An Important Foreword Regarding Condition & Grading: Regular visitors to my listings will know that I offer albums that range from very good 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 the individual grading and check that you are satisfied before placing your bid.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Specific notes concerning this album: I have changed the format of my listings slightly in order to highlight specific aspects of the condition of the albums I am offering for sale. These comments will still appear in the dedicated sections but I hope that this ‘headlining’ will prevent bidders from overlooking key points in their evaluation. This particular album has been played regularly over the years, but carefully, and it has avoided excess wear and tear often associated with original examples of ‘TOMMY’. As such there are no significant blemishes or flaws beyond reasonable ageing. The original Ernest J. Day outer laminated ‘tryptych’ gatefold has some light surface creasing towards the edges, centred around the left side spine with a little laminate lift and a few hairline splits on the back shoulder, and a larger crease in the top left hand quadrant of the front which is mimicked on the back. There is some minor edge and corner rub wear and some barely visible surface brush line rub caused by movement in and out of storage over time. The original limited edition numbered booklet is in generally excellent condition with limited superficial mini creases, a few minor spots and a little light discolouration in a few places through handling. The superb heavyweight first press vinyls have some light surface ‘brush’ lines, caused by bag movements and light stylus contact, which have no significant audio consequence. This is a thoroughly near excellent or better example of one of the great classic rock albums.
Album / Record Title: TOMMY (with NUMBER 69713 FIRST ISSUE LIMITED EDITION ILLUSTRATED LYRICS BOOKLET)
Rarity: EXTREMELY <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />RARE - An immensely successful album in both creative and commercial terms, peaking at #2 in the UK charts and selling millions worldwide in various forms; so if you want a copy and you are not too concerned about the variant or condition there is no shortage of supply. However, if you want a GENUINE ORIGINAL UK FIRST PRESSING, FIRST ISSUE WITH A LIMITED EDITION NUMBERED BOOKLET all in NEAR EXCELLENT OR BETTER CONDITION, and there are many good reasons to want this variant, then in my experience it is one of the HARDEST POPULAR PROGRESSIVE ROCK ALBUMS TO FIND.
For ease of reference I have set out below a list of the main features which characterise a ‘TOMMY’ UK FIRST ISSUE & FIRST PRESSING:-
1/. The outer cover is a triptych style gatefold with two single layer panels which hinge out from a double slip cover. The external design is from a pop art painting by Mike McInnerney showing a sphere with diamond shaped cut-outs and seagulls, and the important feature is that on ALL FIRST ISSUE COVERS THE OUTER SURFACES WERE LAMINATED. They are easily recognisable because of the VERY HIGH GLOSS finish which gives them a MUCH BRIGHTER BLUE appearance. This glossy laminate is very distinctive and not easy to confuse with the relatively dull matt blue finish of the later re-issues. The first issue covers were made by Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd London. W.11., marked ‘Patent pending’, this is credited on the back of the cover bottom left corner following the track list / credits and just above the Track Record logo.
2/. On the back of the outer cover, top left hand corner the first issues have the Track Catalogue numbers printed, which are 613 013/4, whereas the later issues have the set number, which is 2657 002.
3/. Gloss finish is an important part of identification with the vinyls as well because you will notice that the first pressings have a much more ‘polished’ high gloss finish than the later pressings.
4/. The vinyls are noticeably heavier for the first pressings, weighing in at around 130-150 grammes each, the later pressing typically weigh around 110-125 grammes.
5/. The record labels on first pressings are a deep matt black when viewed head on in daylight and slightly coarse anthracite when viewed in reflected light at an angle, later pressings have a ‘flatter’ and ‘greyer’ finish, even from head on, and even later pressings are almost a dark silvery or titanium colour with an outer ridge. Also, on Track first pressings from this era the labels on each side of the same record are usually aligned (or in the same orientation), later pressing alignment tends to be random.
