If you have a more than a few vinyl records, you may well be pretty particular with them. Whether you’re a collector or you want to have a sense of where your vintage double vinyl Tusk albums are as glorious as you think they are, grading can help. Here’s more from Your Sound Matters:
By far the most established and widely used grading system for judging the condition of records is the Goldmine Standard. This is the same system used by marketplaces like Discogs, which is generally the same system used across eBay and many used record stores. In most cases, you will find a grading system either the same, or very similar to this method. So for the purpose of this article, we will refer to the Goldmine system.
A grade is generally given to the record and sleeve, respectively, as there will often be discrepancies between each piece. If an album is graded VG for the cover and VG+ for the record, Goldmine will work out a single grade by adding the two values together and dividing it by two. This process will get you a rough value of a mixed grade LP. Some go through this process; others do not. All the same, assessing the disk and the cover separate is crucial.
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