LED ZEPPELIN I, 1st UK PRESS RED PLUM SUPERHYPE, UNCORRECTED MATRIXES, TURQUOISE

Sold Date: April 14, 2019
Start Date: April 5, 2019
Final Price: £899.00 (GBP)
Seller Feedback: 3647
Buyer Feedback: 31


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This is the first UK pressing of Led Zeppelin's debut album.
It has Superhype credits on the labels, uncorrected matrix numbers and the famous turquoise text on the cover.
The cover has various signs of age and use, including creases and wear etc, but is intact and complete. There are creases near both opening edges, some laminate lift near the spine, horizontal creases/cracks around the spine and a couple of small tears at the openings (one on either side, both less than 1cm). The top corner at the opening has worn through to a small (1cm) corner split, and a very tiny one (just a few millimeters) is at the bottom opening corner. There are no other splits to any of the seams. There is a worn area at the centre of the spine, although it is NOT a split.
The playing surfaces of the vinyl show lots of marks, scuffs, lines etc, many of which LOOK quite prominent, but surprisingly, despite its appearance, the record plays to a high standard. I have played both sides of the album (twice - once through the speakers and once through headphones) and was impressed at how well it played, in spite of the numerous marks on the disc. There is some background noise and crackle in the quiet parts and the run-ins/outs, fades, silent grooves and intros, and a few places where you get some short-lived clicks, but there is nothing overpowering anywhere. The only tracks with any noteworthy issues that warrant specific mention were 'Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You' which had some more obvious clicks than other tracks, and 'Your Time is Gonna Come' which had some brief noise during the quiet organ intro. Obviously, listening through headphones revealed a bit more extraneous noise than listening through the speakers but on neither play-through did I hear anything that would warrant play-grading below Very Good, and side two, especially when played out loud sounded Excellent for the majority of the side. I'm going to be cautious, because of how the album looks, and give it an overall play-grading of Very Good (VG), but much of it is considerably better than that. This is a play-grading, based on how the record sounds. A visual grading would be lower.

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Information about descriptions and gradings.
My items are always described accurately and fairly. I always do my best to point out any blemishes which might detract from the item and all photographs are of the actual item you will get. I am aware that different grading systems have different definitions and so I try as much as possible to describe items in plain English, rather than simply using gradings. Where gradings are given these are based on 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.

Visually-graded vinyl vs play-graded vinyl: Many people collect vinyl and never play it, whereas other people collect records because they want to play them. A visual grading will identify physical flaws (such as scratches) and can help determine whether a record has been cared-for properly, but it will not identify noise or crackle caused by non-visible sources. Most vintage records are likely to have some background noise even if they look perfect. I believe that records are for playing and so I try to play-grade records whenever possible. I always state in the listing if I have played a record prior to listing it. If I have play-graded the record I will usually only give a brief description of how the record looks (i.e. not a visual grading). The grading in the listing will be a play-grading and may be slightly different from the grading that the record would receive from a purely visual inspection. Most vintage records are not 100% perfectly flat and so I will only mention this aspect if it is very significant or has an impact on the way the record sounds. If I haven't play-graded the record, it will be given a visual grading.

Play-grading MONO records: Mono records and stereo records have different grooves. A stereo record produces a stereo sound via both lateral and vertical groove modulation whereas a mono record is not intended to produce any sound from vertical modulation. Playing a mono record with a stereo cartridge will create distortion because it is trying to pick-up the vertical (stereo) part of the signal, whereas this is not intended to be heard on a mono record and so is just noise.  Using a pre-amp with a mono switch will eliminate the noise caused by vertical modulation leaving just the lateral groove signal which is how the record was intended to be heard. Based on the assumption that most people choosing to listen to a mono record will have the right equipment to listen to it, I play all mono records via a pre-amp with a mono switch.  My play-grading is based on how the record sounds when played through a mono switch. If you do not have a mono switch on your amp or pre-amp you will be reproducing the noise from the vertical part of the signal and so the record will not sound as good. This is not any fault of the record, it is inherent to playing any mono record through a system that it was not designed for.

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Sending items costs more than just the stamps on the package, but I try not to charge more for packing and posting your item than it actually costs me to do so. I need to cover the cost of packing materials, plastic sleeves, new inner sleeves (where applicable), transportation, fees and charges associated with sending the item (including fees incurred to receive the cost of postage and, where applicable, currency exchange) etc. To cover some of these expenses I add a nominal figure to the basic cost charged at the post office athough the actual cost to me is always higher than this. I do not view P&P costs as a means of making money.

To quote an exact cost for every LP is difficult because of the wide variance in weight (e.g. Abbey Road weighs around 230 grams whereas Led Zeppelin III weighs around 390 grams). But the majority of single LPs, when packed, will weigh around 550 grams and I have based my P&P rates on this.

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UK P&P costs

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UK Standard service - Items valued up to £20 are sent using either Hermes courier or Royal Mail Second class. Usually delivered within 3-5 days of despatch. The cost is £3.95.

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Airmail (tracked and/or signed) to any country OUTSIDE the UK

 

Overseas orders will ONLY be sent tracked and/or signed.

Europe

First LP or 12" = £13.60, each additional LP or 12" add £2.20.


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First LP or 12" = £17.50, each additional LP or 12" add £3.80.

 

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