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Abbreviations

Here are the Abbreviations I've used, the current possible Country-Codes and the different Record-Types explained. Naturally also the important Grading of the records/covers...

Used Abbreviations

Acetate Record made from vinylacetate (very rare, early testpressing with limited edition of around 5 to 10 pieces)
Autographed Original-Autograph(s) on cover
Bootleg Not licensed recording (usually from concerts, often recorded from the auditorium)
Club Club-edition (sometimes different to the regular release, different cover or different titles and so on)
Cmp
Compilation (Sampler)
CO Cut-Out (usually a deleted record, with a hole or a cut in the cover)
CSl Company-Sleeve
Dbl 2 records (e.g. double-LP or -CD)
DifC Different cover (in relation to the regular german pressing respectively the most common pressing if no german pressing exist)
DMM Digital Metal Mastering (high quality production method for vinyl-records)
DOC Damage On Cover (description in brackets)
DOL Damage On Label (description in brackets)
DOR Damage On Record (description in brackets)
FOC Fold Out-Cover
Freebie Free record (often as gift in music-magazines or newspapers)
Gimmick Gimmick-Cover (like Jethro Tull's LP "Stand Up" or the Rolling Stones LP "Sticky Fingers")
GrPr At least one Title from Grand Prix D'Eurovision
Halfspeed First rate cutting-process for vinyl-records (the rotation of the press-matrix has only half of the normal speed)
HIC Hole in Cover
Interview Record includes an interview
Lim.Ed. Limited Edition (Number of records in brackets if known)
Lim.num.Ed. Limited, numbered Edition (Number/Number of records in brackets if known)
MBC Record must be cleaned
Multi-FOC multiple Fold Out-Cover
NC No Cover
NTri No Triangle (without centre)
O.S.T. Original-Soundtrack
PicCD CD with picture on
PicDisc Picture-Disc (record with picture on)
PicShape Picture-Shape (Picture-Disc in unusual form)
Picture-Postcard playable postcard (usually in East Europe in former times available)
Poster-Sleeve Poster-Cover
Private Private pressing
Promo Promotional Record
Promo-Back Cover-Backside with informations about the artist
Promo-Insert Info-Sheet from the record-company
PSl Like CSl, but with picture of artist
Quadro Quadrophonic Recording
RI Reissue
Serie ..." Record, which was released in an oldie-series ("..." is the name of this series)
SSplt Seamsplit
ST Soundtrack
StOC Sticker On Cover
StOL Sticker On Label
TOC Tape On Cove
Tpl 3 records
V.A. Various Artists (Sampler, Compilation, Kopplung)
WOC Writing On Cover
WOL Writing On Label

Small letters in front should translated as follows:
s
small
b big

Small letters after have the following meaning:
f front
b back

An easy example:
sStOCf signs the presence of a small sticker on front of the record cover
bWOCb state out, that there is a big handwriting on the back of the cover

Big letters in brackets after songtitles have the following meanings: (E) Edited Version, (I) Instrumental Version, (L) Live-Recording, (R) Remix and (X) Extended Version!
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Country-Codes

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Country of Origin not known * A Austria * ALG Algeria * ARG Argentina * AUS Australia * BAH Bahamas * BEL Belgium * BM Bermudas * BOL Bolivia * BRA Brazil * BUL Bulgaria * CAN Canada * CH Switzerland * CHI Chile * CHN China * CIV Ivory Coast * COL Columbia * CS Czechoslovakia * CUB Cuba * DDR German Democratic Republic * DK Denmark * EGY Egypt * EUR Europe (Country not known for sure) * F France * FAN French Antilles (Martinique & Guadeloupe) * FIN Finland * GER Germany * GR Greece * GUI Guinea * HAI Haiti * HUN Hungaria * I Italy * IDO Indonesia * IND India * IRL Ireland * ISL Iceland * ISR Israel * JAM Jamaica * JP Japan * KAM Cameroon * KEN Kenya * KOR South-Korea * LEB Lebanon * LIB Liberia * LUX Luxembourg * MAL Mali * MEX Mexico * MON Monaco * MOQ Mozambique * MOR Morocco * NIG Nigeria * NL Netherlands* NOR Norway * NZ New Zealand * PAN Panama * PER Peru * PHI Phillipines * PL Poland * POR Portugal * PR Puerto Rico * ROM Romania * RUS Russia * SA South Africa * SEN Senegal * SIN Singapore * SP Spain * SU Soviet Union * SWE Sweden * TAI Thailand * TRI Trinidad * TUN Tunisia * TUR Turkey * UK United Kingdom (Great Britain) * USA United States of America * YU Yugoslavia
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Record-Types

BLU

Blue Ray

CD

CompactDisc

CS

CompactSingle (3")

CX

CompactMaxi (5")

DCD

Double CD

DLP

Double LP

DVD

Digital Versatile Disc

EP

Extended Play (7")

FX

Flexi

LP

Longplay Record

MC

MusiCassette

MP

Minialbum (12")

10"

Minialbum or 10"

12"

Maxisingle

SC

Shellac, 78 rpm, 10"

SH

Shape

7"

Single (7")

VID

VideoCassette

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Condition of Record & Cover

My grading is similar to the Record Collector grading.
But: Record is graded first, the sleeve/cover second (in case of CD's or MC's this means text-booklet respectively insert - plastic boxes can be very easy replaced!)

m

mint, new

n

near mint, nearly new

e

excellent, few signs of usage

v

very good, signs of usage

g

good, strong used

f

fair, wrecked

Example:
m/e means new record in a slightly used cover!
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