What is your number one tip for sellers?
Grade Conservatively. Customers love opening up their packages and finding out that the record is in better shape than you listed!

What is your number two tip for sellers?
Use better vinyl packaging.
For instance: LAX oversized with corrugated cardboard and corners protected

I started in the seventies with buying records and cutouts especially, and haven't stopped since! At that time I liked cutouts a lot, because they were new and sealed (untouched, like a virgin...), although unfortunately for me not priced $1.99 or $3.99 over here in Amsterdam! I had to pay slightly more in guldens (Dutch guilders)....

FAVOURITE ALBUMS (JAN2020)
Meters - Rejuvenation (US Reprise)
Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can Can (UK Polydor)
Allen Toussaint - Southern Nights
Andy Pratt - Andy Pratt II (w/ Avenging Annie)
Ben Sidran - Don't Let Go (US Blue Thumb)
Ben Sidran - Puttin’ In Time On Planet Earth (US Blue Thumb)
Ben Sidran - I Lead A Life (US Blue Thumb)
Bonnie Raitt - Takin My Time (US WB TML-mastering)
Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything (US Bearsville STERLING LH-mastering)
Clash - Sandinista (bought on release day, I liked all six sides!)
Clash - London Calling (bought first week, Dutch CBS 1st pressing 'mispress' without 'Train In Vain')
John Hiatt - Bring The Family (UK Demon with great picture sleeve)
Little Feat - Sailin' Shoes (EU Rhino reissue ᶜB-mastering)
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken (US WB green label)
Ry Cooder - Paradise and Lunch (US Reprise)
Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music (GER Reprise US LA cut)
Hall & Oates - Abandoned Luncheonette (US Atlantic)
Steely Dan - all first six albums
NRBQ - Peek-A-Boo (Rhino cd-only compilation, sadly out of print)
NRBQ - High Noon (in print!)
Tony Joe White - Homemade Ice Cream (AP QRP reissue)
Gregg Allman - Laid Back (AP QRP reissue)
Joe Henry - Shuffletown
4 Seasons - Genuine Imitation Life Gazette (1968 US Philips LP)
Frank Sinatra - Watertown (a love story...) UMe reissue

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posted a comment on Elvis Costello - Brutal Youth. 1 day ago
No, red vinyl edition available on July 31, 2020. https://www.musiconvinyl.com/catalog/elvis-costello/brutal-youth#.Xv78Yc1cI0M
posted a comment on Elvis Costello - This Year's Model. 3 days ago
The US pressing is inferior. Try to find the UK Radar and be surprised at what they did at Columbia Records. Seriously...
added Nilsson* - Greatest Hits to their collection. 11 days ago
posted a comment on Art Pepper - Art Pepper + Eleven. 14 days ago
Early 70's reissue, pre-Fantasy distribution era, way pre-OJC era. This early Contemporary reissue sounds amazing. Roy DuNann was the best in the business. Stereo recording from 1959.
added James Taylor (2) - Sweet Baby James to their wantlist. 16 days ago
posted a comment on Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume 1. 18 days ago
Normally one would not expect great sound from a Greatest Hits album, but in this case I just love the sound of this Dutch pressing made from US lacquers: XSM117713-1A / XSM117714-1A
posted a comment on Nikki Lane - All Or Nothin'. about 1 month ago
It is not only United Record Pressing that is to blame, Labels/artists should request test pressings too and actually test it. For instance Rainbo has an equally bad reputation but how come then that some labels get better quality-even from them?
posted a comment on Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Lick My Decals Off, Baby. about 1 month ago
Rhino/Scorpio enough said. Lots of people don't care though about sound quality etcetera and they just want coloured vinyl.
posted a comment on The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds. about 1 month ago
Stunning flawless pressing. I previously owned only the standalone 1974 Brothers/Reprise mono version 'the way Brian cut it', but both versions have their merits. You wil hear details that are buried in the mono mix. Mark Linett did a great job in ... See full review
posted a comment on Talking Heads - Fear Of Music. about 1 month ago
It all depends on the mastering. Apart from the superior vinyl used you might find that in most cases the Japanese turned up the treble and turned down the bass. If you have the original mastering on superb silent vinyl then you have a winner.
added Otis Redding - The Immortal Otis Redding to their collection. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on The Millennium - Begin. about 1 month ago
The MOV LP from 2011 also has the insert with the small fold-in replicated. The seventies Dutch CBS with sunburst label never had an insert (I bought it new back then). For most people this will likely remain a great album they never heard. They miss out ... See full review
added XTC - Drums And Wires to their collection. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Jackie McLean - Destination... Out!. 2 months ago
Complete quote from the Steve Hoffman forum thread: "I've always thought that the Blue Note 180g reissues from Elemental Music sound very good on my system. I reached out to Carlos Agustin at Elemental and asked him how their reissues are sourced. He ... See full review
posted a review of MAM (3) / Rolf Hermsen - Maternité / Study For Portrait Of Van Gogh II. 2 months ago
Niemand heeft het nog over de B-kant maar de A-kant Maternité heeft de hele Nederlandstalige popmuziek danig beïnvloedt.
Ik schrijf deze notitie dan ook met opzet in het Nederlands. Op het moment dat ik dit schrijf (April 2020) is er gewoon niets ... See full review
posted a review that has since been deleted. 2 months ago
posted a comment on Fountains Of Wayne - Sky Full Of Holes. 2 months ago
I do hope it sounds better than the LOUD CD...
added Gerry Mulligan, Ben Webster - Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster to their wantlist. 3 months ago
added Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne to their collection. 3 months ago
added Allen Toussaint - The Complete Warner Recordings to their collection. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Jimi Hendrix - The Cry Of Love. 3 months ago
No, made for distribution exclusively by FNAC, but pressed in Germany by Optimal, just like the 2014 EU black vinyl release.
posted a comment on Polecats* - John I'm Only Dancing. 3 months ago
'Big Green Car' is without credits on this release, however the version by Billy Carroll from 1958 That's All I Want / Big Green Car has three writing credits: Armen Boladian, Claude Howard and Ernie Allen.
posted a comment on Matthew Sweet - Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu (キミがスキ・ライフ). 4 months ago
Great pressing, but very poor recording done at Sweet's home in 2002. Especially the rockers sound like MP3's at 192kb.... Compressed, muddy. Your mileage may vary though.
posted a comment on Roberta Flack - Quiet Fire. 4 months ago
Amen! However 'Go Up Moses' merits a mention too. Very funky track....and stellar musicians indeed.
posted a comment on Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady. 6 months ago
One of the most horrible sounding remasters ever! Total butcher-job and loudness war victim....be aware of this.
posted a review of Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix. 6 months ago
S U B L I M E a perfect record. If you're serious about your powerpop collection you should own this. I waited, like a lot of people buying this on CD in the nineties I suspect, for ages for this gem to be released on vinyl.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 7 months ago
posted a comment on Donald Byrd - Ethiopian Knights. 8 months ago
[quote=Expansive09] Down-tempo, funky, groove melting jazz funk without any pretentiousness of fusion(the complete opposite of Mahavishnu). Byrd lets the bands stretch out in three spacey rhythmic compositions. Lots of great Rhodes, wah guitar and of ... See full review
posted a comment on Donald Byrd - Ethiopian Knights. 8 months ago
It is not 'bloated in the bass' at all. This is a great release in BN 80th series. Splendid Kevin Gray mastering and Optimal Germany really did a great job! The only thing that keeps it from being perfect is the quality of the sleeve reproduction.
added Fountains Of Wayne - Sky Full Of Holes to their collection. 8 months ago
posted a comment on Traffic - Gold. 8 months ago
This version is the full length US Island single from December 1971: https://www.discogs.com/Traffic-Rock-Roll-Stew/release/10024644
posted a review of Neal Casal - Basement Dreams. 8 months ago
Mojo September 2010 review

