Up for sale is a Gong Camembert Electrique vinyl LP released on Actuel/BYG Records BYG-529 353 A/B -- there is also some names written on the deax wax, I think the first one is Ruben Pierre and the second one is Raputin . Grading as follows:
Jacket: Strong VG :: Two minor edge laminate creases on the front cover. Light shelf wear. Spine is crisp and clean. No seam splits or writing. No bubbling or pinching on any of the laminate. Crisp clean edges all around. Includes both inserts in what I d grade EX condition.
Record: VG /VG :: Strong glossy sheen on both sides, very light groovewear evident upon close inspection. Only very faint signs of handling or wear on either side -- virtually no scratches or scuffs to be seen on either side. Lead in dead wax is very clean with no hazing. Labels on both sides have some minor bubbling and only the faintest sign of spindle wear around the holes. I play-tested a few random passages and the lead-in on both sides and it sounded very clean, with surface noise minimal to none on playback. This hasn t been fully play-tested, I just can t sit through a full Gong record, no offense.
Goldmine Grading System:
NEAR MINT NM OR M-
A good description of a NM record is it looks like it just came from a retail store and it was opened for the first time. In other words, it s nearly perfect. Many dealers won t use a grade higher than this, implying perhaps correctly that no record or sleeve is ever truly perfect.
NM records are shiny, with no visible defects. Writing, stickers or other markings cannot appear on the label, nor can any spindle marks from someone trying to blindly put the record on the turntable. Major factory defects also must be absent a record and label obviously pressed off center is not Near Mint. If played, it will do so with no surface noise. NM records don t have to be never played a record used on an excellent turntable can remain NM after many plays if the disc is properly cared for.
NM covers are free of creases, ring wear and seam splits of any kind.
NOTE: These are high standards, and they are not on a sliding scale. A record or sleeve from the 1950s must meet the same standards as one from the 1990s or 2000s to be Near Mint It s estimated that no more than 2 to 4 percent of all records remaining from the 1950s and 1960s are truly Near Mint. This is why they fetch such high prices, even for more common items.
Don t assume your records are Near Mint. They must meet these standards to qualify
VERY GOOD PLUS VG
or EXCELLENT E
A good description of a VG record is except for a couple minor things, this would be Near Mint. Most collectors, especially those who want to play their records, will be happy with a VG record, especially if it toward the high end of the grade sometimes called VG or E .
VG records may show some slight signs of wear, including light scuffs or very light scratches that do not affect the listening experience. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are OK. Minor signs of handling are OK, too, such as telltale marks around the center hole, but repeated playing has not misshapen the hole. There may be some very light ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable.
VG covers should have only minor wear. A VG cover might have some very minor seam wear or a split less than one inch long at the bottom, the most vulnerable location. Also, a VG cover may have some defacing, such as a cut-out marking. Covers with cut-out markings can never be considered Near Mint.
Very Good VG
Many of the imperfections found on a VG record are more obvious on a VG record. That said, VG records which usually sell for no more than 25 percent of a NM record are among the biggest bargains in record collecting, because most of the big money goes for more perfect copies. For many listeners, a VG record or sleeve will be worth the money.
VG records have more obvious flaws than their counterparts in better shape. They lack most of the original gloss found on factory-fresh records. Groove wear is evident on sight, as are light scratches deep enough to feel with a fingernail. When played, a VG record has surface noise, and some scratches may be audible, especially in soft passages and during a song s intro and ending. But the noise will not overpower the music otherwise.
Minor writing, tape or a sticker can detract from the label. Many collectors who have jukeboxes will use VG records in them and not think twice. They remain a fine listening experience, just not the same as if it were in better shape.
VG covers will have many signs of human handling. Ring wear in the middle or along the edges of the cover where the edge of a record would reside, is obvious, though not overwhelming. Some more creases might be visible. Seam splitting will be more obvious it may appear on all three sides, though it won t be obvious upon looking. Someone might have written or it or stamped a price tag on it, too.
Good G ,
Good Plus G
or Very Good Minus VG
These records go for 10 to 15 percent of the Near Mint value, if you are lucky.
Good does not mean bad The record still plays through without skipping, so it can serve as filler until something better comes along. But it has significant surface noise and groove wear, and the label is worn, with significant ring wear, heavy writing, or obvious damage caused by someone trying to remove tape or stickers and failing miserably. A Good to VG cover has ring wear to the point of distraction, has seam splits obvious on sight and may have even heavier writing, such as, for example, huge radio station letters written across the front to deter theft.
If the item is common, it s probably better to pass it up. But if you ve been seeking it for a long time, get it cheap and look to upgrade.
and Fair F
Poor P and Fair F records go for 0 to 5 percent of the Near Mint value, if they go at all. More likely, they end up going in the trash. Records are cracked, impossibly warped, or skip and/or repeat when an attempt is made to play them. Covers are so heavily damaged that you almost want to cry.
Only the most outrageously rare items ever sell for more than a few cents in this condition again, if they sell at all.
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