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We realize that there are many different interpretations of the standard grades used
for pre-owned vinyl record albums & CD, so we thought we'd offer you the ones that we are working with,
so you have an idea what we mean when we give the grade for a non-new item on our pages.
Used Vinyl Grades
Below are stated conditions for a used vinyl records at Dusty Groove. Grading for
the cover should be assumed to be near (within a "+" or "-")
the grading for the vinyl.
If there is significant divergence from the condition of the vinyl, or specific flaws,
these will be noted in the comments section of the item. However, please be aware that
since the emphasis of this site is towards the music listener, our main concern is with
the vinyl of any used item we sell. Additionally, please note that all of our records
are graded visually; considering the volume of used vinyl we handle, it is impossible
for us to listen to each record. If we spot any significant flaws, we make every attempt
to listen through them and note how they play.
The following grading conditions apply to the vinyl component of an album or single:
Additional Marks & Notes
If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially
if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record.
This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip,
cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
Great stuff by this fantastic funky fusion outfit that included Billy Hart on percussion, Eddie Green on electric piano, and Odeon Pope on tenor and flute. The real highlight, though, is Pat Gleason on arp, who adds a lot of cool dark moody touches to the group's fusiony playing. The whole record' ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great Kenny Barron side for Muse, one of the best from a label that has a lot of remarkable sleepers! Like the best Muse sides, this set does a great job of straddling the line between forward looking modal playing and relaxed soul jazz, combining the best elements of both. And as you might ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from the vastly-overlooked team of Earl and Carl Grubbs – two incredibly soulful players from Philly who really carried on a tremendous post-Coltrane legacy. Earl plays tenor and Carl plays alto – and the record shines with that rare Traneish approach to free creative ... LP, Vinyl record album
It's not often that Sam Jones gets the chance to record as a leader with a group larger than a trio – but when he does, the results are always great – and this album's no exception! Jones is working here on a date that's easily one of his best ever – a sextet outing that features ... LP, Vinyl record album
Late magic from Groove – a surprisingly tasty set, especially given the date and the label! The record's one of those late 70s Muse sides that really take the torch from the harder-hitting Prestige sound that had been lost since the early 70s – and although the production style's a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Sonny Stitt's great laidback dates from his later years – with Stitt on both alto and tenor, alongside Jimmy Heath on tenor, soprano, and flute – plus Barry Harris on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Jaki Byard brings plenty to the table here – playing both tenor and alto sax, in addition to his usual piano – and showing once again that he's not just a multi-instrumentalist, but also one of the most multi-voiced talents in jazz! Byard seems to bring a similar spirit of multiplicity ... LP, Vinyl record album
The title's no lie, as Wallace Roney serves up a set of jazz standards – yet in keeping with his other great work on Muse Records, the album's also got a heck of a lot going on as well! The album's hardly the kind of "trumpeter hits the classics" album you might expect – as ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice little groover with a real Strata East soul jazz kind of feel, featuring the great Ronnie Matthews on piano, plus Charles Davis on baritone, and Gerald Hayes on alto. Hayes, Davis, and trumpeter Tex Allen all contribute tracks, including "Brothers & Sisters", "Olea", ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent debut from saxophonist Bobby Jones – an extremely talented player whose work was a big part of the Charles Mingus group in the early 70s – and an artist who works with a surprising sense of soul! The album's got Bobby in a really great lineup – with sensitive backing ... LP, Vinyl record album