Casals Classical – used classical LPs, CDs, books & music memorabilia

This is an internet-only store based in Spain. I do not have a brick-and-mortar shop. I do buy LP and CD collections, large and small. Please contact me if you have a collection to sell.

Although my Shopify store is new, I have been selling used classical LPs and CDs for nearly 20 years, 17 of those on eBay, where I am still active as a seller (eBay ID: redgarnett). At the moment, I have just under 250 items for sale on eBay, almost all LPs.

There are more than 3,000 items available in my Shopify store, with a more even mix of LPs and CDs. There is some minor duplication between the two stores, but not much. The LPs in my Shopify store are in no way inferior to those I’m selling on eBay.

I am an American living just north of Barcelona. Occasionally I have written freelance articles on classical music, mostly for “Classical Recordings Quarterly”, which sadly has now closed, and twice for “International Piano”.

Please write with any questions. I will be happy to help. Thank you.

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Ordering

Though the website has a shopping cart and a fully secure checkout system, you may also place orders "off-line", if you prefer. Simply make a list of the LPs you would like to buy and e-mail me at:

info@casals-classical.com

I will then prepare a PayPal invoice and promptly send this to you to complete the order.

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Grading

I take grading very seriously and do my best to grade the LPs and CDs accurately. I do try to at least spot-check (i.e., play-grade to some extent) every item. On some items I rely on a visual grade only. Any expensive items (e.g., $50.00 USD and higher, will have been play-graded from beginning to end.

The gradations of condition I use are as follows, though the terms below are described vis-à-vis the LP itself (vs. the jacket). I do, on occasion, employ a plus (+) or minus (-) to further refine the grading of a particular item.

LPs

  • MINT (PERFECT) – should play flawlessly, like new and be free of marks and/or spindle trails.
  • NEAR-MINT (NM, ALMOST LIKE NEW) – should play near flawlessly, but may have non-sounding marks, spindle trails, or very minor sonic imperfections. Should be free of tics and/or even light surface noise.
  • EXCELLENT (EX) – may have occasional patches of light surface noise, or a few scattered tics, though nothing repetitive.
  • VERY GOOD (VG) – surface noise is more pronounced, but not overly obtrusive. Could still be considered a collector’s copy, though hardly a perfect one. Again, no repetitive tics.
  • GOOD – better than a simple audition copy, but not a collector’s copy. Likely has significant surface noise, possibly repetitive tics, spindle marks and/or wear, grimy, etc.
  • FAIR – really only serviceable as an audition copy or for some sort of study purpose. Will play though – no needle jumps. I do not sell LPs with needle jumps. 
  • POOR – simply a worse version of FAIR. Heavily played, worn copy that should not be purchased from a “collection” or “collector’s” standpoint.

Jackets

  • MINT (PERFECT) – should look like new. Shrinkwrap could be torn, but the underlying jacket should be more or less flawless and free of any owners’ markings.
  • NEAR-MINT (NM, ALMOST LIKE NEW) – appears almost like new; perhaps minor corner bumping or very light shelfwear or discoloration; free of owners’ markings.
  • EXCELLENT (EX) – possible light edgewear, corner wear, light discoloration; should be free of seamsplits or bends; maybe have discreet owners’ markings.
  • VERY GOOD (VG) – may have a small seamsplit (generally less than 3”) and/or other defects (edgewear, corner wear, discoloration, owners’ markings).
  • GOOD – noticeably aged or worn jacket; seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, and/or discoloration apparent.
  • FAIR – the jacket is still serviceable; definitely not a collector’s copy; multiple defects and/or wear.
  • POOR – simply a worse version of FAIR: heavy wear, discoloration, tears, bends, splits, etc.
 

CDs

Here the grading is a bit simpler. When items are described as Excellent (EX) or Very Good (VG), this refers to the booklet or traycard showing wear or damage. The CD itself should still be MINT (Perfect) or Near-MINT (NM, Almost Like New) unless otherwise noted. Although I cannot provide a brand new jewel case in every instance, I will never send a CD in an old or dirty jewel case. The jewel case will either be new or almost new.

