MOZART REQUIEM KARAJAN / BPO DGG SPLM RED STEREO/BLUE TULIPS 138767 "ALLE H" NM
This record is part of a music collection from the estate of a New York Cardiologist. The collection consists of classical records from the late 1950's to the early 1970's.
This gentleman was a true music connoisseur. According to his surviving family, he would carefully slit open the shrink wrap and immediately record each LP on a Scully tape machine as tape was his preferred listening format. The records were always carefully stored as he considered them his "masters".
The collection consists of premium classical labels as well as a few good budget labels. There are over a thousand items in this collection. The sealed records have been listed.
Mostly all the remaining records I will be listing are in their original shrink and all look in NEAR MINT / NEAR MINT- and rarely played condition.
MOZART: Requiem, K. 626
Herbert Von Karajan, conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Genre/Sub Genre: Classical /
Label: DGG / DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GESELLSCHAFT SLPM 138 767
Format: 1 x LP Stereo
Country: West German Pressing
Year Released: Late 1950's ?
- 1st Edition / Orignal issue
- Early issue with the very heavy (I mean 1/8" thick) cardboard jackets halves, textured front and back cover and taped spine
- Has all the desireable markings: SLPM RED STEREO and "ALLE HERSTELLER" label, Large Blue Tulip label
- Pristine condition. Was most likely only played once to record to tape.
- Comes with a multi page infolet from me explaning my record grading, pre-sale cleaning and conservation, record assessment and reccomendations for the care of this vintage record.
?5 STAR SONICS? This recording and pressing has audiophile sonics. The record has excellent detail, clarity, dynamic range and loudness.. Very tight and deep bottom end for an LP.
There are many factors that determine if a pressing has good sonics such as; early stamper, mastering engineer, vinyl quality, pressing plant, original issue vs. re-issue and of course, condition. The biggest factor, and most over-looked when determining the quality of the sound, is the pressing order. In other words, was the record pressed when the stamper was new or when the stamper was worn out. The only way to determine whether a record was pressed with a fresh stamper is to listen to the record and compare it to other copies of equal condition. This copy is the best I have heard compared to other copies of equal condition.
- I grade visually and through play grading. Sometimes there is a big difference.
Please read my description of the play grade below and see my definition of the "Grading Standards" that I use (below this listing). I try to align my grading with what is generally accepted but getting a general agreement on a particular grade is difficult. I always default to how a record sounds verses what it looks like. My definition of a sonic grade may differ slightly from what other sellers are using for visual grading.
Visual and Play Grade:
SIDE 1. NM Visually grades a MINT. Deep inky black and very clean. No marks of any kind- looks unplayed. No marks around the spindle hole indicating light play and careful handling. Most importantly it plays very well- with excellent clarity, dynamic range and power. Plays exceptionally quiet- almost CD black. (read my infolet about first play on each side).
SIDE 2. NM Visually grades a MINT. Deep inky black and very clean. No marks of any kind- looks unplayed. No marks around the spindle hole indicating light play and careful handling. Most importantly it plays very well- with excellent clarity, dynamic range and power. Plays exceptionally quiet- almost CD black. (read my infolet about first play on each side).
Jacket Grade: NM Jacket is clean and flat with no wear to note. This jacket has the very heavy and thick cardboard covers with textured front and back panels and taped spine.
Sleeve Grade: NM Early imported paper and poly inner sleeve.
Insert / Booklet / Libretto Grade: NM No problems.
Shipping: Album will be placed inside new 3 ml. poly outer sleeve. Record and inner sleeve are placed between jacket and outer sleeve to prevent jacket splits during shipping. Shipped in pro-quality #200 LP mailer w/padding.
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Grading Terms I Use and What They Mean:
- "SPOTS": Small cloudy blotches usually caused by old poly linings in inner sleeves- sometimes known as "sweating". They usually play through with no noise or effect on the sonic's.
- "HAIRLINES": Those faint wispy surface marks visible under strong halogen sidelight. They are usually caused by the paper sleeve. They usually play through with no noise or effect on the sonic's.
- "PAPER SCUFF": A faint surface mark visible under strong halogen sidelight on an area of the LP that is usually caused by the paper inner sleeve. They usually play through with no noise or effect on the sonic's.
