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We are extremely critical and conservative graders of phonographs, and subsequently, our written descriptions and condtion rankings can be relied upon to make a good purchasing decision. Besides providing detailed written descriptions, we grade each phonograph on two criteria, one being originality and the other condition. Our overarching goal has always been to maintain complete integrity in the hobby, which can only be achieved by a true and accurate representation of each phonograph.

Please note that we rate "originality" as a service to the collector community, as many collectors prefer the historical significance of original (non-refinished) machines. Others who are intested in a nice showpiece for their home, may prefer the fresh appearance of a correctly restored machine. While the current market value of original machines tends to be somewhat higher than for restored machines, all our restored machines are historically authentic.

'Condition rankings' refer to the cosmetic appearance (only) of a phonograph, and will describe the presence of any defects or damage

We do not sell original or restored phonographs in poor condition, fakes, replicas, or phonographs that have been pieced together from different models. Our inventory represents some of the best examples in the country. Many machines that some dealers will classify as "mint" or "outstanding" may not even qualify for sale from our business, as they would not measure-up to the calibre of phonographs we sell.

We also use a "+" and "-" designation when appropriate to indicate a small weighting factor in the overall grade, e.g. "2+" would imply a machine that is rated higher than "2" but less than "1".

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