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A couple posts back, I mentioned having some leads on good decks. Well, a lead paid off.

Earlier this year, I acquired a stash of nice SR-MV45 units. It was hard to turn down, the decks really were nice, not your average eBay/Craigslist junk. I know members here are always seeking quality decks, so I grabbed all them for us. However, even being nice decks, I saw these could be better. After a quite a bit of time and expenses, I refurbished several of the decks to minty like-new condition, and those are now starting to become available.

(Worth mentioning: Several perform/function below my expectations, and those are parts fodder if/when needed. Good parts, not eBay junk decks "for parts".)

Back in December, I honestly thought I was done with VCRs.

So if you want a good deck, get it while I got it!

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Added some decks, including another A+ 7800!

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Hi, Lordsmurf! On my other forums, when there is a smurf, that is always the go-to gal or guy! Funny, but true. Anyway, I have been reading here for a bit and I would be interested in your jvc 7900. Is it in great working condition? I stupidly sold my jvc, I believe it was the 9600 or 9900, a few years ago and now ant it back. I understand from your ratings that this one is a good one. Please let me know if it is available. I first want to use it to watch home videos made on the compact cassette (I still have my adapter thing) and then will watch movies. I do not need to record excessively, but would like that as a future option. If you suggest a different deck, please advise. Thanks so much!
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Updated the list.

All of my nicest A+ and A++ decks are now gone. But I still have some A-/A+ available (not quite A-, not quite A+). If you've been on the fence, now would be a good time to act. This may be the last year I sell VCRs, still undecided. What that means is this: what I have available now is the end of my small stash of decks. So if you want a known-good VCR, now is the time to get it. Aug/Sept, try not to wait until Oct-Dec.

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Very few decks are now remaining.

This past fall, after the above update, I did manage to refurb a pair of SR-V10U decks into astonishing A+ condition, surpassing my expectations of the refurbs. Shot for B+/A-, got A+ instead. Nice! But that took months of work, and I will not be repeating that. Ground-up VCR rebuilds take a lot of time, more than I want to invest this year.

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Would be interested in a 9000 series if/when you come across a good one. Would also love for a write up on refurbishing these things. I think that would be a worthwhile guide on this site.
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I have 3 final decks available.
And at the moment, I have no plans to refurb any more VCRs for the foreseeable future.

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I have two decks again. And I'm not sure if I'll be doing others this winter.

Getting good decks is getting much harder AND more costly. It's insane when an eBay "parts only" (fully fubar) deck is $200+, and a "tested"/"works" (which is neither tested nor working) deck is $300+. My offline sources are drying up, online sources limited. I refuse to buy from eBay, where the question of "what's wrong with it, exactly" (ie, to see if it can be repaired, or even still has good parts inside) is "duh".

When I had a deck available, my suggestion is to get it while I got it!
Or better yet, a whole workflow.

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I have two decks again. And I'm not sure if I'll be doing others this winter.

Getting good decks is getting much harder AND more costly. It's insane when an eBay "parts only" (fully fubar) deck is $200+, and a "tested"/"works" (which is neither tested nor working) deck is $300+. My offline sources are drying up, online sources limited. I refuse to buy from eBay, where the question of "what's wrong with it, exactly" (ie, to see if it can be repaired, or even still has good parts inside) is "duh".

When I had a deck available, my suggestion is to get it while I got it!
Or better yet, a whole workflow.
What is the deck in question?
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What is the deck in question?
JVC S-VHS models with line TBC.

How many tapes?
What recording mode are your VHS tapes?
- SP, LP, EP/SLP, or a mix? If mix, % of each?
- If not known, guestimate. (What you don't want to do is put these tapes in a ratty old VCR, and have the tapes get damaged.)

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JVC S-VHS models with line TBC.

How many tapes?
What recording mode are your VHS tapes?
- SP, LP, EP/SLP, or a mix? If mix, % of each?
- If not known, guestimate. (What you don't want to do is put these tapes in a ratty old VCR, and have the tapes get damaged.)
I've been looking for a JVC with TBC but have been striking out as far as finding one that is in good shape or in a condition that I feel confident in my ability to fix. I am also a younger single, college student living alone so I don't have the large amounts of cash that others do which puts me at a disadvantage as far as something like eBay goes.

I have nearly 100 blank tapes and have more readily available if/when I have the room or interest for them.
Quality is generally unknown but the contents are primarily old TV broadcasts e.g. cartoons, sitcoms, news, etc.
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I've been looking for a JVC with TBC but have been striking out as far as finding one that is in good shape or in a condition that I feel confident in my ability to fix. I am also a younger single, college student living alone so I don't have the large amounts of cash that others do which puts me at a disadvantage as far as something like eBay goes.

I have nearly 100 blank tapes and have more readily available if/when I have the room or interest for them.
Quality is generally unknown but the contents are primarily old TV broadcasts e.g. cartoons, sitcoms, news, etc.
That's a lot of tapes. You don't want to skimp on the VCR, for multiple reasons: reduced quality, eat tapes, decks failure, etc.

eBay isn't buying, it's gambling. All those "tested" and "working" decks rarely are actually tested or working correctly, as sold by video know-nothings. They see lights, it works! They see any quality picture, it's tested! There is a huge difference between what I do, and what an eBay seller does (which is almost always nothing). Same goes for Deter and TGrant and VCRshop/Branko, and a few others.

All hobbies have costs. When I started the video hobby seriously almost 30 years ago, I barely had two nickels to rub together, those were lean times. But it's something I really wanted to do, so saved, and that's where my funds went. I still have my first S-VHS deck from the mid 90s, still remember buying it at Circuit City in the ritzy part of the metro (only store that had one local for sale), and it wasn't cheap.

As a cartoon/TV hobbyist, I have to ask ... what shows? (PM me, let's not OT this thread any more)

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