6/. More easily noticeable on the first issue record labels is the fact that they state ‘DOUBLE ALBUM’ (Record 1 [or 2]) underneath the catalogue number at 9 o’ clock (most of the variants have the side 4 backed on to side 1 on Record 1, and side 3 backed on to side 2 on Record 2; so that is not a reliable ‘separation’ characteristic as it is on some albums).
7/. First Pressings have predominantly ‘1’ matrices and ‘1’ mothers with low number stampers in the vinyl run off area of each side. For example see the details of this one below. Later pressings have 2’s’, 3’s, 4’s etc occasionally mixed up with a ‘1’.
8/. In my opinion first pressings, as is the case with most vinyl recordings, deliver noticeably better audio in terms of clarity and ‘reality’; but this of course subjective and a matter for the individual listener.
9/. Last, and by no means least, the illustrated lyrics booklet which accompanied first issue albums has a LIMITED EDITION NUMBER PRINTED IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER WHERE INDICATED in this case 69713. Unfortunately this is not always a reliable feature as after the Limited Edition run was finished the Record Company continued, for quite a long time, to include non-numbered books and some unscrupulous sellers have printed, or even written a number in to try and maximise the value. They can usually be spotted and this one is COMPLETELY AUTHENTIC, and in this case the stamper sequence correlates with the limited edition number.
10/. If an album has all of the characteristics listed 1-9 above, WHICH THIS ONE HAS, then it is a GENUINE UK FIRST ISSUE, FIRST OR VERY EARLY PRESSING.
The key features are listed below:
- COMPLETE ORIGINAL UK ALBUM FIRST PRESS AND FIRST ISSUE
- FIRST MATRICES, FIRST MOTHERS AND MID TERMS STAMPERS
- SUPERB HEAVYWEIGHT VINYLS IN FULL EXCELLENT CONDITION
- STEREO RECORDING FORMAT DELIVERING SENSATIONAL AUDIO
- ORIGINAL TRACK MATT BLACK ‘DOUBLE ALBUM’ TEXT LABELS
- ORIGINAL E.J.D. ‘Patents pending’ LAMINATED ‘TRIPTYCH’ G/FOLD
- ORIGINAL PHOTO & LYRIC BOOK LIMITED EDITION NUMBER 69713
- ORIGINAL ERA SPECIFIC MIXED PAIR POLY-LINED INNER SLEEVES
- AN INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND CLASSIC COLLECTABLE
Artiste(s): THE WHO, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle, Keith Moon
Produced By: Kit Lambert
Disc Format & Playing Speed: 2 X 12” LP’s & 33 1/3 r.p.m.
Recording Format: STEREO
Record label: ORIGINAL MATT BLACK ‘TRACK’ LABELS WITH ‘TRACK’ LOGO IN SILVER AND SILVER TEXT, WITH ‘DOUBLE ALBUM’ AND RECORD 1, RECORD 2, TEXT
Catalogue Number: 613 013/4
Country of manufacture and first published date: GREAT BRITAIN 1969
Vinyl ‘run off’ matrices Record 1 side 1: 613013 A//1
Vinyl ‘run off’ matrices Record 1 side 4: 613013 B//1
Vinyl ‘run off’ matrices Record 2 side 2: 613014 A//1
Vinyl ‘run off’ matrices Record 2 side 3: 613014 B//1
Vinyl ‘run off’ stampers Record 1 side 1: 1 1 8
Vinyl ‘run off’ stampers Record 1 side 4: 1 3 1 7
Vinyl ‘run off’ stampers Record 2 side 2: 1 1 6 & 1 1 5
Vinyl ‘run off’ stampers Record 2 side 3: 1 1 3
Vinyl ‘run off’ initials / cryptic / other side 1: none visible
Vinyl ‘run off’ initials / cryptic / other side 2: none visible
Vinyl ‘run off’ initials / cryptic / other side 3: none visible
Vinyl ‘run off’ initials / cryptic / other 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.
