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Update 18 Dec 2021:

*If the records do not match the standards I will request a small partial refund to match the proper grade. If you don’t like this I suggest you do not sell records to me. All offers to return records for a refund for your grading errors will result in a very unhappy customer.*

Please read below. I'm doing this to avoid more issues after having some recently. If you do not feel comfortable going through the sale after reading this, please contact me. Glad to accept your cancellation if you're not comfortable.

I humbly request that you:

Grade your records under STRONG LIGHT, and ideally play-grade them.
Grade conservatively. It avoids problems.

The Goldmine standards listed here on Discogs are my guide:
http://www.discogs.com/help/marketplace/mp-grading

I've been at this since I was a teenager in the late 80s/early 90s (or as my son says, "the 1900s"). But, I do recognize we're all human and have different ways to interpret the standards.

Here's exactly how I interpret the standards:

M = hasn't seen the light of day. It is sealed or open but brand new, untouched and unplayed.

NM = basically new but opened or played a few times to tape then shelved. Glossy, clean, lush. The record is still staticky coming out of the inner sleeve. May have only one or two of the tiniest random marks which DNAP at all.

***Mint and Near Mint gradings need to account for pressing defects or surface wear from storage affecting play.***

VG+ = has been played a dozen times or so, and is still really glossy/clean from good care. Little or no ground-in dirt or surface wear (maybe a handful of hairlines or scuffs that DNAP, maybe one or two isolated quiet ticks). Looks like a "new" copy at a store that got tested on the turntable by 10 people before it gets marked down.

VG = really used with a lot of surface wear but still sounds decent, played dozens of times, has some ground-in dirt and fingerprints, the classic "DJ copy" that hasn't been totally trashed, still sounds strong albeit with bit of degraded sound from wear. High-end VG may improve to low VG+ with a good scrub.

G+/G = trashed, not going to be enjoyable to listen on headphones: lots of surface noise and physical marks, clearly degraded sound from wear. Can play out but only if it's a super-special record.

I generally won't buy these, but just in case:

F = not physically broken and maybe playable on your worst stylus, but overwhelming noise, surface wear and some skips.

P = barely worth owning, has to be some holy grail or family heirloom, basically unplayable.

