CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Enlarge       Note

Do Not Sell At Any Price – The Wild Obsessive Hunt For The World's Rarest 78 rpm Records

Book (Item 839505) Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 2014 — Condition: New Copy
Out Of Stock

Book


A fascinating look at the small-but-fervent world of the 78rpm collector – a musical underground that represents the first real step forward for vinyl culture (even though the format's not technically vinyl) – and which has remained surprisingly strong well into the 21st Century! Amanda Petrusich mixes history with some especially great snapshots on different scenes in 78rpm culture – going back to some of the key early collectors who helped enrich an understanding of early 20th Century music, while also often paying it forward – as in the case of John Fahey or Harry Smith – and she follows the scene into more recent years, where a surprising amount of revival activity has given us clearer and clearer pictures of the music of the 20s and 30s than we might ever have thought possible. If you're a record digger, you'll find plenty of familiar names in the book – and if you're a fan at all of older jazz, blues, folk, or hillbilly music – you'll also find a lot of context for the ways you now have access to those sounds. Paperback. (Spine has a small remainder mark.)  © 1996-2017, Dusty Groove, Inc.

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:

Sealed

This is what it says, that the record is still held fast in shrink-wrap. We tend to be pretty suspicious about these things, so if the shrink-wrap doesn't look original, or if the record seems to have undergone some damage over time, we'll probably take it out of the wrapper to ensure that it's in good shape — which is why we don't have more of these. In some cases the shrink-wrap may be torn in spots, but if it's not possible the record has been taken out and played, the record will still qualify as "Sealed".

Near Mint

Dusty Groove does not use the grades of Near Mint (or Mint, for that matter) because in our experience, we find that no records ever qualify for such a high grade. Even sealed records tend to have one or two slight faults, enough to usually qualify them for a grade of NM- or lower. We've often found that records which are clearly unplayed will have a slight amount of surface noise, especially in quieter recordings.

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Very Good + (plus)

  • Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
  • Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
  • Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
  • This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have some signs of use (although not major ones).
  • May have slight surface noise when played.

Very Good

  • Vinyl can have some dirt, but nothing major.
  • May not shine under light, but should still be pretty clean, and not too dirty.
  • May have a number of marks (5 to 10 at most), and obvious signs of play, but never a big cluster of them, or any major mark that would be very deep. Most marks should still not click under a fingernail.
  • May not look near perfect, but should play fairly well, with slight surface noise, and the occasional click in part of a song, but never throughout a whole song or more.
  • This is clearly a copy that was played by someone a number of times, but which could also be a good "play copy" for someone new.

Very Good - (minus)

  • Vinyl may be dirty, and can lack a fair amount of luster.
  • Vinyl can have a number of marks, either in clusters or smaller amounts, but deeper.
  • This is the kind of record that you'd buy to play, but not because it looked that great. Still, the flaws should be mostly cosmetic, with nothing too deep that would ruin the overall record.
  • Examples include a record that has been kept for a while in a cover without the paper sleeve, or heavily played by a previous owner and has some marks across the surface. The record should play okay, though probably with surface noise.

Good + (plus)

  • Vinyl may be dirty, or have one outstanding flaw, such as a light residue, which could be difficult to clean.
  • May have marks on all parts, too many to qualify as Very Good-, or several deeper marks, but the record should still be ok for play without skips.
  • In general, this is a record that was played a fair amount, and handled without care. A typical example may be a record which has been heavily played by a DJ, and carries marks from slip cueing. Depending on the quality of the vinyl, may play with surface noise throughout.

Good

  • A record that you'd buy to play, cheap, but which you wouldn't buy for collecting.
  • Will have marks across all parts of the playing surface, and will most likely play with surface noise throughout. May have some other significant flaws, such as residue, or a track that skips.
  • In most cases, a poor quality copy of a very difficult to find record.

Fair

This is a grade we rarely use, as we try not to sell records in very bad condition, though in some rare cases we will list a record in such bad shape that it does not conform to the standards above. A "Fair" record will have enough marks or significant flaws that it does not even qualify as "Good", but is a copy you might consider for playing, if you're willing to put up with noise and/or flaws. An example might be a recording with surface noise so heavy that it is equal to the volume of the music. For records listed as "Fair", we will describe the extent of the condition in the comments.

