May 15, 2018
Start Date: May 7, 2018
Final Price: £550.00 (GBP)
Seller Feedback: 1459
Buyer Feedback: 14
PLEASE NOTE: IN SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS IN MY LISTINGS YOU MAY SEE SLIGHT 'SHADOWING OR DARKER PATCHES' AND 'COLOUR INCONSISTENCIES'. THIS IS DUE TO EITHER AN ABERRATION OF MY CAMERA LENS OR CHANGING LIGHT CONDITIONS AND, UNLESS I MAKE A POINT OF STATING OTHERWISE, YOU CAN ASSUME THAT IN REALITY THESE DO NOT EXIST.
An Important Foreword Regarding Condition & Grading: Previous visitors to my listings will know that I offer albums which range from 'very good plus' to 'near mint' in terms of condition. I don’t restrict my offerings to just near mint, and I don’t just call everything great or excellent plus regardless of condition. Occasionally a rare album turns up which in some respects grades 'very good plus' but in other ways is outstanding so providing each of the features are individually and accurately graded - and I take great care with this - I am happy to offer it for sale. However, all vinyl albums I offer are at least highly presentable and deliver enjoyable audio, and most are much better than that. If you are intending to bid please read my comments, observations and individual gradings and check that you are satisfied before placing your bid.
Vinyl Cleaning: I use machine cleaning only when my ‘ear’ tells me that the audio performance has deteriorated by exposure over time and will obviously be returned closer to the original sound by using this method. If I think a vinyl will benefit from this I carry out the procedure with great care, but I do not clean vinyls for the sake of it - many I offer for sale have had little use and although there can be slight contamination in the grooves, even when new, that is the original authentic sound. My preferred method with little used vinyls is by soft ‘light touch’ hand brush with natural fine hair gently moved in the direction of the microgrooves. In all methods of cleaning I use a mild solution of isopropyl alcohol with a spot of gentle detergent to lubricate and clean the playing surfaces. I am aware that cleaning can be a controversial subject with vinyl collectors, audio purists and enthusiasts so I will state on each individual listing if, and how, the vinyl(s) have been cleaned just after the ‘Vinyl Visual Grade’.
Specific notes regarding grading and description: The first section of each listing summarises the album offered, contributors and format followed by the ‘provenance’ in terms of the matrix – mother – stamper trail which determines the ‘position’ of a record in the pressing process. The dedicated sections which follow explain why I consider the particular album to be rare and / or special, accompanied by my comments and observations, and then deals with the grading of each aspect of it accompanied by a brief description. My assessment of the appropriate grade for each component is based on Record Collector ‘Rare Record Price Guide 2018’. The essential ‘play grade’ and ‘audio performance’ report rounds up the description just prior to the ‘general notes’, which is the same on all of my listings. I hope that this layout, including the extensive photo gallery, will prevent bidders from overlooking key points in their evaluation. Please read the following description and take a careful look at the comprehensive photographs which show the actual item clearly and provide an informative and accurate representation.
When I mention age in my listings it is not an excuse for poor condition but as a matter of fact. I do not regard condition as age related, it is primarily dependent on care, and if you ever see something described as ‘good for its age’ I recommend you avoid it because more often than not it’s an excuse for something that has not been carefully used.
I do not use photographs to enhance albums; they are included as an aid to bidders and I always ‘frame’ the shots to highlight any flaws or blemishes – not to bleach out, obscure or avoid them. My photo galleries always feature photos taken from as many angles as reasonably possible, with ‘zoom’ and ‘enlarge’ facilities, because I want visitors to have the best opportunity to examine visual condition. I always request the maximum photo facility from the eBay system but I have noticed that on some occasions, presumably due to technical glitches, the ‘zoom’ and ‘enlarge’ does not work. If you ever have any difficulty obtaining satisfactory images from my listings please contact me via a message to the listing and I will send you more photographs as an attachment to my reply.
Album / Record Title: THE BEATLES aka THE WHITE ALBUM No. 0039252
Artiste(s): THE BEATLES – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Track Listing: Please see label photographs for full details
Produced By: George Martin
Cover maker / designer / format / construction: UK original first Limited Edition issue numbered 0039252 made by Garrod & Lofthouse International., concept by Richard Hamilton, photography by John Kelly, design by Richard Hamilton, double entry top loading gatefold with fold over flaps onto the left and right edges of the centre spread, heavy duty stiff card construction, fully laminated. N.B. It is worth noting that this particular example retains first rate structural integrity – these are often found with uneven / wavy surfaces, or misaligned and wrinkled, but this is outstanding in the way it has maintained straightness, flatness and rigidity.
Disc Format & Playing Speed: 2 x 12” LPs’ & 33 1/3 r.p.m.
