We look at many sources for our records and CDs. We do a visual inspection before we buy. In essence this is a visual grading. Any other record seller that tells you they are visually grading their records, the process stops here.
After purchase, we clean vinyl records twice. The first cleaning we do with the our new ultrasonic record cleaner. Almost every expert agrees that the ultrasonic vinyl cleaning process performs better than any other process for cleaning records. We can and do clean four records at a time using our own developed record cleaning fluid using just three ingredients: 99.9% pure isopropyl alcohol, distilled water, and Triton X-
The second cleaning is done with a Record Doctor V. This device is a vacuuming record cleaner. We put a line of our cleaning fluid on a record. We then manually rotate the record with one hand while holding an special record cleaning brush in place. Because we turn the record manually, we are able to rotate the record both directions resulting in a more effective cleaning. Then we flip the record over. While slowly spinning the record, we turn on the vacuum. We rotate the record four turns to let the vacuum pull away any residual dirt or lint plus dry the vinyl.
We place the clean record in a brand new, anti-
Next, we take pictures of all aspects of the record including:
The inner gatefold if any
Included booklet samples
Sleeves with pictures
Pictures of all record sides under intense light
Now personally, most pictures on Ebay leave a lot to be desired. We try to take pictures that will help you decide the visual quality of the cover and vinyl. Most sellers on Ebay basically say "trust us." That is fine and we may look at that once we are a more established seller.
The next step is to play or more exactly listen grade the vinyl. We have two stations to do this. For a limited time we digitize the vinyl while listening to it play (ask us why) and moderate to high audio volumes to do this step. We listen for surface noise, pops, skips, the highs and lows of the music in order to know how it sounds. Based on what we hear, we create a record grade from "P"=poor to "NM" near mint. We also visually grade the cover under bright light. We record our comments for putting as a description for eBay. Remember, in our system we don't account for time. If we declare an album from 1970 as NM we mean it will sound and play just like a record you bought brand new, opened, and started playing. The idea that Mint records exist out there is a farce. Even if I buy a sealed copy of an album I do not know if it is mint. I recently bought a 180 gram vinyl record that when I opened it had all kinds of vinyl and paper detritus already on the vinyl.
Next we build the listing and list it on eBay.
Once you buy the record, we put it in a real record mailer. We reuse record mailers because we believe that the first step of recycle is to reuse. We check the stability, cleanliness, and suitability of the box. If we don't have any reusable record mailers, we put your vinyl in a brand new mailer. We never kludge together a shipping mailer as some others do. We add a layer of stiff cardboard above and below the album again using cut-
Finally, we go in and give you your deserved positive feedback.