Track Listing as per cover: RECORD 1 - SIDE 1: OVERTURE / IT’S A BOY / 1921 / AMAZING JOURNEY / SPARKS / EYESIGHT FOR THE BLIND / RECORD 1 - SIDE 4: MIRACLE CURE / SALLY SIMPSON / I’M FREE / WELCOME / TOMMY’S HOLIDAY CAMP / WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT / RECORD 2 - SIDE 2: CHRISTMAS / COUSIN KEVIN / THE ACID QUEEN / UNDERTURE / RECORD 2 - SIDE 3: DO YOU THINK IT’S ALRIGHT / FIDDLE ABOUT / PINBALL WIZARD / THERE’S A DOCTOR / GOT TO THE MIRROR! / TOMMY CAN YOU HEAR ME / SMASH THE MIRROR / SENSATION
Background & summary of condition: The importance of this album is, in my opinion, unparalleled in the genre - a Rock Opera masterpiece with the added distinction of being the first musical work to be specifically billed as a Rock Opera. The Who as prodigious musicians, vocalists and performers was already well established by the time Tommy was released but this catapulted them, and Pete Townshend in particular as a writer, to the top of another league. This particular album comprises two superb vinyls both FIRST PRESSINGS with FIRST MATRICES, FIRST MOTHERS & MID TERM STAMPERS in NEAR EXCELLENT AND BETTER condition which deliver AUDIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CLARITY - there are relatively few visible surface marks on the vinyls, mainly those normally caused by movements in and out of the inner sleeves plus a small number of ‘brush’ lines caused by light stylus contact. The original ‘triptych’ gatefold by Ernest J. Day is highly presentable with no major defects or blemishes, and the NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION BOOKLET IS A CLEAR EXCELLENT.
MY GRADING OF THIS ALBUM based on Record Collector ‘Rare Record Price Guide 2010’ (**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 a PLUS or a MINUS to indicate slight variations either side of a grade). 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.
Vinyl Visual Record 1 side 1: EXCELLENT, some superficial surface movement lines and marks caused by bag movement and light stylus contact - not tangible, no significant audio consequence.
Vinyl Visual Record 1 side 4: EXCELLENT, some superficial surface movement lines and marks caused by bag movement and light stylus contact - not tangible, no significant audio consequence.
Vinyl Visual Record 2 side 2: EXCELLENT, some superficial surface movement lines and marks caused by bag movement and light stylus contact - not tangible, no significant audio consequence.
Vinyl Visual Record 2 side 3: EXCELLENT, some superficial surface movement lines and marks caused by bag movement and light stylus contact - not tangible, no significant audio consequence.
Label Visual Record 1 side 1: EXCELLENT, a fair amount of light spindle lines but nothing significant, no marks, no tears, no scuffs and no visible spindle hole wear.
Label Visual Record 1 side 4: EXCELLENT, a fair amount of light spindle lines but nothing significant, no marks, no tears, no scuffs and no visible spindle hole wear.
Label Visual Record 2 side 2: EXCELLENT, a fair amount of light spindle lines but nothing significant, no marks, no tears, no scuffs and no visible spindle hole wear.
Label Visual Record 2 side 3: EXCELLENT, a fair amount of light spindle lines but nothing significant, no marks, no tears, no scuffs and no visible spindle hole wear.
N.B. Please note that I make no adjustment or allowance in grading for minor marks or slight shrinkage marks / lines on labels caused in original pressing; they are quite normal and in my opinion are individual characteristics – not defects.
Outer Cover: NEAR EXCELLENT, UK original distinctive ‘triptych’ gatefold of light to mid-weight card construction Printed and made by Ernest J. Day, ‘Patents pending’, laminated on all external surfaces. There’s some light surface creasing towards the edges, centred around the left side spine with a little laminate lift, and a larger one in the top left hand quadrant of the front which is mimicked on the back. There is some minor edge and corner rub wear and some barely visible surface brush line rub caused by movement in and out of storage over time. In my opinion, compared to type, this highly presentable gatefold cover probably deserves a full excellent grade; but please take a look at the super-sized photographs and make your own assessment as well.
