Uh-huh. Here we go. Again.
YOU do the math, Super Eye: your "perspective" on JVCs is about as useful as a pulled pork sandwich to a vegetarian in this context. The OP got royally screwed by a particular JVC SVHS vcr, and asked if an alternative model was from the same generation and might have the same problems. The answer is, yes, it was, so yes, it might. Not, "oh, I've NEVER had a problem with *my* dozens of JVCs, and anyone who ever claims they did is either a liar, a stupid ignorant git, or probably both and worse."
Enough with that crap already : we GET IT. You have been blessed by the gods of JVC SVHS. Bully for you: go initiate a JVC appreciation thread. But someone who's been rooked by a malfunctioning JVC SVHS really does not want to hear of your pure unabated joy, and be told they're a stinking liar and an idiot. It's insulting, and not at all helpful.
Let me repeat my reply to braxus in terms even you should be able to comprehend. I said, aging JVC SVHS of the HR-S9800 and HR-DVS2U generation have commonly had transport issues similar to what he complained of, and that trading one model for the other may lead to disappointment (especially the DVS2U). I suggested sending the 9800 to a JVC repair specialist, or opting for the newer JVC DVHS models, which have newer improved transports. And I suggested if braxus was very gunshy of JVC, he could get very similar TBC/DNR circuits in one particular Mitsubishi DVHS model.
I did NOT categorically state that all Mitsubishi VCRs were more reliable than all JVCs. I was speaking of the ONE model, MGA HS-HD2000U, in comparison to old used-up JVC SVHS vcrs. It has a rugged transport that isn't known to eat tapes and is regarded favorably by owners who work the machines hard for digitizing VHS and SVHS. If the choice is between this specific Mitsubishi and an old JVC SVHS DigiPure of unknown provenance, the MGA is the safer bet. If the choice is between the MGA 2000 and a similar-vintage JVC DVHS, it would be a toss up: both should be equally reliable.
Just as the JVC DVHS is more reliable in some respects than the older JVC SVHS, the Mitsubishi 2000 DVHS is significantly more reliable than Mitsubishi's older SVHS decks. Throughout the '90s, MGA used a flimsy plastic loading mechanism that shattered into unrepairable pieces within three years of purchase. The previous MGAs had better loading carriers but terrible video circuit board isolation that regularly caused shorts and dropouts. Today, with all these machines being long discontinued, one can only recommend the final, cheap Mitsubishi VCRs and the final DVHS 2000 model as being reliable: the rest are a gamble, if they even still function at all.
Your tales of the dealer in Texas who sold dozens of midrange, very-late-model like-new JVC SVHS models on eBay is a red herring in this discussion. Someone who needs TBC/DNR is not interested in those models: they don't have the DigiPure feature, so the fact that they happen to be reliable JVCs is irrelevant. I might just as well say to someone who has a tale of woe regarding the notoriously flaky Panasonic AG1980 "you must be a lying idiot, because a guy on eBay is selling tons of consumer-grade, like-new, late model Panasonic SVHS vcrs that have all been very reliable." The person who needs a functioning Panasonic AG1980 has not the slightest interest in the joy you've experienced with a midrange non-TBC/DNR Panasonic PV-VS4821. Thats an apples-oranges dead end digression from the point.
JVC made some staggeringly unreliable top-line SVHS models. So did Panasonic. So did Toshiba. So did Hitach/RCA. And don't even ask about Sony: they made JVC look like Rolls Royce. They all had lemons, and after 8, 10, or 15 years even the models that were known-rock-solid are no longer guaranteed winners in the second-hand market. Discussion of bad experience with years-old models of various brands should not diminish your enjoyment of one if you've been fortunate to have a sample that works perfectly. Conversely, your undisturbed copacetic sail thru life without a single hiccup does not change the horrible experiences others may have had with the very same models. Blinkered boosterism of any one of these brands was foolish back when they were new, and is ludicrous today now that all these old VCRs have one foot in the grave. You pays your money and you takes your chances with any of them. If you've been badly burned by one brand or product vintage, try another.