GRADING THE RECORDS:
Records are graded by visual standards. In a few cases only we use aural graduation. When there is a doubt on some marks or for the rarest and high priced items; or simply for our collector's pleasure (to listen something before selling). In those cases we use two different Audio Systems detailed here.
Please note that every records are vacuum cleaned on a professional VPI system. When possible a new plastic inner sleeve is add or replace the original one (except for 10, 9, 7 inches or 45 r.p.m. because at the moment we have no new inner sleeve on those sizes).
When defining the grades we use the following abbreviations which are both used for Record and Jacket conditions…
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FIRST PRESSINGS, SECOND PRESSINGS & REISSUES
ANALOG-COLLECTOR always indicate the pressing details as Early Pressing, Second pressing or reissue. In most of cases if it's significant we add a short label description (like "Blue & Silver" for Early SAX labels, "Shaded Dog" for Early LSC Series or "Wide Band/ Early Groove Label" for DECCA SXL early 2000 series…
Record Label Abbreviations
"B&S" : Blue & Silver Early Columbia SAX pressing "Red Note" : 2 nd Columbia SAX pressing
"W&G" : White & Gold Early HMV ASD pressing "Semi-Circle" : 2 nd HMV ASD pressing
"BB" : Blue Back Border: Original back cover for early DECCA SXL 2000 series up to around SXL 2110.
"WB": Wide Band: Original label for DECCA SXL 2000 & early 6000 series up to around SXL 6450.
"Groove" : Groove in the label DECCA SXL 2000 & early 6000 series about number 6003.
"NB" : Narrow Band: Original DECCA SXL for late 6000 series from around 6450 to end.
"SD" : Shaded Dog : Early RCA "Living Stereo" LSC series.
"WD" : White Dog : Late RCA "Living Stereo" LSC series.
"FR" : Early MERCURY "Living Presence" SR 90000 series.
"RFR" : Early MERCURY "Living Presence" SR 90000 series.
"Selmer" : Early DUCRETET-THOMSON White & Gold label with Selmer Name.
"Dark blue label" : Early COLUMBIA FC, FCX, SAXF series.
"Semi-circle dog with silver letters" : Early VSM FALP, FBLP, ASDF series.
"Semi-circle dog with white letters" : second pressing or late original VSM FALP, FBLP, ASDF series.
Record Jacket Abbreviations
"DELUX jacket" : Deluxe Edition. For French Columbia, Voix de Son Maître
& Pathé, it comes with a dovel spine & the art cover was mostly designed by the Great french artist Cassandre.
"Gatefold cover" : Characteristic shape of jacket with folder.