Lock is Lit Pinball Podcast








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Join us as we invite our friends Marc Crouse, Roger Deem, and Gene Wills on to the show in our very first roundtable discussion.  On this episode, we discuss our memories of arcades from our youth, our favorite games, and the current state of arcades today.




Elmer's Rotted Wood Stabilizer

The wood repair glue Roger mentions.

Elmer's Rotted Wood Stabilizer


Sega Mach Storm

Good representation of how much arcade games cost the operators nowadays.

$30,000 will buy you this!


Sega Mach Storm

Direct download: episode109.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 11:34pm EST

In this episode, we talk a bit about how the Power Up Retro Video Gaming convention went, and also discuss how to use LED strips to liven up your pinball machine!


T2 LED Strip


Roller Disco Before/After

T2 before and after LED strips/bulbs


LED Strips @ Amazon

These are blue, but you can get them in any color.  $8!!


RGD LED Strip Kit @ Amazon

This is the RGB kit we talked about.


8 Way Terminal Block

Nice way to hook up more than one strip to a single 12v power source.


Comet Pinball

New sponsor!  Check them out!

Direct download: episode108.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

Many thanks to Ben Durfee for allowing Lock is Lit to interview him about the upcoming Power Up Retro Video Gaming Convention, in Huntington, WV on August 2nd!

Direct download: durfee_interview.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 4:35pm EST

In this episode, we finally announce the winner of our shooter rod contest, talk a bit about the upcoming Power Up Retro Video Game Convention in Huntington, WV, and we run down through a list of tools you will need to maintain your pins.  When is a pin to far gone to save?  We talk a bit about this, and much, much more in this fun filled episode!


Power Up Retro Gaming Convention

August 2nd, from 12-5 in Huntington, WV


Harbor Freight

Need some cheap tools?


Project Pinball Tournament in Fairmont, WV

July 27th, 9am.  Sounds like a fun time!


Pana-Vise Electronic Work Center @ Amazon

The circuit board holder mentioned in the show.

Direct download: Ep107c.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

In this episode, we invite our good friend Gene Wills into the studio!  Rick interviews his daughter, Emma "Russell" Taylor to get her views on pinball, we discuss the trip we took to Coin Op warehouse, and recap the pinball tournament Rick threw for his daughter's 7th birthday!!


Coin Op Warehouse Facebook page

Lloyd @ Coin Op has some great deals, but you have to act fast!


Throwback Network!

Your one stop shop for retro podcast needs!


Wizard Amusement

Check out our sponsor Wizard Amusement.  Nice custom shooter rods!


Direct download: Episode_106.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 6:27pm EST

In this episode, we make a trip down to the Asheville Pinball Museum in scenic Asheville, North Carolina!  Rick has some adventures involving shipping a pin from Florida to West Virginia, and we announce an exciting new contest!!!!!!


Wizard Amusement

Many thanks to our new sponsor for providing us with a couple shooter rods, as well as one to give away!  They also restore, service, and sell classic pinball machines!  Check them out, and tell Mike Lock is Lit sent ya!


Asheville Pinball Museum

Located in downtown Asheville, right by the Grove Arcade (no, not THAT type of arcade).  They have over 35 machines set on free play.  $10 let's you play till you have blistas on yer fingas!


The Pinheadz Pinball Podcast

There are a lot of pinball podcasts out there, but this one is waaay above the rest.  Tune in and listen to Rod, Gaz, and Pinball Stevie give you a down under take on pinball.  They are only on episode 5, but they have the podcast thing nailed.  It is also very interesting to hear about the pin scene in Australia.  Soon as you finish up with our episode, go there!!


STI/CRST Pinball Shipping

Need a pinball shipped?  These are the recommended guys.

Direct download: ep105.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 6:14pm EST

In episode 102, we gave you some ideas on where to buy your first pin.  In this episode, we discuss things you need to bring with you when you go to pick up your pin, and also items to check before you even think about plugging your new pin in. Unfortunately, we also give you cave like voice quality, and laptop fan noise! We have been trying new ways to record the show with both of us in the same room, and we just haven’t got it down yet. Can’t blame the Yeti mics, just our idiocy. We do apologize, and bear with us, as it will get better…we hope. :)

Very good prices and good quality on LEDs!  Check out Comet Pinball:



Florida area forum that has a pretty good pinball/arcade classifieds section:



For all of your retro video gaming needs in southern WV, check out PixelNation Retro Videogame Store!


Direct download: episode_104.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 12:09am EST

Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 103

"The Pearisburg Incident"


In this episode, we update you a bit on new pins that we have purchased, and take you on a wild ride to a garage in Pearisburg.  Oh my.


If you are interested in any of the pins/games that are mentioned in the podcast, please call Katy @ 1-260-267-5483.  This is primarily her voicemail line, but leave her a message, and she will get back to you.  Don't forget to let her know that Rick and Marc sent you.  Thanks!


Also, thanks to our show sponsor, TJ's Fancy Caps!!

Direct download: epi103.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 2:16am EST

In this episode, we talk about where to find your first pin, and what to look for when you find it.  Ebay, Craigslist, Online Forums, etc, it all gets covered in this hour long episode!

Direct download: episode_102.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 12:43am EST

Welcome to the Lock is Lit Podcast Episode 101

In this episode, we will discuss why we decided to do a podcast, our pin history, and other super cool subjects!

Direct download: Episode_101.mp3
Category:Pinball -- posted at: 9:46pm EST