Recording Format: MONO
Record label: ORIGINAL 'HALF' APPLE WITH DARK GREEN SIDE 1 / GREY-WHITE SIDE 2, ‘matt black lightly dimpled surround’ with ‘Sold in U.K.’ text, ‘Mfd. In U.K.’ text, ‘All Rights…’ & ‘Unauthorised Public Performance…’ text, NO EMI credits on any of the four labels and 'KT' purchase tax code embossed either side of the spindle hole on side 3. Please see photographs for full details noting that in reality all text is clean and clear whereas my studio lights can cause some of the text to look a little faded.
Catalogue Number(s): PMC 7067 & PMC 7068
Country of origin and first published date: U.K. 1968 (22nd. November)
Vinyl ‘run off’ matrix Record 1 side 1: XEX 709-1
Vinyl ‘run off’ matrix Record 1 side 2: XEX 710-1
Vinyl ‘run off’ matrix Record 2 side 3: XEX 711-1
Vinyl ‘run off’ matrix Record 2 side 4: XEX 712-1
Vinyl ‘run off’ mother Record 1 side 1: 1
Vinyl ‘run off’ mother Record 1 side 2: 2 (also a 6 under the 2)
Vinyl ‘run off’ mother Record 2 side 3: 5
Vinyl ‘run off’ mother Record 2 side 4: 1
Vinyl ‘run off’ stamper Record 1 side 1: RR
Vinyl ‘run off’ stamper Record 1 side 2: RM
Vinyl ‘run off’ stamper Record 2 side 3: TL
Vinyl ‘run off’ stamper Record 2 side 4: GGD
Vinyl ‘run off’ initials / cryptic / other Record 1 side 1: none visible
Vinyl ‘run off’ initials / cryptic / other Record 1 side 2: none visible
Vinyl ‘run off’ initials / cryptic / other Record 2 side 3: none visible
Vinyl ‘run off’ initials / cryptic / other Record 2 side 4: none visible
N.B. Please note that all matrices, mothers and stampers quoted in my listings are machine imprinted except where I state an alternative method next to them.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON AUTHENTICITY: BEFORE EXPLAINING MY OPINION OF RARITY AND DESCRIBING THE ALBUM I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT ALL OF THE COMPONENT PARTS OF THIS ALBUM ARE GUARANTEED TO BE UK ORIGINAL FIRST ISSUE FROM THE FIRST UK RELEASE IN NOVEMBER 1968 – NONE OF THE ALBUMS I OFFER EVER CONTAIN ANY MIXING & MATCHING, NO MODERN DAY REPLACEMENTS, NO FAKES, NO COUNTERFEITS.
Rarity / Observations / Comments: EXTREMELY RARE AS ONE OF THE EARLIEST ORIGINAL UNIQUELY NUMBERED COMPLETE UK FIRST MONO PRESS, FIRST ISSUE ALBUM IN NEAR EXCELLENT OR BETTER CONDITION THROUGHOUT – this one was so early in the release sequence of this great album that it could well have been alongside the very first one in the initial production run. There are a number of factors and features which justify UK pressed and numbered copies of ‘The White Album’ being described as rare. The outer cover designed by pop artist Richard Hamilton was an intentional contrast to it's predecessor, the vividly colourful 'Sgt. Pepper's', and a spoof on ‘limited editions’, being plain white and numbered - subsequently and ironically becoming one of the ‘largest limited editions’ ever produced. This is one of the earliest UK first pressings, first issues - the UK production capacity was about 100,000 per week, and advance orders were around 250,000, so at 0039252 it would have been made prior to the release date ready for distribution to the record shops on the first day of UK release. All of the numbered copies with the key first issue characteristics, described below, and which have survived in first rate condition like this - which are relatively few - have become especially collectable. Research suggests that about 5,000,000 numbered copies have been produced worldwide, and 30,000,000 sold in total – BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE UK ORIGINAL FIRST MONO PRESSING NUMBERED 0039252 AND THIS IS IT……….SO IT IS, BY ANY MEASURE, A VERY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE ALBUM.
