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I also don't believe there ever was a S-VHS machine made that didn't have S-video out, after all using only composite it would be hard to tell any quality difference between the two formats so you really need the higher quality connector to show the benefit. What I'm not sure is if there were ever any regular VHS machines made that also had S-video outputs. There were recorders made that did, I have a couple Panasonic combo DVDRs that have a S-video output even though they were only VHS but the connector was mainly meant for the DVD side but you had the added benefit of being able to watch VHS through it too.
AFA a VCR forum, AVS never had one, the most used forum for VHS topics is the DVD Recorders forum where people are mainly trying to convert their VHS tapes to DVD.
AFA fixing your old VCR or purchasing a used one, it's kind of a crap shoot. Sometimes you can find a very little used VCR at second hand shops like the Goodwill, Salvation Army or even pawn shops. Many of them were probably only used to play tapes as not a lot of people actually bothered to record but S-VHS machines are harder to find in little used condition since people actually had to go out of their way to purchase them and they had to spend more than the $99 that regular VHS machines were going for near the end. The people who purchased S-VHS machines were probably far more likely to record and actually use them quite a bit.
Personally I'd check out second hand shops for a clean S-VHS machine, if you don't find one and get tired of looking you might want to get yours fixed. A big advantage to fixing yours is if you have tapes you've recorded on it, they always play best on the actual machine that recorded it, this is particularly important if you used SLP(or EP) speed, less important with SP tapes which have a lot more leeway as far as players.