Thanks to Don ( a post of his awhile back), I use the ~$4 FUJI ST120 and have excellent results. I get an occasional drop out (maybe 3 or so during the whole movie) but since I see that sometimes when watching live, I am not sure that its the tape or the incoming signal. I did record the PPV of Supernova from DISH on one of my DVHS tapes cause I did not want to take any chances with a 6 buck, one time movie but even then, I had a couple of pixelated scenes for a few seconds.
Tapewarehouse is also where I get my tapes. My only complaint is that the Fedex shipping is expensive but now Don tell's us that if you call, you can get it sent UPS ground which I assume is cheaper. I will check into that on my next order - thanks for the tip Don.