Ars Antiqua

A Word About Grading

All of our records are visually graded according to the scale below.

Grade Key

A or A-
+ or -
=   Factory Sealed
=   New (open but unplayed)
=   Excellent (should play as new)
=   Good (light marks may or may not cause slight surface noise)
=   Average (a few light scratches will be present and may cause tickeing)
=   Fair (quite worn and should be considered a filler copy)
=   Grading Category Modifiers

Abbreviations Pertaining to LPs

* = stereo D = digital d = digitally remastered Q = quad
e = electronic stereo ! = first time offered nj = no jacket rj = replacement jacket
cwd = cover water damage mcu = may clean up: possible upgrade by half grade if cleaned lib = library copy: may contain labels or other markings c/o or coh = cut out (hole in corner or cut corner)
bbl(s) = bubble(s) EP = early pressing MP = middle pressing LP = late pressing
SD = shadded dog (RCA) WD = white dog (RCA) D = deluxe DP = Dutch pressing
CP = Canadian pressing rw = ring wear cc = cut corner Bergenfield = Bergenfield, NJ - Prestige label
6-eye = original Columbia label Lexington = original Blue Note address label West 63rd = West 63rd Blue Note label DG = deep groove
Verve = 1st label MGM = MGM Records Verve label (2nd pressing) DSM = David Stone Martin cover  

Abbreviations Pertaining to 78s

gr = greying ec = edge crack ntg = not to grooves
nd = needle dig lc = lamination crack (doesn't go all the way through the disk)

Abbreviations Pertaining to Wear/Stain on Jackets

slt = slight lt = light worn = greatest
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