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Play-Graded ENTIRELY under close inspection, and according to my own chart below, not Goldmine's!
(Please consult my proprietary grading system below
for accurate understanding of LP condition)
BEAUTIFUL COPY OF A CROWN JEWEL OF JAZZ AND MUSICAL HISTORY!!!
THIS PRESSING IS WIDELY REGARDED AS FIRST, EARLY BLUE NOTE PRESSING.
SUPERB AUDIO PLAYBACK!!! Like in the studio. Please read below...
VISUAL: Nice shine and luster, under direct and strong bulb light. Very heavy, inflexible vinyl platter, which remains perfectly still during play!
Side 2 is a beauty, clean with nothing to mention (NM/NM-), few barely visible optical sleeve traces mostly seen at angled viewing.
Side 1 is largely the same, except few minor items, which DO NOT AFFECT SOUND:
a) track 1 has one thin/shallow longer, straight trace only barely feelable to finger tip or gentle nail (does not stop nail at all) with NO EFFECT ON SOUND!
b) few optical hairlines (some longer) and pale optical sleeve traces, nothing feelable;
c) one 3/4" thin/shallow, barely feelable, brely noticeable trace at last part of the side, no effect on sound.
d) one microscopic slightly feelable mark (by nail only) in the middle of the side.
AUDIO: Amazing, jaw-dropping sound; crisp, supple, full-spectrum tonal quality -- warm and direct. Coltrane's sax and Lee Morgan's trumpet sound like in the studio -- with clarity, power and intensity. NO SKIPS, CLICKS OR STICKS.
Side 2 has hardly anything to mention, some barely noticeable background surface noise, common to even pristine vintage records (most sellers on Ebay do not mention it), mostly noticed in pauses or quieter parts (and light crackle at beginning of ballad).
Side 1 sounds the same, with some soft, gentle occasional crackle after the middle of track 1, which does not dominate or interfere with instrumental channels.
LABELS: Very nice, no visible spindles in direct viewing; one side has some thin ones at an angle, no scraping or discoloration of paper at all.
COVER: ORIGINAL blue-green color hue on the front!
Stunning, fully laminated/lacquered front with amazing brightness and clarity of color and graphics, with no fading (only some gloss flattening from shelf storage, some light hairlines and a tiny peel at bottom right corner); I was able to easily wipe off the few tiny white dots at bottom center front(!), so now the front is immaculate. Hard/inflexible cover, nice and tight structurally; no splits(!). STUNNING, GLOSSY SPINE AND TOP SEAM, with pencil-sharp spine corners and top of opening one!, bottom seam is almost the same with a hair-thin 1" center gloss slit (not split) and tiny wear toward the opening corner (light wear on that corner). Back side is clean of any writing, peeling, stamps or creasing, with small-spot staining at top part and some along spine line and bottom right (no smell).
ALL PHOTOS ARE OF THE ACTUAL LP ALBUM!
No Photoshop used for realness of images.
Actual objects are cleaner and brighter.
1. All albums have been cleaned thoroughly by hand using professional record cleaning aids, before any visual or play-grading.
2. Records are stored with professional and collector's care in plastic LP sleeves, with vinyl disks in their own sleeves next to the LP jacket covers. All albums are kept in climate controlled environment.
3. All LPs are shipped with disks out of the jacket covers (to avoid seam splits) in professional hard cardboard LP mailers, with sufficient bubble wrap insulation and extra tape for security. Each mailer is custom stamped with "NO HEAT" and "NO SUNLIGHT" to avoid heat damage while en route.
4. Play grading is done with headphones for the most rigorous and accurate, as well as the most conservative approach. Ambient listening should be much better than graded here.
I WOULD APPRECIATE A 5-STAR FEEDBACK IN ALL CATEGORIES. IF THERE IS ANY PROBLEM, PLEASE EMAIL ME BEFORE LEAVING FEEDBACK. I WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING. THANK YOU
GUIDELINES & DISCLOSURES
My Grading System is proprietary, thorough, under direct and bright daylight as well as diffused daylight, and multi-tiered very gradually, based on condition characteristics carefully defined for each individual grade, in order to effectively allocate and describe the incredible variety and diversity of used records condition levels (please see below). It aims to give a complete picture of the condition of the records you bid on, so you may do so fully informed and with complete confidence. The grading is supplemented by a detailed and completely accurate description of each LP (disk and jacket) elaborating on each and every visible imperfection.
Please read the grading tier description corresponding to the Grade Level assigned to the LP you are interested in, for you maximum understanding and clarity on the specific record condition.
At this time I offer limited play-grading and/or if LP condition requires it, since the sheer volume of records auctioned here makes it impossible to listen to all of them in their entirety.
