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Grading

In a world that is increasingly focused on confort, collecting vinyls records is all about the immeasurable willingness to make an effort in exchange for a wonderful exerience.  

Jamwax uses the Goldmine Standard for grading the condition of the vinyl records. 


Mint (M)
Never been played, even still sealed.
Only used for Jamwax releases.

Near Mint (NM)

The vinyl will play perfectly, with no imperfections during playback. The record should show no obvious signs of wear.


Very Good Plus (VG+)

The vinyl will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Defects should be more of a cosmetic nature, not affecting the actual playback as a whole. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experiences.


Very Good (VG)
Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as with light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound.


Good (G), Good Plus (G+)
A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be played through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. While the record will be playable without skipping, noticeable surface noise and "ticks" will almost certainly accompany the playback.


Fair (F), Poor (P)
The record is cracked, badly warped, and won't play through without skipping or repeating.


 *****


A vinyl record is a high precision product. Follow theses suggestions will help you to keep it so.

Handling:
Handle with great care.
Avoid touching the playing surfaces.
Keep away from dust and heat.
Clean the record frequently by gently wiping with a soft damp cloth.
Replace the record in this container immediately after use.
Store in an even, moderate temperature.

Playing:
Vinyl must be played only on turntable with:
A light-weight pick up with a stylus weight of not more than 10 grams.
A microgroove sapphire or diamond stylus.
Sapphires should be examined for wear after approximately 100 playings.
Avoid dropping the pick-up on the record or motor board.
A worn or chipped stylus may damage your records permanently and will certainly impair the quality of the reproduction.

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