper scuffs, scratches, nicks, gouges, needle drops, etc ... and it's all detailed in the vinyl description area. The only time I'll use "mint" is if the LP is sealed. The number after each G/VG/VG+ scoring is meant to describe general eye appeal in combination with the audio during my vinyl audition. It's meant to give you a better idea of the overall piece presented. In other words, you get a general (then more-specific) idea of what the piece is. I also note any cover splits, pressing abnormalities, or additional notes needed (pressing bubbles, radial hues, inconsistent look, possible water damage, etc.). I will provide as much information as needed such as matrix markings, vinyl weight, stamping marks, or any other attributes of note.
All vinyl I sell is cleaned with a vacuum system and home crafted, all natural enzyme cleaner. I've created my own vacuum cleaning system and process. It's a 3-step process of clean, vacuum, rinse two times. **
All covers I sell are sanitized and properly wiped down with a lightly alcohol/de-ionized water solution. ***
If I find a short cover split, I will try to repair it if possible. If I do that, it is noted. If the split is too big, then I'll leave it as is for consideration. Regardless, any splits, or lack thereof, are noted. ****
All vinyl ships in a proper record shipping box, with vinyl OUTSIDE the sleeve to protect the cover. Each piece is sent with a 4mil plastic sleeve. *****
All vinyl I sell has been auditioned IN FULL on a Lenco (Bogen) L70 (B62) with a Denon 103 cartridge, using a (modern) generic Pioneer receiver through Polk speakers. While not a professional HiFi system, it most certainly isn't a beginner's setup. ******
All vinyl shipping is $4 in the USA, via Media Mail (any album over $100 gets free insurance). All overseas shipments are charged by WEIGHT. So check WEIGHT before you bid -- there should be a calculator up to to get a general idea of cost. *******
Generally I have a NO RETURNS policy -- unless you have a damn compelling reason. ******** Each auction starts at $4.99, and I let the market dictate the price from there, based on condition and evaluation from myself. I let the vinyl community tell me what it's worth -- forget Discogs, Musicstack, or past eBay listings. You all need to tell me what it's worth.