Originally given a UK-only release by Glitterhouse - one of many labels, major and minor, the criminally underrated singer-songwriter has called home - Basement Dreams was not so much an album as an assortment of songs: 23 ... See full review
submitted Todd Rundgren - Something / Anything?. 9 months ago
posted a comment on David Bowie - "Heroes". 9 months ago
Ruben, you are clueless....cutouts are remainders, overstock, or sometimes radio-promos (cut corner or round hole in top of sleeve). In Dutch: Je tekst slaat echt nergens op hoor. Als jij je onzin verwijdert verwijder ik ook mijn antwoord.
posted a comment on The Kinks - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society. 11 months ago
[quote=MultiTrak] I know music is highly subjective, but I find this version to be the best I've heard. I definitely prefer it to the 50th mono reissue. I prefer a lot of bands in mono, but the Kinks are not one of them (although I'm not really that into ... See full review
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posted a comment on Alice Clark - Alice Clark. about 1 year ago
The red vinyl release by HHV and WeWantSounds will be limited to 300 copies and currently scheduled for release on July 5, 2019.
posted a comment on Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'. about 1 year ago
Not a high quality pressing though by United. My copy had a lot of audible non-fill on Side Two. The bass guitar sounds incredible on the vinyl however. Maybe others had more luck with their pressing?
posted a comment on The Who - Who's Next. about 1 year ago
This Jon Astley remix on vinyl is indeed sublime. ***** vinyl reissue from MOV.
posted a comment on Gregg Allman Band* - Live In San Francisco '87. about 1 year ago
Essential show from Gregg and his band in great quality.
The band:
Gregg Allman - Organ, Lead Vocals
"Dangerous" Dan Toler - Guitar
Tim Heding - Keyboards
Bruce Waibel - Bass
David Toler - Drums
Chaz Trippy - Percussion
posted a comment on Crowded House - Woodface. about 1 year ago
Now please update the entry with the runouts etc for your 'superior' version?
posted a comment on Ben Sidran - Feel Your Groove. about 1 year ago
My copy was perfect, so you had bad luck. Terrific record by the way, recommended!
posted a comment on Millie Jackson - Exposed: The Multi Track Sessions. about 1 year ago
Nothing has been done to her powerhouse voice so no autotune whatsoever. Just look upon this as a fresh perspective to Millie Jackson's Spring recordings.
posted a comment on Music On Vinyl. over 2 years ago
Please list your (analogue) setup so people know where you are coming from?
posted a comment on Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Easy Tiger. over 2 years ago
Besides the recording these Lost Highway pressings (pressed  United) are simply not great pressings. I like the packaging however but buyer beware as there is no protective inner sleeve to protect the LP.
added Eddie Kendricks - People...Hold On to their wantlist. over 2 years ago
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added The United States Of America - The United States Of America to their wantlist. over 2 years ago
posted a comment on The Howard Roberts Quartet - H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player. over 2 years ago
Sublime album, be careful though of the Sundazed/Euphoria reissue as this is a Rainbo pressing. My copy has some non-fill issues on side two.
added Roberta Flack - Quiet Fire to their collection. over 2 years ago