Most of the records in my list are second hand (used) and their condition is described as follows:
Records in poor condition are not included in my list.
Sleeves are in the same condition as the LP, unless I describe the sleeve condition:
Please email me ask me if you want more information about a sleeve.
I am aiming to provide reliably graded records, & I examine records very carefully.
All visible marks are tested on my Garrard 401 turntable to see if they sound.
Different equipment may produce different results, and I aim to provide enough guidance on record condition for you to choose the condition you find acceptable.
As a rule of thumb, I expect records graded NM, NM-, or VG++ to sound perfect, unless I mention a problem. Experienced collectors will know that early pressings often have more surface noise than later issues.
All vinyl records, however well cared for, gradually accumulate dust in the grooves, resulting in "ticky" noises even on LPs that look perfect.
I have a Keith Monks Record Cleaning Machine, which gently brushes each side of the LP with a mixture of alcohol & distilled water, and then vacuums off the fluid and dirt giving a very much quieter surface.
Unless you have access to a record cleaning machine yourself I recommend you to ask me to clean your records before despatching them. The charge of £3.00 per LP includes a new inner sleeve.