Prog Rock Band YES. - Tormato lp with insert
Record Grading Details
Theseare absolutely perfect in every way. Often rumored but rarely seen,Mint should never be used as a grade unless more than one personagrees that the record or sleeve truly is in this condition. There isno set percentage of the Near Mint value these can bring; it is bestnegotiated between buyer and seller.
NEARMINT (NM OR M-)
Agood description of a NM record is “it looks like it just came froma retail store and it was opened for the first time.” In otherwords, it’s nearly perfect. Many dealers won’t use a grade higherthan this, implying (perhaps correctly) that no record or sleeve isever truly perfect.
NMrecords are shiny, with no visible defects. Writing, stickers orother markings cannot appear on the label, nor can any “spindlemarks” from someone trying to blindly put the record on theturntable. Major factory defects also must be absent; a record andlabel obviously pressed off center is not Near Mint. If played, itwill do so with no surface noise. (NM records don’t have to be“never played”; a record used on an excellent turntable canremain NM after many plays if the disc is properly cared for.)
NMcovers are free of creases, ring wear and seam splits of any kind.
VERYGOOD PLUS (VG+)/ or EXCELLENT (E)
Agood description of a VG+ record is “except for a couple minorthings, this would be Near Mint.” VG+records may show some slight signs of wear, including light scuffs orvery light scratches that do not affect the listening experience.Slight warps that do not affect the sound are OK. Minor signs ofhandling are OK, too, such as telltale marks around the center hole,but repeated playing has not misshapen the hole. There may be somevery light ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barelynoticeable.
VG+covers should have only minor wear. A VG+ cover might have some veryminor seam wear or a split (less than one inch long) at the bottom,the most vulnerable location. Also, a VG+ cover may have somedefacing, such as a cut-out marking. Covers with cut-out markings cannever be considered Near Mint.
Formany listeners, a VG record or sleeve will be worth the money.
VGrecords have more obvious flaws than their counterparts in bettershape. They lack most of the original gloss found on factory-freshrecords. Groove wear is evident on sight, as are light scratches deepenough to feel with a fingernail. When played, a VG record hassurface noise, and some scratches may be audible, especially in softpassages and during a song’s intro and ending. But the noise willnot overpower the music otherwise.
Minorwriting, tape or a sticker can detract from the label. Manycollectors who have jukeboxes will use VG records in them and notthink twice. They remain a fine listening experience, just not thesame as if it were in better shape.
VGcovers will have many signs of human handling. Ring wear in themiddle or along the edges of the cover where the edge of a recordwould reside, is obvious, though not overwhelming. Some more creasesmight be visible. Seam splitting will be more obvious; it may appearon all three sides, though it won’t be obvious upon looking.Someone might have written or it or stamped a price tag on it, too.
Good(G), Good Plus (G+) or Very Good Minus (VG–)
Gooddoes not mean bad! The record still plays through without skipping,so it can serve as filler until something better comes along. But ithas significant surface noise and groove wear, and the label is worn,with significant ring wear, heavy writing, or obvious damage causedby someone trying to remove tape or stickers and failing miserably. AGood to VG– cover has ring wear to the point of distraction, hasseam splits obvious on sight and may have even heavier writing, suchas, for example, huge radio station letters written across the frontto deter theft.
POOR(P)/ and Fair (F)
Recordsare cracked, impossibly warped, or skip and/or repeat when an attemptis made to play them. Covers are so heavily damaged that you almostwant to cry.
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