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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.
Biggie's masterpiece – remastered! There's very little we could possibly say about this east coast landmark that isn't already etched in stone in the annals of hip hop history. Biggie's a master storyteller, whether he's spinning tales of violent street nihilism, his skills beneath the ... LP, Vinyl record album
12 tracks in all: Grandmaster & Melle Mel "White Lines", Treacherous Three "Yes We Can-Can", West Street Mob "Break Dancin' – Electric Boogie", Melle Mel & Duke Bootee "Message II", Sugarhill Gang "Kick It Live From 9 to 5", Jocko ... LP, Vinyl record album
An underrated later Wu Tang effort from '01 – a lean 12 track set that lacks little to our ears, except for the then incarcerated ODB. RZA keeps the production solid, tight and simple – rugged, grimy foil for the rhymes, which sound pretty damn nice all these years later – as ... LP, Vinyl record album
The follow up to the classic first LP! Listening to Kurtis Mantronik productions all of these years later is a definite educational experience, given the huge influence the crisp synth sounds had on the future of hip hop – not only as a matter of necessity, given the cost of sample clearance ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lyrics Born of Latyrx fame drops a burning full length solo joint! This is pretty much entirely produced, arranged, programmed and written by LB, so if you know the style, you know you can expect a lot of funky live instrumentation, syrupy summer nightlife drums topped off with sexy soulful female ... LP, Vinyl record album
Biz's second LP from 1989 – what can we tell you about the Biz that you don't already know? As far as we're concerned there's a lot of MC's that could learn a lesson or two from the Biz, and producers too. Good time middle school hip hop, with nice sample based production and a great sense ... LP, Vinyl record album
15 tracks including "Stillmatic", "Got Ur Self A...", "2nd Childhood", "One Mic", "You're Da Man", "The Flyest" featuring AZ, "Rule" featuring Amerie, "Ether", "What Goes Around", "Every Ghetto", ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Magnificent is in the front running for our favorite hip hop long player for '02. These intrumental tracks sound just as fresh, and in some cases more so, without the vocals, whether you're mixing or just kickin' back and listening. Tight beats, funky bass and jazzed out samples for a smooth, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A split LP between Mark the 45 King and Louie Vega, with some rhymes by Lakim Shabazz, Apache and Ron Delite. 5 tracks produced by the 45 King: "Rhythmical Beatdown", "Feel The Madness", "hazardous To Your Health", "Deadly & Dangerous" and "Smooth ... LP, Vinyl record album