Spines: EXCELLENT, there are two of them because it’s a double gatefold and no text because it’s a continuous theme, there’s just some slight rippling on the left side spine, a few hairline splits on the shoulder to the back face (please see photos 7 & 8 in sequence) and a little end / corner rub wear. Please take a look at the super-sized photographs and make your own assessment.
Inner Sleeves: VERY GOOD PLUS, era specific white paper originals with centre windows, transitional mixed pair with one ‘curved’ and one ‘straight’ cut entry edge, Patents and Made in England and advisory notes printed in blue, fitted with antistatic poly-liners - creased and discoloured.
Illustrated Lyric Booklet: EXCELLENT, Limited Edition Number 69713, some very light surface creasing which occasionally appears as light ‘mottling’ but it is not significant, a little mini spotting and some very light discolouration caused by handling over time
Vinyl Warp: None visible when eye tested on a moving turntable.
Vinyl Weights: Record 1: 134 grammes, Record 2: 146 grammes (two terrific TRACK heavyweights)
Play Grade: I consider all aspects of an albums condition and grading to be highly important and I place particular emphasis on 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. It is quite possible with vinyl to experience great ‘clarity’ and reality without the sound being exceptionally ‘clean’ - that’s ok with me, but it may not satisfy the audiophile. So, a NEAR MINT & NEAR MINT will be the best grade with VERY GOOD PLUS & VERY GOOD PLUS or better being highly satisfactory.
For CLARITY the audio from this vinyl grades: EXCELLENT TO PLUS
For CLEANLINESS the audio from this vinyl grades: NEAR EXCELLENT
Audio Performance: AN ABSOLUTE AUDIO DELIGHT DELIVERED BY TWO IMPRESSIVE FIRST PRESS VINYLS WHICH SATISFIED MY BEST EXPECTATIONS. THERE’S A LITTLE UNDERLYING SURFACE SOUND IN SOME OF THE QUIETER MOMENTS AND NON-RECORDED LINKING GROOVES THAT I HAVE TAKEN THAT INTO ACCOUNT WITH THE MINOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEAN AND CLEAR GRADES BUT THERE’S NOTHING INTRUSIVE AND NOTHING WHICH INTERFERES WITH THE ENJOYMENT OF THIS GREAT CLASSIC ALBUM. THESE VINYLS HAVE BEEN PLAYED CAREFULLY AND ON GOOD QUALITY EQUIPMENT WHICH IS REFLECTED IN THEIR BRILLIANT, VIBRANT AND CLEAR AUDIO PERFORMANCE. I ALWAYS SAY 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 - BUT THIS WAS COMPLETELY SENSATIONAL FOR ME - ABSOLUTELY REAL, CLEAR AND CAPTIVATING AUDIO DELIVERED TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD.
Other: If you don’t have a COMPLETE ORIGINAL ‘TOMMY’ album this is an increasingly scarce opportunity to acquire one.
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT MY OTHER LISTINGS BY CLICKING ON THE ‘VIEW SELLERS OTHER ITEMS’ IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER BOX OF THIS LISTING - THANK YOU.
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 Project III deck fitted with an Ortofon OM 5E cartridge down-force set at 17.5 mN (1.75 g), fitted with a first grade stylus which I renew at intervals according to manufacturers specification, through a manufacturers pre-set Rega Brio amplifier with sound delivered by Focal Chorus 706 loudspeakers, which is unforgiving where there are surface imperfections. If I think a vinyl will benefit from professional cleaning I use my ‘Moth’ RCM2, 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. I believe in 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 cleaning. 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 take a careful look through my terms and conditions to avoid 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 and stamper codes the vinyl comes from the first batch pressed using that particular ‘mother’; 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 ‘mother(s)’ and 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 A61 & B61 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 this 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 Signed-for delivery service; if this is not acceptable please do not bid on any of my listings.
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. As stated in the previous paragraph for overseas deliveries I will also only dispatch to UK destinations using a fully insured Signed-for delivery service; if this is not acceptable please do not bid on any of my listings.
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.