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Gary Martin
posted a comment on Gary Martin. 4 months ago
Also agree strongly... unsung talent for the most part, though I think that's how he likes to roll, a little on the fringe!
The Black Dog - Spanners
posted a comment on The Black Dog - Spanners. 4 months ago
Still holding up almost 20 years later! Like a fine wine.
A masterpiece.
John Tejada - Planes And Trains
submitted John Tejada - Planes And Trains. 5 months ago
Various - Chill Out! (The Techno Evolution Continues)
posted a comment on Various - Chill Out! (The Techno Evolution Continues). 6 months ago
Wait, I haven't commented on this tape yet??? Got it for free at a rave in 1994 in Indiana or Ohio, can't remember, still have it, played it until it broke than had to repair it. I'd have to echo exactly what errorsinspace said below. The tape... See full review
Space (3) - Space
posted a comment on Space (3) - Space. 7 months ago
I think Used Kids is now in the World Record space! Bought many a tune there, Nick was a good guy to deal with.
Moody Boyz* - Recycled EP
posted a comment on Moody Boyz* - Recycled EP. 7 months ago
Tony Thorpe has either done an excellent job of using Black Dog's Spanners-era style, perhaps inspired by Guerilla/Prime-Black Dog partnership of the same year (1994) with "Shango" https://www.discogs.com/release/139208-Moody-Boyz-Shango, or something... See full review
Underworld - Back To Mine
posted a comment on Underworld - Back To Mine. 7 months ago
Stumbled upon this page and surprised I never commented on it.
I love it and it's right up there with my faves in this series (Nick Warren and the Orb the other two, maybe EBTG one as well)
These CDs are not supposed to be coherent or tell a good... See full review
Shafty - Deep Inside (Of You)
posted a comment on Shafty - Deep Inside (Of You). 8 months ago
Trevor Horn is a legend! Still working as well. His style was polished, clean, futuristic, a bit grandiose. Founded ZTT records w his wife, look him up!
Laurent Garnier - X-Mix-2 - The Tracks
posted a comment on Laurent Garnier - X-Mix-2 - The Tracks. 9 months ago
I'll endorse what Red-Kite has said here, with more detail than I could muster. I have most of the original pressings now (definitely not then!) and the sound quality is on-par. I'm no audiophile, but the pressings are careful and professional. I... See full review
Jaydee - Plastic Dreams
posted a comment on Jaydee - Plastic Dreams. 11 months ago
In my smallish-city college town environment back then, the radio mix always seemed to be used rather than the full version. It got played out. A few years later, long after it fizzled out as a hit, I found a copy with the original and remixes just to... See full review
K. Alexi* - All For Lee Sah
posted a comment on K. Alexi* - All For Lee Sah. about 1 year ago
One of my finest and earliest crate digging gems... beat to absolute shit but staying with me forever.
Ghetto Technics
posted a comment on Ghetto Technics. about 1 year ago
Some of the best stuff you ever did, Frankie Bones!
David Sylvian & Robert Fripp - The First Day
posted a comment on David Sylvian & Robert Fripp - The First Day. about 1 year ago
This has been on my wantlist for decades... I've always balked at the price but it just keeps going up!
posted a comment that has since been deleted. about 1 year ago
Trisomie 21
posted a comment on Trisomie 21. about 1 year ago
What a privilege and pleasure to discover them, really captured my angsty mood at the time, and still do! Original and daring and satisfying still half a lifetime later. They've gotten some appreciation lately through reissues and deservedly so.... See full review
Trisomie 21 - Million Lights - A Collection Of Songs By Trisomie 21
posted a comment on Trisomie 21 - Million Lights - A Collection Of Songs By Trisomie 21. about 1 year ago
Cet album! Son génie perdure des annees and des annees.... et il perdurera jusqu'au galaxies ce qu'il inspire....
The Paradox (7) - Counter Active
posted a comment on The Paradox (7) - Counter Active. about 1 year ago
Digging this on a breezy 70 degree day, perfect. Still innovating!
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
posted a comment on Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll. about 1 year ago
Taste is subjective but geez... if you can't rate this yet another masterpiece of the CT arsenal who knows...!
Decades of memories now to this one, sniff.
Just listened to it now for the first time in many years and means just as much if not more... See full review
Nuron / Fugue - Likemind 06
posted a comment on Nuron / Fugue - Likemind 06. about 1 year ago
Got my copy today, yay! Judging from the only original tracks I have on vinyl, C1 and C2 taken from Likemind 04, the repress shines, as htphinney said.
To those bemoaning the repress, the repress gods giveth and they taketh away! The originals will... See full review
Shindig - Timeless EP Part 1
posted a comment on Shindig - Timeless EP Part 1. about 1 year ago
Fun decent Ibiza "avin it on the beach" chewns from the lads. $50? If that's your thing.... For fans of the proggy sound it's a find.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. about 1 year ago
Untranslatable Concept
posted a comment on Untranslatable Concept. about 1 year ago
every midwest rave scene kid had one or several or many of these tapes
DIY Present Nail* - Nub Raid EP
posted a comment on DIY Present Nail* - Nub Raid EP. about 1 year ago
jakerz, hey, was yours a TP or promo? also there are two promos listed here, which one is yours?
Various - ART 7.1 / B1214.1
posted a comment on Various - ART 7.1 / B1214.1. about 1 year ago
mjb, I have two copies and all of the issues you mention are on both of my copies... so I'm guessing that indeed it's baked in as you say... bugged me for years as well!
Sweet Reinhard - Der Dritte Weg
posted a comment on Sweet Reinhard - Der Dritte Weg. about 1 year ago
Im Mineral nice use of a sample from LTJ Bukem's "Music" from 1993:
https://www.discogs.com/LTJ-Bukem-Music-Happy-Raw-Enchanted/master/50130
posted a comment that has since been deleted. about 1 year ago
DJ Terry Mullan* - New School Fusion Vol. 1
posted a comment on DJ Terry Mullan* - New School Fusion Vol. 1. about 1 year ago
mjb, I agree big time. He had an ability to pull of very high-energy sets. His Equal tape a better example: https://www.discogs.com/Terry-Mullan-Live-Equal/release/3360692
Tom Waits - The Early Years, Vol. 2
posted a comment on Tom Waits - The Early Years, Vol. 2. about 1 year ago
Is everyone's 180 gram vinyl? My copy notes that on the shrink, but I wasn't sure.
Various - San Francisco: The Magick Sounds Of The Underground
posted a comment on Various - San Francisco: The Magick Sounds Of The Underground. about 1 year ago
The CT guitar riff caught me immediately when I first heard this!
Newworldaquarium - Newworldaquarium
posted a comment on Newworldaquarium - Newworldaquarium. about 1 year ago
thr33tim3
Electronic music is not for everyone!
five more words words words
Brian Eno - Working Backwards: 1983-1973
posted a comment on Brian Eno - Working Backwards: 1983-1973. about 1 year ago
I have the JEM globe stamp variant. It's in the shape of an long oval/capsule rather than a circle. And on some of them the globe is oriented horizontally.
Robert Hood - Minimal Nation
posted a comment on Robert Hood - Minimal Nation. about 1 year ago
My scratched up NSC pressing sounds pretty tired, but I'm attached to it. I'm not a specialist in sound engineering, but RM had a special touch, whatever mojo he mustered.
Various - Trance Europe Express
posted a comment on Various - Trance Europe Express. about 1 year ago
Hell yes! This PWOG track is really such a beauty.... still holds up over the decades
Stephen Brown - A Function Of Aberration
posted a comment on Stephen Brown - A Function Of Aberration. about 1 year ago
Glad to see this long lost treasure from the deep getting some recognition.... inspired me for a long time now, including a mix project I've been "working on" for a few years, lol.... I hope with some renewed interest in my genre of choice, "melodic"... See full review
Amir Alexander - Gutter Flex EP
posted a comment on Amir Alexander - Gutter Flex EP. about 1 year ago
repress? there's 17 copies available from $9.99 up... get diggin
X-102 - Rediscovers The Rings Of Saturn
posted a comment on X-102 - Rediscovers The Rings Of Saturn. about 1 year ago
"release me on vinyl pleeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaseeeeeeeeee"
pretty please with sugar on top....
Logg - Logg
posted a comment on Logg - Logg. over 2 years ago
One of the few records I own which has me dancing from beginning to end without a break. By the end I feel completely renewed in my ability to love and live. In my opinion one of the best soul albums ever made. Look at the cast.... Got this for free... See full review
Mozart* / Antony Pay, Michel Piguet, The Academy Of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Clarinet Concerto / Oboe Concerto
posted a comment on Mozart* / Antony Pay, Michel Piguet, The Academy Of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Clarinet Concerto / Oboe Concerto. over 2 years ago
In my opinion, the greatest recording of this masterpiece in existence!
Mundo Muzique - Mundo EP
posted a comment on Mundo Muzique - Mundo EP. over 2 years ago
A long lost gem from my collection with "Mundo Muzique" written in cursive on the label. No idea where it went, must have traded it back when I got sick of the "rave" sound in the mid-90s.... ugh!
Jeff Mills - Confidentials 1-4
posted a comment on Jeff Mills - Confidentials 1-4. over 2 years ago
As 1969 said, this used to be impossible to find unless you were in the know and as your average punter/crate digger there was no chance for a number of years. When the repress came out it was a huge deal.
As usual, groundbreaking, genre-defining... See full review
DJ Hell* - Three Degrees Kelvin / Like That!
posted a comment on DJ Hell* - Three Degrees Kelvin / Like That!. over 2 years ago
Very beginning of the "house mix" is a clean sample, club mix has some too... it's a Chicago classic!
Lazer Worshippers - Lazer Worshippers Theme
posted a comment on Lazer Worshippers - Lazer Worshippers Theme. over 2 years ago
restless

