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"Mint" condition - my definition

An example of an LP in mint condition
An example of an LP in mint condition
An example of an LP in mint condition
An example of an LP in mint condition
An example of an LP in mint condition
An example of an LP in mint condition

Hundreds of images such as those above can be viewed at my Picasa image gallery here.
A note about LP condition: I have received several questions about my description of LPs being in mint or like new condition. Nearly all of the LPs I offer for sale were supplied to me by classical music radio stations that either had gone out of business or were making room for the switch over to CDs. Even though the cellophane wrapping is missing, these LPs are, in fact, in brand new, mint condition. The reason: major record labels provided the albums to the radio stations for promotional purposes, and one condition for the transfer was the removal of the plastic wrap. In almost all cases, the LPs themselves were never handled or played.

I have received several inquiries about the definition of "mint" (as in "mint" condition).

Opinions differ about what sort of LP, other than that which is still sealed in its original cellophane or plastic wrapping, should be classified as being in "mint" condition.

I classify as "mint" any LP which looks like it has, for the first time, been removed from the sleeve. (If one reviews the condition of thousands and thousands of records, it becomes clear over time when the plastic of a sleeve, or that at the center of a paper sleeve, is pressed against the LP in a manner which indicates clearly that the LP in question has never been removed from its liner.) There should be no spindle markings on the label, and no blemishes visible on the disc, which in turn should be glossy and completely pristine. The label should be completely intact, with no markings. The vinyl should glisten brightly when held under a lamp and close inspection in the reflection of the light will reveal no scuffs whatsoever. There should be no fingerprints or even a hint of a smudge or imperfection.

It also is worth remembering that promotional LPs (provided to radio stations, for example) were at one time either not wrapped in cellophane or, if they were indeed wrapped, were opened just prior to being supplied (presumably as part of the arrangement between the music company and the radio station's owners). There are numerous reputable merchants that classify vinyl of this quality as "mint-minus," or "mint-."

Often while the disc will be in like new, pristine, and perfect condition, the slipcase will not. This is why I have separate classifications for the two album components.

I have for sale here several hundred such LPs, and have sold hundreds as well. You may feel completely confident that what I am offering for sale in fact is in perfect, pristine, "mint" condition.

If there is any question in your mind, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be glad to provide additional photos upon request. I have excellent references from quality-conscious customers all over the world and and will be glad to provide them as well.

Thank you for visiting my store. Regards, David