In summary the outer Gatefold Cover is the original ‘mono’ top loader by Garrod & Lofthouse International; it is the heavier thick card only found on the first albums, which has a tendency to develop an ‘ivory’ tint as a result of exposure to daylight. This particular example has discoloured in that way and the photographs show a reasonably accurate representation of how it looks in reality. How you regard this discolouration is, of course, subjective but my opinion is that it is the same as any elegant ageing process which occurs with antiques or vintage collectables - it is not damage, and not detrimental – I think in a small measure, like this, it has a certain charm and adds to the authenticity. The title THE BEATLES is EMBOSSED under the laminate and angled slightly upward, all as it should be, on the bottom right quadrant of the front cover above the LIMITED EDITION NUMBER, in this case No. 0039252 - which is lightly INDENTED and angled slightly downwards. The UK ORIGINAL G & L gatefold cover has fold over flaps to the left and right edges of the centre spread; it is FULLY LAMINATED and printed on the spine with the title and catalogue numbers (the ‘stereo’ dedicated gatefolds have the ‘stereo’ designation on the back in the top right corner – obviously this earliest mono does not have that). N.B. I have handled a lot of 'White Albums' through the years and it is pertinent for me to emphasise that this is one of the better gatefolds I have had. Although not perfectly white, which as I have just explained is not particularly important to me, it has all the credentials of a first rate, high quality, vintage piece – it is well made, well preserved, looks good and feels good. There are very few indents, the laminate still retains a high gloss finish, the spine is in excellent condition with just linear splits in the laminate, but no spreading or peeling – the text is fully readable - and everything about this impressive original gatefold cover is reassuringly genuine.
The inner sleeves are soft BLACK paper single side die cut with one circular ‘window’ at the front and closed at the back, lightly textured internal surfaces and smoother outer surfaces.
Both HEAVY VINYLS (141 & 149 grammes – typical weights for the earliest first pressings of this album) in the ORIGINAL MONO format were pressed from the FIRST -1 -1 -1 -1 MATRIX SET THROUGH VERY EARLY MOTHERS AND STAMPERS – all of this information is machine imprinted into the vinyl run-off area on each side of the two records and reproduced above for your reference.
The original 'half' an apple labels are dark green on sides 1 & 3 and grey-white on sides 2 & 4, they have the ‘Sold in U. K.’ text and other text consistent with first pressings BUT OMITTING THE EMI CREDITS from all four sides in this case – this is also be interpreted by some people as an indication of an early press characteristics but, in my experience, the application of these appears to be random within the first production run and there are far more reliable and obvious indicators of early provenance.....such as the unique number, matrix sets, mothers and stampers.
The INSERTS are all present and correct - all FOUR PHOTOGRAPHS (each 20 x 29 centimetres or about 8 x 11.5 inches) on the original THICK PHOTO CARD - not the later thin card (THIS ONE EVEN HAS THE, USUALLY MISSING, ELUSIVE ORIGINAL PIECE OF PLAIN WHITE PAPER SUPPLIED TO PROTECT THE FRONT FACE OF THE TOP PHOTO WHEN THEY WERE STORED INSIDE THE GATEFOLD) – and the large PHOTO-MONTAGE with LYRIC SHEET on the back (size 57 x 87 centimetres or about 22.5 x 33.5 inches).
These uniquely numbered UK original first issues ‘in near excellent and better condition’ are quickly being locked into cherished collections and consequently fast diminishing in terms of availability. THIS IS A REALLY NICE EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE GREATEST CLASSICS - HIGHLY PRESENTABLE AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE EXAMPLE IN EVERY WAY and I recommend it to anybody who has a serious interest in having one to collect, play and enjoy.
MY GRADING OF THIS ALBUM based on Record Collector ‘Rare Record Price Guide 2018’ (**n.b. please note that I grade accurately backed up by a description. I neither over-exaggerate nor under-exaggerate. I see no point in grading an item with multiple ++++ marks, or under-grading it and then stating that it should be graded better - I consider these methods to be confusing. I use the Record Collector system with either TOWARDS PLUS or a FULL PLUS to indicate variations above a grade. I have dropped the ‘minus’ indicator in favour of the next full grade down because I find that many sellers use the ‘minus’ as a method of implying a higher grade than is strictly deserved and I do not want to want to be associated with that practise. I always include a full set of super-sized photographs to provide bidders with the best possible opportunity to make their own visual assessment of each album in conjunction with my detailed descriptions.
Cover – front surface: EXCELLENT TO PLUS ~ and a very impressive frontage with clean embossed title and clear 'unique number' - it has just the slight ivory discolouration I have discussed earlier in the listing and a small grey mark to the lower left of the embossed title which seems to be under the laminate and was probably there from new (small marks like this on the original card are not unusual), very few mini indents and fine surface scratches which are barely noticeable and relatively insignificant – please see photographs.
Cover – back surface: EXCELLENT TO PLUS ~ no significant faults, just the slight ivory discolouration, a small scratch top left corner, a few tiny and barely noticeable mini-indents and 'micro' spots – please see photographs.
Cover – corners: EXCELLENT ~ just some discolouration at the tips, very slight tip end rub wear and a mini bump on the corner at the bottom of the spine which, in reality, is not as noticeable as the photograph suggests – as you can see in the photographs.
Cover – left & right seams: EXCELLENT PLUS ~ no significant wear.
Cover – bottom seams: EXCELLENT PLUS~ no significant wear.
