1. Mint: As new, appears perfect to the unaided eye.

  2. Almost perfect: one or two faint marks in a relatively unimportant location (like the base plate).

  3. Mint minus: a few surface rubs or “bright marks” or a single small scratch or edge nick. Still beautiful.

  4. Exc++: Similar to mint minus except that the marks may be in a more visible location (like the top plate). Black paint finish may have minimal edge brassing on sharp edges.

  5. Exc+: Shows signs of reasonably careful use such as rub marks, light strap marks. Clean user condition.

  6. Exc: Shows definite signs of use including a possible tap, ding, or shallow impress. Shows no sign of hard impact.

  7. With rare exceptions, items rated less than excellent will not be offered.


I try to be conservative in my ratings but, judging the condition of an item is unavoidably somewhat subjective. If you are reasonable in your expectations, I think you will be satisfied with the condition of your purchase.

SUPER ANAL GUIDE TO CONDITION RATINGS. Enjoy but, do not take seriously.

  • New: Still in parts at the factory.

  • Mint in box: On store shelf. Never opened.

  • Mint: Box has been opened.

  • Mint minus: One or two fingerprints on camera.

  • Exc plus: Three or four fingerprints.

  • Exc: Handled by two people.

  • Exc minus: One bright mark barely visible on baseplate..

  • Vg plus: Slight signs of use. Mint after two martinis.

  • Vg: Parts only. Same as new.

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