I have been very surprised not to see many questions relating to what seems to be a common problem or two with Sony VCR's? I and another colleague are the happy owners of a Sony SLV-SE830 unit which is of ok quality (for VHS) and when used as a Analogue Tuner - as good as the TV, if not better in poor reception areas. In addition I have been a proud Sony Video supporter for many years now, with no previous hesitation in recommending Sony Products. Now I am not so sure?! Firstly I know of another SLV-SE830 where the 'EEPROM memory' became corrupted and recently I indeed had a similar fault in my own unit. Thankfully this seems to be a common fault on these players (detailed in the internet in places) and once I had found how to get into the 'test' mode - I corrected the problem for me - which related to playback tracking. I made no hardware repairs so expect the fault to re-appear at some point if the power fails. In the other case a repairer charged £60 to 'fix' the problem but since then the fault has reocurred. So I guess that the recommended change in values of the two 10k resistors and the fix to correct orientation of the related capacitor was not done?! These two fixes I intend to apply to both machines when I get time and opportunity! Now turning to the SLV-SE840/740 - Current models - there seems to either be a general quality issue with the machines or the Sony name is suffering thru 'dumbing down (cost cutting) in design/manufacture. I recently recommended these players (as the successors to mine) to a relative and no less than 3 units were returned to the Sony Centre where they came from. In the shop other units were tried until the Manager decided he did not want to try any more and refunded the purchase price. Another store stopped selling the 740 apparently after 'quality issues'. What was the problem? It was very poor quality video from the VCR Tuner (both via scart and RF connections) - mainly fuzzy and with criss-crossing artefacts in very bright picture areas. Obviously recording and playing back such pictures made matters worse. Playing back prerecorded tapes was fine. The aeriel was eliminated - it was good for the iDTV anyway, as was a number of other possible causes. The conclusion I have was it related to the Tuner/RF Front end of the units. I have seen other commentators making similar observations on forums in the net, but the local Sony repairer 'is not aware of a general problem'- - which I cannot believe!? Can anyone add to this?