Cover – leading / entry edges: EXCELLENT ~ far better than most you will see (they are more often than not frayed and very dirty) these have just mini-indents and very slight pick up, otherwise they just show very minor signs of wear and are first rate.
Cover - centre spread: EXCELLENT PLUS ~ no significant flaws.
Cover – spine: VERY GOOD PLUS ~ which, in my experience is a highly respectable grade for a spine on a 'White Album' – they have a tendency to collect dust, through the open ends under the laminate, which compacts over time obscuring the text and causing them to go dark brown. Also, the laminate tends to split and peel along the length sometimes peeling and attracting significant discolouration. This one has avoided most of those pitfalls - there are some linear splits in the laminate, but it's not peeling, there is some 'browning' and a few small stains, but it has retained integrity, and, as you can see, the text remains readable.....overall this is a decent spine.
Cover – overall grade: EXCELLENT ~ and, in my opinion, a solid example of that grade - please see the full selection of photographs which illustrate the written description.
Vinyl Visual record 1 side 1: VERY GOOD TO PLUS ~ a very strict grading for visual and it should not be taken should as a measure of the audio quality which substantially outperforms the appearance. There are quite a lot of superficial surface scratches caused by bag movement and light stylus contact, some of them stretch across the playing surface – but nothing I can feel with light fingertip touch and there is nothing which has any significant affect on play or sound reproduction, which is brilliant – please read the play grade below for full details.
Vinyl Visual record 1 side 2: VERY GOOD TO PLUS ~ a very strict grading for visual and it should not be taken should as a measure of the audio quality which substantially outperforms the appearance. There are quite a lot of superficial surface scratches caused by bag movement and light stylus contact, some of them stretch across the playing surface – but nothing I can feel with light fingertip touch and there is nothing which has any significant affect on play or sound reproduction, which is brilliant – please read the play grade below for full details.
Vinyl Visual record 2 side 3: VERY GOOD TO PLUS ~ a very strict grading for visual and it should not be taken should as a measure of the audio quality which substantially outperforms the appearance. There are quite a lot of superficial surface scratches caused by bag movement and light stylus contact, some of them stretch across the playing surface – but nothing I can feel with light fingertip touch and there is nothing which has any significant affect on play or sound reproduction, which is brilliant – please read the play grade below for full details.
Vinyl Visual record 2 side 4: VERY GOOD TO PLUS ~ a very strict grading for visual and it should not be taken should as a measure of the audio quality which substantially outperforms the appearance. There are quite a lot of superficial surface scratches caused by bag movement and light stylus contact, some of them stretch across the playing surface – but nothing I can feel with light fingertip touch and there is nothing which has any significant affect on play or sound reproduction, which is brilliant – please read the play grade below for full details.
Vinyl Warp: nothing significant when eye tested on a moving turntable.
Vinyl Weight: record 1: 141 grammes & record 2: 149 grammes (two admirable APPLE heavyweights)
Vinyl Cleaning: By hand only, light touch soft brush, very little required.
Label Visual record 1 side 1: EXCELLENT TO PLUS ~ light spindle trace lines around the spindle hole, no extraneous marks or damage just a small scratch by the spindle hole, as you can see, which explains the slight adjustment to grade for this label.
Label Visual record 1 side 2: EXCELLENT PLUS ~ light spindle trace lines around the spindle hole, no extraneous marks or damage.
Label Visual record 2 side 3: EXCELLENT PLUS ~ light spindle trace lines around the spindle hole, no extraneous marks or damage.
Label Visual record 2 side 4: EXCELLENT PLUS ~ light spindle trace lines around the spindle hole, no extraneous marks or damage.
N.B. Please note that I make no adjustment or allowance in grading for minor marks, slight shrinkage marks, stretch marks / lines on labels, misalignment or marginal print bleed caused in original pressing; these features are quite normal and in my opinion are individual characteristics – not defects.
Inner Sleeves: EXCELLENT ~ a very nice pair of original first issue black inner sleeves made from their interior textured soft black paper. They are both remarkably well preserved – slight fraying, and one or two 'nicks' at the entry and circular 'window' edges but there are no seam splits or significant flaws – originals are rarely found as good as these (n.b. all records I sell are shipped in separate new plain white inners with removable anti-static liners – the 'empty' original inner sleeves are always included).
Photograph Inserts: EXCELLENT PLUS ~ apart from 'GEORGE' who, as you can see, has a hairline scratch running horizontally in his hair to the left of his left eye, they are very little different from how they would have been when new, just some very fine, barely visible, superficial surface scratches and couple of barely noticeable minor corner creases – this is a fine set of original photographs, probably as good as can be found these days. ALSO INCLUDES THE, USUALLY MISSING, ELUSIVE ORIGINAL PIECE OF PLAIN WHITE PAPER SUPPLIED TO PROTECT THE FRONT FACE OF THE TOP PHOTO WHEN THEY WERE STORED INSIDE THE GATEFOLD - please see photographs.
