||Near Mint : Vinyl is near perfect. At most, a light scuff appears on the record, but
it should play without any noise or skips. The record sleeve should also
be near perfect with only minor signs of wear. There should be no "ring
wear" on the cover. (Ring wear is when the outline of the record inside
shows through the sleeve.)
||Excellent : Vinyl should still play with no skips of any kind. There can be some very
minor surface scuffs, but they should not affect the sound quality. The
record sleeve can have some minor ring wear but it should be mostly in
good shape. Also, there can be some minor creases in the corners but no
splits in the seams.
||Very Good : Vinyl doesn't necessarily look good, but still plays well enough. Surface
noise will probably be present, including pops and clicks. At higher volume
levels, the music should overpower any pops and clicks present. There may
be seam splitting, but not complete separation of the sleeve panels from
each other. There will be noticeable ring wear on the cover, but the cover
should for the most part still be in good condition.
||Good : Vinyl is well played and looks it. However, the record should still play
without skipping. It will have substantial surface noise, pops and clicks.
Loss of various parts of the dynamic range will occur due to worn grooves.
This grade depends a lot on the owner and the type of records he or she
collects. A rock record may still sound ok at a high volume, but quieter
styles of music will be practically unlistenable. The record cover may
have many problems including seam splits, tears, and writing on it.