For Amusement Only EM and Bingo Pinball Podcast

Detailing EM and Bingo pinball features, gameplay, and repair techniques.
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Jun 15, 2017

All 25 hole games are complete in the Multi!  I'm down to 20 games left to implement.

In this episode, I discuss the method I am using to prevent damage to the Magic Pockets unit, and special thanks to Michael Ocean for a second opinion on the code I had written.

Ryan Claytor and I spent some time discussing the Robo-Frenzy cabinet and some time at the Flippers arcade at Grandy, NC.

Some great questions came from a user on Pinside regarding the bingos I've implemented thus far.  Some pretty interesting tech stuff, so I thought I'd put some in the podcast.

Today's game is the first of the YEAR OF FLIPPERLESS (as suggested by Ryan Claytor):

1938 Exhibit 'Regatta'

May 31, 2017

The Multi-Bingo is coming along!  New parts, new machines, new playfields - great!


Phil Bogema is bringing a beautifully restored Parade and a Show-Time to the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown!  Check out those great (and unusual in the case of Parade) games.

June 9-11th in Denver, CO -


Universal 5 Star is a bingo pinball-style machine made before the first widely accepted bingo pinball machine!

Check out the pics on the right side.  Weird, attractive game that looks very challenging.

May 18, 2017

Lots of interesting topics this episode - unfortunately, I have a head cold that is making me sound odd.  Sorry about that.

IFPA posts an interesting document from a law firm representing the Amusement Devices Association to legalize pinball in Cincinnati.

The Multi-Bingo continues to progress - three more games are complete - in my cold-filled stupor I forgot to name the third or really any information about them.  I also have other news on the Multi front.  Something to look forward to for next episode?

Hobby Burn-out - I had a series of stressful events happen in close succession and felt like I wasn't enjoying owning games any longer due to not having time to play them.  I posted them for sale and was contacted by multiple friends in quick succession asking me (politely) if I'd lost my mind.  I thought about it, finished off some stressful things, cleaned up my gameroom, and did a complete 180 degree change on selling.  This is the first time since I've been collecting that I've felt this way.

Keeney Eleven Belles - I unfortunately started to really lose my voice around this part, so I had to cut short what I was going to say, but this is another of the 'one-ball revival' games of 1960, designed by Ed Krynski.

May 3, 2017

I've been making my own harnesses and wiring up some new playfields in the Multi.

1) Shoot-A-Line

2) Gayety

3) Double-Up

Double-Up is only about 1/3 complete, but this will allow me to add another 20 games into the Multi, bringing me much closer to 100%.


In other news, shows everywhere this weekend!  The VFW show including one of the lost playfield designs of Harry Williams (built by Duncan Brown) and the EM world championships, and Allentown are both this weekend.  I hope everyone has a great time, and I hope to hear how the lost Williams game plays!


Ryan Claytor has produced another 3 sets of reproduction 1950's Gottlieb woodrail plastics!  Coronation, Shindig and Joker are now available from the Pinball Resource.  Put in your order today!


Today's featured game is PEO Manufacturing Corp's All American Football!  A very unique and interesting game for 1935.

Apr 19, 2017

My stencil has been sprayed and it looks pretty good!  See the Facebook page or the Pinside thread for pics.

I detail some of the mistakes made, and the good parts too.

I'm in the process of building the drawer wiring, now that the drawer is physically installed in the game.

So satisfying to see the cosmetics start to come together.

Apr 6, 2017

The Multi is progressing.  I get over my existential art crisis and finish the stencil graphics and cut my stencils.

I discuss some of the things I have left to do and some that has already been done!

Big thanks (this two weeks) to Ryan Claytor for help with coloration consistency (

Steve Smith (woodworker extraordinaire)

Phil Hooper (bingo documentarian and technician -

Thank you for listening!

Mar 23, 2017

Wayne Neyens was a very prolific pinball designer, most famous for his time at Gottlieb.

We discuss everything from his time at Western Electric and Supply to his career at Gottlieb and a bit beyond.  He is almost 99 years old, and as such, has seen a LOT of interesting happenings in coin op since he started at Western.

Wayne was incredibly generous with his time and willingness to discuss some of these items of curiosity.

Thank you again, Wayne!

Mar 9, 2017

Chicago Coin's 'Thing' is up and running in my home! I go over some of the challenges and gloss over some others.  The game has several fairly fragile-looking components.  Odd and unique relay ladders, and tons and tons of relays under the playfield.

Great game, and I'm happy it's done!  Almost every shot earns at least 10,000 points, and the two passive bumpers at the bottom earn 100,000 at certain times.  In this game, increase in score will open the ball save gate sooner, allowing a ball to drain, so it is in your best interest to make accurate shots.

I also got a correction from a friend  (and friend of the show), and discussed a very interesting thread on Pinside about cheating and bingos:

Thanks for listening!

Feb 23, 2017

Some interesting fun things happened this past weekend, and I discuss a few standout games I played at the Pinball Hall of Fame and Flipperspiel Underground.


I also thought it wise to cover a game again!  Today's game is Baker Big Time.  This game has 8 different ways to win, multiple sequences, and a neat playfield design that reminds me of the horse race games.

You can win up to 60 replays on this game!

Feb 10, 2017

I dislike the construction of Williams solid state drop targets - I give some reasons why and discuss the mechanical problems of a steel ball hitting plastic affixed to metal with more plastic...

I also discuss a short circuit troubleshooting session from a recent repair.  Lack of heat shrink in my travel toolbox caused me to improvise.

I picked up a Chicago Coin 'Thing' and have been removing the multiple coats of white latex paint from the cabinet - I give a breakdown of some techniques used to remove on this cabinet in particular.

Lastly, there is a person from TX (Nicovolta) that is traveling across the US, teaching EM repair in home - very intriguing idea and I wish him all the best.

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