I know this seems old hat but my VCR has finally died.No mags.or forums seem to have any interest in straight forward VCR's any more. I want to maintain a VCR ability for 2 reasons: 1.Old tapes to play, 2.To record from a camcorder to give friends and relatives who do not have even DVD players yet-presumably need S-video here-is that right ? I do not want a combined machine as I would rather be able to replace components one by one as they fail and at the lower to middle end of the market I think stand alone machines probably give better performance. I would like any thoughts,suggestions etc.Also does anyone know where up to date VCR reviews can be found.The suggestions on this site seem to run out in about 2003. Thanks.Andrew.