CMS Music grade the items
that we sell in accordance with the standard Record Collector
magazine gradings, with media graded first, then sleeves.
MINT (M): The item 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. Items advertised as "Sealed" or "Unplayed" will
NEAR MINT (NM): The item has been listened to but there
are no signs that it is worn. The cover and any extra
items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in almost
EXCELLENT (EX): The item shows some signs of wear, and 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 (VG): The item 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 (G): The item 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 (F): The item is still just playable but has not been
cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may
The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced.
POOR (P): The item will not play properly due to scratches,
bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged
or partly missing.
BAD (B): The item is unplayable or might even be broken,
and is only of use as a collection-filler.
In addition to the above a "+" or a "-" may be used
after one of the above to signify that an item is slightly better or
worse than the stated grade.
CDs & CASSETTES
As a general rule CD’s and Cassettes either play
perfectly – in which case they are in Mint condition – or they
don’t, in which case their value is minimal. Cassette tape is liable
to deteriorate with age, even if it remains unplayed, so care should
be taken when buying old tapes. CD’s are difficult to grade
visually; they can look perfect but actually be faulty, while in
other cases they may appear damaged but still play perfectly.
Cassette and CD inlays and booklets should be graded in the same way
as record covers and sleeves. In general, the plastic containers for
cassettes and CDs can easily be replaced if they are broken or
scratched, but card covers and digipaks are subject to the same wear
as record sleeves.
CD Albums, CD Singles, Boxed Sets, Deletions, Promos, Autographs,
Music CDs, Rare Vinyl Records, Deleted, Imports, Cheap CDs,
Used Music, Out of Print Rare CDs, Albums, Hard To Find, Memorabilia