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Don Stinson's Band Organ Notes
Stinson Band Organ notes are authored by band organ architect and builder Mr. Donald Stinson. Stories includes experiences, past and present, encountered during design and repair of mechanical band organs, along with Don's unique experiences during his early days with the New York Central Railroad.

For the last two weeks I have had the pleasure of going to Taiwan to service a Stinsonmodel 87 organ which we installed five years back.

This is the first time I have flown Singapore Airlines and had a very nice flight bothcoming and going. They still fly the 747 and being of the old school, I still like theaircraft with four engines. This might be a result of my time in the Air Force where Ihave flown many times on the old B29 airplanes.

If you have never been in Taiwan, let me relate some of the different things whichalways impress me in one way or another. One time on a television program in Taiwan thestatement was made that the roads are to be used to the fullest. I find this is a verytrue statement when I go there. It seems the unwritten rule is, "If there is one inchof unused road, try to make use of it."

Many times while traveling in the cities on two-lane roads our driver would getimpatient with the car in front and simply drive between them and make a third lane untilhe passed the slow car. This is done all the time and I only observed one accident all thetime I was there.

My driver could not speak our language, which might have been good, as I might havemade some remarks about his driving several times from our area to the airport.

Our organ is located in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. High in themountains in the Sun Moon Lake area is the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village whichconsists of an amusement park in two large buildings and many outdoor attractions.

After leaving the amusement park you can get on the trail and walk up between twomountains where the old villages of the Aboriginal tribes have been recreated in greatdetail. The park and grounds along with the large flower gardens are kept immaculatelyclean and well cared for.

When I arrived at the site, I was introduced to Tina Chen, who did all the translatingfor me and assigned some of the local maintenance men to help me. They were all very hardworkers and very anxious to help in every way. They work seven days per week, with one dayoff every two weeks, and seem to be happy with the employment situation.

The organ had been used every day for several hours each day, and I spent several daysrepairing all the worn parts and returning the organ to new condition again.

The cleaning persons in the park usually wore the large hats made of bamboo. Onecleaning lady came by the organ several times a day and I asked Tina to find out where shebought the hats, as I wanted to take one home with me.

The next day, the cleaning lady came up to me and removed her hat, removed the littlered ribbon which she used to tie the hat on with, and offered it to me as a gift. This isthe type of friendly people I encountered all over the area around the park.

At lunch time, I had my meal in a park-owned restaurant and never sat alone at thetables. In Taiwan, the students are taken on a field trip once a month on tour busses andevery day, Monday through Friday, the park was loaded with students. When they observed mealone at one of the tables, one of them would come over and say, "Hello, how areyou?" in English, and I would answer him in his language, which is the only words Iknew how to speak in their language.

After that, I would usually have students all around my table, asking if they could befriends with me. I found these students to be the friendliest of anywhere I have traveled.

If I'm ever able to get caught up on the organ building, I would like to returnthere at a later time for a vacation and tour the complete island.

And so it is in the old organ shop.

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