Lyric / Photo-montage Poster: EXCELLENT PLUS ~ an outstanding original, it shows signs of handling and use, but it has never been hung so no pinholes. Some slight thinning / marginal separation where the creases cross, slight superficial surface creasing, a couple of short pen lines in the margin on the lyrics side which do not interfere with anything and there was a short tear where Paul is looking left which I have carefully repaired. Overall a really nice example of a UK original.
Play Grade: I consider all aspects of an albums condition and grading to be highly important and none more so than the quality of the audio delivery; superior audio performance is, above all, the main reasons for listening to vinyl. For this reason I have decided to extend my play grade to rate separately how ‘clearly’ and ‘cleanly’ the sound is received. With vinyl the listener can experience almost perfect ‘clarity’ and reality without the sound being perfectly ‘clean’ due to the fact that this is a medium where physical contact is unavoidable and the ‘finish’ in the original pressing process could vary during the course of a production run. Other factors can make very small differences: for example - lack of use, environment or type of equipment can cause variations in cleanliness. Therefore, where my cleanliness grade is lower, based on the conditions prevailing at the time I carried out my audio test, with careful use this is likely to improve.
A NOTE ON AUDIO GRADING: I REGARD PLAY GRADING RECORDS AS A PLEASURE RATHER THAN A TASK, BUT EVEN WITH MY EXPERIENCE IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT TO TREAD THE FINE LINE THAT WEAVES ITS WAY BETWEEN THE VARIATIONS IN DIFFERENT LISTENERS EXPECTATIONS AND / OR THE EQUIPMENT AND CONDITIONS WHICH PREVAIL IN DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS. I SET OUT IN THE ‘GENERAL NOTES’ SECTION BELOW THE TYPE OF EQUIPMENT I USE AND, AS I MENTIONED IN THE PREVIOUS PARAGRAPH, I DO FIND THAT LIGHTLY USED UNDAMAGED VINYLS OFTEN IMPROVE SIGNIFICANTLY WITH PLAY. HOWEVER, UNLESS I GRADE A RECORD AS A NEAR MINT ‘DOUBLE’ FOR CLARITY AND CLEANLINESS THERE IS ALWAYS THE CHANCE OF A RANDOM ‘POP’, ‘TICK’ OR LOW LEVEL SURFACE SOUND (EVEN WITH NEAR MINT AND NEW RECORDS THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF LIGHT TRANSITIONAL SURFACE SOUND). SO, PLEASE ALWAYS ASSUME THAT THERE WILL BE SOME EVIDENCE OF THIS BEING A MEDIUM WHICH RELIES ON PHYSICAL CONTACT AND THEREFORE BY DEFINITION CANNOT BE ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS. CLARITY AND REALITY OF SOUND IS THE REASON THAT MOST PEOPLE CHOOSE TO LISTEN TO ANALOGUE RECORDINGS FROM VINYL AND THAT IS WHAT I STRIVE TO PROVIDE. EQUALLY, I UNDERSTAND THAT NOBODY ENJOYS NASTY SURPRISES SO YOU CAN BE SURE THAT I WILL ALWAYS AIM TO HIGHLIGHT ANY MINOR DEFECTS AND EXPLAIN THEIR AFFECT ON THE AUDIO REPRODUCTION.
