This is my first post in quite some time. I've researched the archives a fair amount and have found good information on models and such. I am in between a normal vhs vcr and an svhs. I work at an electronics store, and get a fair discount. However, we only carry up to the jvc 5900. The 7xxx and 9xxx models seem to be favored here. I can get the 7800 at crutchfield for $200, but thats a lot more than my price on the 5900. Should I consider just going with a Sony 88 or Panasonic if I do not buy a 7xxx jvc? Also, I would like to copy tapes of recorded television shows. I am in need of a stabilizer or amplifier, yes? Does the Sima Copymaster suit this task? I know Radio Shack has an s-video amplifier, which probably does the same thing. BTW, I would be using the new vcr with a jvc 3400 svhs. Thanks in advance.