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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.
An incredible piece by composer John Adams – easily one of his most important works ever, and one that rivals Einstein On The Beach for its transformation of older operatic forms! The subject matter is quite unique – President Nixon's famous visit to China in the early 70s – ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Terry Riley's most enduring works, and a haunting record that contains two extended modal minimal jams – "Rainbow In Curved Air" and "Poppy Nogood & The Phantom Band". "Rainbow" features Terry interweaving cool keyboard lines on organ, electric ... LP, Vinyl record album
A collection of modern works performed by the Rome Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Bruno Maderna. Titles include "Kontra Punkte" by Stockhausen, "Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima" by Penderecki, "Available Forms 1" by Earle Brown, and "Rimes Pour ... LP, Vinyl record album
Two late Feldman pieces, both for small ensembles. "Rothko Chapel" is for chorus, viola and percussion, and "For Frank O'Hara" is for flute, clarinet, voling, cello, piano and percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
Nothing cheap about this record – as it's one of the most beautiful John Cage recordings we've heard from the 70s – a set of solo piano work, played with a sensitivity that's really surprising! The music is extrapolated from Eric Satie's "Socrate", and inflected with chance ... LP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece of new music for guitar from the legendary Glenn Branca – a set that both draws on all the minimal experiments on the New York scene of the 70s, and the big wave of underground music at the end of the decade! Branca effortlessly fuses the rock and compositional communities here ... LP, Vinyl record album