English translation: scratchy (when referring to a vinyl)
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it fits, but what shocks me is that this adjective, "verschrammelt", has no clear definition. neither in the duden nor in the internet. it's gergal and quite used... 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
I think that verschrammelt here means scratchy (syn. zerkratzt/zerschrammt or kratzig). On the web there are numerous references in connection with the sound of instruments (guitars!), or simply with the physical condition of a record or something else that could be scratched.
Unless your text clearly points in that direction (Vienna, late 19th/early 20th century folk music), it is extremely unlikely that this has something to do with Schrammelmusik, which is named after a composer, while "schrammeln" and "verschrammelt" (which I wouldn't expect to appear in common dictionairies - I've never heard it before, it's just a coinage) are just colloquial adjectives with which the author wants to say the music doesn't sound nice.
sorry, I'm a newbie. as a matter of fact I'm not satisfied with the solution yet. even though the concept "schrammelmusik" is clear, I still have to finde someone who really knows what "verschrammelt" means. so far, everyone ha guessed. I think we "sniffed" the gist, but I need certainty! I'd like to re-open the question.