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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, 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.
Soaring trumpet-heavy salsa from the combo of Ernie Agosto – a great little album with the tightness and focus of some of the best early 70s work from producer Willie Colon! Ernie arranged the album with pianist Nelson Sanchez – and the sound here is chunky on the bottom, with some ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the younger Harlow brothers in an album that showcases his tenor and flute playing, and which has him playing vibes on a few tracks. Larry Harlow guests on a few tracks, playing moog and percussion, and the group includes Victor Paz, Justo Almario, and Jorge Dalto. With the cuts "Montu ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the real standouts in the career of Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz – a record of incredible tightness, and one that set a whole new level for Puerto Rican salsa in the 70s! There's still a few traces here of the Latin Soul years – sometimes in the rhythms, at other times in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Essential 70s work by Andy Harlow – a mix of salsa styles with some especially great instrumentation! Andy plays tenor, flute, and vibes – and the rest of the group features Yomo Toro on tres, Junior Gonzales on percussion, Eddie Martinez on piano, and Abie Lima on timbales and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Supposedly the end of Willie Colon's early "crime" career – as the title and cover imply that he's finally been brought to trial! Don't worry about Willie being beaten down, though, because the music on the album is every bit as fierce and powerful as ever – and features a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Includes "Crazy Rhumba" by Chico O'Farrill, "Pull The Bottle" by Sonora Santanera, "Dark Angels " by Orquesta Serenata Tropical, "Kiss Me Much" by Trio Los Panchos, "Kiss Of Fire" by Los Cinco Latinos, "Guitars That Cry" by Cuco Sanchez, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Madly romping Latin from this obscure group led by pianist Phil Moore III – a combo who effortlessly groove through a blend of boogaloo, Latin jazz, and plenty of percussion-heavy exotica – all in a style that's very much their own! There's a loose and free feel here that's far ... LP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly nice album that has Tito Ramos and Tony Rojas reuniting in a crackling session of 70s salsa that mixes English and Spanish lyrics, both with the kind of soul that the band was famous for in the 60s. Tracks include "Hello My Love", "Los TNT", "La Mujer ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent – and hard-to-find – album by Charlie from the early 70s! The album features Charlie's focus opening up a bit more, with longer tracks, more complicated arrangements, and some very nice unusual touches – like organ, melodica, and electric bass. Charlie's work on ... LP, Vinyl record album