Below are the guidelines I use. Grading starts with careful inspection under a bright light. I will test play any areas with visible marks. Ask me if you have any questions or need a fuller description for any item. I try my best to avoid causing you any unpleasant surprises when you get your records.
Mint (M): Only sealed LPs and LPs opened by me to confirm stamper information receive this grade.
Near mint (NM): LP is almost perfectly preserved. There may be a spindle trail or two, or an occasional light hairline or mark which will not sound during play. If there are visible marks on the vinyl, I will mention them as well as any audition results. A NM record will not have significant audible defects, unless these are clearly factory defects. Any such defects will be described in the listing.
Please remember, NM is not the same as mint and, for vintage LPs, even truly mint records will not sound flawless on good, modern equipment. Please be reasonable in your expectations.
Excellent+ (EX+): LP has a few more signs of play than NM, and may have a few spindle marks and some non-sounding hairlines or scuffs. It should not have significant audible defects.
Excellent (EX): LP may have a few slight surface marks and/or spindle trails. Although marks will mostly inaudible, some may cause light ticks for a brief time.
Very good (VG): There will be audible marks or scuffs but the record will be playable without skips or excessive wear.
Jackets and album boxes will be described and photos provided. Grading is approximately similar to those of LPs, telling how close the condition is to the originally issued item. Always feel free to ask if you need more information.