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Record Gradings (All records are graded visually only unless otherwise stated.)  NOTE: All records with vinyl gradings of VG or better should play without any significant fault, although use of a record cleaning machine is recommended).

MINT (M): Record as new and still sealed or unplayed.

NEAR MINT (NM): Both sleeve and vinyl appear in superb condition with no visual damage.

EXCELLENT (EX): Sleeve may have some very slight wear and vinyl may have some very slight surface marks.

VERY GOOD (VG): Sleeve will have some normal wear and tear without any major defects and vinyl will have noticeable surface marks and the occassional
light scratch.

GOOD (G): Sleeve and contents will suffer from folding, scuffing and/ or edge splits, discoloration etc.  Vinyl will have numerous surface marks/ light scratches.

FAIR (F): The sleeve has serious damage- major tears, staining etc.  Vinyl will have serious damage- deep scratches etc.  Records in this condition will be collection-fillers only.

The symbols (+) or (-) are used to indicate condition somewhere inbetween the above categories.  For the gradings in the catalogue, the condition of the sleeve is graded first and the vinyl second.  For instance a record graded as VG/EX will have a sleeve in VERY GOOD condition and vinyl in EXCELLENT condition according to the above grading categories. 

Records are not cleaned prior to despactch although it should be noted that most vinyl records will benefit from cleaning prior to playing to remove the dirt in the grooves that can cause pops, clicks and crackling. This especially applies to older records. Cleaning is preferably undertaken by use of a record cleaning machine for optimum effect.

Key to general abbreviations used in the catalogue (scroll down for orchestra abbreviations)

AMG- All Music Guide

AY- Age yellowingBK- Booklet

BSS- Bottom edge seam split

CO- Cut-out to sleeve

CCO- Corner cut off sleeve

DPS- Damage to front sleeve where price sticker removed

DRPS- Damage to rear sleeve where sticker removed

DSC- Discolouration/ fading to sleeve
ED1- 1st Decca wide band grooved label
ED2- 2nd Decca wide band grooved label
ED3- 3rd Decca wide band label- non-grooved
ELR- Ex-library record

EPS- Electronically reprocessed stereo
ER1- 1st semi-circle HMV label

ER2- 1st HMV coloured Postage Stamp label
ER3- Black & white HMV Postage Stamp label
ER4- 2nd HMV coloured Postage stamp label

ER5- Late semi-circle EMI label

ER7- HMV Melodiya label

ER8- Early b & w HMV Postage Stamp label (this label existed between ER2 & ER3)

EWP- Edge warp
EW1- White/gold HMV label

GFS- Gatefold sleeve

HP- Hole punched through sleeveINL- Inner leavesINS- Insert

LAS- Laminate separation
LI- Lyric inner or insert

LL- Laminate liftingLOL- Label on labelLOS- Label on sleeve

LS- Light scratch
NB- Narrow band

NSSM- Non-sounding surface mark

NWOBHM- New wave of British heavy metal
OG- Orange/gold label
OS- Orange/silver label

PI- Picture inner of insert

RD- Record dished

RW- Ring wear to sleeve

SOL- Sticker on labelSSS- Spine seam split
ST- Sleeve tear
TRS- Tape repair to sleeveTSS- Top edge seam split
WB- Wide band
WM- Watermark to sleeve
WOL- Writing on label
WOS- Writing on sleeve
WOFS- Writing on front sleeve
WORS- Writing on rear sleeve

WSM- Wispy surface marks

Orchestra abbreviations

ASMF- Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields
BBC SO- BBC Symphony Orchestra
BPO- Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
BOSO- Boston Symphony Orchestra
BRNO SPO- Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra
BRSO- Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
BSO- Berlin Symphony Orchestra
CBSO- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
CCO- Czech Chamber Orchestra
COA- Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
CPO- Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
CSO- Chicago Symphony Orchestra
ECO- English Chamber Orchestra
ERSO- Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
FRNO- French National Radio Orchestra
HCO- Hungarian Chamber Orchestra
HSO- Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
IPO- Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
ISO- Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra
LEPO- Leningrad Philharmonic Orchrchestra
LEPSO- Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

LSO- London Symphony Orchestra

LPO- London Philharmonic Orchestra
LPSO- London Proms Symphony Orchestra
LRO- Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
MCOO- Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
MCNOO- Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra
MSO- Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
MRSO- Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
NPO- New Philharmonia Orchestra
NSO- New Symphony Orchestra
NYPO- New York Philharmonic Orchestra
PAO- Pro Arte Orchestra
PCO- Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
PO- Philharmonia Orchestra
PPO- Philharmonia Promenade Orchestra
PSO- Prague Symphony Orchestra
PRSO- Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
RLPO- Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
ROHO- Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
RPO- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
SCO- Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
SD- Staatskapelle Dresden
SFSO- San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
SNO- Scottish National Orchestra
SWGRO- Southwest German Radio Orchestra
USSR SO- USSR Symphony Orchestra
VPMO- Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra
VPO- Vienna Philharmonia Orchestra
VSOO- Vienna State Opera Orchestra
VSO- Vienna Symphony Orchestra
VVO- Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
WCO- Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
WNOO- Welsh National Opera Orchestra