My problem: The S-VHS facility no longer works. It records and plays perfectly in non-SVHS mode (which is switchable) but SVideo recording and playing just gets a corrupt picture.
I've always thought the heads had gone bad but it's just occurred to me that perhaps it's an SVHS circuitry fault. I mean, if it works OK in regular mode, wouldn't that indicate that it's not a head fault?
My question: Is there an old-school VCR tech out there who can comment on this? Does anyone know of a repairman or service organisation in NZ who might be able to help? I think it would have to be someone who was active in VCRs in the 80s and 90s, and maybe even be now retired....