My records’ visual condition is guaranteed to be as described. In most cases the visual condition under diffused daylight indicates reliably the way a record would play overall, given degree of vinyl and groove wear, quantity and nature of any marks, hairlines and scratches, and any other factors. Please keep in mind that unless a record is marked as SEALED or NEW, you would be bidding on a used item made of plastic. No one can guarantee that every second of a record will sound in a certain way. Usually surface, sleeve marks and hairlines do not affect play. Only the feelable-to-touch marks and deeper or wider marks and scratches do, but not always. At the same time I have noticed that at times an LP track that looks visually perfect would have some surface noise when played, which could be expected at times from any used record.
HEAT DAMAGE AND WARPING:
I carefully evaluate all my records for any heat damage. Please note that the records auctioned here will be marked as free of heat damage if they are not warped and the vinyl does not show any unusual patterns or discoloration caused by improper exposure to heat. If any LP does show any of the above signs of heat damage, it will be disclosed prominently in the description. I would only auction records with any heat damage signs if the record is a rare, collectible first pressing. As you may know, currently there are professional methods to fix LP vinyl warping!
HONOR AND INTEGRITY:
I operate from a deep sense of honesty, honor and integrity and trust that you do as well. I am kind, courteous, helpful and professional toward all my buyers, and I welcome the same kind of treatment from them. If we lose our honesty or integrity, we lose it all – in life as well as in business.
GRADING SYSTEM (tiers and description)
(Applied separately to vinyl disk and LP cover!)
NOTE: I distinguish in descending order in each Grade Level between:
(LP marks NOT AFFECTING PLAY – Grades SEALED to NM): barely noticeable marks, pale surface marks, sleeve marks, wear marks, very thin hairlines, hairlines, longer marks,
(LP marks which MAY AFFECT PLAY – Grades EX to G): wider marks (may not affect play), deeper marks (may or may not affect play at all), feelable-to-touch marks (occasionally or likely affecting play), scratches (deep, feelable, long and/or wide – most likely affecting play)
NEW (Visually perfect, new, unplayed condition, and/or bought new but not sealed. Should play perfectly)
MINT (Used/preowned but in brilliant condition with no signs of wear. Should play perfectly or near perfectly)
M- (MINT overall, with one or two very minor/surface imperfections (barely noticeable marks, pale surface marks – not affecting play). Should play perfectly, near perfectly or very fine overall)
NM (M- super clean overall, with very few minor imperfections, plus one or two slightly more noticeable imperfections, like surface sleeve wear, thin hairlines, or short and very slightly feelable mark. Should play really well or great throughout, minus any minimal occasional occurrences of audio imperfection, due to visually undetectable or detectable minor imperfection)
EX (NM really clean overall, with occasional one or few imperfections and/or wear signs, some more noticeable or slightly feelable. Should play really satisfyingly overall)
STRONG VG+ (EX overall, with a little more wear signs, one or very few longer, deeper or slightly feelable marks. Should play pretty well overall, minus any areas of imperfection that may be audible, or occasional surface noise)
VG+ (STRONG VG+ overall, with more signs of wear, and more noticeable, longer, deeper, wider, and some feelable marks and/or one scratch. Should play well overall, with occasional or more sustained surface noise)
WEAK VG+ (VG+ but slightly magnified. Play will be affected in various ways)
VG (WEAK VG+ overall, with even more signs of wear or excessive wear, time passage, and much more, different and deeper marks and/or scratches, which would most likely affect play for the most part)
VG- or G (Weak VG. Mostly a reference copy of a rare record. Should not be expected to play satisfactorily)
1. Domestic United States: I offer Free Shipping for all single-LP domestic US purchases of over $75.00 in purchase value, with $2.00 shipping charge for each additional LP when mailed together. Purchases under $75.00 are $4.00 for shipping, with $2 for each additional LP mailed together. UNDER BOTH OPTIONS BUYER PAYS INSURANCE COST PLEASE. I use USPS Media Mail with tracking.
2. International shipping: All records have to be insured per Ebay guidelines (with US Priority International). Additional LPs mailed together are shipped with a USD 3.00 additional shipping charge per LP. Please contact me for specific rates to your country! Thank you.
United States Postal Service does not offer tracking or insurance on First Class International shipping rate.
Domestic buyers: All album purchases over $30.00, given their value and rarity, will be shipped with full postal insurance to protect the albums against loss and damage. Ebay insists for sellers to provide insurance for valuable items, especially for international shipments. The insurance amount will be included in your shipping cost.
For international buyers the shipping method has to be at least United States Priority International or higher grade since First Class International does not provide any insurance or tracking. Please ask me for a more precise quote, depending on how many albums you purchase and the total final value. Please do not ask me to declare a false, lower amount for any package as it is against the law in the US and each sale here is a mater of public record.
Returns or exchanges accepted withing 14 days of mailing date in the event that an LP shows verifiable imperfections beyond what is visible or described in the listing. Buyers are strongly encouraged to read each listing's description, as well as auction terms, carefully before bidding. Buyers would normally pay for the returned shipping unless other arrangements are needed or made. For intentional buyers, it is much wiser for both buyer and seller for a partial credit to be applied, in case of a problem, instead of spending so much money to ship back across the Ocean! Thank you.