For CLARITY the audio from this vinyl grades: EXCELLENT
For CLEANLINESS the audio from this vinyl grades: VERY GOOD PLUS
Audio Performance: I THINK THESE VINYLS EXCEL IN TERMS OF AUDIO DELIVERY / QUALITY. MAKE NO MISTAKE THEY HAVE BEEN USED, THEY ARE NOT ALMOST AS NEW, AND THEY HAVE THE BAG MARKS AND LIGHT STYLUS SCRATCHES TO PROVE IT – SOME ARE QUITE EXTENSIVE - BUT THEY ARE A DELIGHT TO LISTEN TO FROM START TO FINISH. GRADING FOUR SIDES / THIRTY TRACKS ON TWO VINYLS CANNOT BE DONE QUICKLY OR GLIBLY, AND IT'S CERTAINLY NOT POSSIBLE WITH A ONE OR TWO WORD 'GRADE' WHICH IS WHY I ALWAYS PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE DESCRIPTION TO EXPLAIN MY ASSESSMENT. SIDE 1 HAS A LITTLE LIGHT CRACKLE ON THE LEAD IN AND JUST AT THE START OF 'USSR' AFTER WHICH IT IS GENERALLY VERY CLEAN AND EXCELLENT THROUGHOUT – SOME LIGHT TICKS AND A LITTLE CRACKLE ON THE LINKING GROOVES BUT VERY CLEAN ON TRACK AND THE CLARITY IS 'EXCELLENT PLUS'. SIDE 2 HAS SOME VERY LIGHT LOW LEVEL TICKS FOR THE FIRST MINUTE OF 'MARTHA' BUT IT'S NOT INTRUSIVE, VERY LITTLE LIGHT CRACKLE WHERE IT CAN BE HEARD AND A FEW LIGHT LOW LEVEL TICKS DURING 'I'M SO TIRED' AND 'JULIA', SO MORE A VERY GOOD PLUS TO 'EXCELLENT'. SIDE 3 HAS A LITTLE LIGHT CRACKLE ON THE LEAD IN BUT THEN IT IS GENERALLY VERY CLEAN THROUGH TO THE LAST TRACK 'LONG LONG' WHERE THERE ARE LIGHT LOW LEVEL TICKS FOR ABOUT THE FIRST MINUTE (PLEASE NOTE THAT I DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN 'TICKS' AND 'CLICKS', THE FORMER ARE SOFT, LOW LEVEL AND NOT, IN MY OPINION, INTRUSIVE. THE LATTER ARE MORE PROMINENT AND THIS ALBUM DOES NOT HAVE ANY OF THESE), OVERALL 'NEAR EXCELLENT' AND SIDE 4 HAS SOME TICKS ON THE LEAD IN AND A LITTLE VERY LIGHT CRACKLE AT THE START OF 'REVOLUTION', A FEW LIGHT TICKS ON 'HONEY PIE' AND A LITTLE CRACKLE ON 'REVOLUTION 9' BUT IS OTHERWISE 'EXCELLENT' . THERE ARE VERY SLIGHT IMPERFECTIONS NOW AND AGAIN BUT THEY ARE MINOR TRANSGRESSIONS AND OVERALL THE AUDIO DELIVERY IS EXCELLENT. THE 'CLARITY' OF AUDIO IS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT AND THE CLEANLINESS, EVEN TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE INFREQUENT CRACKLES, IS OF A VERY HIGH STANDARD. THESE TWO RECORDS DELIVER THOROUGHLY EXCELLENT AUDIO FOR ALMOST ALL OF THE PLAY TIME . PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT THIS SECTION AND THE GRADING IS BASED ENTIRELY ON MY PERSONAL OPINION AND AUDIO PERCEPTION BELONGS TO THE INDIVIDUAL. WITH VINYL CLARITY THERE IS ALWAYS LIGHT TRANSITIONAL SURFACE SOUND WHICH IS INEVITABLE FROM THIS MEDIUM, EVEN WHEN NEW, AND OCCASIONALLY A LITTLE LIGHT CRACKLE WHICH IS OFTEN STATIC; OR EVEN A RANDOM SOFT TICK – TO PUT MY CAUTIONARY REMARKS IN PERSPECTIVE I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED LISTENING TO THESE TWO ORIGINAL USED WHITE ALBUM RECORDS AND I THINK THAT ANY BUYER WHO TAKES NOTE OF MY COMMENTS, AND IS REALISTIC WITH THEIR EXPECTATIONS, WILL BE EQUALLY PLEASED.
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Thank you for visiting my listing. The section immediately above sets out information specific to the particular album / record offered in this listing. Below are some of my general comments about vinyl which you may want to browse through if you have time. Please feel free to email me with any related comments or observations; particularly if you have any reliable information which contradicts any of my descriptions as I am always interested in adding to my knowledge on this subject. When preparing my listings I use a combination of facts from reliable sources, more than forty years of personal experience and, occasionally, music industry anecdotes.
Just a visual inspection of used vinyls is almost always misleading so I play grade every vinyl I offer, before listing, on a LINN SONDEK LP12 deck fitted with a LINN KARMA cartridge down-force set at 17.5 mN (1.75 g) and a top quality stylus which I renew at intervals according to manufacturers specification, through a PRO-JECT Phono Box DS Preamplifier and manufacturers pre-set REGA BRIO amplifier with sound delivered through FOCAL CHORUS 706 loudspeakers - this is a brilliant and revealing combination enabling me to be informative with play grading.
Although it is extremely rare, there can be a difference between my descriptions, and opinions, and an individual buyer’s expectations so I have a clearly stated Returns Policy for added reassurance which is detailed at the bottom of all my listings. In the unlikely event that you want to use this facility please read the details carefully first, and then contact me to agree the procedure. There really will never be a reason to have any problem with an item you purchase from me. Before bidding please read my terms and conditions of sale below which are there to inform bidders and prevent any misunderstandings.