Poor

Like "Fair", we rarely list records in this condition, as they represent the extreme low end of spectrum. These records typically have multiple serious problems, and we offer them as "relics" or "objects" only — for those who want to at least have a copy of a record, even if it is not really worthy of play, perhaps for the cover alone. For these records, we will describe the extent of the condition in the comments.

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.


Used CD Grade

We have only one grade for non-new CDs at Dusty Groove — "Used CD". This grade is somewhat all-encompassing, but we choose it because we try to offer Used CDs in the best shape possible. All of our Used CDs are guaranteed to play without skipping or flaws. If you purchase a Used CD from Dusty Groove, you have 1 week to play it to determine that it plays correctly — and if it does not, then you may return it for a full refund.

With our Used CDs, you can expect the disc to be free of all but the lightest of surface marks — clean, and not dirty at all. You can also expect the case to be clean (we often change the cases ourselves — putting fresh cases on Used CDs we handle) — and you can expect the booklet to be in good shape, unless noted otherwise. We will list any specific details/defects underneath the item — so look for notes on cutout marks in the case, stamps on the barcode, or details like that.


You might be interested


Virgin (UK), 2009. New Copy
The complete story of one of the greatest record labels of the UK scene – the Manchester imprint that opened the door for Joy Division and New Order, then went onto explode even more at the end of the 80s with work from Happy Mondays and the new club underground! Yet Factory was always more ... Book
Houghton Mifflin, 2016. New Copy
We're ultra-proud to be Chicagoans – and one of the many things that makes is proud is The Chicago Defender – our city's famous African-American newspaper, easily one of the best and most important in a long legacy of progressive 20th Century publications! This very hefty book tells ... Book
Orion Books (UK), Early 60s/1971. New Copy
A treasure trove of greatness from one of the coolest writers on the planet – the legendary Charles Willeford, an author whose 50s and 60s pulp prose never got the attention it deserved, until his final rise to fame during the 80s, very late in his career! This book goes back and unearths ... Book
So Nude So Dead
Hard Case Crime, 1952. New Copy
An early pulp gem from writer Ed McBain – best known for his run of 87th Precinct novels in the 60s and 70s, but caught here in an even earlier vein! The book's got all the charms you'd expect from the title and cover – a story of an addict who wakes up next to a dead, nude singer ... Book
Drug Of Choice
Hard Case Crime, 1970. New Copy
Before Jurassic Park, before Westworld, a young Michael Crichton penned this spooky tale of a planned island paradise gone bad – a wrong idea from a biotech corporation gone bad – with all the best mix of science, medicine, and action you'll know from Crichton's more famous thrillers! ... Book
Naked Lunch
Harper Perennial (UK), 1959. New Copy
The book that forever put William S Burroughs in the literary map – a mad mix of pulp prose, science fiction, and modernist writing technique – and still maybe one of the greatest books that the man ever gave us! The story is as fast-moving as it is modern – kind of an Alphaville ... Book
Editions Stephane Baches (France), 1999. New Copy
The cover cops an image from a Joy Division album – and the book inside features a huge array of album art from the same generation! The book's not as fluffy as you might guess from the "new wave" title – as much of the records represented are in styles that include post-punk ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy
Booze and cartoons – has there ever been a better combination? Certainly not in the years of the cocktail napkin – where each new drink you'd order at a bar would come with a four-fold of visual entertainment – of the sort that Virgil Partch gives us in this excellent collection! ... Book
Da Capo, 2013. New Copy
A deep look into the rugged Detroit rock underbelly from the mid 60s to today by Steve Miller – co-editor of Johnny Ramone's autobiography and editor of Touch And Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83 anthology – done oral history style, letting the principal figures tell the ... Book
Print, 2015. New Copy
Some of the coolest postcards you'll ever hope to buy – all at a mighty nice price, too – given that the book features 75 read-to-mail cards! Each postcard features a reproduction of a cover of the magazine Print – a publication beautiful for its groundbreaking design, layout, ... Book
Brainquake
Hard Case Crime (UK), New Copy
You gotta love a book that begins with a baby shooting its father from its stroller – then takes off into a roller coaster of crime from that very first shot! Yet we'd expect no less from the great Sam Fuller – the director who gave us films like Shock Corridor and Pickup On South ... Book
Bis (Netherlands), 2011. New Copy
A book that's maybe not what you'd guess from the title – or maybe only partly from the title – as the whole thing is a love letter to the font style of Cooper Black, used on the front – served up in a fantastic array of images from the late 60s onward! The rounded font has been ... Book
 



⇑ Top