Please write with any questions. I will be happy to help. Thank you.

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Links

Bandoneon Recordings

I have a small CD label, Bandoneon Recordings, devoted to historical recordings of classical music artists. It can be found here:

http://www.bandoneonrecordings.com

Although I only have one release at the moment, several more are planned during 2016.

 

SoundFountain.com

http://www.soundfountain.com/amb/amb.html

One of the great music websites on the net with a wealth of information for the dedicated collector; rich in historical detail and with considerable practical information for record and sound system care; the last word on the Remington label; and with records for sale. A truly wonderful resource, with many beautiful illustrations, photos and reproductions.

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Payment

PayPal
This shop accepts PayPal.
 
Credit Cards
Credit card payments are also accepted, either via PayPal or via Braintree. Both PayPal and Braintree are completely secure and highly rated internet payment companies.
 
Bank Transfers
Also accepted are bank transfers. Although I am based in Europe, any bank transfers will have to go to my USA bank, no exceptions (all transfers must be in US dollars).
However, please bear in mind that this payment option cannot be used in conjunction with the shopping cart. Buyers who prefer this method can simply send me an e-mail listing the items they want, or a screen shot of the shopping cart, and I will calculate the total and provide them with an invoice and my USA bank details.
 
Bank Checks
I will accept bank checks, though again these must be directed to my USA bank and must be in US dollars. Really, this method is not recommended. It is quite slow – the check would have to clear my USA bank, etc.
 
Cash
Not accepted.

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Shipping

All items are sent from the Barcelona, Spain area via Corroes, the Spanish national post. Correos is very reliable and during the 11 years I have been selling from Spain, only perhaps 3 packages out of more than 5000 have been lost. The only disappointment I have ever encountered is the occasional slow delivery times during the Christmas holidays.

Shipping is charged at cost. I do not attempt to make even 1 penny on shipping. Nor do I charge “handling fees” or pass the cost of supplies (mailers, polysleeves, etc.) on to customers. If a customer is overcharged, as regards shipping, I will refund the difference.

Outside of Europe, shipping can be quite expensive, though very much comparable to other European countries.

The good news, at least for those contemplating a large order, is that the shipping rates do not continue to climb precipitously. Roughly, postage increases by $4.00 USD for every kg above 2.0 kg. Thus, to mail 3 kg costs $44.00, 4 kg $48.00, 5 kg $52.00, etc. The big jumps in price occur at 500 g and 1000 g. Thereafter the increases are more modest.

Below is a table with shipping rates up to 1.5 kg. Based on weight and destination, the rates are roughly as follows:

 

Up to 500 grams

$10.00 USD for standard airmail (5-10 days delivery)

 

$12.95 for certified airmail (5-10 days delivery, with tracking #)

What items typically fall into this category?

1 standard 12” or 10” LP, including gatefold LPs

3 to 4 CDs

What items are too heavy for this rate?

2-LP sets, early French dowel spine (ds) issues, and even some early 12” LP; for example, I once mailed a 1950 Westminster LP that weighed, with the LP mailer box, around 530 grams.

 

 

Up to 1000 grams

$22.50 USD for standard airmail (5-10 days delivery)

 

$26.00 USD for certified airmail (5-10 days delivery, with tracking #)

What items typically fall into this category?

Generally just 2 LPs. If the LPs are 1970s/80s issues, I can with some luck get 3 LPs, safely packaged, just under 1000 g. If the LPs are 1950s or 1960s pressing, 2 is the maximum possible.

 

 

Up to 1500 grams

$39.95 USD for standard airmail (5-10 days delivery)

$43.00 USD Euros for certified airmail

What items typically fall into this category?

3 to 5 LPs, most 3-5 LP box sets (though not all; again, this is dependent on whether the set is a 1950s/60s issue or a later 1970s/80s issue).