First Issues, First Pressings & Originals: Please note that when I refer to a First Issue I mean that the evidence suggests that the album offered is from the first batch that was issued for commercial release in the country of origin stated in the listing. Where I state First Press I mean that based on a reasonable interpretation of the matrices, mothers and stamper codes the vinyl comes from the first, or extended first, production run; these statements alone do not always mean that the vinyl is from the very first ’stamper’ ever made. However, where I state First Issue and First Press it is likely that the album offered includes one (or more) of the early vinyl(s) produced in the country of origin from the first matrix sets, first or early ‘mother(s)’ and first or early ‘stamper(s)’. Original means that the record bears the first label design for that particular pressing and, in the case of the cover, it is from the first cover manufacturer for that pressing; the label and / or cover may have very slight changes, if they were made within the first production run or, if the album was issued with an ‘in run’ label change or choice of cover designs or colours on first release, but in these cases I will try and explain the differences. This is not an exact science and anomalies will occur where I may make a mistake but I believe this will not happen very often - if it does then all of my buyers have the unequivocal reassurance of my Comprehensive Returns Policy.
My definition of a rare vinyl: Generally there is agreement that to qualify for the description rare there should not be too many of the type offered, available on the market at the time. With my listings that will be the main criterion however I will also occasionally claim rarity based on excellence of condition, or some other key feature, or an accompanying item such as an insert, which is not often found with similar vinyls.
UK first and early pressings: In many cases inexperienced sellers claim first pressing status without knowledge or evidence in the hope of achieving high prices – experienced buyers will know better and avoid those offers. Of course with the more popular huge selling albums, where the record companies were fairly sure of major sales from the outset, there were many first pressings. Also, in cases where demand was sustained or emerging the first press run was maintained over an extended release period; in other cases the first press run was specific. Generally the lower the numbers in the matrices and stamper codes on the vinyl ‘run off’ areas, on both sides of a record, the earlier the pressing therefore ‘A1’ & ‘B1’ are most often first or early pressings, but there are variants and exceptions to the rule. The most notable ones, for example where the ‘1’ matrix was only used for test, promo or industry pressings so the commercial releases started at ‘2’ or even higher, and there are a few more observations which are worth noting. There are low numbered matrices which belong to second and even third pressings (in these cases the record companies gave similar numbers to the first press of a re-issue) you can normally identify these by, examining the labels which are often different in texture and/or design, and by checking the weight of the record as the earlier pressings were normally heavier. Sometimes different symbols were used in the matrices; these may indicate an earlier pressing, a contract pressing or just simply a change of format. For example some records have A▼1 & B▼1 others A // 1 & B // 1 others A-1 & B-1 and so on. In these cases the mother and stamper references can help with establishing the proximity of an individual record to the original recording – each different record company had their own coding system, some using letters from words to indicate numbers, others just using numbers. Better known examples include GRAMOPHLTD & BUCKINGHAM – used by EMI and DECCA respectively. Occasionally there are high numbers on first pressings, but this is unusual. Other points to note are the manufacturer of the ‘cover’ or ‘outer sleeve’ and various characteristics or design variants. The ‘inner sleeve’ or ‘bag’ can also be an indicator. However it is not wise to rely on details beyond the matrices and labels as the covers and sleeves can easily be interchanged. ‘Made Up’, Swapped’ or ‘Doctored’ sets are not uncommon, particularly with high value albums which have inserts and special text, so the best advice is to try and make sure that everything matches the criteria thus eliminating most of the risk (a good look at the photographs on the listing, if they are of the actual item offered as they are on all of my listings, is always advisable – hopefully the sellers will also include the ‘zoom’ and ‘enlarge’ photograph facility which only costs pennies to include and it remains a mystery to me as to why many avoid this service?). As a general rule I suggest that you don’t pay hundred’s or thousands of pounds unless you are buying from a reliable source who provide you with comprehensive information and have a clearly stated ‘Returns Policy’ - or unless you’ve got money to throw away (and in that case there are any number of far more deserving charities).
Audio reproduction on vinyl: In my experience there is always an element of surface or background sound with audio reproduction on vinyl, even when new - very hard to imagine how there could not be when two solid surfaces come into contact with each other and are then amplified! In my opinion anybody who claims there is no surface sound, or ‘silence’, is hard of hearing, has not turned the amplifier on, or is using very poor quality audio equipment. Almost all used vinyl has at least light surface scratches which are always visible when viewed under a bright halogen light - which is what I use for inspection. So if you are uncomfortable with a bit of light crackling it’s probably best not to buy vinyl. In my opinion the light surface sound is more than compensated for by the clarity and ‘reality’ of the overall sound reproduction. I listen carefully to every album I list, before listing it for sale.
