A popular fave LP by composer Joseph Byrd - USA with split seams, taped with hella ring wear. This cost me ONE quarter.
When it seems fitting, I spend a LOT of time and money to upgrade copies of certain (most) records, but I'm a collector nerd - it's my THING! Seriously, I've been known to do goofy shit like waiting till a somewhat sunny day to get a good and proper look at an LPs surface 'cause sunlight is the BEST LIGHT to see every flaw! AND ...(ahem) I've also been known to COUNT the spindle marks, when countable, in order to perhaps suss how many times the record could have been played prior. Uh-huh...embarrassing DEEP WEIRDO SHIT. Fathom.
Right, so knowing my OCD/collector focus ain't the normal individual-who-buys-records experience, I wondered—does condition matter much to anyone else?
The dirty, scratchy surface of that USA LP. It's beat but still plays through. My office copy.
I'm sure for everyone there comes a point you won't cross, a PRICE point, for a used RECORD if it's TOO beat up. So, y'all casual, and not-so-casual, consumers, I know you don't want your jams to be TOO SCRATCHY, and assuming you're not dropping a TON on an LP, what is your "that is too much abuse" threshold? Do you routinely inspect records prior to purchase? Does anyone audition an album if it looks too beat up? Anyone care about seam splits, tears, or cover wear? Or is it a matter of, "Scratches? I have shitty speakers and a cheap record player, so fuck it! As long as it don't skip, CLOSE ENOUGH!"?