My Name is Mike Buffington. I've been a fan since about 1994. I saved Dial-a-Song the first time around, but nobody really knows about this.
Also, I built a replica of Flansburgh's Mojo guitar, called Chessmaster. You can see the video here: The Making of Chessmaster II
Nov 2000: TMBG puts a message on their website
Nov 2000: Ebay auction won
Dec 2000: Got in touch with Dan Miller
Feb 2001: TMBG receives Record a call 675
Feb 2002: my Record a call 675 was installed
Aug 2002: my Record a call 675 bit the dust
From theymightbegiants.com, Nov 2000:
We are down to our last functioning Dial-A-Song machine, a Record-A-Call 675 circa 1983. Believe it or not, this brand model is about the only machine that can perform the tasks necessary for Dial-A-Song (unlimited outgoing message, high fidelity (!) full size, regular cassette) These machines are getting increasingly hard to find. We got this one at a yard sale for $5. EBay has not been useful, so we are putting it our to you- the audience. Your Mom got one in the garage? Your reward is a small mystery gift we haven't thought up yet, along with a free years subscription to TMBG Unlimited. Also, among the more technically minded fold out there- if you know of any over the counter- kick ass computer based answering machines that can handle multiple files easily, we're all ears!
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Subject: Re: record a call
From: dan miller <danamil@[REDACTED]>
I can't remember if I replied to you or not. If this is the first time and you still have the answering machine. Yes we'd like to have it. Let me know the details about what you need to send it and I'll start putting together the reward package. (some schwag, Emusic stuff and tickets when we come to your area, etc.).
> I won a record a call 675 on ebay for you guys. Do you need it? I can
> have it sent to you. Let me know. I'd love to help out.
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We got it, thanks so much. I've contacted Emusic and should have an account number for you in a few days. In the meantime, head to the website www.theymightbegiants.com and pick out a few things you'd like. Let me know and I'll send them right out with the money for postage. I think we'll be hitting Arizona in April so I look forward to meeting you and we'll get you and a friend in on the guest list.
Once again thanks,
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Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 08:01:02 GMT
Subject: Congratulations! You've been given an EMusic gift certificate.Mike Buffington, you have received an EMusic gift certificate for a 12 month subscription to an EMusic subscription service from Jim Stabile!
Per your assistance in acquiring the elusive Dial-A-Song answering machine for TMBG, John Flansburgh asked that I send you an annual subscription to TMBG UnLtd. Please follow the steps in setting up an account and you should be all set. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an e-mail at [REDACTED]@emusic.com.
Thanks for your help.
Best regards -
TMBG Product Manager
To redeem your gift certificate, click on the URL below [REDACTED]
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: In My Room Feb 9, 2002
Dial-A-Song, (718) 387-6962
This is the original home of Dial-A-Song. I just installed a new Record-A-Call 675 machine, circa 1985, that was found on eBay by a fan. This is probably our 30th phone machine. You can't even get them repaired anymore; there's no one to repair them. You can't access it remotely, so peo-ple can't hack it. We are freak magnets, man. There are all sorts of people who project all sorts of crazy things on us, and they want to get their insane message through.