- "STATIC": A faint and occasional background noise that is heard in quieter passages. In most cases this is caused by dirt or dust that is deeply imbedded in the grooves. It can usually be removed with a deep and thorough cleaning.
- "CRACKLE": A consistent surface noise that is caused by many things including dirty grooves and grooves with deposits stuck to the groove walls. This type of noise is often difficult to remove.
- "SIBILANCE": A term I use to describe distortion caused by early groove wear. It usually shows up first as a sort of buzzing in the higher scale notes on a piano or a female vocalist. This can only be found by play grading. A record with overall groove wear results in distortion of most of the music. There are many causes for this including the use of too light a tracking force in a newer tonearm and cartridge. Older tonearms and cartridges used very high tracking forces (greater than 5 grams) and can cause groove wear on an older LP. Groove wear cannot always be easily spotted by a visual inspection and is best determined through play grading.
- "SCRATCH": A surface mark usually caused by the phonograph needle. These are not always heard, especially on older, heavier pressings that have deeper groove cuts. On newer, thinner pressings, they may result in a tic or pop but not a skip.
- "NEEDLE SCRATCH": The worst kind of surface mark caused by the phonograph needle. These marks usually disturb the vinyl surface to such a degree that they cause loud pops and in rare cases they may cause a skip.
- "JACKET RASH": Sometimes called ring wear by other sellers but I use it differently to describe an overall spotty wear that is caused by the wear on the high spots of the paste caused by the bumps in the cardboard under the paste. This is common on older 1950's and early 1960's jackets. It's the earliest sign of wear on a jacket.
- "FLAKES": Older coated jackets from the 1950's have a heavy coating on the slick that is prone to cracking and flaking when it dries out and ages.
- "SPLITS": These flaws are physical separations in the jacket halves. Sometimes the older coated jackets can have cracks in the coating that look like splits when the jacket is actually structurally sound.
- "SWINGERS": This is an off-center record, i.e., the center hole was not punched concentric with the record. All records are somewhat slightly off center if you measure them very accurately. A certain amount of this is expected and acceptible. Severely off center records can cause harm to the playback of the recording as the needle swings inward and outward to try and track the groove. It is really surprising how bad some records can be off center. Off center records cannot be detected visually, they must be played to uncover this defect.
Voice of Vinyl Record and Jacket Grading Standards
I have been very unhappy with the variation in grading I see between record sellers. While all grading seems to reference the Goldmine grading standards, there are subtle variations in condition that can make a big difference in the sonic enjoyment of a record, especially at the higher quality end of the grading spectrum. As such, I have created my own grading standards for records and jackets that points out these finer differences.
(SS) Still Sealed: "Still Sealed" is a grade I am reserving for factory sealed records that have never been opened. This grade assumes the disc inside is undamaged and in "Mint" condition but this cannot be verified until the disc is opened and examined. The jacket will have its original shrink wrap.
(M) Mint: "Mint " is a grade I am reserving for a perfect record. There are no scratches, scuffs, hairlines, fingerprints, spindle marks or other indications that it has been handled or played. The jacket will have its original shrink which is opened. The are no corner bumps, scratches, mars, creases or other signs of jacket wear.
(M-) Mint Minus: A "Mint Minus" record may have one very light paper scuff but no hairlines or other surface scratches. It looks clean and unplayed. I may also use a "Mint Minus" to grade a sealed record that has corner bumps or tears in the shrink wrap.
(NM) Near Mint: "Near Mint" is a record that is virtually flawless, clean and glossy. A near perfect, rarely-played record. May play with some very light and occasional dust or static related light noise that is only heard in the quietest passages. The vinyl and label surfaces show no obvious sign of wear. It looks clean with the factory shine and there may be a very light, barely visible paper scuff or two and a few light hairlines but no scratches. An LP jacket has no seam splits or any other obvious signs of wear but one or two light creases are acceptable. Ring wear should be almost invisible. No punch holes or other discount marks. Very minimal corner bumps. Artist signatures are the only acceptable forms of handwriting for this grade. Basically, "Near Mint" looks as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap.