This is the sound of a better future as imagined back in the days, naive, generous, enlightened, technologic and confident.


Great quote, sums it up for a lot of us!
Model 500 - Sonic Sunset
posted a comment on Model 500 - Sonic Sunset. over 2 years ago
Neptune to me is a sacred piece of music.
I told the great man himself... to which he just replied with an amused "Alriiight!" and a shoulder tap.
Legend!
Model 500 - Sonic Sunset
posted a comment on Model 500 - Sonic Sunset. over 2 years ago
tas95
u wot m8

best reply ever

sorry you're missing out, yanmac

Spacetime Continuum - Emit Ecaps
posted a comment on Spacetime Continuum - Emit Ecaps. over 2 years ago
Love your review Xoc0L, so well put. It is a multi-sensory experience, it almost has an outdoor feel to it, a sunlit room or a nice sound system outdoors at night are some ideal atmospheres, a combination of precision and fuzziness and spaciness that... See full review
Melvin Meeks - Acid Mode / Peace Of Mind
submitted Melvin Meeks - Acid Mode / Peace Of Mind. over 2 years ago
Rubsilent - (1712)YELLOW
posted a comment on Rubsilent - (1712)YELLOW. over 2 years ago
Great mix. A handful of my own favorites here with a lot of good newer music. Well done!
I admit I am biased, but it just goes to show that in my opinion, DJ's who really love the music make it a life-long passion, and the listener is better off for it :)
Polartronics - The Deep
posted a comment on Polartronics - The Deep. over 2 years ago
Me too!
Couldn't have said it better.
And I think this is one of TP's top releases.
Convextion - Convextion
posted a comment on Convextion - Convextion. over 3 years ago
Same! I like noticing that the younger generation feels some of the same things. It really is incredible how timeless this music still feels *twenty-five* yeas later.
The Martian - Firekeeper / Vortexual Conceptions
posted a comment on The Martian - Firekeeper / Vortexual Conceptions. over 3 years ago
Pretentious nonsense. Not everyone likes everything. Don't be a twat.