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P O L Y P H O N Y
Post Office Box #515
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
Lawrence H. Jones, Proprietor
Website Fixed-Price Catalog. Autumn 2012
October 19, 2012 - November 12, 2012
Dear Fellow Record Collectors -
Welcome to Polyphony’s Autumn 2012 fixed-price catalog, which you may browse or download from the web either as a Word document or a PDF file. I hope you will find something of interest! Orders will be accepted through Monday, November 12th. Happy Browsing!
Special Shipping Offer:
For orders over $150 received by November 5th, 2012, shipping within the United States is FREE, and foreign parcels will receive a discount of $10.00 off the cost of shipping.
How to Find What You Want & Place an Order
Go to the Table of Contents on Page 4 to find the type of material in which you are interested (or you can search for particular artists or composers or labels - or anything else! - with the Find command on your Edit menu).
To order, the easiest way is just to cut-and-paste items you want into an e-mail to Polyphony (use the address above: firstname.lastname@example.org). Or you may just e-mail a brief description of the item and its price - but please always include the six-digit inventory number in brackets in red at the end of each listing [0XXXXX]. This will permit me to process your order much more quickly. [If you cannot use e-mail, you are welcome to send an order by conventional mail to the address above. If you provide a credit card for payment I will ship all items which remain available immediately. Otherwise I will send an invoice via return mail. Please note that I will not be shipping during the second half of November.]
Invoicing, Payment & Shipping
I will reply via e-mail within one business day of receipt of your message, confirming availability and total cost of your order with shipping. I will also provide details regarding payment options (Polyphony accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal, as well as checks. money orders and wire transfers). [Unlike my auctions, orders from this listing are filled on a "first-come, first-served" basis: the sooner you place an order the better the chances of receiving all the items you select.]
You will find a description of Polyphony's grading system on Page 2; on Page 3 you will find details of shipping costs and a listing of abbreviations.
Go to next page for description of Condition Grading
Grading used records is difficult since a subjective element is always present and variations in equipment will cause differences in sound. My method: each disc is examined visually to note marks which may be audible. Such defects are auditioned and, in any case, each record is spot-checked in several places on both sides for surface noise and other defects which are not visible. Records are then graded by as follows:
FS - Factory-sealed
A - Records in the general category of A are in excellent condition. A record graded A- will be virtually perfect, but may have an occasional very light tick or slight noise in quiet passages: A- is my typical grade for a domestically-pressed disc which appears mint; "A- to A" is reserved for the finest foreign pressings and unusually fine American ones.
B - Records in the general category of B are in good condition. They will have no serious scratches and will not suffer from breakup of the musical sound. A record graded B+ will have no scratches and only minor surface noise. A grade of B or B- indicates greater degrees of noise and may also involve blemishes or scratches if they are light, but the degree of defect will not be enough to impair enjoyment of the music to a great extent.
C - These records are in fair condition. They will be playable, but noisy.
D - These records are in poor condition; perhaps unplayable.
If isolated portions of a disc sound worse than the grade suggests, specific flaws are noted in detail. A slash mark between grades indicates differences between sections of the record, generally (not always) between sides. Mono discs are graded with the amplifier in mono mode.
Please bear two things in mind about my grading: First, because it is accomplished through audition (rather than just visual inspection) it tells you not only how a record looks, but how it sounds. Put another way, it evaluates not only how well the record has been cared for but how well it was pressed to begin with. Second, the grade is assigned without regard for a record's age. A disc pressed in the 1950's and graded B+ is probably an excellent or mint copy of a typical pressing from that era. A 78-rpm disc graded B+ is also excellent. I try to be conservative in my grading, but if you receive a record which you feel is in condition inferior to its grade, you may return it within two weeks for full refund.
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