Please Note: All of the comment contained in this listing is subjective, it is based only on my opinion and your expectations may not necessarily correspond with my standards. If you receive an album from me and you have some differences please remember to use reasonable communication as a first option. I have a comprehensive non confrontational ‘Returns Policy’ which is clearly set out below and providing there is no abuse, or use the negative feedback system, I will always reimburse you in full for your direct costs if you return the album correctly.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE
DESCRIPTIONS: Are given in good faith, but they are based on my opinion and standards. Bidders should note that they offer at their own risk and must satisfy themselves that they have sufficient information about the item before they enter the bidding process. Please ask questions before you become involved with the auction, NOT afterwards! Where I list sizes/dimensions they are either as stated on the item/label by the supplier/manufacturer or reasonably accurately hand tape measured; however, they are not necessarily precise, should be taken as approximate and not relied upon where absolute precision is required. This clause does not in any way affect your rights under the terms of my ‘Returns Policy’, it is stated to prevent unnecessary inconvenience to both parties.
INFORMATION: Whilst I take care to try and provide accurate information on the original listing it is possible that new information may become available to me afterwards. I therefore strongly recommend that all bidders read any revisions and the ongoing questions / answers section of the listing before bidding as they may contain updated information which could affect your valuation of the item(s). In the event that new information is published, after the time you have become the high bidder, which adversely affects your valuation of the item(s) and you wish to withdraw from the bidding process please email your request and I will use the cancel bid option with no ongoing liability to any of the parties involved in the auction.
PHOTOGRAPHS: All photographs contained within this listing show the actual item (s) offered – they are not catalogue, archive or library photographs. Furthermore they are direct images and not re-touched or modified in any way. I try to make good and comprehensive use of images on the listing in order to give the prospective bidder the best opportunity to evaluate the item(s); however it is possible that in some circumstances the photographs can enhance the appearance of the item(s) due to compression so please take this into account before bidding and do not hesitate to ask for more images or information which I am happy to send by attachment to email. This is particularly recommended with overseas buyers where returns are often not a viable option.
OVERSEAS BUYERS WELCOME: I am pleased to deal with buyers from anywhere in the world. My method of LP packaging reduces the risk to your valuable vinyls & covers in transit. Makes no sense to me to buy something important and then play a ‘high risk of damage game’ when having it shipped around the world – I hope you feel the same. I will only dispatch using a fully insured and Signed-for delivery service.
PACKING & POSTAGE: Vinyl’s are removed from covers and placed in separate transit sleeves. All components are then placed side by side in a polythene inner for extra safety and water resistance and then secured between two corrugated card stiffeners. I use Heavy Duty Mailers Specifically Designed for Vinyl Albums, which provide excellent security and protection, in conjunction with my own Ultra Safe reinforced sealing and packaging method. Internally I use 2 of the highest grade ‘B’ flute corrugated card stiffeners to prevent bending, deformation or edge/corner creasing. Packing & postage prices are NOT negotiable on items dispatched individually or separately. However, if you are a similar time multiple buyer where all items purchased are being sent to the same address and they can be combined safely, you can ask for a discounted quotation before bidding. I will only dispatch using a fully insured and Signed-for delivery service.
Postal insurance is subject to Royal Mail Standard Terms & Conditions. Quotations for other insurance such as premiums to cover non-standard risks or consequential losses are available on request.
PAYMENT: For Buyers WITHIN the UK: PayPal, or Pound sterling cheques / money orders, with minimum 7 days to clear before despatch.
PAYMENT: For Buyers OUTSIDE of the UK: Payments by PayPal only please.
CANCELLATION: The Seller reserves the right to cancel any bid, entirely at his discretion and without giving prior notice, in the following circumstances:
They have reason to believe that the bidder has not complied with the terms of their offer as set out on the listing.
The bidder’s feedback is of such limited quantity that it cannot be regarded as reliable.
The bidder’s feedback is of dubious quality and/or gives the seller any indication or reason to doubt the credibility of the bid.
MY FEEDBACK POLICY: I leave feedback for buyers after they inform me that they have received the item(s) and have left me their feedback. As I have a clearly stated Returns Policy, which does not expose the buyer to any direct loss whatsoever, I see no reason for either side to indulge in negative feedback. Providing the buyer does not engage in threats, abuse or use of negative feedback I will resolve any problem in a fair and reasonable way. If you have a problem or complaint about any transaction you have made with me contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find a solution that is acceptable to you.
SUPERSIZED PHOTOGRAPHS: I have super-sized the photographs above to provide prospective bidders with the best opportunity to make their valuation before entering the bidding process, please just click on the ‘Zoom or Enlarge’ and arrows to use this facility. Sometimes due to reflection these images can appear slightly distorted, ‘graining’ can appear and dust particles can be exaggerated by the light - in reality there are no defects of this kind.