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Grading records is a contentious subject so all I can do, is the way I think is correct. I strive to get every record as described, but I am sure on occasions I may not always get it right and therefore if you feel you are not satisfied, please contact me to discuss and I would endeavour to put things right. I do not grade M or M-. EX is my top grade and this is awarded to records that are brand new or records which have had minimal play. 

This is only a guide and anything else I feel necessary I will describe.  

Excellent. The record is in brand condition or minimal plays with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and extra items such as lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. 

Excellent- The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.

Very Good++ The record has been played quite a few times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite some light surface marks and occasional scratches with the odd pop and crackle. Normal wear and tear on the sleeves and cover without any major defects is acceptable.

Very Good + The record has been played many times, but displays no real major deterioration in sound quality, despite some light surface marks and occasional scratches. Might be a few crackles and pops. Normal wear and tear on the sleeves and cover without any major defects is acceptable.

Very Good. The record has been played so much that there may be some distortion and displays deterioration in sound quality. The covers may well suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discolouration. Normal wear and tear on the sleeves and cover without any major defects is acceptable.

Good. The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated. Perhaps with some distortion and major scratches. The covers could be stained, torn and or/defaced. 
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