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 Vinyl Tap Music and Memorabilia

Vinyl Tap Music and Memorabilia

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 We are a UK based online mail order record shop. We specialise in rare, deleted and promo items. We have an extensive stock of 7" singles (45s), LPs, 12" singles, CDs, videos, posters, limited editions, picture discs, imports, t-shirts and memorabilia

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We accept the following:

Paypal to sales@vinyltap.demon.co.uk

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UK Cheques, UK Postal Orders,

International Money Orders in UK Pounds Sterling

Cash (UK Pounds, Euros or US Dollars) by Registered/Insured Post

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get combined postage for purchasing multiple items?

If you add all the items you wish to purchase from us to your shopping basket/cart, and then go to the checkout page from the shopping basket page, the shipping cost will be automatically combined.

If you cannot see an 'Add to Basket' or 'Add to Cart' button on the listings from the Ebay you are using, please sign in using Ebay.co.uk, and the option should appear on our listings.

How do your gradings work?

Gradings are in the form of Sleeve/Disc. For example, if an item is graded EX/VG, then the sleeve is in excellent condition (first grade) and the disc is in very good condition (second grade). If there is only one condition, i.e. /EX, it means that the item is not in a picture sleeve and that the disc/record is excellent. Records that aren't in picture sleeves will either be in a company sleeve or a generic plain sleeve.

The auction says LP, is this a CD or Vinyl?

This is a Vinyl Record which plays at 33 rpm on a turntable (Long Play) and is not a CD.

I can't find all of the information about the item in the title, why?

We are limited by Ebay to 80 characters in the title so always read the description as all of the information is in there.

Do you ship worldwide?

Yes.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept Paypal to sales@vinyltap.demon.co.uk, Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer, UK Cheques, UK Postal Orders, International Money Orders in UK Pound Sterling, Cash in UK Pounds, US Dollars or Euros

How long does it take for delivery once I have placed and paid for an order?

In general, delivery takes approximately:
UK: 1 to 3 working days
EU: Normally up to 1 week, but occasionally 2 weeks
Rest of Europe: 1 to 2 weeks
South America: 2 to 3 weeks
Japan: Usually 1 week, but allow up to 2 weeks
Australia: 2 to 3 weeks
USA: Normally 1 week, but allow up to 2 to 3 weeks

How do you pack items for delivery?

All of our items are parcelled using strong specially designed cardboard packaging, with extra card placed inside the parcel for vinyl and memorabilia to further protect the order. Each vinyl in an order is placed in a clear plastic sleeve and plain paper white sleeve, and is separated from its cover (unless it is advertised as sealed), to prevent any damage.

Do you accept International Money Orders?

Yes, but they must be in UK Pound Sterling.

Why so many countries of origin for different vinyl and CDs?

Many collectors want to complete their collections with copies of all of the countries of issue, i.e. Queen - Bohemiam Rhapsody was probably released in 40 or more countries and then re-issued over the years. All of these issues/pressings are different and obviously some are easy to find while some are quite impossible. It's not just having the money to buy these - it's trying to locate them!

Why are some records very expensive and the same album also cheap?

It's all to do with which pressings are easy to locate and how much an item is in demand. For example, an original pressing obscure progressive rock UK album could be worth £1000, a German original could fetch £150, while a CD is £12. It's all to do with the collector wanting an original and not a copy; a bit like art collecting.


Terms

We are used to supplying collectors worldwide and at times it is easy to forget that there are many people who don't know certain things/times/places/etc because they are new to record collecting or just that no one has ever explained what they mean. So we decided to put together a short list of information which could or should be able to help all collectors out there.

ACETATE: This is pressed in very small quantities and is actually a metal sheet covered in acetate material. It is made for the producer/artist/record company to have a listen before they make a test pressing. It can only be played a few times before it wears out - but because it is so limited, can be very expensive for collectable artists.

B/W: "Backed with", the B-side(s).

DELETION CUT: Deletion cuts refer to titles that have been deleted or removed from manufacturing and distribution. It also refers to the manner in which the cover is marked to denote this. Remaining stock of a deleted title are sent through machines that punch, cut or clip the cover.

DEMO: This is a cross between a promo and a test pressing and is usually used for promotional use. Again, not commercially available.

DIE CUT SLEEVE: This is where the sleeve has been specially been cut away by a circular cutting machine so that the disc can be seen through the sleeve. Usually for picture discs.

DOUBLE PACK: As it states really, double disc. With many CDs there is a Part 1 and Part 2, put together it's a double pack. In the 80s there were many 7" double packs but these stopped when the UK charts wouldn't accept them as sale in the late 80s.

FLEXI DISC: As the name suggests, a disc which is flexible. Usually quality isn't of perfect standard but often include rare tracks. Ideal as freebies as they are cheap to make.

GATEFOLD: The sleeve opens like a book.

LP: A Long Play Vinyl Record.

PROMO: This is a promotional item usually sent out to places where it would be an advantage for the artist/ group to be seen or heard, i.e. Radio stations, DJs, magazines and news papers, etc. Because they are not on sale (usually given away free - but in small quantities), many collectors desire these items and they can fetch high prices for most sought-after items. This isn't true all of the time as some promos are more common than the normal issues because a record company has tried to push an item and the public has decided not to buy it commercially.

TEST PRESSING: This is usually made for the record company to decide if everything is OK with the pressing - like it says - it's a test pressing. Sometimes a company will press extra copies and use it for promotional use. This is why some test pressings are impossible to find and others are quite common.