PINK FLOYD THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN 1st UK PRESS, FULLY PLAY-GRADED EX/EX+

Sold Date: August 4, 2022
Start Date: August 1, 2022
Final Price: £599.00 (GBP)
Seller Feedback: 4167
Buyer Feedback: 3921


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This is an original mono 1st pressing bought in the UK at the time of first release. It is not a reissue.

This has the following matrix numbers:

Side one: XAX 3419-2

Side two: XAX 3420-1

Description
Disc: The vinyl looks great and has retained its original sheen with just a few small or light marks visible on each side in normal light and some additional ultra-fine hairlines and sleeve-removal lines when viewed under bright, direct light. I have played the entire record from start to finish on dedicated mono equipment* and the whole thing sounds superb with almost nothing to report. There is some quiet background noise in some of the fades, silent grooves and intros, possibly a few tiny (barely audible) tics, and a handful of places where I heard a couple of random clicks, but there is absolutely nothing significant anywhere. It can be very hard to find an original pressing of this album that sounds as good as this, and this is definitely among the best I've heard. The whole thing was a pleasure to listen to. I would have no hesitation to play-grade both sides as a SAFE Excellent (Ex) or better, (i.e, especially for side one, close to Ex+).

Labels: No tears, stickers, writing etc, just some spindle marking.

Sleeve: The sleeve has a few creases near the edges, opening and corners and some minor marks on the unlaminated rear, but this is a well-above-average example. The only issue to mention is a neat repair to a small split in the top seam, but this has been done very well and I doubt that anyone would even notice it was there, unless they were actively looking for it (see final photo).

Inner sleeve: Nice example with no splits, tears or issues.

Detracting features not covered above:  None.

All photographs are of the actual item for sale. Please ask any questions before you bid or buy

*This is a mono record. Based on the assumption that anybody buying this record to play it, will have the right equipment to listen to it, I have play-graded this record on dedicated mono equipment. The play-grade and description is based on how this record sounds when played on mono equipment. Playing a mono record on stereo equipment may result in a lower grading.

The gradings given are based on the UK Record Collector grading system (see below).

I use the UK RECORD COLLECTOR GRADING SYSTEM. This grading system differs from some other grading systems, in particular the Goldmine grading system. Please make sure that you are familiar with the UK record collector grading system before you bid.

Mint: The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.

Excellent: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packag­ing might have slight wear and/or creasing.

Very Good: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable sur­face marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.

Good: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discoloration, etc.

Fair: The record is still just playable but has not been cared for prop­erly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump. The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced.

Poor: The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing.

Bad: The record is unplayable or might even be broken, and is only of use as a collection-filler.

Plus (+) or Minus (-) are added where items fall between gradings. I only ever use one plus or minus.

 

P&P costs as follows:

 

UK:

First LP or 12" record = £5.90, each additional item no extra P&P charge.

First 7" record = £3.95, each additional item no extra P&P charge.

 

Europe:

First LP or 12" record = £14.95, each additional item = an extra £2.20 P&P charge.

First 7" record = £11.95, each additional item = an extra £1.00 P&P charge.

 

Rest of the world:

First LP or 12" record = £24.95, each additional item = an extra £2.20 P&P charge.

First 7" record = £14.95, each additional item = an extra £1.00 P&P charge.