Obviously, these audio gradings are based on recordings we have heard. Some of these recordings may be better than yours, or vice versa, this is only a general guide. However, you tend to find most people have around the same generation of recordings...
Bootleg traders all seem to have their own grading scale, which can make things quite difficult . We're no different, but hopefully ours will help you roughly understand what a particular tape is supposed to sound like...
* 10 - doesn't exist, that is for the gig that hasn't yet been played and therefore has not been altered in any way.
* 9 - This would be used only for a sonically perfect, soundboard recording. Using a grading of 9 is very dangerous as it leads people to believe they are getting something straight from a master of a soundboard, which isn't always the case.
* 8 - This is obviously a reasonably good sounding tape with almost no noticeable disturbances, one you will listen to again and again, unfortunately most tapes don't fall under this category because as soon as they have been dubbed a few times the crispness is gone, the glitches appear, etc..
* 7 - Most live tapes in general will fall under this category as they all seem to have some problems, whether it be the taper was too far away, or they are slightly distorted, they have cuts here and there, all types of interference's. If you pick up a live tape at a record show, or somewhere you should expect that it will have some problems sonically. IT WILL PROBABLY NOT SOUND LIKE A NICE CLEAR RECORD! Most of the tapes in this category are still quite enjoyable to listen to from time to time.
* 4-6 These have serious problems and unless you really NEED this recording avoid these tapes at all costs as they will greatly disappoint you
* I tend to also grade in between the levels (i.e.: 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, etc) as some are not quite to the next level but are far better than the average 7, etc.
|Running Times are rounded up to the nearest minute, ie: 62.45 mins = 63 mins approx|
|We hope these pages can help you, but it is not meant as a trading page, these recordings are NOT available from this web site or anyone involved. There are plenty of resources on the web, and elsewhere, if that is your poison...|
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|Thanks to Dino Everett|