Certainly hard to find in general if you are really intent on a VCR and not something like a TIVO or DVD Recorder. A couple years ago, my wife's last Mits VCR (I love Mits VCR's) went bad and I decided to go a different route since this unit (??747) only lasted a couple years and she didn't want a TIVO -- wanted simple and what she was used to. I went with a New Old Stock Mitsubishi 2000 DVHS since it looked like it was built like some of those old VCR tanks from the late 80's/early 90's before everything went disposable. It felt much more like the U67 that I used, then handed down to her when her prior unit burned out. I think she used it for 6 or 7 years probably averaged 6 hours a day b/w recording and playback. It looks like you can still get brand new units on EBay for less than $120 -- original MRSP was over 1000.
I don't even use it for DVHS, just SVHS tapes and the thing is amazing for old tech -- solid quiet, fast, and so far extremely reliable. I liked it so much I bought a second new one to replace my JVC 9500 which was handed down to the kids to replace the Mits U59 (one of the first quasi SVHS players) which had given them several years of Disney and time shifting use.
I was trying to remember how many VCR's I've owned over the last 25 years starting with an Emerson my Dad bought for me in 1985 when I was in Grad school, a Mits U52 in 1989 ( I want to say I also had a U50 in there somewhere), U67 in 1994 to put in my first real HT, JVC 9500, U59, U747, and now the HD2000U's. I suspect that will be the last though I always wanted to look at a Sony 1000 or one of the Panasonic Prosumer AG1980's. My roomie from college had one of the first VCR's I ever saw back when they were $1000 -- I think it was 2 piece RCA that cost around $1K maybe around 1981 or 1982???