Led Zeppelin-Led Zeppelin 1968 Test Pressing Vinyl LP

This item have been sold for $1028.18


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Auction Details:
Code ID
#365123
Ebay Item #
184699580852
Sold Price
$1028.18
Bids
19
Auction End date
15 Mar 2021
Seller Location
Ruidoso, New Mexico

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Item Description

Led Zeppelin 1969 first album US test pressing released in December 1968; with "Atlantic Recording Studios" labels with typed song titles with different timings pasted over white labels. 11 West 60th Street, N.Y., N.Y. 10023 address on Label
Country of Manufacture: USA 
Sleeve design: Original Generic Sleeve With Handwritten "Led Zeppelin"                                   
CONDITION:
Vinyl Grade:   VG 
Sleeve Grade:  VG
Label: Atlantic
Matrix Number:  (Side A etched): ST-A-681461-A AT RG W 73(backwards)   (Side B etched): ST-A-681462-A AT RG W 73(backwards) 
Specific Description: (Please view photographs carefully.  They are high resolution photographs and can be magnified for viewing at your discretion.  They are an important part of the description)
   SLEEVE: The generic sleeve is the original sleeve in very good condition overall with no seam splits or tears; age related discoloration/yellowing is present
   LABEL: Both labels are in very good shape without much concern; side 2 has some discoloration around the spindle area; no writing or tears; spindle shows some acceptable wear.
   Record: Visually the record has surface marks, scuffs, and light scratches throughout; the photographs show the overall condition; Play testing reveals crackle and pops throughout, most evident in intros and between tracks and quieter passages; the record plays through without skipping or jumping; the sound of the music is bright and loud, as this album was mixed loudly.  Overall rating is Very Good VG.   
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On Mar-10-21 at 11:55:34 PST, seller added the following information:

Additional Description added March 10th, 2021 after additional play grading; photographs have been improved as well: 
Vinyl Grade:   Overall VG; Play Grade VG to VG+; Visual Grade VG 
   Record: The photographs show the overall condition. Please view them with magnification if you desire; Visually the record has surface marks, scuffs, and light scratches throughout. Photographs 10 and 11 show a long light scratch on side one;  Play testing reveals crackle and pops throughout, most evident in intros and between tracks and quieter passages.  The long light scratch on photographs 10 and 11 causes sequential pops for approximately 20 seconds on the second track (side 1). Two play tests revealed no other sequential popping; the organ intro on track 1 side 2 plays with louder crackle for about 15 to 20 seconds, but is still enjoyable; some tracks play VG+; the record plays through without skipping or jumping; the sound of the music is bright and loud, as this album was mixed loudly.  Overall rating is Very Good VG.  
This is a rare and increasingly difficult item to find.  I purchased this years ago simply to own and add to my collection.  I only played this album once and two more times for play grading. I would not use this album to impress or demonstrate my stereo.  I view it as an  irreplaceable musical artifact and an important piece of history, worthy of any serious music collection regardless of condition.   
Additional information taken from Goldmine Record Grading Standard:
Very Good (VG)
Many of the imperfections found on a VG+ record are more obvious on a VG record. That said, VG records are among the biggest bargains in record collecting, because most of the “big money” goes for more perfect copies. For many listeners, a VG record or sleeve will be worth the money.
VG records have more obvious flaws than their counterparts in better shape. They lack most of the original gloss found on factory-fresh records. Groove wear is evident on sight, as are light scratches deep enough to feel with a fingernail. When played, a VG record has surface noise, and some scratches may be audible, especially in soft passages and during a song’s intro and ending. But the noise will not overpower the music otherwise.

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