I've been trying to put some money aside so that I might one day be able to finally acquire a S-VHS VCR unit.
I found good things about the JVC HR-S8600 with such features as "Dynamic Drum", as well as being well-built and with good control over picture control (although I'm not sure if it can disable it so I can get a "as is" image).
However, JVC S-VHS models tend to bundle the line TBC and 3D DNR on the same control button, and I'd rather have the ability to decided which function I wanted to active.
Then comes the Panasonic NV-HS960EG, a model with separate buttons for line TBC and 3D DNR. However, I don't know about the performance of its line TBC compared to the JVC. Also, the Panasonic only has 3 picture modes: "AUTO", "SHARP" and "SOFT". The manual makes no mention of being able to disable the picture control.
As you see, I'm in a bit of a conundrum.