In the UK, the accepted record grading system, is the 'Record Collector Magazine Guide'/ This can be found at the back of every issue of the monthly magazine. At Mama's, we use this guide to grade and sell our vinyl. In this system, you will see that EX and VG, are very acceptable and will find that much vinyl is in these conditions and will find that much vinyl is in this condition as opposed to Mint. Mint should be as good as new. Good, is also acceptable and should still play well.
The Grading Guide from the Record Collector Magazine.
Mint: The record itself is brand new condition, with now surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items, such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised or unplayed, should be mint.
Excellent: The record shows some signs of having been played but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging may have slight wear and/or creasing.
Very Good: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without major defects, is acceptable.
Good: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, dsicolouration etc.
Fair: The record is still just playable but has not been cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump, The cover and contents will be torn. stained and/or defaced.
Poor: The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise etc. The cover and contents will be badly damage or partly missing.
Bad: The record is unplayable or might even be broken and is only of use as a collection filler.
As well as the grades above, I will note any individual fault, such as pen marks, stickers on the sleeve and so on. We do not grade with the + system, that some other sellers use. If we are unsure, we will always state the record as slightly lower in grade. For example, if we think a record is between Very Good and Good condition. We will always state Good.
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