> Gypsy - looking up those model nos in my vcr database, it shows no record which means
> it's odd model no or the unit is no good mechanically. I don't know about the svhs
> deck. If have auto tracking or plastic housing these for the most part are terrible
> units mechanically. Few reasons not all reasons: Auto tracks almost all of them
> except the commerical units don't have all the settings to correctly play all tapes,
> they are also picky about used blank tapes recorded usually not playing them right
> unless recorded from that specific unit (seen this many times). They also go so
> many miles and that's it. Combos are really bad and won't hold up among use i'm
> not talking here and there, seen so many fail right off the shelves new it was crazy;
> vcr dvd combos; now dual decks 2 vhs in one are different and will hold up for awhile
> among heavy use; i used to copy alot and had a few they ran some years before dieing
> running constantly. The good JVCs are the 1980s with HR in the model no. In my
> opinion if the one you have sells and you don't use it i would sell it on ebay, selling
> out in the wild doesn't work anymore or rarely. Might try Mercari too not sure how
> vhs/vcrs do there cause no one has much of the better ones except the horror but
> there are hundreds of disney freaks there for commons if the view counts are correct.
> Congrats if your combo is one of the few good ones but i never seen a good one
> vcr/dvd combo that was great; a commerical unit maybe?
> I currently just have 1 now since no longer copy, it's built like a tank 1980s top
> load Philco which is the same thing as Panasonic 1980s just a different name. VCRS
> are just like cars some are built the same mechanically just a different name on
> it likely built by the same company. Number 2 best built vcr, i forget what is
> number 1 but i do know number 1 is way more expensive to get than this Panasonic.
> My dvd player is a cheap panasonic though i may sell it i don't really use it i
> can play dvds on my computer.
Your own database tracking models with an excel spreadsheet or something like that?
The first JVC is an SVHS deck as well. It has auto-tracking that works amazingly well, I'll ride it until it dies. It's my favorite of what I have currently. The full model name is HR-S3600U, I was going off memory earlier but I'm home now and checked.
I won't disagree that the combo units are really fragile. You will find a bunch with one or both halves broken but the guts in that thing are so good and help tremendously when not watching on a CRT (blasphemy). Since it has a composite input it can be used just for the comb filter and internal scaling which I've found to be better than that of the TVs I have used it on but admittedly I don't have a bunch of high end newer displays. It's also a DVD recorder and heavy as hell.
The Panasonic AG-W1 is insane it will play any region tape. The one I have was used in a TV commercial editing studio for a long time, then by another guy before it got passed to me. Some of the caps are going on an internal amp but it's otherwise fantastic which reminds me I need to just remove those caps.
My biggest regret is donating a couple pro grade old Sony VCRs I had. Those things were battlecruisers with bnc connectors. They probably are still working unless the thrift store threw them out.
Rebranding happens across electronics in general. Different regions will have different companies sub-licensing stuff. I have a stand alone external scaler that is a weird rebadge that even had it's own special firmware. Which was actually kind of annoying because it wouldn't support the firmware I wanted. When I contacted their old CS guy he was surprised I even found one, said they only made a very small number for a company at a few locations.