Second Hand Vinyl Grading

9 May 2017

  • Excellent (EX)

A nearly perfect record. We seldom grade anything to Excellent unless we know it's as though it's never been played and is cosmetically perfect.

  • Very Good Plus (VG+)


A Very Good Plus record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Over 80% of our records that are listed are in this category. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect playing, or slight warps that do not affect the sound.
The label may have some spindle marks or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. We also consider the age of the record - if it's forty or fifty years old there will be a little more latitude than that given to a recent pressing.

LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turned up corners, or a slight seam split. An LP cover may have slight signs of wear also and some may have a cut-out hole, Promo or DJ Copy stamp or sticker. They generally won't have any writing and if so, it's minor and not on the front cover.

In general, most people will find a Very Good Plus record highly acceptable.

  • Very Good (VG)

Some of the defects in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear may be noticeable, and there may be the odd click. Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached.

Covers may be creased, have ring wear, fraying, have relatively minor writing, tape or sticker marks, or seam splits. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time..

  • Good (G), Good Plus (G+)


These are our lowest gradings except for the odd record that would be worth a small fortune if mint. A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be put onto a turntable and will play through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise and scratches and visible groove wear.


A cover or sleeve may have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects will start to overwhelm the object.

We don't usually offer common records in this condition, those get fast-tracked to our sale bins. Pass it up unless it's something you have been seeking for years and you want it as a placeholder, and the price is right, but keep looking to upgrade.

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