LONG-PLAYING AND 78rpm CLASSICAL RECORDS
Grading of records
A- Lightest signs of use. May contain occasional light scuffs, but should play as “A”
B+ Minor scratches and/or wear which may sound
B Sounding scratches and/or wear
B- Noisy but playable
Specific isolated faults are always described separately.
Grading of sleeves and boxes (LPs)
Abbreviations for 78rpm records
Amour “Amour” Record. The last Russian GCL label; Amour Concert; Amour Monarch The equivalent of DC and DM elsewhere; Asterisk (*) attached to disc number indicates an acoustic recording; CS Centre start (Pathe discs so described usually play at around 90 rpm) DC Dog Concert (earliest “His Master’s Voice” label, 10-inch); DG(A)G Deutsche Grammophon (Aktien) Gesellschaft; DM Dog Monarch (as DC, but 12-inch); DpG Disque pour Gramophone, or Disque Gramophone (GCL, France); EC Edge chip; EFNTG Edge flake, not to grooves; FLM Few light marks; G&T Gramophone and Typewriter, Ltd.; GCL Gramophone Co., Ltd.; HC Hair crack; IHC Internal hair crack; LC Lamination crack; MGT Minor grey traces in the grooves; ND Needle dig; PD Pre-Dog; POM Pressing of master; Pre Amour GCL, Russia, equates to “Pre-dog” label elsewhere. Both G&T and Pre-Amour labels were in use later in Russia than in Western Europe. The “His Master‘s Voice" image was never used in Russia; RS Rough start; RSOL Rubber stamp on label; SOL Sticker on label; VC Vertical cut, “Hill-and-dale” (special pickup required); VdP La Voce del Padrone; VdsM La Voix de son Maitre; WOL Writing on label
Abbreviations for LP records
BBB Decca, blue back border BS Columbia, blue and silver label; ED1 Decca, wide band, original; ED2 Decca, wide band, made in England, grooved; ED3 Decca, wide band, made in England, ungrooved; HFS Philips, Hi-Fi Stereo, plum; NB Decca, narrow band; RSOC; RSOL Rubber stamp on cover; label; SC Semi-circle (2nd. stereo label for HMV and Columbia); SOC; SOL Sticker on cover; label; st1 HMV, dog in stamp, coloured; st2 HMV, dog in stamp, monochrome; st3 HMV, dog in stamp, coloured, white rim to label; WG HMV, white and gold label (including the first SAN label); WOC; WOL Writing on cover; label.
Ordering There is an order form on this website but you may equally well place your order by regular email, or telephone. You will receive a prompt acknowledgement of your order which will be followed by a confirmatory invoice in Pounds Sterling (£) including shipping charges. Goods will be despatched as quickly as possible upon receipt of payment. Goods will be held unpaid for 30 days. Please be sure to speak your name clearly when leaving any answerphone message.
Packing and carriage
There is a nominal charge of £3.00 per parcel for packing.
Inland All packets and parcels will be sent by First Class Mail or, for larger parcels, by courier, as appropriate.
Overseas Smaller orders (typically up to three 78s or five LPs) will be sent Air Mail by Royal Mail "Small Packet". This is the cheapest option for most destinations. For larger parcels I will quote the best available price by courier.
Payment Please do not send any payment until you have received an invoice. Payment may be made by PAYPAL (firstname.lastname@example.org). By cheque drawn on a UK bank in Pounds Sterling. By direct credit to my bank (account details will be found on my invoice). Please ensure bank charges are covered at source. I can accept no responsibility for cash sent through the post. Please note I no longer accept payments by any payment or credit card.
Returns In the event of dissatisfaction with any goods as described a full refund will be given but I may ask for their return first. Notification must be given within three weeks of receipt of goods. Return postage will be refunded.