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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.
Quite a rootsy early album from Mongo Santamaria – recordings done in Havana in early 1960, at a time when it was still possible to get music like this out to the US! The style here is quite different than most of Santamaria's other sides from the 60s – mostly a mix of percussion and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great one – thanks to help from Machito & His Afro-Cubans! Titles include "Rumba Rumbero", "Rica Pulpa", "Bim Bam Boom", "Bambarito", "Escucha Mi Son", "Walter Winchell Rhumba", and "Zarabanda". LP, Vinyl record album
A lost treasure – one of the few albums ever cut by this fantastic Latin Jazz ensemble, an ultra-hip group led by congolero Juan Amalbert, with a modal vibes/piano groove that's simply wonderful! The combo were one of the hippest early 60s Latin acts – and took equal part inspiration ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some mighty nice groovers – with lots of weird organ lines! Titles include "El Brinquito", "Panuelito Blanco", "De Ponce A Guayama", "Medley De Piano", "Guajira Guantanamera", and "A La Orilla Del Mar". LP, Vinyl record album
Eduardo Davidson may look a bit strange in his pink pants, but he can really cook up an unusual groove when he wants! Titles here include "Que Bueno Esta El Ambiente", "Alma Libre", "Hay Que Saber Perder", "Ramona", "Elba", and "El Sucu ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Phil Upchurch's best records – and one that's a no-nonsense batch of funky instrumentals that feature some really great guitar! Phil's dropped the Hendrix fuzz of some of his Cadet sides of the late 60s – and instead, he's working in a stretched-out chromatic mode that has bits ... LP, Vinyl record album
Righteous late 60s soul from The Impressions – the group's last album with Curtis Mayfield in the lineup! The sound here follows heavily from the Young Mods and This Is My Country years – a heavier take on the trio's soul stylings than their work over at ABC in the mid 60s – ... LP, Vinyl record album