THE YAMAHA RECALL
Yamaha has recalled 20,000 pianos due to a problem with the pedal sticking, causing pianists to play faster than they normally would. This has resulted in a number of accidentals. Several near misses have also been reported in the carpal tunnel. The sticky pedal also makes it harder to come to a full stop at the end of a piece making it risky for audiences and professional reputations alike.
Although there have been many accidentals, so far there have been no reported deafs.
Currently sales are flat and analysts are waiting to see if current volumes will be sustained or dampened. Experts suggest that Yamaha's response will be the key.
Criticism of the company has been sharp, and Congress is planning hearings to find out when Yamaha first learned about the treble.