RECORD GRADING ABBREVIATIONS:
N: NEW. Unplayed MINT record. Surface shows no sign of wear or blemish. No spindle marks around the center hole.
NM: NEAR MINT. Almost a new record. Record has been played only a few times.
E: EXCELLENT. Surface shows only slightest wear. Minimum surface noise. Record is visibly not new, but relatively
V or VG: VERY GOOD. Visible wear. Some surface noise,
but signal to noise ratio favorable, and listening enjoyable.
G: GOOD. More pronounced wear and surface noise. Listening still enjoyable.
F: FAIR. Great wear and/or surface marring. Noise objectionable and approaching level of recorded sound. Listening
uncomfortable and requires effort.
P: POOR. Badly worn or deteriorated surface. Noise equal to or greater than recorded sound.
PLEASE NOTE: A "+" or "-" after the grade means a bit better or a bit worse than the condition indicated.
DEFECT AND/OR DAMAGE ABBREVIATIONS:
DIG: A pit in the playing surface caused by the needle in a dropped tone arm.
P-DIG: A passing dig. May or may not be audible, but doesn't cause the record to lock or repeat in the groove.
ECNAP: Edge chip not affecting play. Chip in the outer rim but not extending into the grooves.
EFNAP: Edge flake not affecting play. Flake in the outer rim but not extending into the grooves.
EC3G: Edge chip extends into playing surface. Number indicates number of grooves affected.
EFEG: Edge flake extends into playing surface. Number indicates number of grooves affected.
ECR 1": Edge crack from outer rim. Number indicates length of crack.
CTR CR 1": Crack that starts at center hole. Number indicates length of crack.
HC: Hair crack. Faint crack with entire playing surface intact. Only slightly audible.
LAM: Lamination crack in the playing surface of a laminated pressing. Flaw can be just a visible line that occurred
at time of pressing.
CRES: Crescent shaped crack. Area within crack is still secure to record and is not loose.
STAR CR: Star crack beginning at center hole, but not extending beyond label area.
PR MAR: Pressure marks are the imprint of other records, crinkled sleeves, or any other object, that came in contact
with the record surface while stored under hot conditions.
BUBBLE: Raised "bump" in surface of playing surface. The surface of these bubble have a tendency to flake off
with time. Common in Decca pressings.
SCUFFS: Scuffs are lines or areas of very light abrasion on the playing surface cause by another object sliding across
SOL: Sticker on label. Usually personalized with owner's name or filing number. May be a tax stamp on Parlophone labels.
WOL: Writing on label. Could be pencil, pen, permanent marker or wax pencil.
MOL: Marking on label. Could be letters or numbers scratched or etched into label.
TOL: Tape on label. Could be surgical tape or Scotch tape. Removing this tape usually leaves a stain, sticky residue
or results in an area of the label being torn away.
DJ: Label indicates copy was promotional, not for sale, advance release, or for DJ. Usually label is white, yellow or
orange. Often a vinyl 78 rpm.
LF: Label is faded.
LT: Label is torn.