(NM-) Near Mint Minus: Same as above, yet shows a few very light hairlines which have no effect on the sonic quality. The record will have its factory gloss and “rainbow luster” and only light spindle marks. Ring wear is minimal but starting to show lightly at the top and bottom. The jacket may have discount cuts or sales stickers, which will be noted. Artist signatures and minimal owner marks are the only acceptable forms of handwriting for this grade.
(VG++) Very Good Plus Plus: Shows some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Record surfaces may show signs of use and may have slight paper scuffs or very light surface scratches that only reveal themselves in the quietest of passages and don't detract from the overall sonic quality. Most factory shine is still present. Slight edge warps that do not affect the tracking or sound quality are OK and will be noted. An LP jacket may have some signs of ring wear and shelf wear and a small corner bump or two these are minimal and acceptable for this grade. A small seam split is also acceptable and will be noted. Light owner signatures, DJ marks and other forms of handwriting are acceptable for this grade. In general, if not for a couple of minor things wrong with it, this would be a showcase piece. All but the most discriminating collectors will find a “Very Good Plus” record highly acceptable.
(VG+) Very Good Plus: Many of the defects found in a VG++ record are more pronounced in a VG+ disc but it is still a keeper. Surface noise is evident upon playing, but does not overwhelm the music. Groove wear will start to be audible and a random click, tic or soft pop may be evident but will not detract from the enjoyment of the recorded material. The jacket may have a seam split or ring wear and labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. A small light stain or some discoloring may be evident. The cover may exhibit a combination of these flaws but they will not overwhelm the piece.
(VG) Very Good: A VG disc will have more flaws but it is still a keeper. Surface noise is evident upon playing but does not overpower the music. Groove wear will be audible along with occasional pops and tics but there are no skips. The jacket may have a significant seam split and the spine may be seriously flaked. Labels and jackets may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. A small light stain or some discoloring may be evident. The cover may exhibit a combination of these flaws but they will not overwhelm the piece.
(G+) Good Plus, (G) Good: “Good” means acceptable…not completely roached. The grade I usually reserve for listing the rarest of records. A record in “Good” condition can be put onto a turntable and will play but it will it will have significant audible surface noise. A jacket or sleeve has larger seam splits and there may be significant water stains. Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects will start to overwhelm the object.
(+) Plus: An extra "plus” may be added occasionally to a grade to highlight the finer points of some better grades.
Shipping Cost and Terms
Domestic/U.S.A. Shipping (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)
Domestic Buyers Please Note: Shipping costs to Alaska and Hawaii will have to be based upon actual weight. A handling charge of $1.85 (USD) will be added to the final shipping fee to help cover the cost of the high quality materials I use in the preservation and shipping of my records. Packages over $50 will have to be shipped with tracking and full value insurance. Packages will be shipped only to a confirmed Paypal address.
USPS Media Mail (Tracking included, no insurance)
- Media mail rate is approx. $4.00 (usually a little less).
- Cost for additional LP's in a combined purchase are calculated by weight. Usually it is $1.00 for each additional record
USPS First Class (Tracking included, no insurance)
- First Class mail rate stated in invoice
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USPS Priority (Tracking and Insurance included)
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Shipping Cost Calculate by Exact Weight: USPS pricing is constantly changing for almost all international locations. In order to provide a fair international shipping cost (to me as well as the buyer) I calculate all shipping charges by exact weight rather than a flat “per LP” rate as I do for domestic USA shipments.
First Class Air Mail (Tracking included, insurance optional)
Allow 2-4 weeks delivery time depending on your country's customs. First Class Air Mail International includes online tracking. If order is over $50 it will be shipped Priority Air Mail. Packages weighing more than 4 pounds will automatically be shipped by USPS via Priority Air Mail at a roughly $10-15 increase.
Priority Air Mail (Tracking included, insurance included)
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Ordering Multiple Items, Double LP’s and Boxed Sets
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Customer Service and Return Policy
A five star rating is important to me and I will work with a reasonable buyer who is not satisfied. You can buy with confidence because I provide a thorough assessment of a record. In a case where a buyer feels that I have provided a record below what has been described or I missed a major fault, please contact me through Ebay within 2 weeks of receiving your item, explain your problem and If we agree, the I will take the item back and provide a full refund. Buyer must pay return shipping. Sealed records must be returned still sealed to be eligible for a full refund.