Episode 118

In this episode, we get together with George “GW” Whittaker of Big Fun Amusements, and Gene Wills to discuss the latest pinball machines from Stern, JJP, Heighway Pinball, Planetary Pinball, Spooky Pinball, and American Pinball.

Keep up with Big Fun Amusements via George’s Facebook page, as he posts anything for sale there first:


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Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 117

In this exciting, action packed episode, we discuss new pins by Stern, playfield issues, and do a rather long segment on boutique pinball companies!

Stern Aerosmith pin:


Batman ’66 issues, more issues throughout this thread:


Pinside thread on Boutique pinball:


Kevin Kulek in court:


Skit-B Discussion on Pinside:


Scoregasm Master from Day One Pinball:


Captain Nemo from Quetzel Pinball:


Pythons Pinball Circus from Circus Maximus:


Medieval Madness Remake by Planetary Pinball:


Magic Girl Pinball by Zidware:


The Big Lebowski/BOP 2.0 by Dutch Pinball:


Full Throttle/Alien Pinball by Heighway Pinball:


Wrath of Olympus by Riot Pinball:


Lexy Lightspeed by Multimorphic:


Timeshock by Silver Castle Pinball:


Thunderbirds by Hiomepin:



Pinball Gremlins by Vonnie D. Pinball:



Wrath of Cthulu by Rebel Unit:


Spooky Pinball:


And finally, Pinfest 2017:


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Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 116

We are indeed back! In this long delayed episode, we discuss Pinfest 2016, new pin purchases, and we have an interview with Ed Klemp of The Pinball Lounge in Ovieda, FL!!

A huge shoutout to our new sponsor Big Fun Amusements, West Virginia’s premier Jersey Jack Pinball dealer!! Check them out here:


Also, for your enjoyment:

The Pinball Lounge


Batman ’66 Information


Ghostbusters Issue Thread


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Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 115

Join us to a long delayed episode 115! We discuss the Arkansas warehouse raid that we went on over the winter, a lot of new pin acquisitions, and other random things that have been going on. We will also have a booth/table at Pinfest 2016 in Allentown PA on May 5th, and 6th, so stop by and visit us!! We also talk about the future of the show going forward.

This is the documentary on the final days of Williams pinball division. A must watch!

Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball

The Piniwiki list of vehicles that a pin will fit in:


Pinfest 21016:


First Arkansas video, which we codenamed “Arkantana”


Second Arkansas trip video:


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Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 114

Join us in this very special Thanksgiving episode as we give thanks to the wonderful people that allow us to have this amazing hobby, our wives!

Guests in this episode are: Rick & Tara Taylor, George “G.W.” & Theresa Whittaker, Gene & Wendy Wills, and me, Marc, & my wife Shelley. We also ask some questions to get a woman’s perspective on pinball, & the pinball hobby!

Check out the Amigos podcast!

L to R: Shelley & Marc Johnston, Rick & Tara Taylor, Theresa & George Whittaker, Wendy & Gene Wills

L to R: Gene, George, Daryl, Rick, & Marc

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Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 113

In this episode, I invite my long time friend Ken Lilly on the show for conversations about about arcade collecting in the 1990’s, and of course pinball! We introduce a new show segment, “Stupid Ebay Stuff”, and also welcome a behind the scenes episode editor/commentator, Vic, the podcast droid.

We have mentioned them before, but Holland Computers sells some good multicade boards:


This what we were talking about, when we discussed Omega Race:


Ken’s Games:

Flipper McCoys:

Ebay Auctions:

Police Force


Black Hole Ramp disk???


Michael Jordan pin:


Centaur 2 (never heard of it)


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Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 112

Rick and I make a triumphant return to the studio in this epic episode filled with epic awesomeness!

New show segment “Pin O’ the Month” where we discuss the history behind Gottlieb’s 1981 Black Hole!

We also discuss a long distance trip to Pennsylvania to pick up a Hurricane pin, what else we have been up to, and what the future holds!

The best Black Hole pin in the galaxy, mine!

Joe Cicak’s original sketch for Black Hole:

The original Black Hole prototype:

Dragon’s Lair whitewood (the only pic I could find):

Critical Mass:

Critical Mass history, and rebirth:


Joe Cicak’s presentation A Pinball Expo 2006:


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Behind the Scenes

Join me as I take the mic, and go solo without the dead weight Rick. I go into how I got started in podcasting, and how we make such an epic* show such as ours.

A all new regular** show is in the works, so stay tuned!

The Blue Yeti

Novation Launchpad

Audio Technica ATM27HE

Behringer Eurorack Mixer

Tascam DR-05

Custom Soundboard App

*Level of epicness may vary.

**Normallness not guaranteed.

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Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 111

In this long awaited episode, we discuss what all we have been up to since our last episode in January. We recap the 2015 Ohio Pinball Show, talk about a new-in-box Stern pin purchase, and discuss my trip to Asheville, NC to re-visit the Asheville Pinball Museum.

Want to add better sound to your pins for fairly cheap? We also discuss adding a powered subwoofer instead of costly full speaker upgrades.

Checkout APM’s site

Asheville Pinball Museum

Be sure to check out the CoinBox Pinball Podcast, and their main site East Side Pinball!

This is the powered sub that I ordered from Amazon:

Polk Audio PSW-10 Powered Sub

And some threads on Pinside about adding external subs:


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Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 110

Happy New Year!

On this long delayed episode, we talk a bit about what we’ve been up to the past couple months, and what we hope 2015 brings us.

We also announce a new contest! Make sure you listen to the end of the podcast for a pinball sound snippet. Email us your guess as to what pinball this sound is from, and if you are correct, you’ll be entered in to win a 3 pack of LED pop bumper rings courtesy of Comet Pinball, and a custom shooter rod of your choice from Wizard Amusement!

Comet Pinball Pop Bumper Rings!

Wizard Amusement Shooter Rods!

We will be attending the 2015 Ohio Pinball Show, check them out here!

2015 Ohio Pinball Show

We will also be hitting the auctions again this year.

Auction Game Sales

And this is the very useful fuse/circuit breaker mod:

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