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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.
One of those records that should be an insane dark mess, given the look of the cover – but which turns out to be a surprisingly well put-together effort all the way through! Zappa does a great job of hiding behind his hair here – never acting with the pomp that a pop genius like him ... LP, Vinyl record album
The debut of Tom Waits – a prettier, less gravelly-voiced and less knowingly seedy effort as the albums to come – and a set that's as tender as any that Waits would ever record! This is Waits in after hours yearning mode, still upright on a barstool or a piano bench, not yet having ... LP, Vinyl record album
The moment when the group were really starting to ascend to greatness – with titles that include "Yours Is No Disgrace", "Starship Tropper", "I've Seen All Good People", and "Perpetual Change". LP, Vinyl record album
Stellar live recording featuring the funky vibesman in a nice long electric set with a totally solid feel throughout. The LP includes an amazing 13 minute take on his cut "Manuel Deeghit", plus a 7 minute version of "The Prophet", and a 6 minute version of Joao Donato's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Late 60's issue of a bunch of great Machito sides recorded by Norman Granz, with excellent soloists like Charlie Parker and Flip Phillips. Tracks include "Mambo", "Cancion", "Jazz", "Rhumba Abierta", "Havana Special", and "Fiesta Time". ... LP, Vinyl record album
Full-on funky backings for saxophonist Charles Williams – a set that almost has him in the same territory as Stanley Turrentine during his late 70s years on Fantasy Records, or Hank Crawford over at Kudu! The style here is a bit more lush than some of the other Mainstream Records dates of ... LP, Vinyl record album