Back Bay Records is one of the largest online record stores in the UK. We have been trading since 2012 and have positive customer feedback of 99.9% across over 8000 transactions. We are a family owned business and you can be assured of great customer service from start to finish.
Our webstore has a huge range of limited edition, rare and out of print music on Vinyl, CD and Cassette across a wide range of music genres.
Vinyl Grading – We use the following grading for all our vinyl :-
MINT – Absolutely perfect in every way. Certainly never been played, possibly even still sealed.
NEAR MINT – A nearly perfect record. A NM- record has more than likely never been played, and the vinyl will play perfectly, with no imperfections during playback. The record will show very minimal signs of wear. A 45 RPM or EP sleeve should have no more than the most minor defects, such as any sign of slight handling. An LP cover should have no creases, folds, seam splits, cut-out holes, or other noticeable similar defects. The same should be true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves, etc.
VG+ : A Very Good Plus record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don’t affect one’s listening experiences. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are “OK”. The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. Spindle marks may be present. Picture sleeves and inner sleeves will have some slight wear, slightly turned-up corners, or a slight seam split. An LP cover may have slight signs of wear, and may be marred by a cut-out hole, indentation, or cut corner.
VG : Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song’s intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as with light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound. Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue)
attached. The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time.
G/GOOD : A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be played through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. A cover or sleeve will have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear, or other defects will be present. While the record will be playable without skipping, noticeable surface noise and “ticks” will almost certainly accompany the playback.
We ship quickly using professional vinyl mailers and stiffeners to protect your purchase. We offer economy standard non tracked mail or Tracked options at checkout.