Piano News from Japan
“Yamaha and Kawai have recalled 20,000 pianos due to a problem with the
pedal sticking, causing pianists to play faster than they normally would,
resulting in a dangerous number of accidentals.
The sticky pedal also makes it harder for pianists to come to a full stop
at the end of a piece, making it extremely risky for audiences.
Although there have been a tremendous number of accidentals, fortunately it
has so far caused no deafs.
Analysts are wondering if it will put a damper on their bass market and
if they will be able to sustain sales.
Congress is also considering calling in the presidents of Yamaha and Kawai
for questioning as to when the companies first learned about the treble.”